How to Plan a Pittsburgh Bachelorette Party

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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:

  • First, 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.

  • Second, 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.

Pampering Party

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.  

Foodie Fun

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.

Sophisticated Soiree

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.

Just Dance

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.

Adventure Activities

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.