We're unashamed to admit we have a serious obsession with the '90s, especially when it comes to all the things that make us nostalgic about being a girl back in the decade of jellies, neon, and Lisa Frank. If you and your friends are anything like us, you'd die over a '90s-themed party. So with wedding season underway, we've come up with creative ideas for throwing the most bomb.com bachelorette party or bridal shower we could dream up, complete with the girlie trinkets, rad fashion, and phat pop culture icons of the 1990s. And a lot of these ideas would work for a birthday bash as well! Now get ready to party like it's 1999!
For a geeky bride's bachelorette bash, skip the standard Sin City routine and head for a nerd-friendly spots instead. Whether she's a hardcore Harry Potter nerd or a science enthusiast with a passion for astronomy, we've picked a variety of party destinations to suit her style. Check out these six cities to get inspired for a creative weekend where the bride and crew can let their geek flags fly.
Wedding season brings the ultimate girl-bonding events: bridal showers and bachelorette parties. And depending on if you're the bride-to-be, a bridesmaid, the sister of the bride, or just the party planner in your group of girlfriends, you may be brainstorming bridal party theme ideas this season. Well, we're here to help! We've scoured our favorite big-day blogs for 50 of the most fun, creative, and pretty party themes, perfect for a bridal shower or bachelorette party. Check them out now!
Planning a bachelorette party? Girls' day out? Weekend getaway? Leave the adventure to fate with a spontaneous trip to an unknown city or neighborhood! These websites and apps will recommend the best road-trip stops, exotic locales, long weekend excursions, and more for your next off-the-cuff expedition.
Rally your partners-in-adventure to take the road less traveled, and go on a one- (or two- or three-) week-long escape to uncharted territory. Try out these online travel recommendation tools, and let us know which one you like best.
Even if you aren't a fan of weddings, there is one event of wedding season that we all love: bachelorette parties! The bachelorette party is the final shebang of singlehood for the bride-to-be, and the girls' night out is traditionally filled with alcohol, phallic-shaped accessories, and shirtless men. But whether the event is a mild wine tasting or involves stripper poles, there are some etiquette rules to keep in mind as a bridesmaid or bridal partygoer. To get our point across, we're illustrating these bachelorette party dos and don'ts with GIFs from movies like Magic Mike, Bridesmaids, and Bachelorette, along with TV shows like SNL and The Bachelor. So before you wake up on your girlfriend's couch with an empty bottle of vodka in your hand and a glitter smeared in questionable areas on your body, let's go over the rules of a successful bachelorette party.
When the bride-to-be is hoping for a bachelorette party that takes place anywhere but Sin City, there are plenty of fun, Vegas-free options to choose from. Travel isn't always an option, but wedding planners Paige Appel and Kelly Harris of Bash Please told us why they love destination parties. "A weekend with your friends is so much better than just a night out with your friends, because that kind of feels just like girls' night — same old bars. But if you go away for the weekend, it's really more of a labor of love together."
With their advice in mind, we've rounded up a variety of getaway options, plus great ideas for staying close to home. Whether she's a fitness buff, a pop culture nut, or in search of something more low-key, take a look at these fun bachelorette party options for every type of bride.
We were saddened yesterday with the news that Annette Funicello had passed away. The famous Mouseketeer grew up to be the teen queen of the beach party movies of the '60s like Beach Party, Bikini Beach, and Beach Blanket Bingo. The series of films were inspired by the 1959 film Gidget about a young surfer girl, which had several sequels and was adapted into the '60s TV show starring Sally Field.
These swingin' '60s films and shows featured lots of bikinis, beach locales, musical numbers, and girlie retro style — so we couldn't think of a better bridal shower theme than one inspired by the beach party trend of the era. Think Tiki bars, pool lounging, and Mad Men-esque attire. Check out retro beach inspiration for your bridal shower, bachelorette party, or just Summer soiree now!
Bachelorette parties can be a blast, but they can also be a major expense. To keep costs low for both you and your bridesmaids, step back and brainstorm simple ways to make your festivities more budget-friendly. Now that we've covered how to make your wedding easier on your bridesmaids' budget, here are seven easy ways to make your bachelorette party more affordable, too.
- Plan ahead. In order to get the best possible prices, make your plans as early as possible. Thinking ahead will also offer you plenty of time to seek out special deals, so spend those extra days browsing reputable travel offer sites like Jetsetter to see what's available.
- Opt for a staycation. Road trips and cross-country weekends may be fun, but you and your friends will save big if you choose a spot in your own city instead. Not only will you skip the cost of gas and airfare, but you'll also be more knowledgeable about the most fun, inexpensive places to go for your party.
- Pick a house, not a hotel. Rather than shelling out for a hotel room, why not rent a house instead? You'll have a more cozy, intimate atmosphere and everyone will be free to come and go as they please — free of any messy, time-sensitive checkout situations.
Keep reading for more money-saving tips.
School's back in session for some pencil pushers this week, and we're feeling nostalgic for the scent of library books and the days of reading textbooks in coffee shops. We're not ashamed to admit we have a nerdy side, and we think book- and library-inspired details would make any engagement party, bridal shower, or wedding that much more of a page-turner. So if you're a bookworm like us, dive into these ideas for adding literary charm to your big-day celebrations.
This month, bachelorette partygoers are going to be saying "Whoa!" when Blossom star Joey Lawrence strips with Chippendales at the Rio Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. Teen '90s heartthrob no more, Joey is still mighty fine — and ripped — at 36 . . . heck, we'd watch him take it all off on stage!
And lucky for us, Joey isn't the only shirtless stripper eye candy of late. On Friday, Magic Mike hits theaters, featuring a sexy cast the likes of Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, and Matt Bomer showing off their bods in the male stripper flick.
But the male stripper phenomenon is relatively new and had its big break with the creation of all-male stripper troupe Chippendales in 1979. From boy bands to SNL skits to murder, male stripping has had a sexy, scandalous history. Check it now!