Brilliant and Budget-Friendly Bachelorette Party Ideas

Brilliant and Budget-Friendly Bachelorette Party Ideas

Are you looking for creative last-hurrahs to celebrate a bride-to-be?  When you’re planning an amazing final fling, it can be tempting to get carried away with your spending.  Read on for bachelorette party ideas that are not only brilliant, they’re budget-friendly.

Getaway as a group

Little could be more fun than gathering your closest friends to spend a couple days away celebrating together.  But how do you organize a destination bachelorette event without overspending?  With that in mind, consider sorting through what’s available on Groupon.  There is fodder for all sorts of entertaining fun, from trips to Cirque du Soleil, to music concerts, to comedy clubs, to the classic bachelorette selection – male strippers!  If you find a good fit, amp up your savings by using Groupon coupon or promo codes.

Pamper yourselves

Since everyone is prepping for the big day, a day spent pampering yourselves can help you all look your best and go into the big event feeling relaxed and confident – and besides, it’s great fun!

Consider starting out with a trip to the spa so a professional massage can soothe away tension and stress.  Add to that an at-home facial, and faces will be glowing and healthy for the upcoming event.  Pronounce Skincare points out you can even DIY skincare products using natural ingredients, which is not only kind to your body, it’s kind to your wallet.  Sip some wine and nibble cheese while you work, but don’t get too carried away until after you do manicures and pedicures to round out your party – and review these tips to ensure your results are top-notch!

For nail care goodies, consider buying everything you need from Ella + Mila.  They offer selections which are not only high quality, they are eco-friendly and nontoxic, so you can feel great about looking gorgeous.  And on top of all that, if you join their rewards program, you can earn points on purchases and receive special offers for their products, making it that much easier to stretch your budget.

Sip and savor

Events centered around crafting something fun while doing wine tastings are all the rage.  You can find everything from personally-tailored candles, to pottery throwing, to painting canvases.  In the end, you not only have fun with your gal pals, you have a unique item to take home with you.  Another idea is to hit an area winery so you can savor the time focusing on your friends.  Many wineries offer tours, events, and other experiences, so explore your options!

So that everyone can let their hair down, consider hiring a chauffeured limousine to travel in style.  Nationwide offers a broad selection of limos and packages, and you can check out their current specials and promotions to ensure you make the most of your money.

Is it tea time?

Does the bride-to-be favor classic elegance?  If so, little can compare with an afternoon tea party.  Outfit the party space with fine china and silver, and to fully embrace tea party tradition, The Spruce suggests a menu of both sweet and savory foods and brewing a proper pot of tea.  You can even add some fun and mystery to the event by reading tea leaves for each other!

The last thing you want is to use inferior tea for your special tea party.  When gathering tea and other supplies, consider shopping with Camellia Sinensis, where you can not only find top-notch tea and related products, they offer free shipping to anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. 

Before the bride’s big day, take time to celebrate everything that was and everything that will be.  Think through your perfect party, whether it’s a getaway, spa day, or sipping a favorite beverage.  With a little bit of planning, everyone can have a wonderful time without overspending!


Simple Guide to Ordering Champagne

Simple Guide to Ordering Champagne

Who doesn’t like to celebrate with a nice glass of bubbly?

(Champagne is one of the most requested beverages from J. Ladson Weddings clients and one of my personal favorites)

Last week, Hubby and I were out shopping for the perfect bottle to share with our friends and family. As we stood in the middle of the store among aisle after aisle of many different types of champagne, neither of us knew exactly which brand was best.  Of course I suggested that we just buy a bottle of each and go home to sample them all.  However, Hubby was a little more realistic with his selection process.

(Should you order Brut Champagne or other sparkling options?) Here’s the amazing article he found that helped us choose the perfect champagne, Simple Guide to Champagne.


Holiday Proposal Ideas

Holiday Proposal Ideas

I don’t know about you, but when I hear someone’s engaged, I’ve GOT to know the story behind the proposal! Sometimes the story is simple: the couple was just watching TV together and realized that they’d be perfectly happy doing simple things like that with one another for their rest of their lives. Sometimes the story is more elaborate: a couple who met on an airplane ride get engaged in a private helicopter on their anniversary (yes, that actually happened and it wasn’t a movie).

But personally? Some of my favorite proposals are during the big engagement boom of the holidays!

If you have social media, you know that around Christmas time and New Years, everybody and their brother is updating their relationship statuses to “engaged”! So in honor of the holidays coming up, here’s a few of my personal favorite Holiday Proposal Ideas!!

1. Ice Skating Rink Proposal

One of the cutest holidays proposals I’ve seen was when a friend of mine got engaged on the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center! Now, not everyone’s got a vacay budget to allow them to travel to NYC to do something like this, so any public ice skating rink is perfectly fine. This is a great idea for someone who wants to make their engagement a huge spectacle! Hundreds of people cheering, video footage of the proposal will be a non-issue…plus, it literally will feel like a movie come to life!

2. Miracle on 34th Street Proposal

While I was coming up with ideas for this blog, I was trying to think of a unique way of getting engaged during the holidays that I personally would totally say yes to. And this was my idea! Okay, so here it is…remember the scene from Miracle on 34th Street where Santa arranges Mrs. Walker and Bryan Bedford to meet each other after Christmas Mass at church? And turns out they’re getting married the night before Christmas? Well, imagine this spin on that: You invite your significant other to Christmas Mass, but tell them they need to get there early. So they walk through the door, and see you standing at the end of the altar holding a ring and as he/she starts to walk forward toward you, music starts playing and you get down on one knee and propose!!!!! And then once they say yes, the choir starts singing Christmas songs!

3. Present Under the Christmas Tree

This proposal is much simpler compared to the previous proposals, but still just as romantic. It’s actually sort of like an “Every Kiss Begins with Kay” holiday commercial. Imagine this: your whole family is sitting around opening Christmas gifts, having a great time, and really enjoying Christmas morning. And then your significant other gets to the last present box. Now, it can’t be a tiny ring sized box because then it would be totally obvious what they’re opening. So do a “box within a box” situation! He/she opens up the present to find…an engagement ring! Literally the best Christmas present ever!

4. Tree Lighting Ceremony Proposal

Most cities have a big Tree Lighting Ceremony of some sort. So why not make this the platform for your perfect Holiday Proposal? As soon as the Christmas lights go on, you know what to do! Get down on one knee and propose to your special someone!

5. New Years Proposal

And then, there’s the classic New Years Proposal. So many people do it, but it’s because it never gets old! Don’t just give your special someone a New Years Kiss at the stroke of midnight…give them something they’ll never forget for all New Years to come! An engagement ring!

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