Want to have your bachelorette party in a city where you can drink openly in public, walk around the city easily, eat amazing food, and see beautiful historic sights? Then you definitely want to have your bachelorette party in Savannah, Georgia– a place that’ll forever hold a special place in my heart and will be in yours too soon. Here’s all the details on how to have the best bachelorette party in Savannah (all thanks to my amazing bridal party).
Find the Perfect Place to Stay
It all starts with the perfect place where all the uncontrollable laughter, deep conversations, and possibly heart moving tears may flow so make sure it’s big enough to fit everyone comfortably to hold all the joyful emotions from this once-in-a-lifetime girls’ trip! Everyone should get their own bed, and there should be enough seats at the dinner table to share a quality family time meal together.
Ideally you should get a place in historic downtown, but if you’re like us scrambling for a place because your bride-to-be’s bachelorette party so happens to be on the same weekend as St. Patrick’s Day, then getting one outside of downtown is OK too. You can take cabs to and from downtown when going out, which is no biggie! Even if you take cabs, you’ll still save money by spending less on your Airbnb in a lesser touristy area.
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Not into Airbnbs and would rather be in a hotel? B Historic looks like a hotel I would love. It has a clean and minimal design and has a pool! If you like more of a traditional, historic Savannah feel, then the River Street Inn is the right place with you with wrought-iron bed frames and charming brick walls.
Whether you’re an Airbnb or hotel type of group, make sure to bring some decorations that don’t take up much space in the suitcase.
Pick a Theme for the Weekend
It’s always fun to dress up during a bachelorette party. You can have all the girls wear black dresses and the bride-to-be wear a white dress to dinner one night, or you can take it up a notch and create a theme for the whole weekend.
My theme of the weekend was “Through the Decades” where I got to dress up in three fun outfits for the 20s, 70s, and 80s. I love going all out for special occasions and dressing up, which my ladies 100% knew about me.
As an exception to the theme, we honored St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah and dressed up in green. Truthfully, I detest this holiday that turns my home, New York City, into a lovely wastebasket for puke, but being a tourist in Savannah with my girl friends for St. Patrick’s Day was really fun. It’s much calmer and more respectful partying in the South.
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If you’re not the type to go all out in costumes, then here are a couple of simple ways to dress up:
Tattoos are easy. You don’t need to wear anything different from your normal night out outfit, and they don’t get the way in the way of your jewelry. All they do is add some glam to your look!
Bralettes are a cute way for everyone to match but not. Have the bride dress in white, and the rest of the girls wear black ones!
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Savannah is one of 11 towns in the U.S. where you can drink openly downtown. Obviously, this is one of the reasons why I picked this place for my party. Take advantage of this ‘bring your own beer/booze’ law (probably more officially known as the open container law), buy a couple bottles of liquor at the liquor store, and bring mixed drinks in plastic containers downtown to walk around with. My bridesmaids packed[amazon_textlink asin=’B00J8CPIOE’ text=’ these tumblers ‘ template=’ProductLink’ store=’tafrafo-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e322303c-ed6f-11e6-a83b-19353d32d6e9′]so we could drink with them at our Airbnb or on the streets.
Another infamous city where you can drink openly in certain areas is Las Vegas. A lot of girls like to have their bachelorette parties there, but beautiful architecture, Southern hospitality, inexpensive drinks, and possible spooky ghost sightings sounded way more like me than gambling and wearing stilettos at the club.
Get Out Off the Beaten Path
Forget the normal drunken night out at the touristy bar downtown. Get a password from a local to go to House of Mata Hari speakeasy in Savannah to have an off the beaten path night out, and when I say off the beaten path, I literally mean off the beaten path. We stumbled on cobblestones in a back alley dimly lit with fog rolling around us like we were in a bad version of Harry Potter. But we found the place and immediately were in awe of the decor and entertainment.
It was like we were transported back into time, and with our costumes, we fit right in! The cocktails aren’t the best I’ve ever had, but with the ambiance and music, they’re worth sipping on a few to enjoy this special speakeasy with the lady friends.
Tip: Try the cocktail named after the speakeasy itself. If you like strong drinks, then it’s the one for you. It’s got absinthe!
Eat Nothing But the Best Food
If you like fried chicken and grits with bacon and cheese or the idea of not being able to fit in your wedding dress when you come back, then Savannah is perfect for you just like it was for me. #foodiesunite
An absolute must-try restaurant is Mrs. Wilke’s Dining Room where you get seated family style at large tables of ten with strangers who soon become newfound friends as you share the joy in eating 18 delicious dishes of home cooked Southern food.
Plan Fun Activities & Games
Of course, a bachelorette party isn’t a party without activities and games. For the activity, take the off the beaten path food tour with Taste of Savannahah downtown (via Where to Eat in Savannah). You’ll get to try a mix of Southern and international delicacies.
For the game, we played a few but my favorite one included my hubby-to-be– the Newlywed Game! Before the bachelorette party, Mike went to Melissa’s office to be questioned by her on camera. The object of the game was for him to answer questions about me, then at the party, Melissa asked the same questions to me to see how many of the same answers we would get. We got most of them right even when we had our original answer, second guessed it, and came up with another one.
This game was so much fun and such a sweet way to include the groom in the bachelorette party weekend. Watching my now husband on camera gave us lots of laughs too. He got really into it like using the swivel chair, iron + ironing board, and phone as props.
Just in case you were wondering why Melissa’s office has an ironing board, Melissa is a professional clothier at Tom James so naturally, an iron + ironing board means business!
For general goodies for the whole weekend, my bridesmaids packed miscellaneous decor, games and disposable cameras! Do you remember those?!
Well, there’s everything you need to know on how to have the best bachelorette party in Savannah! I’ll forever remember this special girls’ trip in my heart and hope you will too when you have your bachelorette party in Savannah.
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