Scroll through social media and it’s easy to believe that every nearlywed is having an over-the-top, weeklong, luxurious bachelorette getaway. While these bougie extravaganzas are amazing experiences if you and your wedding party have the funds, it’s important to understand not everyone can afford the cost or take that much time off work for a bach celebration. But don’t worry — you can have a picture-perfect, insta-ready party that won’t break the bank if you book one of these fun, affordable local experiences. Whichever you choose, you’ll create unforgettable memories with your closest friends. And that’s what a bach celebration is all about anyway, right?!
Host a slumber party
What could be more fun than an old school slumber party with your besties? Sure, you could host it at someone’s house, but to make it extra special, book the Stay + Slay Slumber Party Package at The Collins Off Main. This nostalgic bachelorette party experience includes overnight accommodations for up to eight people in the full-service apartment located above the modern event space. Overnight rental includes an on-trend dinner party set up, board games, a projector for movie night, and all the comforts of home. To make your bachelorette party even more memorable, The Collins has partnered with an incredible group of vendors to offer optional add-ons ranging from custom cake pops by Cake by Kaity and a floral workshop hosted by Lee Floral Design to food, drink, and dessert packages from Thompson’s Pizza, Ugly Dog Distillery, and The Lakehouse Bakery. To make sure you capture every memorable moment, there’s even a photography add-on with Tashina Wenn Photography. The Stay + Slay Slumber Party Package starts at $500. To learn more and book your bachelorette, click here.
Mix it up with a cocktail class
Booking a private class — whether it’s cooking, painting, or our favorite, mixology — is a fantastic, cost-effective way to bond with your bridesmaids. One of our fave West Michigan dining destinations, San Chez, not only serves killer cocktails but will also teach you to make them during a private Cocktail Creation Class. Classes typically last 1 to 1.5 hours and are available for up to 40 guests. San Chez’s cocktail gurus will guide you through the creation of two recipes and teach you all about the unique ingredients, local distilleries, and bar equipment that make them so mouthwatering. Private classes start at $15/person with an instructor fee of $100 for groups of 10 or fewer or $10/person for larger groups. For more information, visit here.
Escape to a private cabin
If the whole wedding planning process has you feeling a bit overwhelmed and all you really want to do is get away from it all, we say go for it! From the deep woods to the shores of the Great Lakes, Michigan is home to some truly gorgeous private rental cabins that are perfect for bachelorette getaways. You can search Airbnb or Vrbo for the perfect cabin, then plan other activities like hikes, cookouts, and cocktails around the campfire. Personally, we are partial to this gorgeous Charlevoix lakehouse. The views are stunning, it sleeps up to 10 people with three full baths, and it has a hot tub — yes, please! The average price per night is $815, and to book click here.
Slay a group pole dancing class
Psst! Did you know you can book Polarity, Ann Arbor’s premiere pole fitness studio, for private events? The playful, energetic, and welcoming space, created by the owner of aUM Yoga, is perfect for bach parties. The studio offers many package options, but our pick is definitely The Bachelorette. The package includes two hours of private studio time with an instructor who will teach you how to spice it up with sexy moves and tricks. The price includes up to 28 guests, and you can add additional guests for $15 each. The reception desk doubles as a bar, and you can bring your own cocktails and hors d’oevres. Also, make sure to wear shorts and a tank top — the Polarity team says it’s important to have the backs of the knees and biceps exposed for maximum grip and friction on the pole. The Bachelorette package starts at $450 with a 15 percent gratuity for your instructor. Learn more and book here.
Hit the water in a rental boat
If you’re planning a bachelorette party in Michigan, it’s never a bad idea to get out on the water. Retro Boat Rentals in Saugatuck has a fleet of absolutely gorgeous vintage boats from the late 1950s to early 1960s with charming names like Ruby, Laverne, and Gladys. They are all perfect for capturing an insta-ready moment, but for bigger parties we love their Donut Boats. These kitschy, circular watercraft seat up to 10 people, are dog friendly, and come with a Bluetooth speaker so you can rock your bachelorette party playlist while you cruise the Kalamazoo River. “Donut Boats are our most popular option for Bachelorette parties,” says Lauren Stanton of Retro Boat Rentals. “Sometimes they book two or three of them at a time!” Food and drinks can be purchased at sister restaurant The Old Boat House, which provides a cooler and ice for no extra charge and also has live music on Saturdays and Sundays. Donut Boat rentals are available for 2-4 hours, starting at $269. For more information, click here.
What are you planning for your bachelorette celebration? If you want more ideas and planning tips, click here. Also, we want to hear all about the memories you make with your besties! Post your bachelorette photos on Instagram and tag us!
HAPPY WEDDING PLANNING!