Bachelorette parties are a lot of fun, but planning the event can be a stressful task for bridesmaids, family members, and friends. The following guide focuses on unique, non-traditional ideas to help you plan an event tailored to the taste of the bride-to-be and her bridesmaids. The Pittsburgh area has plenty of options for creative bachelorette parties, no matter the theme.
When you're just starting the planning, here are a few ground rules to follow:
- Find out how involved the bride-to-be would like to be. She may want to be surprised by the festivities, or she may want to help plan every detail. Either way, start planning early.
- Discuss the invitation list with the bride. Does she want to invite just the bridesmaids? Or family, too? Or an even larger group?
- It’s her big celebration, so consider her personal style. Does she like to party or be pampered or something else entirely? Plan an event that will be true to her.
- Finally, remember to bring a camera to chronicle your memories of the festivities.
Wedding planning is stressful. Help the bride relax with a day of pampering. Massages, manicures, pedicures, and facials are a great way to unwind. The bright and inviting Spa Jema, located downtown, is among the best in Pittsburgh. Or take pampering to the next level with a weekend at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, known for its lavish spa. Nemacolin’s spa packages feature yoga, meditation, and traditional spa treatments.
An Artsy Affair
Create a piece of art to remember the party for years to come. There are several options in the area for paint nights, including Painting with a Twist, Corks and Canvases, and Paint Monkey. You bring the wine and a creative spirit, they’ll provide the canvas and the instructor. The instructors provide detailed directions, so even those without art experience can create something beautiful.
For the foodie bride, try a cooking class at Gaynor’s School of Cooking. The school offers several menus and varying levels of involvement in the cooking process. Wine aficionados, check out a wine tasting at Dreadnought Wines in Lawrenceville.
Sip spirits in the most regal place downtown—the Omni William Penn Hotel. The grand hotel’s lobby is a great place for group photos (don’t forget to look up at the stunning chandeliers). Then, head downstairs to the Speakeasy, a genuine Prohibition-era bar, for drinks.
Grab your dancing shoes, and head to piano bar Howl at the Moon in downtown or party spot Buckhead Saloon in Station Square. Pro tip: Check out the bachelorette party specials at Buckhead.
Try a group fitness class at Iron City Circus Arts in Brentwood. An aerial circus party or a pole dance night would certainly make for a memorable (and endorphin-filled) bachelorette evening. Or drive to Seven Springs for a weekend full of biking, swimming, and zip-lining.