Planning a Bachelorette Party is one of the most fun parts of being a Bridesmaid! This special task is your opportunity to throw your bestie one final hurrah with her girls before the big day. But one of the most difficult parts of planning the perfect Bachelorette party is figuring out the budget. While a weekend away complete with spa treatments, a gourmet dinner and cocktails sounds like a fabulous idea it can end up costing quite a bit and not fit everyone’s budget.
Today, we have done some research and broken down the costs for each element of an average Bachelorette Party in the Maritimes, so you can work out something that will work for everyone and stick to the Bachelorette Party budget.
How To Calculate The Cost Of The Bachelorette Party
In the Maritimes, the average Bachelorette Party per person ranges from $150 to over $400 depending on the time of the event and the various elements included. Wondering how it can cost so much and vary so widely? Keep reading.
Every Bachelorette Party follows a typical formula: an activity, a meal and drinks, usually followed by dancing the night away.
The additional options you might want to consider and include in the budget are:
- Traveling away from home – accommodations
- Contribution for the Bride’s costs
- Drinks and snacks
- Decor and accessories for the party
- Travel – taxis, limo, etc…
Before you Start – Consider your Guests
It’s important to take into consideration those who will be attending and keep costs in mind throughout the planning process. Not everyone has the same budget; going to the wedding will cost quite a bit and of course, many girls will have more than one wedding or Bachelorette Party to attend so it’s worth considering everyone’s budget.
Cost of Activity
Depending on what type of activity you choose the costs can vary quite a bit.
- Spa Treatments can start anywhere from $25-$125per person depending on the treatment
- Winery Tour from $79-$125 per person
- Ziplining from $30-35 per person
- Pole Dance Class from $180 – $400 per person
- Paint and Sip classes from $30 per person
Need some inspiration for planning your Bachelorette Party activities? Check out our 5 Alternative Ideas For The Best Bachelorette Party Ever.
The All-Important Meal
The Bachelorette night meal is traditionally the most set activity of the Bachelorette Party. From $20-$75 per person is what you can expect for a meal.
This is optional but sometimes Bachelorette Parties choose to have drinks in the location/hotel or organize drinks in the club if you’re heading out on the town. Budget $5-$10 per person per drink.
If you’re heading out of town, make sure to organize transportation such as taxis or limos to take people from location to location, and make sure to include this in the budget so that it is paid for in advance so there are no surprises on the day. It will be easier to keep the whole group together, everyone can enjoy a drink (or two!) and reduces the risk of losing any guests along the way! Allow $5 – $20 per person.
Cost of Bachelorette Party Accommodations
Deciding whether to stay local or to head out of town for a night or weekend will be one of the biggest factors in the cost of the Bachelorette Party. If you are heading out of town you have many options including a hotel, B&B, or even glamping!
- Hotel from $100-$300
- B&B from $100-$150
- Glamping from $175-$250
Paying for the Bride
It’s traditional etiquette to cover costs for the Bride-to-be. This can vary from Bachelorette to Bachelorette, but in most cases, the guests will pay for the Bride’s meals, drinks, and activities. The Bride’s costs should be divided by the guests and collected prior to the Bachelorette party itself to avoid the awkward situation of money passing hands in front of the Bride and to ensure that the person organizing the event collects the money.
Decor and Other Extras Not To Forget…
- Decor, accessories and goodie bags all add up so don’t go too wild if costing this into the budget.
- It is not required but many Bachelorette Parties do give gifts to the Bride so make sure to factor this in. Gifts are not necessary to bring to the Bachelorette Party by the way. You’re paying for transportation, hotels, meals, drinks, and covering costs for the Bride-that is a lovely gift itself.
- If planning a themed Bachelorette Party remember guests may have to spend extra money on an outfit.
So What’s The Typical Cost of a Bachelorette Party In The Maritimes?
As you can see how things add up quickly and how the typical cost on a Bachelorette Party is between $150-$400 –this includes an activity, one dinner, drinks, and a portion to pay for the Bride.
Costs will obviously vary from each group of girls and depends on how much everyone is prepared to spend to celebrate so this is just an overview of the most popular ideas to give you a starting point.
It’s very important that when you do decided on the plan and have final costs, let everyone on the guest list know the breakdown of the final costs. You can keep some surprises but if you are asking friends to hand over a couple hundred dollars, they will want to know what it’s being spent on.
What other costs should be factored in when planning a Bachelorette Party? Leave your comment below. I’d love to hear your comments.