Why I planned my own bachelorette party

Hello it’s me – Bad to the Blonde, and I’m almost “Bad to the Bride”! I hired JetSet Bachelorette to plan my bachelorette party because I didn’t want my maid of honors to do it. One lives in Arizona and the other in Minnesota, and both of them work fifty plus hours a week. Just like in a job interview, my strengths are being a leader, getting shit done, looking hot and having fun. Which means wheels up…camera on…it’s time for Dani Gets Nashty!

Hire JetSet Bachelorette and don’t leave your veil behind

JetSet Bachelorette planned my perfect bachelorette party in Music City.  To point out, there were fourteen of us in my group and only half of my bridal party – but that was to be expected with a destination bachelorette party. Hiring an all-inclusive bachelorette party planning boutique wasn’t a financial burden since we all could split the cost. I was part of the whole planning process with no unexpected sucker bouquets or penis straws. The only thing matching was our white dresses for the photoshoot and party bus. We took care of transportation to the destination by booking our own flights, I told the girls what to pack and JetSet took care of the rest.  The package, including rental house, catered dinner and activities, were paid for prior so all we did was show up in party mode. Drinks were on us.

Aim, throw, drink, repeat

Traveling can be stressful and what better way to relieve it with throwing some axes. The first stop on Friday was BATL – The Backyard Axe Throwing League in Nashville, Tennessee. The one friend who almost bailed prior the the party actually ended up winning the axe throwing competition and left with a trophy. You have to watch the YouTube video. It was a perfect (highly recommended) activity for everyone from my mom and her best friends, to a few introverts and some extremely competitive women. Then we headed home to the rental house for catered dinner from Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint (also highly recommended) and sipped drinks on the roof top until the sun went down. I combined wild and crazy with simple and low key for the ultimate bachelorette party weekend.

White wedding dress

I wasn’t going to leave Nashville without a professional photoshoot especially after styling my bachelorette party outfit inspired by Dolly Parton. I asked all my girls to wear white and boots on Saturday for the party bus, and surprised my group with a photoshoot in Printers Alley with Dakota Nicole Photo. Then it was off to the Opry!

“It costs a lot of money to look this cheap” – Dolly Parton

For years, I’ve wanted a white silk slip dress. Almost impossible to find one under $300, that wasn’t from Forever 21, and lined. To solve the problem, I had one custom made from A. Brooks Design. (The bridesmaids dresses are also custom made from A. Brooks Design.) The 90s fashion trend can go from chic to country, making this slip dress the perfect bachelorette party outfit for Nashville. To order, tell her you want the “Bad to the Bride”.

Head turning accessories

Lack of Colors and is lack of quality, and wrecking the hat industry. Fast fashion won’t last the long haul and your local hat shop can’t fix a used, wool hat either, so invest in heirloom quality. When my cowboy hat arrived from Herring Custom Hats out of Forth Worth, Texas, I literally cried (and learned a lot). This hat will last me forty years and completed my western bride bachelorette outfit. The 100x Yellow Rose cowboy fashion hat in Sahara/bone makes a bigger statement than the ivory rose rancher hat that every style blogger is wearing with rolled brim and curled edge. A curled brim actually keeps the brim flat.  At almost every bar on Broadway, someone say, “are you famous” or “are you from California”. I swear it was the refined, overall look and texture of the beaver hat that turned heads. The texture is nothing like a commercial hat.

The difference between style and fashion is quality

As a matter of fact, it can be rebuilt and restyled many times making it the most durable hat on the market. A beaver hat will breathe and is very lightweight (it looks big and weighs nothing), and won’t collect lint, dust or wilt like felt. Plus a beaver hat can take a rainy day and hold its shape. Still want a wool hat? Wool is hot. As much of an animal lover and vegan fashionista that I try to be, sadly, the wool sheep get eaten, too. If I was going to do wear a hat made from an animal than I was going to do it right. Each Herring Custom Hat is handmade in Texas with no industrial equipment. No trapping. It’s made by one hat maker, Clint and he’s quite the guy, from start to finish, and not in a factory in China. The sweatband is made in New Mexico and the liners on the East Coast. Every part of this fashion hat was crafted only using American made products. Feel the difference in quality of restored beaver hat that is 80 years old and long-lasting will beat landfill every time. The next Herring Custom Hats I order will be the Monte Christi Panama. Go check it out on Instagram.
Crepe back satin  slip dress custom made from A. Brooks Design. 100x Yellow Rose western fashion hat from Herring Hats. Gold fringe necklace from Rocksbox. Feather cuff bracelet from Bahgsu Jewels. White Sam Edelman winona leather western block heel booties from Dillard’s. 
 western-bride-ivory-rancher-fedora-hat-herring-custom-hats Photo credit: Dakota Nicole Photography, Nashville, Tennessee

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