Austin is the #1 spot nation-wide for destination bachelorette parties. What’s not to love? The southern city is everything: fun, urban, country, laid-back, fancy—and ready to party. Just like you! Here’s your essential guide to getting your bachelorette on, Austin-style.
Choose Your Theme
Do you want a low-key girls weekend with a cozy country pad and lazy afternoons swimming Barton Springs? Or perhaps you just want to wear allllll the heels and dance the warehouse district’s glittering roof-top bars. More likely you want a little bit of it all. The good news—you’ve got unlimited options in this booming, cool-kid town. Need help learning the really great places? Hire a local party planner for insider tips on what, where, when, and how.
Invite Your Lady Crew
Bachelorette parties change lives. Of course we’re not being hyperbolic. There’s playful gossip, tears (of laughter), love, and serious goofing around. Surround yourself with the girls who’ve got your back. Save the mailed invites for the wedding and streamline the planning process with darling evites. Your sanity will thank you.
Choose Your Digs
For full-on pamper sessions, stay the weekend at Lake Austin Spa or the Hyatt Lost Pines. For contemporary chic with that Austin flair, try the Hotel San Jose or Heywood Hotel. For straight up, chilled out Austin, the South Congress Hotel is always a blast. If you’re renting a house, look for the South Congress, Downtown, or East Austin neighborhoods. You’ll be close to bars, restaurants, and boutiques—not to mention get a real feel for the city.
Have Your Carriage Awaiting
Get your party bus on, girl. Nothing says almost married like a party bus full of your best friends rolling down 6th Street, dancing out the windows to Beyonce. More fitness oriented? Hire a keg-equipped party bike that seats up to 12 friends and lets you pedal while drinking. If you’re glamour girl at heart, go with a tricked-out limousine. However you get around town, don’t drink and drive. Bachelorettes are no fun if you land in the slammer.
Make Time for Saturday Brunch
Everyone arrives Friday night, and the bubbly gets flowing. Make sure your girls are equipped for the rest of the weekend with a special brunch treat on Saturday (late) morning. A private chef will come to your rental, cook up a feast, fuel you for the day, then clean the whole thing up. Now you’re not only the bride-to-be, you’re the greatest friend ever, too.
Throw a Mani-Pedi Party
Oh yes. This is the stuff of life. All the girls having a major pamper session, reading celebrity mags, getting ready for the party. Organize local nail pros to come lacquer up the ladies and get those toes in fighting shape for a night of high heels.
Let’s Talk Sauce
Drinks all around! Remember that party bus? What if it came equipped with its own bartender? Or better yet, you had a bartender at your disposal for your Saturday pool party at the pad? They’ll customize you special drinks—making you a special concoction to celebrate your big weekend. See what’s currently trending on the Austin cocktail scene.
Bring in Cooking Lessons
Bond with the babes over a cooking lesson featuring local cuisine. No worries if you can barely boil water. It’s often more of an interactive demonstration than major hard work on your part. What will happen is good food, lots of fun, and a new recipe to wow your honey with.
Hire Your Own Paparazzi
It would be a shame not to document the fabulosity of your bachelorette weekend. But no girl (even your MOH) wants to tote around a selfie stick in her designer gold clutch. Schedule a shoot with a photographer that makes photo sessions fun. Forget your traumatic memories of family portraits at the mall, this will be good times.
Book Massages Before You Go
Party weekend accomplished. Now it’s rest and recovery until everyone’s back at the Austin airport. Treat your girls (and, LBH, yourself) to a massage before hopping back into daily life. No need to get out of your jammies and leave the pad—top-rated massage therapists will come to you. You just relax and enjoy the afterglow of a weekend well spent.
Ready to get planning? Your big weekend is coming up soon!