With a proud pioneer heritage, it's no surprise the city of Edmonton is revolutionizing how brides view the festivities leading up to their weddings. While party hardy bachelorettes still spring to mind for some, many brides are looking for opportunities to celebrate their bridal parties and the adventurous spirit of their hometown with fresh concepts for bonding and fun. Edmonton brides are finding new and meaningful ideas for every budget and season.
Whether the bride or bridal party organizes the bachelorette, consider the bride's needs and her interests. Is she looking for a wild bash or an oasis with friends away from wedding planning chaos? What would her perfect day together with her friends be?
Considering the budget for any gathering is critical. With the costs to the bride, bridal party and guests for appropriate wardrobe and styling for various events involved in modern weddings, it can add up quickly. A bachelorette need not break the bank. Edmonton, with the largest total parkland of any North American city, has superb free options for girl bonding.
Planning Free Bachelorette Adventures
Edmonton is a fit city with many sporty, modern brides looking for a day of fun, sun and adventure. Spring offers a chance for a group hike or biking along Edmonton's many trails. Winter months afford days of cross country skiing together. Pack a backpack full of trail mix, water, a first aid kit, a repair kit for bikes and a cell phone. Consult the Park Rangers' updated listings on any trail closings before setting out.
Extreme bridal adventures can be had at the city's skateparks, where skateboarding, BMX and roller blading brides and guests can put skills to the test for free. Check out Kaskitayo Park, at 111 St. and 19 Ave; Mill Woods at 72 St. and 28 Ave.; Castle Downs 117 St. and 153 Ave. and Clareview at 38 St. and 139 Ave. Before the event, go to the parks and try the terrain. Castle Downs, for example, has terrain for all levels, and might be a good choice for a broader range of skill sets among the guests attending. Staff is on hand at the parks during summer months.
Moderately Priced Bachelorette Fun
While a picnic on a blanket in the park is free, Edmonton's sites can be rented for an organized event. Fees for a picnic license and the use of the sites are reasonable. Booking it means the party is guaranteed a site and the amenities that come with it, including fire pits and one to twelve tables (more can be rented for an additional fee), as well as power and water at some sites. In the event of inclement weather, one can contact the booking office at 780-496-4999. Canopies can also be rented.
Edmontonians also have the special advantage of living in a city with regularly scheduled major events throughout the year. Scheduling a bachelorette party during a festival is a fun way to celebrate with friends and the whole city. With Old Strathcona playing host to Fashion Week, the International Fringe Theater Festival, jazz concerts and more there's something for every interest from free concerts to special ticketed shows. A day site seeing, shopping and bistro hopping in Old Strathcona's famous shopping district is also a fun option for bachelorettes that can be customized to budget and taste.
Super Bachelorette Events
Bridal parties willing and able to host an event with a larger budget can plan a day taking advantage of Edmonton's natural grandeur. Whether on the water or the slopes, in summer or winter, there's something for everyone. Be sure to visit any business before booking an event.
Many companies throughout the Edmonton area offer guided canoe tours, one-day introductory sailing lessons, boat chartering and kayaking. A canoe tour, for example, can last from a day to three, so consider the availability and needs of the bride and her guests.
Area scuba diving schools are also in the forefront of new party concepts, offering one-day lessons and diving adventures for bachelorette groups. Bold brides and their friends can take a safety and instructional course the morning of the dive and then be in the water together with instructors, sharing a lasting memory.
Winter brides can book skiing and snowboarding group lessons for snowy girl bonding. Whether all guests are experienced on the slopes or novices, there's help and guidance for all levels, making the shared experience fun for all.
A Night Out on the Town
When the bridal party is done with their adventures in Edmonton's backyard and is looking for a night out on the town together, the city offers an eclectic mix of wild west favorites, including restaurants and bars with cowboy overtones and new global trends, such as popular new Indian restaurants. Not only can fine dining be found, Edmonton is well-known for its live music venues.
SEE Mgazine is a local resource in Edmonton, reviewing the latest restaurants and highlighting their "Best Of" winners in nightlife categories. Recently, SEE named New City Likwid Lounge its pick for best live music venue in the city. Jazz and blues fans can hear live musical performances by a variety of both local and traveling performers at Yardbird Suite, Blues on Whyte and Blue Chair Cafe. Wild West Saloon boasts the largest dance floor in the city for plenty of space for country dancing. The art of the dueling piano is alive and well at The Ivory Club & Ebony Lounge.
Is the bride a foody wine lover looking for a night of acclaimed vino and girl talk? Edmonton's celebrated restaurant Hardware Grill has won so many awards and been named to so many best of lists, its accolades require a separate page on its website,
Combine any of the above suggestions, such as a night at the theater during the International Fringe Festival, Old Strathcona shopping sprees, a day of appetite-rousing outdoor adventures and a night out for live music, or plan any one of these individual experiences, and the bachelorette party will surely stand out as one the bride and her friends will always remember. With the focus on the bride and her desire to celebrate her bridal party and friends, sharing how much each means to one another, the event will surely be a success.
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