Wedding Q&A: Budget-Friendly Bachelorette Parties

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Q. For my bachelorette party, my bridesmaids and I are thinking of going on a day cruise — but some are concerned about the price. Are they expected to pay for their own tickets? Do you have other ideas that may be less costly? 

A. Bridesmaids are expected to pick up the tab for a bachelorette party, whether it’s a cruise, a dinner at a restaurant or a night on the town. If it’s an expensive ticket, don’t be surprised if some of them beg off for financial reasons. However, there are some equally festive and less pricey options for you and your friends:

  • Weather permitting, have a pool party and barbecue and ask everyone to contribute a dish.
  • Plan a bowling night or go to an amusement park.
  • Stay home and have a spa slumber party, in which you treat yourselves to facials, manicures and pedicures, watch movies and reminisce.
  • Consider a wine-tasting party and let each attendant bring her favorite bottle of wine. Serve cheese and crackers, fruit and a variety of hors d’oeuvres, and finish with a chocolate fondue.
  • Take the party outdoors and go horseback riding, camping or hiking.

Remember, just being together and having an opportunity to share this special time will make any gathering with your ’maids fun and memorable.

—Diane Forden

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