When I used to think of having a bachelorette party I was terrified. I am not a huge party girl and all my friends are from different periods of my life. So basically, no one really knew each other except for me.
But let me just say… first off… my maid of honor absolutely crushed it. She went above and beyond and all of my expectations were completely blown out of the water.
Secondly, when we were discussing a location our first thought was Nashville. But that also would require an entire day of traveling so we decided to go to Scottsdale Arizona instead and man oh man. We chose the right place.
Scottsdale is the perfect combo of nightlife and relaxation. It’s warm, the music scene and shopping is incredible and the amount of other bachelorette parties happening there at the same time just made it that much more fun.
If you are getting married and are considering having your bachelorette party in Scottsdale, then consider this your guide on what to do, where to stay, and what to bring.
And of course I have included just a few of the photos taken that weekend, because well, I want to relive it forever.
Where To Stay
There are a lot of cool options for where to stay in Scottsdale. It really all comes down to what you think you want to do. If you are looking for more of a social aspect day and night, then a resort is probably the way to go. If you want to be more secluded and have some privacy then consider an Air BNB.
Personally my girls and I chose to stay at The Saguaro, a resort located right in the heart of all the Scottsdale action. Not only is the resort itself beautiful, and colorful, but the vibes are *chefs kiss*
You have all the opportunity to take those Instagram worthy photos against colorful walls and giant Cactus. And did I mention they have rad pool parties during the day? We will get more into that below!
The other beautiful thing about staying at The Saguaro is all the nearby shopping and restaurants. Everything is within walking distance and was so convenient. Their customer service was also really amazing. Upon our arrival, we were sent a complimentary bottle of champagne to the room with a note from the front desk wishing me a congratulations for my engagement.
What To Do
There are so many different things to do in Scottsdale that it’s really hard to accomplish it all in a short amount of time. However, being that we were there for a bachelorette party, I would say that 2-3 days was plenty. We would have been exhausted if we stayed any longer.
There are lots of cute shops and boutiques to check out on the main strip of old town Scottsdale during the day. Good food places to grub at morning to evening, and of course lots of clubs for that fun nightlife scene.
Something we really considered doing but decided ultimately to skip was a Pedal bike pub crawl. This is where everyone sits on a bike and you drink the afternoon away. I’ve never done one, but heard they are a blast. We ended up staying at our resort during the day and going to the pool party. Which ended up being one of my favorite parts of the whole trip.
We were one of the first ones to enter the pool on Saturday morning/afternoon before the official party began. So we were able to secure some seating and claim our spot before everyone else started to arrive. One by one that place filled up quick. There was even a live DJ.
We probably stayed at the pool for 6 or more hours (most of Saturday) and had drinks, danced in the water and overall had a blast. 10/10 recommend. However, I will say if crowded pools aren’t your thing then maybe you should avoid this because it definitely was not a place where you were floating and lounging around.
As for the nightclubs, we really only spent time in 2. The first one being RiotHouse which on night 1 was a freaking blast. The music was awesome and we went so hard on Friday night. On night 2 we spent more time over at Whiskey Row which is more of a country bar/club that had country music but also other awesome songs to dance to.
What To Wear
The beautiful thing about Scottsdale is, you can really wear whatever you want and no one cares. Especially if it’s for your bachelorette party. There were so many groups of girls running around in fun outfits which made it that much more exciting if you ask me.
Ultimately we decided to go casual on our first night out thinking that would be the normal vibe. We went with denim shorts, boots, tank tops and some fun accessories that my MOH got on Amazon and Etsy.
The funny thing is, we were almost slightly under dressed at the nightclubs we went to. The clubs had a lot of girls in clubbing dresses and sparkly outfits which we had planned for Saturday night. Nonetheless though, we sure did get a lot of attention in our pink blinking cowboy hats!
Pro Tip: Make sure to wear comfy shoes! You are going to be walking a lot most likely and dancing in clubs in high heels is not my jam but maybe it’s yours! Also make sure you are prepared for the heat! I had a cute bride jacket I wanted to wear but there was no way that was going to last when it was over 100 degrees out.
To give you a basic idea of how our weekend went:
Friday Afternoon: We landed at the airport and took an Uber to our resort The Saguaro. We spent some time getting ready and waiting for one other bridesmaid to show up. Then we headed to a Mexican restaurant nearby and grabbed dinner and some Margaritas.
Friday Evening: From there we took a bike ride sharing service over to wear the nightclubs were. And thus began our night of dancing, good drinks, and so many fun memories to be made.
Saturday Morning: We went to breakfast at the restaurant inside of our resort and grabbed food and some bloody Mary’s. Then we went back to our rooms and got ready for the pool. One more Bridesmaid showed up Saturday morning to join in on the fun.
Saturday Afternoon: Basically we lived at the pool for the entire afternoon on Saturday. We danced, stayed cool in the water, met other fun bachelor/bachelorette groups and had yummy drinks and food there too.
Saturday Night: We struggled to find a place to eat on Saturday night because everywhere was so crowded so we took the first place we could find and shoveled down some food real quick before heading back out on the town. The night seemed to move a little slower, I think we were all tired from the night before but it was still a good time!
Sunday Morning: Some of the girls had early flights to catch, so we grabbed a quick breakfast at the resort again and said our goodbyes. Me and the remaining girls hung around for a bit, did some shopping and then headed off to the airport.
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I'm Sarah Elrod
I'm a Cowgirl turned serial entrepreneur.
I'm a horse trainer, western wedding photographer, business coach and ranch wife.
I help women in the western industry grow thriving businesses from rural America.
When I am not strategizing new marketing tactics, you will find me riding my horses, cuddling my cattle dog, or kissing my hot husband.
There is also a good chance I am buying way too many outfits from western boutiques.
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