The last hurrah before you’re married. A bachelorette is an important event for brides-to-be and probably one of the most fun events for the bridal party, next to the wedding. Who doesn’t love a girls weekend?
Toronto, Ontario can be a fabulous destination for a bachelorette party. Not only is it a fun city, but it’s also pretty easily accessible for people. This past weekend I celebrated with one of my best friends who is getting married this December. With summer weddings, there are SO many more things you can do for a bachelorette in Ontario. Since the weather is nice, you can do a city weekend, rent a cottage, visit wineries, and the list goes on. However, in the colder months it can be a struggle to find the perfect destination that offers the right amount of activities, isn’t going to completely make you broke and still is a ton of fun. That’s why Toronto seemed like the perfect spot for the celebration.
From my research in planning this weekend and of course, my experience living here, I wanted to share some ideas and insights for crafting the perfect weekend for you and your girlfriends.
Kick your day off with a yummy brunch. Toronto is a city of many brunch spots and gorgeous brunch spots with delicious, over the top brunch foods. You should definitely call in advance for a group reservation at these because they do fill up quick but they’re really beautiful for a bachelorette.
Next pick how you want to spend your afternoon. This will obviously depend on what the bride is into. Here are some ideas to give you some inspiration:
Relax at the spa
Pamper yourself at one of Toronto’s spas. I know what you’re thinking, getting everyone to go get massages and treatments can add up quickly, however, there are some great options for all price points in the city. Body Blitz offers therapeutic pools for around $60 each, Her Majesty’s Pleasure is a gorgeous spot for manicures and pedicures (plus drinks!) and Elmwood Spa is another city fav.
Get hands-on in a workshop
Doing an interactive workshop can be another fun activity for your party. Whether it’s a DIY workshop at Rawkoko (they’ll do private events and work with your budget), a bartending class with Hire a Barman, a baking workshop with Le Dolci, or a sip and paint class at Paintlounge. Another cool idea that won’t take up your whole afternoon (only is around 30-minute experience) is going to make a custom lipstick at Bite Lip Lab on Queen West.
For the active ones
There are a few options for those seeking an active bachelorette. Of course, there’s the typical rock climbing, ice skating, bowling, etc. but there’s also axe throwing and escape rooms which can be a bit more unique!
Toronto has a huge food scene which means that whatever you want to eat, you’ll be able to find it and a nice, fancier dinner can be a great way to kick off the evening activities with your party. Some recommendations for a special dinner are:
- Byblos (Eastern Mediterranean)
- Patria (Spanish)
- Drake 150 (Canadian)
- Stelvio (Italian)
- Figo (Italian)
- Luma (Canadian)
- Canoe (Canadian – incredible view!)
Don’t forget to make a reservation well in advance!
Time to party!!
After dinner, head to your accommodations for some pre-drinks and bachelorette games before heading to the bar and continuing your night into the early hours of the morning. In terms of bars, there are a few that I would recommend…
If you’re looking for upscale but not over-the-top expensive, Citizen or Early Mercy can be great choices and they’re convenient across the road from each other. Odd Thomas is a bit laid back for the more casual brides. Rock N’ Horse is great for country music lovers.
Note: Some of the above bars have closed since I wrote this blog post.
As I said, Toronto does not disappoint for a bachelorette or any special occasion really. This is only a fraction of what you can actually do in the city and there are definitely so many options for whatever kind of bride and bridal party you’re trying to please.
Have more ideas or experiences from bachelorettes in Toronto? Share in the comments to help others with their planning!