Wedding planning can be very exciting, but also extremely stressful. Thankfully, you have wonderful people in your bridal party to help take your mind off planning and help you relax.
It’s customary for brides and grooms to enjoy activities with their bridal party, but deciding can be difficult. Do you take a trip? Go to a day spa? Take a night out to a popular club? There are numerous options, but picking that perfect activity can be hard to do. Traditionally, the maid of honor and best man plans this party, but that does not mean the bride and groom have no input. The challenging part of deciding is to ensure everyone involved will enjoy themselves.
We at the Historic Mankin Mansion have done a little research and have come up with several options everyone will enjoy and remember for years to come.
Plan a trip to a local or out-of-town brewery for a day of beer tasting. This is mainly geared towards groomsmen, but can be enjoyable for bridesmaids as well. Beer tasting is both adventurous and enjoyable, plus you can purchase some new and exciting finds. Just remember to bring a driver or better yet rent a limo.
Activities for both men and women, but this scenario is geared more towards bridesmaids. Set up lawn games like croquet, corn hole, ladder toss, badminton, and giant lawn checkers, then have your bridesmaids dress up in sundresses and turn the day into a glorified tea party. It will bring back childhood memories of playing with friends, plus be a good activity to help individuals relax and have fun.
This is for all you outdoorsy groomsmen. Basically, talk amongst the group and pick a handful of outdoors activities that everyone would be interested in. Such activities could include skydiving, obstacle courses, go-cart racing, camping or fishing. These activities are great for releasing stress and strengthen bonds. Not to mention just plain fun and adventurous!
This is our favorite for bridesmaids! Both the bride and bridesmaids go to a local thrift store and purchase some ugly bridesmaids dress, then it’s off to play some paintball! This activity is all about trashing the newly purchased dresses and letting loose with your friends. One of the best ways to abolish any pre-wedding stress!
The most important thing to remember is to have fun and enjoy your special moment!
See You Soon,
~Paula & Martin Ramirez
Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.