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!

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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.

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

Weekday Wedding Workshops: Money Saving Tips and WeddingTax Deductions

Our first informational workshop was a night of delicious food, fun games, great info and of course, sushi rolling..

One of our great couples enjoying a sushi bonding experience!Sushi on a Roll graciously hosted our free event for a very small group of brides, grooms and members of the wedding party. It was intimate and we all enjoyed lots of conversation, advice, commiserating and games.

Our guest speaker, Wedding Planner Carmin from carmindesign.com, was her usual bubbly self and gave us awesome tips on how to save money and get tax deductions on wedding expenses. The brides really appreciated the one one one Q + A with her and all the free advice, tips and tricks she gave. She stayed well past our end time to answer all questions and to give one particular couple lots of design advice since she is not only a planner but a florist by trade.

Jeff from Sushi on a Roll and Andy from sdstreeteats.com served up some serious sushi, braised short ribs and more. Jeff offered our workshop attendents 15% off of his already affordable catering service or venue booking. Sushi on a Roll is not a restaurant, but a private event venue which is awesome because there aren’t any restrictions like at a normal restaurant. So, you can have your bachelorette party or rehearsal dinner here and it’s completely private with private parking even. You can customize your menu, bring in a cigar bar and even set up the Wii and/or karaoke for the kids so they can enjoy too.

Bachelor Party? They can even get the “Sushi Models” to serve sushi on.

My friend had her bridesmaid/groomsmen luncheon (a thank you to their bridal party) on their yacht which you can rent along with a sushi chef for a day out on the ocean. They can even do the sushi-cooking class on board for you.

SD Street Eats gourmet food truck gave us great ideas for bringing in a private food truck for bachelor parties, for the very end of weddings when everyone who liquored up needs some food in their bellies before going home. They will pretty much travel anywhere and come at all hours of the night. They customize your menu and can do as casual as street tacos to as gourmet as lobster.

Our big prize winner of the night, Khristina, won a beautiful necklace by our sponsor Cocoon Jewelry.Their Facebook contest ends tomorrow May 15th. The winner will receive a customized set of jewelry in the brides wedding colors for the bridal party and cufflinks for the groomsmen.

Enter at http://www.facebook.com/CocoonJewelry?sk=app_190322544333196

I’m so thankful to our wonderful sponsors and our guest speaker. I had a great time meeting each couple personally and being able to answer all of the questions that have been plaguing them. I cannot recommend Sushi on a Roll enough as a venue. They are such an unknown gem in San Diego.

I’m going to bring my husband there for a sushi rolling class for Father’s Day.. I heard there is a GroupOn for it. Shhh!You didn’t hear that!

Timeline for Pre-Wedding events: Engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party… Oh My!

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Click on the photo for a sample timeline or schedule for Pre wedding events

One of the first questions Bridesmaids and Maids of Honor ask me is

“What do I do and When do I need to do it?”

When it comes to weddings, most people forget that there are numerous events leading up to the BIG event. Think about it..

  • Engagement party (Usually done within 2-3 months of the engagement- sometimes thrown by the Maid of Honor)
  • Bridal or Couple’s showers (Usually done a few months before the wedding- thrown by the Bridesmaids and Maid of Honor)
  • Bachelorette parties (Usually done 2-6 weeks before the wedding- thrown by the Bridesmaids and Maid of Honor)
  • Bachelor parties (Usually done 2-6 weeks before the wedding- thrown by the Groomsmen and Best Man)
  • Bridesmaids Luncheon or Thank you Dinner (Usually, the week of the wedding- thrown by the Bride for her bridal party)
  • Welcome or Rehearsal Dinner (The day before the wedding-thrown by the bride and groom)

Here is a handy timeline to organize your Pre-Wedding events and important appointments. to help you create a good flow for Pre-Wedding events. Spacing the events out adequately will avoid people feeling annoyed with yet “another” wedding event to attend. Remember none of these events are mandatory. Brides- go with your gut on what events you want to have. Bridesmaids- check with the bride what she expects you to organize. Use your resources and have fun with it!

Reviews: Pretty-Is? San Diego Boutique

Have you ever looked in your closet and thought, “All these clothes and I have nothing to wear?” Well, I’ve got the low down on the best kept secret in San Diego for extending your wardrobe without hurting your wallet …

Pretty-Is Boutique located in East Village, San Diego

What is awesome about them:
  • An entire room of clothing, dresses, accessories and yes… even an entire room of shoes built to look like your closet. Looks vary from professional to dressy, casual to nightclub attire.
  • Rent outfits for the weekend. Items start at $2. I rented an entire outfit and accessories for $25!
  • Free fashion stylist consultation. She helps you with outfits you never imagined would look good on you.
  • Makeup and Hair makeovers available onsite to complete your look and make you ready for a night out on the town.
  • If you don’t want to take advantage of their makeovers, they still allow you to bring your own makeup and hair equipment and get ready there at their makeup and hair stations.
  • Cute patio available in the back for parties: Sweet 16, birthdays, graduations, girls night out, Bachelorette party, etc. complete with two stripper poles!
  • Clothing items are professionally cleaned for only $5.

I came here for my best friends bachelorette party and I’ve been hooked ever since. I felt like a teenager again, giggling with my girlfriends trying on outfits, diva heels and amazing accessories. At the end of the night, I ended up in a Chanel dress, heels and accessories and the entire outfit cost me $25! They did an amazing job on the bride’s hair and makeup and we enjoyed a fun striptease class by Ebyresa and toy party compliments of Nikki Nites. Then we headed over to the Hard Rock hotel for her final fling before the ring!

A few months later, I had a crisis because I had nothing to wear for a huge business presentation. No problem! I went to Pretty-Is and they hooked me up with a professional outfit that left me full of confidence walking into the boardroom.

Pretty-Is Boutique
418 3rd Ave
(between Island Ave & J St)
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 702-2005

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.

BFF Bridesmaid Prize SECRET #2

Ok…. giving away the next secret…

BFF Bridesmaid will be giving away a completely unique prize package:

A SURF DIVA Bachelorette Party!!

Why go to the club? The HOT guys are in the water!

Enjoy a day of surf with your best girlfriends.

Prize includes:

Surfboard/soft board use
Wetsuit or Rashguard use
Lecture on beach
Surfing “pop up” demonstration on beach
Surfing skills instruction in water
Surf Diva Diploma

and

Exclusive Party Favors

Courtesy of our friends Coco and Izzy at Surf Diva in La Jolla, CA.

Come to booth #107 at the Bridal Bazaar next Sunday 1/29/12 to spin our prize wheel.

YOU COULD BE THE LUCKY WINNER!!