I have the best friends. Ever.
Deciding where to go for my bachelorette celebration was easy: Nashville. I’ve always wanted to go there for a girls trip, and everyone seemed to be pretty pumped about the idea of going for my bachelorette party. However, I knew that with limited budgets, few vacation days, kids, and very little free time, it was going to be tough for some of my girls to make it there and I was ready to accept that. But that didn’t mean they didn’t want to have fun.
Two of my bridesmaids, Whitney and Heather, decided to host a local bachelorette party for me, and invited all of the girls who couldn’t make it to Nashville. So, on Saturday, October 11th, 2014, we took over downtown Savannah, GA.
My mom and I decided to make shirts for all of us to wear. Mine said “Future Mrs. Vinicky” and the girls’ said “#Vinicky121314”, our wedding hashtag :).
And Whitney got me this adorable cup to drink from for the day!
We started the afternoon with a two o’clock Slow Ride through downtown.
I’d seen these around, but had never have done one before. Basically, it’s a portable bar that is powered by pedaling and takes you on a two-hour pub crawl, stopping at 4-5 local watering holes.
Thank goodness you can get a to-go drink to sip on the bike, because that thing is a lot of work! I got smart halfway through and sat on the bench on the end that DOESN’T require pedaling (after learning from Lora). (Note to short people: you may not be able to completely reach the pedals, causing you to shift from side to side so that you can, which bruises your rear! You have been warned.)
Sweat, bruises and tired legs aside, it was a TON of fun and I would highly recommend trying it with a group of friends!
After the pub crawl and scarfing down a slice of pizza from Vinnie Van Go Go’s, we walked to our hotel, the Marriott SpringHill Suites, to freshen up and get ready for part two.
Whitney made all sorts of fun things, including champagne-soaked Gummy Bears, inappropriately shaped Jello-O shots, cute decorations, and had champagne-a-plenty for us to sip on.
Before getting ready, the girls had another surprise for me: a lingerie shower! I’ve thrown several of these before, but being on the receiving end is much different.
My mom got me a beautiful silk Bride robe …
… and [most of] the other girls got me beautiful nighties.
And then there was Melissa’s gift. Leave it to my crazy, hilarious, completely random friend to get me the most incredible gift of all: a leopard-print onesie! She thought it would be “puuuurrrfect for the honeymoon.”
And what’s a girl to do after receiving so many thoughtful gifts? Pile them all on for a photo shoot, of course!
After getting a great ab workout in from all of that laughing, we all got ready for dinner and our night on the town. Once all dressed in our sequin attire, it was time for a self-timer photo shoot!
After about sixty photos, we headed off to dinner at the The Distillery. If you’re looking for a place with a chill atmosphere, fun drinks and delicious food, this is your spot.
Next, we changed from heels to flats (because no sane girl older than 22 wears heels in downtown Savannah), and headed out for some drinks, music and dancing. We found hanging facial hair in City Market …
… brown bag PBRs and pickled eggs at The Rail Pub …
… sequins galore at Gatsby’s …
… and syringe Jell-O shots at Savannah Smiles.
And then they managed to get me on stage with two other bachelorettes.
The rest of the night consisted of lots of fun, and, imagine this, more pictures! It was such a nice treat getting to catch up with all of my high school and college girlfriends that I don’t get to see nearly enough, and I’m so happy my mom and little sister were able to make it out as well.
Thank you Whitney and Heather for organizing everything, and thank you Megan, Melissa, Lora, Mom, and my sister Sarah for celebrating such a fabulous day with me. You’re all amazing and I love you to pieces. Can’t wait to do it all again on December 13th!
Next up: Bachelorette celebration round two – Nashville style!