Broke-Ass Tag: bachelorette party


Affiliate Disclaimer NewLucinda and her girls gear up for the bachelorette bash!

Being a Broke-Ass Bride, with a similarly-minded circle of ladies, doesn’t mean that you can’t have a rocking bachelorette party. When my friends asked me a while ago what I wanted to do for my bachelorette, I was pretty stumped — like many major cities, Boston can be a pretty expensive place to have fun, and the last thing I wanted to do was to have my closest friends shell out a bunch of cashola for 24 hours of crazy-girl fun. They did a knock-out job of planning my bachelorette party, and we had a blast on a budget.  Here’s how they pulled it off:

Local mani-pedis

One of my ideas was some kind of “spa day,” nothing crazy, just painting some paws ‘n claws. We opted to stay close and get our nails done in the morning at our local salon before heading into the city, which made it a more affordable option.

Split a big hotel room

One of the girls found a good deal online when searching for hotels to stay at, and we got a suite at a really nice hotel in the fancy Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. With two large adjoining rooms, we had plenty of room to spread out and get ready for a night out on the town.


I’m not one for typical bachelorette party shenanigans like, um, strip clubs or Chippendale dancers … just not my thing. However, I’m always up for a drag show!  After Mexican food for dinner, we headed to Jacques Cabaret in the theater district, which is a destination for birthdays and bachelorette parties like ours. Plus, tickets were only $10! We had an outrageous time watching the show (I highly recommend it if you’re in the area) and got some pictures with the drag queens afterwards.

Drag show for Lucinda's bachelorette bash!

After that, we headed to a nightclub for drinks and dancing, where I think we were the oldest people  in the club by several years … oops. We got there so early after the drag show that we practically had the whole place to ourselves and got to request our fave ’90s songs!

It’s definitely doable to have a bachelorette party on the cheap but still have an amazing time, it just takes a little resourcefulness (but I think all of us Broke-Asses know that, right?).  I wouldn’t have asked for anything more, my bachelorette was perfect the way it was and I got to spend it with the gal pals who matter to me. We’re a crazy bunch!

What did you get into for your pre-wedding shenanigans? Tell us in the comments!

  • 10/8

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewHi BABs!

    The big day is almost here, and I am super excited! Over the last few weeks I have been surrounded by awesome generosity: El Fiance truly stepping up and doing more than his fair share of wedding prep; a fantastic, hilarious, Hobbit-themed hen party organised by my wonderful ‘Maids with 22 absolutely incredible women; and so many random messages of support that it has been truly overwhelming.

    For some light relief, here are a few snaps from my hen party …

    Real Bride Emma's Hobbit-themed Hen Party
    Me with “a Hobbit” — yes, I am dressed as a man.

    Real Bride Emma Gets Into the Elvin Spirit
    Me dressed as Legolas, about to do a spot of archery. I am aware how lame this makes me, and I don’t care.

    Forget Strippers! Real Bride Emma's Hen Party was Hobbit-Themed
    Me and some of the hen party dudes. Such love, many feels.

    You might recall that a previous post was a bit, well, stressy. But I am delighted to inform you that all that is behind me, in part due to the fact that I have had so many brilliant people offering help, cake, and their own possessions all in the name of making the wedding planning as stress-free as possible. So I shall take the opportunity now to say thank you very much — I really appreciate it.

    And that’s the wonderful thing about living this planning in the public eye — and why I urge you all to be open with your friends and family about your own wedding plans. It can be so easy in this day of Pinterest-pointless weddings and Insta-sham to feel that you should be able to create this magical, unique and social-media friendly day all by yourself. But the truth is BABs, that you can’t. No one can. And that’s OK! Instead of using these networks to endlessly obsess over weddings that have been created by a team of designers and creative types, use them to connect to people and ASK FOR HELP. It takes a whole village to raise a child, and it takes at least one cul-de-sac to organise a wedding.

    OK. Preaching over. Here are some nice BAB-style tips.

    1) We came into the possession of a significant number of battery-powered tea lights — massive thanks to my lovely friend Bex who is leaving the country for sunnier climes and therefore donated a shedload of wedding stuff to us. Electric lights are great because you can just leave them on all day without worrying about re-stocking them, and they also make a lovely flickering glow without adding any heat.

    To make them fit in with our scheme, and also to cover them a little, I simply wrapped book pages (cut up into different sizes) around them. Et voila — sweet little paper covers that hide the plastic nature of the lights but allow their lovely glow to show through.

    2) We have now bought all the wine! Hurrah! We used ALDI, which in the UK is a shop that sells really lovely wines at great prices. We had a terrible (not) time trying a few different bottles out, and I would really recommend any UK brides to take advantage of their selection. You can get some really nice stuff for about £5 a bottle (or even less — our red wine is only £3.70 a bottle and it is YUMMY and has totally won awards and stuff). Also, the staff are now pretty used to people coming in and raiding their stick for weddings and large parties, and are super helpful. Massive. Win.

    3) Crafting ain’t so bad. And believe me, if I can do it, ANYONE can do it. In the UK I strongly suggest a visit to Hobbycraft, which is full of pretty inexpensive bits and bobs that you can use to spruce up you wedding. For example, I have added lovely bits of pearl spray into the bouquets (which I totally also made, alongside my lovely maids) and they only cost me £2.50 for a set of twelve. Boom.

    I also have my eye on cute little letters, which are intended to be put on the doors of kid’s rooms, but could totally be spruced up and popped on the top table.

    I’ll talk to you lovelies again after the wedding day!

    Till next time, Am Dram Bride – out!

    Emma Watkins
  • 9/24

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    You guys. I’m getting married this weekend. In fact, by the time you’re reading this, I may already be married and suffice it to say, I AM ALL OF THE EXCITE. The DIYs are done. The booze is bought. All I have left to do is zip up that dress and marry the love of my life. In the style of silly tradition, several of…

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    Ever look back on a major event and wish that you had more photos/videos to capture those awesome memories? I sure do. So when it came to what I'll affectionately call my "Epic Bridal Weekend," I knew that I needed professional help with the documentation of all the fun details. Enter: WeddingMix!  My fiancé actually told me about the app first, and then I learned more about…

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    Wow, Broke-Ass Brides and Grooms! My wedding is this Saturday, September 27th! On one hand, I entirely believe it, as I have been planning this day for almost a year. On the other hand, even with all the planning and wedding talk, it really snuck up on me. I will admit – I’m really over the idea of this wedding. I am ready to end…

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  • 4/11

    Photo courtesy of Christopher Duggan Dear Heather, Our wedding is this coming August, 2014. Due to a job loss, our financial situation has changed majorly. I  have a venue - Maestro in the Bronx, NY - which  I love. I'm on a minimal budget of $8,000 and postponing isn't an option. My venue, which comes with a videographer, eats up most of my budget and…

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    ATTN: All you maids of honor and best men! Wondering what to do for your bestie on their last big night of singledom? Well, if you're in the U.K., you can put your pretty little head to rest and hand over the responsibilities to Hangover Weekends. Specialising in planning for a hen and stag weekend in Newcastle, Nottingham and Brighton, Hangover Weekends takes control by…

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  • 6/21

    How cute are these before and after personalized rhinestone tanks? SUPER CUTE is the correct answer! Not only does The House of Bachelorette offer these sweet tanks, they have everything you could possibly need for a proper hen party from pretty to provocative, from tiaras to titillating games! Skip  the skeezy shops where the clerks eyeball you up and down when you plop an armload…

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