Ahh, the coveted bachelorette party. The fling before the ring. Most believe that a girl's passage to womanhood doesn't occur until she survives her first bachelorette party weekend. Lucky for you, I have compiled a fun list of must-have items to bring on your journey to womanhood; some you may already have, and others that may surprise you. So whether you are a bridesmaide, bride-to-be, or just in it for the ride, this list is guaranteed to get your bach-party weekend started off right.
10. A Personalized Hashtag
Sure it's annoying for your Instagram followers to see how much fun you and your girls are having, but who cares when you're having the time of your life right? Come up with a hashtag that is original, and more importantly, non-existent on Instagram. This is a great way to document and share pictures with the other members of the bach-party. Also for the bride to relive the memories of her awesome weekend through the eyes of her bridal party. Just be cautious of what you choose to share on IG. A lady never reveals all of her bachelorette party secrets =)
9. A Pair of HOT Black Heels
I don't know about you, but nothing makes me feel sexier than a pair of really hot black heels. They match with everything. My favorites are Saint Laurent (YSL) and of course Mr. Christian Louboutin (both shown above). This weekend was not meant for comfort, honey! Remember that pain is beauty!
8. A Pair of Sandals
For the daytime spas, shopping, *ahem* pole dancing *ahem*, and even pool parties. Sandals are essential to give your feet some room to breathe inbetween those endless nights dancing the night away. My favorites are platform espadrilles; casual comfort with a bit of a lift.
7. A Burst of Lipcolor
This weekend is all about the bride, but that doesn't mean you yourself can't stand out! Choose a hot, fun, and vibrant color to set the tone of this weekend's wild festivities. I recommend LimeCrime's Velveteen Liquid Lipstick. I love both colors! Daytime and nighttime friendly. The color stays put so well that you may not even need to reapply at all!
6. A Little Black Dress
For obvious reasons. No explanation needed here, right?! If you want to be extra EXTRA prepared, bring two.
5. A Clutch or a Small Crossbody Bag
4. Two Great Swimsuits
The sexiest thing a woman can wear is confidence. The key to a great swimsuit is how you feel while wearing the swimsuit. And for me, the best swimsuit purchase I've ever made was NastyGal's Betty swimsuit in black. I loved it for three reasons: 1) It was classy and timeless, 2) It was black, and 3) It made me feel fearless and confident about my body. And that's the most important thing.
3. A Hangover Kit
Three things you'll need for this kit: Excedrine, Band-Aids, and some type of electrolyte replenishment drink. My favorite is good ol' coconut water.
2. A Neti Pot?!
Believe me when I say that you will definitely want to have this with you on your trip, just in case. I know it sounds (and looks) crazy, but I would've paid anything to have one of these on my last bachelorette party trip.
If you're planning on going somewhere like Vegas, Miami, New York, or even San Diego there's a chance that there will be smokers EVERYWHERE. For someone who is a non-smoker, it's hard for me to spend a weekend in a place like Vegas without irrigating the pollutants out of my nose.
The last bachelorette party I went to, I ended up coming home with a sinus infection and had to be on antibiotics for over a week. Not fun! The doctor told me it could've been prevented if I just used one of these.
So there you have it =)
1. Gifts for the Bride
At the end of the day, this whole experience all boils down to one thing; the bride. It is all about her this weekend. So a gift for the bride is definitely your number one must-have for a bachelorette party weekend.
One gift that always seems to work is a pair of panties. If you're the Maid (or Matron) of Honor, it is a great idea to make a fun game out of this! I learned this from my friend Crystal, who organized a bachelorette party for our friend Vanessa. I stole this idea and used it for my cousin's bachelorette party as well. It was a hit!
All you need to do is secretly ask all the bridesmaids (and anyone else who is coming to the bach-party) to purchase and bring a new pair of panties that best reflects your personality. For example, I chose a pair of Hello Kitty panties, since I like Hello Kitty. You can get as creative as you want with this. Notice the photo above displays more than just cotton panties!
The bridesmaids should bring this gift unwrapped, and anonymously. This is so the Maid of Honor can display all the panties for the bride to guess which pair came from which bridesmaid.
Genius, right? It makes for a fun game and doubles as a gift for the bride.
So there it is, your must-have items to help you survive on your weekend to womanhood. Bring these items and an open mind, and you're guaranteed to have the time of your life. And don't forget:
"The best weddings are the ones you'll never forget and the best bachelorette parties are the ones you'll never remember!"