My bachelorette party was two months ago! But, I have had several requests for the zero waste details.
The party planning was completely out of my control, but my two best friends were in charge! I wasn't worried about trash for one second.
When you have awesome friends, they respect you and your lifestyle choices. All I wanted was a fun night out to celebrate our friendship! Seriously, they are THE best.
Since I got married at the courthouse, I knew I wasn't actually going to have bridesmaids. But, just because you have a simple wedding doesn't mean you get to miss out on all of the fun.
When I went wedding dress shopping I fell in LOVE with a white jumpsuit. I was so torn between the jumpsuit and a dress. I wound up going with a dress, but I continued to lust after the jumpsuit.
All sorts of crazy thoughts ran through my head.... "What if I changed into a jumpsuit for the reception? What if I got a jumpsuit for the cake? Or the honeymoon?"
And, I have to admit, I still really, really want a jumpsuit.
I was browsing Rent the Runway when I stumbled upon the PERFECT blush jumpsuit. The clouds opened and I could hear heaven's angels sing, "Ahhhhh."
I knew I had to rent it.
It arrived, unfortunately in a plastic garment bag. I was pretty crushed. I'm not sure if I'll rent from then again. But, I did LOVE the jumpsuit. It fit almost perfect, and it was amazing for the evening.
I still think renting an outfit is better than buying, and it's a good option if you tire of clothing easily.
So, let me set the scene....
Saturday morning I was whisked away wearing no makeup, jeans, and a white tank top. Danielle took me to the BART, where we hopped on and rode it all the way to SF. When we got out we were surrounded by the March for Science on Earth Day.
That's right! How fitting. My bachelorette party fell on Earth Day. We watched and supported the marchers for a while before heading into my favorite zero waste store... you guessed it: Credo.
I bought some makeup for the wedding and for the evening.
Then we found our hotel. We stayed at the Sir Francis Drake and it was so lovely!!! You can see my klean kanteen on the counter.
Ali had been up in the room decorating with crepe paper (compostable ;) and putting together a killer playlist. I have to admit being in musical theatre my musical tastes are a little obscure. But, she nailed it.
And, we got to sing "Take Me or Leave Me" in perfect harmony... one of the highlights of my evening.
We got dressed and drank lots of champagne in reusable champagne flutes. The hotel sent up a fruit platter all on reusables! I was also given several gifts. Danielle did an excellent job of sourcing classy, made in the USA goods from Etsy.
I got the most amazing crown, which I will wear for literally any event I can get away with. See my backyard BBQ. I will also wear it on my birthday.
I was presented with the most beautiful sash that says, "Bride to Be." I pinned it with the stinkin' cutest little hen pins. We also got screen printed hen party cloth napkins!
We opted not to do t-shirts. I think we all knew we would never wear them again. I love to pin my hen pin on all sorts of cardigans.
I made it clear that I wanted to call it a hen party because I think that sounds much classier than a bachelorette party.
Then we kicked the night off with a Lyft to Asia SF where we partied for a while in the downstairs club. Then we went upstairs where they served dinner, cocktails, and a burlesque-ish style show. It was SO much fun.
After the show we headed to the Speakeasy for the after party. Ali is an actor in the speakeasy show, so we got the hookups. I mostly spent my time at the blackjack table perfecting ways to count cards with the dealer.
I had so much fun playing cards!! It was another highlight of the evening.
Both places we went we never had to worry about disposables. Even the restaurant had cloth napkins! They really took everything into consideration when booking the event.
We got back pretty late from the Speakeasy, but we hit up the rooftop bar at the hotel. Had time for another drink, and then we went to bed.
It was the perfect night.
My tips for planning a zero waste bachelorette party would be...
1. take it easy on the favors
It's a lot of fun to have little trinkets that are memorable and special. But, keep them to a minimum so they will be special. No one needs penis-shaped straws and wine charms. No one would use those again.
If you really want some sort of penis-shaped something, I would do it in the form of a cake. You get the gag and then it can be eaten. Yum!
I would even be skeptical of getting t-shirts. Will you really wear those again?
2. keep it simple
There's no reason to go overboard. You can feel super special just being surrounded by those you love. I had the best night because my friends are so awesome.
There was no need to fly half away around the world. There was no need for lots of gag gifts and decorations that would only be thrown away the next day.
3. plan ahead
My bridesmaids double checked every place we were going to go for reusables. Yelp is a great way to check out menus and dishware at your next stop.
Double check the place for reusables before booking!
Most importantly, HAVE FUN!
Unexpected trash can always happen. But, just roll with it. You can't plan for everything in life.
I had the best party and I can't thank my friends enough. They are the absolute best. I met Ali while doing Midsummer Night's Dream my first year in CA, and I met Danielle through blogging!!
Life is crazy and wonderful.
If either of you are reading this post right now, thank you so much for making my hen party amazing! I will remember this night of awesomeness forever. I love you both so much.
Hugs and kisses,