southern charm: shannon’s bachelorette in charleston 

{Author: Sam Gerard}


I had the opportunity to go to Charleston, South Carolina, with 12 of my girlfriends this past fall. To say it was fun would be an understatement. We were there to celebrate one of my best friends for her bachelorette party and we truly had the best weekend ever.

Shannon asked both me and our other best friend Megan to be her maids-of-honor, so we took on the fun task of planning the whole weekend. Planning a weekend for 12 girls could have been stressful – but luckily, we both love planning adventures and were stoked to explore a new city. We did a ton of research in the months leading up to it and kept organized throughout the process, which allowed us to really enjoy our time there.

Screen Shot 2017-01-13 at 9.44.31 AM.png

Planning for Charleston:

We had to fill 3 nights and 3 days with just the right mix of fun and relaxation. We used Yelp and Trip Advisor per usual, but the best recommendations came in when we asked people who had been there. Finding a place to stay and getting dinner reservations proved to be most challenging – but only because we had 12 girls. There are SO many amazing Airbnb options if you have a smaller group. After searching for weeks, we ended up booking a huge house on Home Away – which is like AirBnB,  but has more large home options as opposed to apartments. We were a 15 minute walk to King Street, which is where all of the action is.

We had the most fun planning bachelorette related things like welcome bags, a cute itinerary, Snapchat filters, and a slumber party night with games and gifts. We ended up going with a pineapple theme (in true Charleston fashion) and got tons of inspiration from Pinterest and other blogs – I’ll share details of how we planned for that at the end of this post!

screen-shot-2017-01-13-at-9-42-26-am

What We Did In Charleston:

Day 1

Lunch & Set-Up: Meg and I flew in early so we could go food shopping, stock up on alcohol, and deck out the house in pineapple themed bachelorette decor (in true southern fashion) before the other girls arrived. We also took the opportunity to go to Hominy Grill for lunch – a place that was highly recommended by friends, but we knew we wouldn’t get into with a table of 12. We got like 5 different things on the menu and it was so delicious. It was perfect start to the weekend.

screen-shot-2017-01-13-at-9-42-15-am
hominy grill

Friday Night Slumber Party: Since most of the girls arrived later on Thursday night, we planned to stay in the first night and have a old school slumber party. We asked each girl to bring a pair of underwear/lingerie for Shannon, hung them on a clothing line, and had her guess who picked each pair. We listened to Britney Spears, played typical bachelorette games, and drank way too much wine.

Day 2

Screen Shot 2017-01-13 at 10.21.43 AM.png
“yoga”

Saturday Morning Yoga & Beach: On Friday, we had one of the girls who recently got her yoga certification to lead a yoga class. To call it a “class” would be a disservice to yoga – we goofed around 75% of the time and drank mimosas while in tree pose. After that, we changed and took an Uber to Sullivan’s Island Beach, about 15 minutes away. It was a perfect day and we spent most of our time in the ocean (which was crazy warm), until a few of us got stung by jellyfish (painful).

Screen Shot 2017-01-13 at 10.23.33 AM.png

Saturday Afternoon BBQ: We started to get hungry and wandered off the beach towards the smell of amazing southern cooking to find Home Team BBQ. Best brisket I’ve ever had. We had a great time there and would highly suggest going for lunch or Sunday Funday.

Screen Shot 2017-01-13 at 10.20.51 AM.png
home team bbq

Saturday Evening Sunset Cruise: Afterwards, we went over to the harbor for a sunset booze cruise – something I was personally really excited about. My friend suggested it after going with her boyfriend and it was one of the things we kept as a surprise for Shannon. It was BYO, which worked out perfectly because we grouped up based on if we wanted beer, wine, etc., and brought only what each of us wanted. Note: bring ice! I got a little sea sick towards the end, but all-in-all, it was a perfect activity and everyone enjoyed it!

Screen Shot 2017-01-13 at 10.28.13 AM.png
sunset cruise

Later that night, we went out to a bar on Upper King Street called Republic. We learned lower King Street is filled with shopping and Upper King Street with bars and restaurants.  We had so much fun dancing and celebrating.

Screen Shot 2017-01-13 at 11.45.17 AM.png
republic bar and lounge

Day 3

Saturday Afternoon: We spent the afternoon walking around the battery, down rainbow row, and in and out of the cutest shops on lower King Street. We ended going to two different rooftops to get drinks: The Rooftop of the Vendue and Pavillion Bar. Vendue was way bigger and more low-key – a great place to hang out for a while. Pavillion Bar was a bit more swanky and the drinks were really delicious, but really expensive.

screen-shot-2017-01-13-at-11-53-54-am

Saturday Afternoon: After that, we went back home and got ready for dinner at High Cotton, which was amazing. Live music, great service, tasty food. 🙂

screen-shot-2017-01-13-at-11-58-59-am

Sunday Morning: On Sunday morning, we were all super sad to leave and were already talking about plans to go back with our significant others. It’s a really special city filled with down-to-earth people, amazing comfort food, and beautiful architecture. The vibe the city gave off was a cool mix of beachy and classy. Relaxed, but always composed. There is so much more exploring to be done in Charleston and I can’t wait to go back!

If you have any tips or questions, please write in the comments below!

Bachelorette Related Planning:

Welcome bags: We put together little bags for each of the girls, which included a cute pineapple cocktail cup that we found on Oriental Trading Co., bright pineapple tanks from Etsy that said “Aloha Beaches” (Shannon’s was white and said “Aloha, Bride),” temporary tattoos that said “#SteedStampede” (Shannon’s maiden name), a few advil, a water bottle, and the itinerary for the weekend. We put everything in a simple canvas gift bag stuffed with pink tissue paper and used a gold pen to write each name on a hanging gift label.

Pineapple Decor: We searched online for anything and everything pineapple themes and came across some really cute stuff. Most of it was found on Etsy, but also on PartyCity.com. decked out the living room and put extra decorations in the kitchen and hallways leading to the rooms.

Snapchat Filters: I had a Snapchat filter made by Hashtag Housewife on Etsy, who I highly recommend. She was so quick and easy to work with. She asked what I wanted for the custom filter and a less than 48-hours later, she sent the file over along with instructions for how to submit an on-demand geofilter to Snapchat. You simply upload the design here, choose the area on a map and times and dates when you want it to show up, and get a confirmation a few days later. I thought about doing the house and all of King Street, but it would have been crazy expensive. I outlined the area of the house and I think it came to $15!

screen-shot-2017-01-13-at-9-42-43-am

screen-shot-2017-01-13-at-12-14-11-pm

(Here’s the itinerary I had way too much fun making. We made photocopies and put one in everyone’s welcome bag so they knew what to expect.)

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s