“Bachelorette Party Dress Code:
Please wear black, feather boas will be provided.”
As with many North American bachelorette parties, you rarely see groups stray from this norm. In fact, the pic below showing me with some of my gals for my bachelorette party is pretty typical!
Nautical Themed Bachelorette Story
After living in the small town of Carrick-on-Shannon (Ireland) on and off for the past two years, I can honestly say I have seen my share of spandex, glitter, wigs, onesies and sailor hats! I unknowingly moved to the Hen (a.k.a., bachelorette party) and Stag (a.k.a. bachelor party) capitol of Ireland.
On any given Friday or Saturday night, it is a regular occurrence to see large groups of young men or women walking down the main street headed to one of the pubs. Dressed up in either matching costumes or perfectly coordinated to a certain theme, I always find myself smiling at the spectacle!
One early summer night, I was visiting with a friend who worked as a night reception manager at the local hotel. As we chatted at the front desk, a large group of Hens came pouring out of the elevator one by one, each dressed in a nautical sexy sailor themed outift.
They were dressed to the nines, and I had to remark on how much effort they must have put into coordinating their outfits so well. I told my friend that in North America (Vancouver anyways) it would be rare to see a group put so much effort — unless of course on Halloween.
I absolutely loved how they looked!
My friend responded by saying that she could always tell which group had more money by the effort they put into their costumes. And she wasn’t kidding. These ladies were done up as if there were a massive prize at stake.
I will always remember that hen party. In fact, it inspired me to do a round up post and share my top ideas for a nautical themed bachelorette party.
Its all the rage over here in Europe to get dressed up with your best girls. I think North Americans should up their game and do the same. After all, it is the last sail before the veil, so why not have some fun?
Tip: Start off by enforcing a mandatory dress code of sexy sailor costumes. The bride-to-be can dress in white while the rest of her crew can go in smashing navy blue! People will spot you all from a mile away. Trust me, you will be the bachelorette party that everyone remembers.
If your not into the whole sexy costume scene, I found some adorable nautical shirts to choose from instead.
3. Nautical Themed Bachelorette TShirts
A nautical tshirt is kindof mandatory for these types of shin digs. Keep it classy, or let your imagination run wild. Trust me, there are some naughty nautical shirt designs out there.
4. ‘Last Sail Before the Veil’ Shirts with Anchor
Another traditional nautical themed t-shirt is the anchor with “Last Sail Before the Veil” printed on it.
5. Bride Sailor Hat with Veil
Cute bride sailor hat with veil option. And don’t forget about coordinating sailor hats for the bride’s crew!
Nautical Themed Party Invite
If you want your shin dig to be on the more formal side — one that requires a paper invite — I love a few of the cute nautical themed stationery below.
6) Lets Get Nauti Invitations
Gold sparkles anyone? I just love the look of these invitations.
7) Nautical Bachelorette Party Weekend Invitation With Itinerary
Add a little wave action to your nautical blue and white themed invite.
8) Bachelorette Party Invite – Last Sail Before the Veil
Matching invites like this one go well with tshirts like the ones above! It really sets the tone for your entire party weekend (or week!?)
And don’t forget the infamous Scavenger Hunt Bachelorette Party Game.
9) Nautical Scavenger Hunt
Everyone should return home with a token thank you gift. Here a few perfectly themed favor prizes that the ladies can take home with them.
10) Bachelorette Party Favor Bags
Simple and affordable nautical favor bags.
11) Nautical Theme Elastic Hair Ties
Let your hair down … or hold it back with these fun nautical hair ties.
12) Nautical Bachelorette Party Tumblers
We won’t tell if you decide to use these tumblers for something other than drinking water!
13) Bride’s Crew Tattoos
Non permanent tattoos. Unlike the tattoo you may decide to get on a less than sober night out with all your girlfriends (a.k.a. the hen party).
Sail away into the evening with this classy, yet fun, party theme. If you are throwing your girl friend a bachelorette party from home or in a hotel suite, convert it into the upper deck with fun nautical themed decorations. These nautical party ideas will help you prepare for a perfectly planned bachelorette celebration to remember!
14) Last Sail Before The Veil Glitter Banner
Use this banner at home before going out, or bring it with you if you decide to have a destination bachelorette party!
15) Nautical Pinwheel Backdrop
This backdrop offers up some fun photo ops at your bachelorette party. Then, reuse ot on your wedding day if you plan to continue with a nautical themed wedding as well.
16) Fish Netting Party Accessory
Cause you just never know when you’ll need a bit of fish netting for a good party.
17) Navy and Gold Party Decorations
Kind of a fun little party decor item. Could be used to separate an outdoor space, or to spice up a bland wall indoors.
18) Gold Anchor Confetti
Confetti, how I love thee. Sprinkle some gold anchor confetti love wherever you want. I suggest EVERYWHERE!
19) Nautical Hershey Kiss Labels
This Bach party just won’t do without a good amount of a girl’s other best friend – chocolate! Hershey Kiss labels with a nautical twist, love it!
20) Ahoy – Nautical – Photo Booth Props Kit
Fun nautical themed photo booth prop ideas.
21) Nautical Personalized Photo Booth Backdrop
Lovin the look of this backdrop. Could be used for both the bachelorette party as well as the wedding.
22) Nautical Paper Straws
Sipping in nautical style. Grap your drink of choice and dream about sailing away with these cute straws.
23) Anchor Cupcake Toppers
You are having cupcakes at the party, right!? If so, these cute cupcake toppers would make a nice addition.
24) Let’s get nauti Bachelorette Party Favors
The wine lovers in the crowd will aprreciate a bit of bottle love in the form of nautical wine labels.
Need More Bachelorette Party Ideas?
If a nautical bachelorette party theme doesn’t quite put a wind in your sail, we’ve got a couple other articles that you might find helpful.
What other bachelorette party ideas and themes do you love? Leave a comment below!