Post # 76
mountain_bride2019 : I think for most people that are posting here, they might have a group of friends that gets together that for the most part, all know each other. For me, I had gone to high school in a different place than college, then moved to NYC–so I had friends from all over!
Not true, at least in my circles. My bridesmaids were sisters, college friends, grad school friends, etc. most of whom had never met before we got engaged (I moved 12 hours away for college and another 9 hours away for grad school). My Maid/Matron of Honor still organized everything. I had some input – which weekend it was, location options that would be easy for all of my friends to get to, that sort of thing, but I wasn’t actively planning. The same is true of almost all of the friends’ bachelorette parties I’ve attended.
Post # 77
Have you considered the Niagara Region across the border in Canada? Niagara-on-the-Lake has nice hotels with first rate spas ( Pillar & Post for example) plus several wineries with tours and a quaint main street/ horse drawn carriages etc. And it’s only about a 15 minute drive to see the falls &/ or go to a Casino/ see a live show. And right now the USD to Cdn $ exchange would make it even more affordable.
Speaking of affordable, perhaps your Maid/Matron of Honor could speak to the bridesmaids, establish what everyone can afford/ would like to do/ toss out a few suggestions, ask for suggestions of theirs.
Post # 78
Ah, interesting! Yeah, I guess it varies widely. Honestly, I think everyone has the same goal in mind, so it’s fine if the means in which they go about it are a little different. As long as a good bachelorette weekend is had by all!
Post # 79
I was the co-MOH in one of my best friends’ weddings at the end of last year, and due to the other wedding party/guests student budget restraints, wound up paying for most of the weekend myself (came out to around $1000 CDN with the exchange). The bride and other Maid/Matron of Honor and I did one night at an airbnb near the city center breweries (none of the other girls committed in time to book) and then one night at the other MOH’s family cabin with the rest of the group of girls. It was expensive, but everyone had lots of fun and the bride was so grateful and thankful and everything came together successfully. I get wanting to make a trip/vacation out of it for everyone, but that’s a pretty steep price especially when you consider your girls could also be possibly travelling for your shower and actual wedding ceremony as well.