There’s truly nothing better than an epic weekend getaway with your best friends, especially if the occasion has to do with a Bachelorette. This time around, it was my turn to honor the soon-to-be wifey status and I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better celebration with an incredible crew of people – all of which I’m so lucky to have in my life. Earlier this year & in the beginning stages of wedding planning, I didn’t even think having a Bachelorette weekend would be possible to this extent; a dedicated 2-day trip with 10-13+ people (all in my bridal party) seemed too daunting to pull off & I was ready to have something local in my parent’s backyard instead. However, my amazing sister took it upon herself to not only research, book, plan & organize a road-trip destination of a Bachelorette, but also in one of the most special places held sacred in my childhood memories – Rehoboth Beach, DE.
Our parents met in Rehoboth Beach when they were 17/18 years old, working the boardwalk one of the many summers they spent in-between school breaks. We spent so many summers there as a family, beginning when my mom was pregnant with me up until we were around 16/17 years old. So the fact we were heading to such an important place to our family felt so ‘meant to be’ when my sister found & booked a rental house that fit 10 people comfortably for a summer weekend in July. So last Friday, we boarded the Cape Henlopen-Lewes Ferry out of Cape May (with our two cars) & set sail towards a Bachelorette experience that I’ll always remember and treasure.
The house we rented was 38 Maryland Avenue, approximately 1.5 blocks from the beach & boardwalk, as well as easy walking distance from downtown. Everyone was able to have their own bed/in a shared room with 3 full bathrooms + an outdoor shower to use. The main floor was spacious with a fantastic kitchen area & screened-in porch set up off the side. Out the backdoor, there was a grille and a small fenced-in yard as well as two parking spots in the shared driveway.
We arrived to the house around 12pm & met our InstaCart delivery of groceries right away – side note: highly recommend making this move if planning to cook at the house you’re staying at, in general. Saves so much time, especially when hosting a weekend with several people & having an itinerary to stick to. After having a quick lunch at the Summer House (the same restaurant/bar our parents met years ago), some of the crew went back to the house to start decorating & setting up the rooms. *For this rental, we had to bring our own linens & bath towels — just an FYI if you’re interested in renting this house or another one in the area. I believe most rentals in Rehoboth follow this method to quicken the turnaround times for week/end renters.*
In the meantime while they were setting up, myself and a few others hit the boardwalk to bide time until we got the OK to return to the house & see what they’ve been up to.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I purposely chose not to have a Maid of Honor & opted to have “committees” of Bridal Party members to help organize the Engagement Party & the Bachelorette. And I couldn’t be happier with my decision to do so, as everyone was able to contribute in his/her own way towards the celebrations. I was so blown away by the detail that went into the decor once I entered the house. It was a Jungle-inspired mix of big cat energy + planty vibes with several “Friends” references tied-in. Simply everything I love & more than I could ever wish for!
After playing a few games in the living room (including ‘Guess The Lingerie‘ – super fun to play especially as a Bride), we cooked/ate burgers & dogs for dinner and then started to get ready for an evening out in Dewey Beach. My sister & friends called me downstairs mid-getting ready and surprised me with the news that we were going to see a 90’s Cover Band at the Bottle & Cork! Beyond ecstatic about this, as we were about to go to a bar our parents frequented back in the day for the first time in our lives – we’ve heard a lot about this place for years!
Crop Top | Similar Culottes | Sneakers | Straw Crossbody Bag (more cute straw styles here)
We spent that Friday night in Dewey Beach, followed by a relaxing beach day all Saturday afternoon. Given that the house was so close to the beach access ramp, it allowed us to make trips back & forth when needed to restock on beverages & snacks. The beach was super crowded, but everyone couldn’t have been nicer to share the sand with. A big, delightful difference than the company we’re used to tolerating in NY/NY’ers in NJ…
Side Note: I’ve been so invested in getting summery attire for our fall Honeymoon (hint – going somewhere tropical – hint) & this roundup of Honeymoon-inspired pieces (swim/coverups/dresses) is giving me all the heart eyes as I add to my cart. The Vacation-Edit roundup is also very well curated.
When we had enough of the beach, we went back to the house to drop off our stuff & headed to the boardwalk to explore Funland & the game arcade. As a kid, we spent almost every night of our Rehoboth trips here playing the boardwalk games & riding the rides. Although the rides are centered towards small children & families, we still had a blast flexing our carnival game muscles with some of our favorites that are still there & exactly as we remember them being. It was kind of a nice nostalgia knowing how much has remained the same since our last time there.
My Dress: LoveShackFancy | Shop more Bride-to-Be inspired attire here
After our boardwalk fun, we returned to the house to shower & pregame a bit with a few more games before an amazing dinner at Salt Air. I’m seriously still thinking about those scallops (drool-worthy!) Two of my bridesmaids that couldn’t make it to the Bach surprised me & the table with bottles of champagne + wine, which was so incredibly sweet of them to do so.
Following dinner, we hit up the Purple Parrot for Karaoke night & ended our last night in Rehoboth dancing the night away. I seriously never laughed, sang, danced so hard in a long time and it felt incredible to do so after such a long year + all that we continue to go through.
I feel so lucky to have celebrated a true Bachelorette weekend with some of my nearest & dearest. I understand so many brides-to-be didn’t get the opportunity to do so and with everything happening now in terms of resurgence, I’m so grateful to have had the time to celebrate safely & in the way that felt like it did before. For that & the amazing crew of people I spent my weekend with, I’m eternally grateful & thankful for it all.
Be sure to check out my Bachelorette IG Highlight for more photos & videos from the weekend!
Ending this post with links to some of the clothing I packed for my Bach, as well as what I put in everyone’s Goodie Bags!
Ruffled Tier Dress (similar here & here) | Embroidered Tassel Dress | Lace-Up Espadrille Sandals (also come in brown)
Maxi Kaftan | Similar Gold Slides | Sleeved Romper (runs short, size up 1x) | Shirt Swing Dress (runs short, size up 1x) | Similar Lace-Up Sandals
PS – use code TOBEBRIGHT for 15% off (now through Sept 5)
I gifted each of my attending friends with beach-inspired goodie bags that they could enjoy during the weekend, as well as use anytime afterward. Although some Bridal Party trinkets are fun to have (i.e. themed glasses, hangover kits, etc.) I didn’t want everything in the bag to be disposable following the weekend festivities. So here’s what I decided to put inside each of these Burlap Shoppers that doubled as beach bags for my crew.