Top 5 Outdoor Bachelorette Parties in San Diego

The sun is shining and the smell of summer is in the air..so why not do a non-traditional affair for the bride’s last hurrah?

Here are the top five Bachelorette Party ideas for a bride who likes the outdoors…

1.  A Day on the Waves

Don’t be fooled. The hottest guys are out on the waves.

Pictures by Beach Shoot San Diego

Imagine a day of bonding, laughing and mastering the surfboard. There’s a cool little Women’s Surf School in beautiful La Jolla, CA called Surf Diva that offers a day of surf or paddle board lessons, professional photos on picturesque La Jolla Shores, and a mouth-watering picnic right on the beach after your fun on the waves. All skill levels are welcome and you can request women surf instructors if you like.You can glam it up and also request private cabanas w/private cabana boy serving up delectable chocolates and chilled drinks.

This is a great idea for a co-ed bachelor/bachelorette activity too! Mention BFF and get free party favors for your group…

Afterwards, you can rent a room at the La Jolla Shores hotel right on the beach and jump right into their jacuzzi to rest up before a night on the town. Party bus anyone?

2. Sunset Kayaking

Photo by Beach Shoot San Diego

I would highly recommend the… (Bride’s don’t read this * Spoiler alert* )… ok now that it’s safe.. Message in a Bottle package through Beach Shoot San Diego. They take you out for an unforgettable sunset kayak ride (you don’t need to have experience kayaking.)

They take you through the sea caves (weather permitting) and you get to see amazing wildlife. Then the photographer will strategically toss a message in a bottle onto the waves for the bride to find. The message will be from you and the other bridesmaids, of course, full of tear evoking well wishes. The photographer captures it all on photo and video. It’s a pretty awesome keepsake which can be played at the wedding.

3.  Moonlight Horseback Riding and BBQ Dinner

A day of hiking, camping or moonlight horseback riding may just be up her alley if the bride is stressed out and really wants to get away. Check out Happy Trails San Diego

4. Sports, competitive or teambuilding games

How about a day playing Dodgeball, Sloshball or Kickball or renting tandem bikes? San Diego also has tons of charity events like the San Diego Mud Run or the ROC Race (Ridiculous Obstacle Course-Think WipeOut). Give back to the community while bonding and doing something healthy and fun!

5. Boating, Boating or more Boating

The best part of San Diego is the beautiful ocean. Renting a boat is relatively inexpensive and you don’t need any special license if it’s a small boat. Just a drivers license! We took a boat out on Fourth of July to get a 360 degree view of the fireworks in the San Diego Bay and it was the best fireworks show I have experienced in my life. We each paid about $30 and brought on board some pizza and drinks-the driver of course can’t have any alcohol ;) In Mission Bay you can also rent jet ski’s etc.

http://www.seaforthboatrental.com/

It’s a barbecue, a picnic table, and a boat all in one… it’s the BBQ Donut!

If you want to do it a bit more upscale you can rent a small yacht which includes a personal sushi chef from Sushi on a Roll who can cater or even give you a Sushi cooking class while you enjoy sake or wine. Or you can take a traditional dinner cruise.

The best of the boat experiences has to be renting a private Gondola. They can seat up to 16 passengers and a sunset cruise can include wine, cheese, chocolates and even massages :) Wow!

Mention BFFbridesmaid or contact us to see if we can get you any discounts for any of these bachelorette party ideas!

It’s Shower and Bachelorette Party Time

Not to freak you out or anything but it’s Mid-May.

and the clock is ticking…

Some of you Maid of Honors who will be in weddings this summer have maybe been putting off the shower and/or bachelorette party planning and I’m here to tell you- It’s Time.

Don’t believe those bachelorette/bachelor party images you see on TV where people are partying the night before the wedding. In reality, this seldom happens. Hello, rehearsal dinner? Remember, the early morning wake up call to get your hair and makeup done?

Most people have the bridal shower at least 1-3 months before the wedding and the bachelorette party 2 weeks to 2 months before the wedding.

Believe me, the month of the wedding is jam packed for the bride with last minute arrangements, stress, and events like the bridesmaids luncheon, rehearsal dinner and final bridal fittings. The last thing she wants to do is worry about going to a bachelorette party.

Make sure you ask the bride, but it may work out better to have it more than a few weeks before the wedding. Even just for safety’s sake. It may take time for her to recover from your Girls Night Out. What if the tan she gets from the tanning/spa day you’ve arranged goes awry? She’ll need a few weeks to get rid of the color (think Anne Hathaway in Bride Wars).  Or heaven forbid, she gets injured rocking out in high heels at the bar. Give plenty of buffer space between the party and her wedding.

http://www.calgaryluxuryweddings.com/the-perfect-glow/

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weddings.com/the-perfect-glow/

Check out bffbridesmaid.com for great ideas on bachelorette parties and party packages.

Alternative Bridal Show Tomorrow night – The NotWedding

San Diego has bridal shows GALORE

but none of them as unique as the one being held tomorrow night, Tuesday 3/27 at the Balboa Park Air and Space Museum.

Don’t just meet and talk to vendors but watch an entire staged Wedding ceremony and reception so you can actually see the vendors in action in a realistic setting, enjoy a sit-down dinner, and experience the live music from the reception entertainment. What better way to inspire great wedding ideas than to watch a fake wedding where stealing ideas is not only accepted, but encouraged!

Coordinated by one of our preferred wedding planners, Couture Events SD

It’s sure to be an event not to be missed!

Doors open at 5:45 and ceremony begins promptly at 6:30.Tickets are $35.

http://www.thenotwedding.com/about/

Not Maid of Money: The Burden of Being a Bridesmaid

Not Maid of Money: The Burden of Being a Bridesmaid.

Provided by Mint.com

Being a Bridesmaid is not cheap. What do you think about the estimated costs in the image and article? I think the amounts for me were pretty spot on except I spent probably over $1000 on the bachelorette party alone (I was Maid of Honor).

What about for you? How much did you end up spending? What were the biggest expenses and money related drama?

WIN A FREE BACHELORETTE PARTY

BFF Bridesmaid is launching our Ultimate Facebook Contest on 2/15/12.

Win a Bachelorette Party on BFFbridesmaid!

 Nominate the bride by submitting your video/photo/story about why the bride (or you- if you are the bride) deserves to win a free Bachelorette party in San Diego.  

 You can make it funny, touching, creative, whatever you want.

Post directly onto our BFFbridesmaid Facebook Fanpage wall.

Use only one post for your nomination.  

Each bride can only be nominated once. 

Ask your friends to vote by hitting the “Like” button on your post.  

The one with the most likes wins!  

Friends must like the BFFbridesmaid fanpage in order to vote.

Voting ends March 20th.

 

Party details will follow but here is some information:

Bachelorette party will be in San Diego, CA

Party details will be at the discretion of BFFbridesmaid and will include party limitations and other conditions.

 

Maximum girls for party- 15

 

Other contest rules may apply.

 

Bachelorette party details and what is to be included will be decided on by BFFbridesmaid.

 

Contest ends on March 20th.

Bridal Bazaar was a success!

As you can probably see, the girls and I had a great time decorating our booth, setting up our spinning prize wheel of vendors and meeting all of the blushing and excited brides and their bridal parties. It was a busy day and our booth was packed with prize winners!

We were so excited to give out to our Loew’s Coronado Spa Membership grand prize to: Jasmine

Four lucky winners got a free Bootcamp workout session at the beach or park for the bride and three bridesmaids!

We saw a lot of great vendors at the Bridal Bazaar, like our neighbors Crunchtime Popcorn. Did anyone get to try their ice-cream? What did you think?

What were the best ideas/vendors that you saw at the Bridal Bazaar?