It’s been two weeks now since our trip to Texas. We had the best time celebrating my cousin Courtney getting hitched! Have you ever been to Fredericksburg, TX? Oh my goodness friends.. if you are into wineries, yummy food, and an adorable quaint downtown that is also totally “happening” in the nightlife arena, you will LOVE this place! You can check out the pics throughout this post and in the mean time I’m going to cut to the chase and tell you the tips to planning a successful bachelorette trip!
FIRST THINGS FIRST
First and foremost, you have to decide where you are headed! It would be best to pick a place that is equal distance from everyone who will be attended. For our trip, most of the girls were traveling from Austin. So, Fredericksburg was a good pick! Once you have established the city, you have to pick a place to stay. You can search local hotel options, but the best option for larger groups is finding a house or condo large enough so that everyone can stay together. Check out sites like Airbnb or VRBO.
Now, you need to pick out a theme! It doesn’t have to be cheese. You can go off of the time of year like we did. Since our weekend fell right before Halloween, it was super easy for us to play off of that theme. Be thinking of some creative tag lines and hashtags for the weekend so everyone can share on social media and all the content can be found in the same space!
THE DETAILS OF THE BACHELORETTE TRIP
Okay, onto actually planning this shindig. The length of your trip will definitely determine some key factors when planning. Our trip was only a weekend. Insert sad emoji right here. Since we were limited on time, we had to make some big decisions and be selective on the activities and places we chose. When creating your itinerary, you want to make sure you have one day/night that is low key and allows everyone to chill out, relax, and have some good ole girl time.
Since everyone was traveling on Friday, we thought it would be nice to make Friday night our low key evening. If you are the coordinator of the weekend, make sure that you plan out food, drinks, and activities to entertain everyone on your night in. I recommend choosing a take-out option or choose something fairly quick and easy to whip up so no one is stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is getting to know one another and having fun. I decided to cook a yummy taco soup, whipped up some super easy munchies, and brought all table decorations with me so I didn’t have to waist anytime gathering decor. I also, included a signature cocktail to offer everyone. Of course letting everyone know to bring their preferred booze is a good idea, being that not everyone will like the cocktail. This night in is the perfect time to play any Bachelorette games or to have a lingerie party.
We only had one full day in Fredericksburg, so we had to do some serious planning ahead of time to make sure not even a second was lost. Research the place you are headed to, reach out to restaurants or local attractions and chat with whoever you end up on the phone with to get a feel of some do’s and don’ts in that town. We knew we wanted to visit a few wineries and obviously food was on the agenda. My PIC in planning this took care of this day and it turned out flawless! If alcohol is involved in your plans, as it was in our. I mean we were in Texas Wine Hills, duh! Think about transportation. We booked a party bus to take us around to all of our activities during the day.
Our first stop was brunch/lunch at a local spot. Mimosas are always a must on these kind of trips, right?! Make sure to make reservations at all restaurants you are planning to go to. This will cut down on everyone questioning whats for lunch or dinner. You won’t have to waist time in long lines waiting. And it will just go smoother. We ate at the coolest cafe I’ve ever been too. Woerner’s Warehouse & Cafe was to die for. This cafe was situated right in the middle of an antique warehouse. Tasty food + antique shopping…. YES, PLEASE!
From there we were taken to our first winery, Barons Creek, where we had reservations for a private wine tasting. We only planned a formal tasting at one winery since we were unsure of how long the tasting would take in regards to how long we had our party bus. Luckily we ended up with time to visit a second winery. At Becker Vineyards, we just bought a few bottles of wine, sat under the pavillion, and chilled! It was perfect!!
I’m beginning to realize, food is always a priority with me. After we returned back to the rental house, we had a few hours before our dinner reservations (which were in walking distance- always remember transportation). While I was gathering the food for Friday evening, I also picked up a few things for us to snack on. Having an afternoon spread was perfect since we had been to two wineries and it had been several hours since lunch.
We all got changed for the evening and took a stroll down to Crossroads Saloon downtown. We had a great dinner followed by dancing! This was our one night out and it did not disappoint. I even got carried around the dance floor by an elderly line dancer. I’m pretty sure I stepped on his toes several times but I think it made his night, nonetheless!
We didn’t have a lot of time the next morning before we had to hit the road. Once again… FOOD! I brought some delish homemade pop-tarts from a bakery at home, The Prickly Hippie. These were a perfect quick breakfast on the way out. Of course we couldn’t leave that cute little town without stopping in their coffee shop. But once all the necessary stops were made, we headed on home!
LET’S CHAT MONEY
Money is the last thing anyone wants to talk about. It’s the topic that makes everyone a little squirmy! But when planning a big trip like this, it’s necessary to talk about it. Once you have picked your place to stay, scouted out your restaurants and look at their menus online. Decided on extra activities that will cost money + any grocery visits and decor that will be needed. Add it all up to get an estimate of how much each person will spend. Divide up the rental price (do not include the bride when dividing this). You can collect the money for the rental house via venmo or paypal so that can be taken care of as soon as possible. Things like decor and groceries can also be estimated and divided out by how many people (minus the bride) to be sent in ahead of time to whom ever will be doing the shopping. The point is to make sure your Bride doesn’t have to pay for anything on this trip. Once you have checked out the menus and all those details and have a rough estimate of how much it will cost on the excursions go ahead and have everyone send a designated person their share of the Bride’s expenses so there is no confusion at the dinner table of how the check will be divided. This is the easiest way, trust me!
There you have it friend! All the key points you need to successfully plan a bachelorette trip. Check out the checklist below! Feel free to print it out and use it as your planning tool! Happy Thursday friends!