10 Ideas for The Bride Who Wants a Zen Bachelorette Weekend

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While we’ll never fault anyone for wanting a bachelorette weekend full of late nights out and multiple bars and clubs, some brides-to-be just want something a little more low-key! Scroll through to check out 10 ideas from industry pros for a chill bachelorette celebration that will still feel spectacular!

Host a spa weekend

“You can't say zen without thinking of the spa, right? My dream bachelorette weekend to plan would start with a group dinner Friday night, Saturday morning yoga all together, and then a large chunk of spa appointments with small bites and pool time following. Once everyone has a bit of separate downtime, come back together for a coursed dinner service, and end with a beautiful champagne brunch on Sunday. There are properties all over the PNW I'd point a client to for this type of weekend, but I'm partial to The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, OR.” - Ashley Lachney, Owner, Alston Mayger Events

Have a vision board outing

“Think about all of you gathering together to take part in a very therapeutic, bonding and fun process. Seize the opportunity to create an emotional connection to your wants and desires, through creative and intuitive experiences that create order, prosperity and freedom. Creating your personal Vision Board is more than just cutting pages from a magazine. The process is about releasing your brain's potential to help guide you to your true happiness. Start the day with a focused meditation. Mix in calming music, healthy meals and it makes the perfect outing. The magic of this experience stays with you as you watch the power of your board unveil.” - Kristin Sullivan, Founder, The Bridal Retreat

Book a stay at a wellness center

“Instead of partying until the sun comes up for your Bachelorette celebration, consider booking a rejuvenating weekend at a wellness center - or even curating your own custom wellness weekend! There are some amazing destinations you can travel to that feature everything from yoga classes to guided meditations, saunas to salt caves, spa services like massages and facials, and so much more all under one roof. These locations offer the perfect setting to get centered and lean into self-care before your big day. Budget a little tight? No worries! You can pick and choose a few of these ideas and create your own adventure for a zen gathering with your girls. Attend a yoga class, grab some smoothies, and maybe spend the afternoon getting your cards read while enjoying a decadent cheeseboard with some wine! The perfect balance for a relaxed, but fun, celebration!” - Alexandra Denniston, Owner & Lead Planner, Eventlightenment Planning

Have a winter getaway with your gals

“If you’re looking to do something totally different and out of the ordinary, think about a winter getaway! Grab the snowshoes and cross-country skis for some outdoor fun, then rest up back at the cabin with a hot chocolate and a cozy sweatshirt for you and your bridesmaids that is perfect for lounging around by the fire.” - Caryn Leith, Founder, The Crew Apparel Co.

Have a yoga weekend

“Hire a private yoga instructor! There is something really zen, and super special, about having a yoga class curated to your bride and her tribe. It is a great way to kick off the weekend relaxed and ready to enjoy your time together. Ask to put together a special play list for the class as well - a fun way to evoke memories while stretching and relaxing together.” - Jamie, Cape Cod Celebrations

Have the ultimate Bridal Retreat

 “Consider our Bridal Retreat for a productive AND peaceful weekend! Gather your besties and retreat to plan! Start each day with yoga, meditation, and a healthy breakfast. We have your hair and makeup done for you, which can act as trials for your wedding day. We play dress up, including having your colors read. We have a photo shoot, a dance party, and so much more. Guest chefs cook for you as they guide you through preparing healthy recipes. And of course, no retreat is complete without a spa moment, massages, and pedicures – a must!” - Kristin Sullivan, Founder, The Bridal Retreat

Plan a few different day-time activities

“I love the idea of a low-key, relaxing bachelorette! I recommend doing more day-time activities like sailing, pickleball, or picnics to keep the day mellow but still fun. Many cities have professional picnic set-up companies who you can hire to deck out a space on the beach or in a park with specialty bachelorette decor! You can follow up the day with an at-home pizza night or slumber party to keep the weekend more mild.” - Melanie Levin, Owner, LuckEleven Events

Find a local retreat

“I'm a wedding photographer living in Franklin, TN, just 30 minutes south of Nashville, where I can avoid the loud downtown Nashville bachelorette weekends, which are the norm around the Broadway honky tonks. Yet, just 10 minutes down the road in Franklin is Southall Farm, a brand new luxury farm resort which offers discerning brides the serenity they want for a weekend away with their best girlfriends. It was just named one of the Best New Hotels in the World by Travel and Leisure. Instead of the wild nights in Nashville, a bride and her besties can lounge by the spa pool or resort pool, stroll through the apple orchard, relax with sound bathing, go out on the lake for paddleboard yoga, bike along the lake, trail hike through the rolling hills, go for an adventurous afternoon trying out the ropes course, enjoy locally sourced dining and craft cocktails at Sojourner, and stay up late talking over cocktails and s'mores around the fire pit. Choose rooms at the inn or book a cottage that boasts multiple rooms, fireplaces and a screened porch. Now that's my idea of a zen bachelorette weekend.” - Heather Durham, Heather Durham Photography

Get your sweat on

“Incorporating a group workout class into your weekend is a great way to get you and your friends into a positive headspace. I recommend a group spin class if you want a power sweat or a grounding yoga class. Try a group sound bath meditation or a group pottery class for something more out-of-the-box. To elevate the experience, end the group activity by writing a note to the bride - hearing your wishes for her future marriage will make the weekend much more special.” - Haydon Dillon, Haydon Dillon Events

Remember: keep the guest count small

“Choose wisely! Most brides agree the best decision they made was keeping their bachelorette festivities small. Invite only your closest friends and family even if that means limiting your group to 5 or less. When a large group of ladies are gathered together, it not only complicates the planning, expenses and travel but drama is more likely to ensue with more personalities. Also, with a smaller group you're really able to spend quality time with each person.” - Valarie Falvey, Kirkbrides Wedding Planning & Design
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