Finallllyyy, my bachelorette weekend recap!
I have to give Scottsdale major props as a bachelorette destination. While it may seem like an unlikely host city for something as iconic as a bachelorette party (with places like Vegas and Mexico as common favorites) it has some serious merit.
Scottsdale has all the charm of Palm Springs, but with a more buzzing nightlife and tons of options for activities!
The weather was absolutely perfect. If we had traveled to this desert hotspot any later than April, I think the weather would have bordered on being too toasty for comfort. Arizona is literally sizzling in the summer (100+ degrees, melt-your-face-off hot). So be advised when planning vacations or events in this desert oasis.
April was just the right time to go!
Ariel, of Ariel Miles Photography was there to capture the shenanigans. She’s a Phoenix local and an absolute gem I located through Instagram.
We rounded out the day by cooking pizzas back at our Airbnb and settled in for some much needed rest. The Airbnb was DECKED out with immensely girly decor (my fave) complete with a 5ft tall hand-painted flamingo sporting a flower crown.
Bach Stash, an adorable bachelorette party supply biz, generously provided a gazillion items to help make my weekend an aesthetic wonderland. From gold and white striped drinking straws, to cute cactus and giant engagement ring balloons, the place was poppin’ in the decor department. Make sure to check out Bach Stash for their adorable bachelorette supply party packages that are VERY reasonable.
I think they even have a Cinco De Mayo themed box, perfect timing!
Once everyone had their fill we donned athletic wear (mine being an all-white matching sports bra and mesh-paneled leggings set from Forever21) and pink visors I purchased off Amazon for the girls.
Have you noticed I like pink? I ordered these little visors and placed them in the girls’ bridesmaid goodie bags. They were perfect sun protection for our hike in the Arizona heat.
That evening bridesmaid Stacey whipped out her smorgasbord of makeup products and gave me a super glam look (contouring, false lashes, the works!). Stacey has come a long way from experimenting with makeup on my 11-year-old-face (back when we first met in 6th grade) and is truly a master of makeup. Definitely check out her Instagram for inspiration.
Matron of honor Brittney gave my hair loose waves. It felt SO nice to just sit and have someone else take care of making me look good for our big night out! Brittney even provided a white bridal robe to don as I got ready.
Bridesmaid Laura couldn’t bare to have us waiting in the long line that snaked about outside one of the bars. She boldly stomped up to the bouncer and somehow got us all through immediately.
Bachelorette fairy godmother much?
Next we stumbled onto a bachelor party that had secured a bottle-service booth overlooking the main street. We clambered up to join them and spent the next hour enjoying the fresh air, free drinks, and the view.
I may or may not have ended up dancing on the table. I’ll let you decide 😉
Sunday morning five of six sleepy-eyed girls entered the Phoenix airport. Three were to return to the snowy midwest, one to the mild South, one to balmy San Diego, and one to drive a short road back to her Phoenix home. No matter the final destination, we all felt a little warmer inside after our weekend in the desert sun.
It’s crazy what good company can do for a person’s soul. And perhaps even more notable is the power of supportive, female friendships.
A huge thank you to my bridesmaids for putting together such an epic, Taylor-inspired weekend.
Stace – thank you for the super special makeup application and amazing iPhone picture-taking skills! You truly have a gift and I love watching you share it with the world.
Lo – thank you for hauling an absurd amount of groceries to and from the Airbnb AND for getting us to the front of the line at the bars 😉
Lyn – thank you for your contagious positivity and energy all while BREAST PUMPING on the trip (BOSS lady). You made me feel so special I cried a little when we first hugged.
P.S why you so hot mama?
Madi – thank you for taking the brunt of my bridezilla (mostly joking) moments and executing the more Taylor-centric requests. I feel closer to you than ever and LOVED having my sis join our time-honored friend group.
Brit – you envisioned, planned, and executed like only a Chess would do for a Fran. I’m forever grateful to have had you lead this entire shebang!
They truly thought of every detail!
I highly recommend Phoenix as a bachelorette destination and if you have ANY questions at all about outfits, locations, things to do etc. ask in the comments below OR comment on my latest Instagram post and I will answer 🙂