I had the honor of standing next to my best friend on her wedding day. To say it was an honor is really an understatement.
As the Matron of Honor I was in charge of coordinating and planning the bachelorette party. Although I had never been a MOH before, I will say I know a thing or two about a bachelorette party.
Rachel has been my best friend since grad school. We met as University students while we both were majoring in Liberal Studies on our way to becoming elementary school teachers. Rachel and often I ran in in the same circles as undergrads. We were interested in the same things and always had something to chat about. Making conversation has always been easy with Rachel. She made me feel like I knew her for years and like we had old jokes to reminisce upon. I went to Disneyland one night with a group of friends that also knew Rachel. One of the guys said we were meeting one of his friends in front of the Matterhorn. I easily obliged. We got off of the Finding Nemo (I sat next to Christina Aguilera by the way.. and had no clue until my friend said, “did you realize who you were sitting next to?”….), walked over to the Matterhorn, and who was standing there? Rachel!… and her gang of girlfriends. We chatted for a bit and went our separate ways. Rachel has always been somebody that I’ve looked up to. She radiates positivity and love. She has a spirit about her that I knew I needed in my life. Long story short a year after college and a lot of life events in-between Rachel happened to post a message on Facebook asking if anybody in LA needed a roommate. She was returning from a year of teaching in Japan and although Oregon was home, she wanted to return to LA. I, at the time, was too looking for a roommate. I messaged her….and the rest is history! I have lots of stories to tell about the time we lived together. Those were some of the most memorable and formative years in my life. Rachel deserves the best and thats what I wanted to deliver. A bachelorette party that was uniquely Rachel.
While Rachel and Jeff were dating, Bend (and Sunriver) became special travel destinations for the lovebirds. When I began planning her bachelorette party, she mentioned that is where she wanted to spend her weekend. So, thats what we did!
I had never been to Bend so planning a bachelorette party in a place I knew nothing about, while keeping the bride in the dark, had its own challenges. I asked her to fill me in on her top weekend priorities… Bend (Check) beer/breweries (double check) best babes (triple check) the planning began!
The theme was easy “Bride Tribe”… little hints of Coachella which I fondly joked in text/emails to the gals as “bride-chella”. I was thinking full on flash tattoos, flower crowns, beer drinking…BRIDECHELLA!
On Friday afternoon Cate and I got to Bend and began decorating. I knew I wanted the house to be fully decked out with feathers, Washi Tape, and cute hand lettered decor. We also hid about 30 of these big giant cheeseball fake diamond throughout the house. The tribe started rolling in later that afternoon. We played the first game– find the diamonds…prize for the girl with the most! It was hilarious.
After the game we unloaded the cars, picked rooms, opened champagne, made bride-tribe-tinis and sat around playing another game (similar to never have I ever). I wrote out a bunch of things on small papers (ex. I have a sibling, I was born in July (Rachel), I love to watch Friends, I like to sleep naked…etc) and put them in a bag. Rachel pulled them out and read them one by one. If the girls agreed with the statement they had to drink. We had a good time laughing and sharing silly stories.
We started getting ready, took pictures in the photo booth, called a cab, and headed for town. We spent the evening running into tons of bachelor parties (most of which were dressed up like lumberjacks) and spending quality time dancing with the girls.
Saturday morning we woke up and ate breakfast. I kept it simple… hash browns (Rachel loves breakfast potatoes), sausage, mini muffins, and granola/blueberry yogurt parfaits. While we ate breakfast we made flower crowns and hung out in our PJs. We all got ready and loaded our bodies up with flash tattoos threw on our matching “Bride Tribe” tanks and hit the breweries.
While we were out Rachel had to ask couples how to get “the best love ever”. I made her this little wooden sign and she took pictures and got marriage advice from lots of different couples. One couple approached us at lunch and said they loved our flowers and asked if they could take a picture with us. The woman ended up sitting down with us so Rachel could ask her how to get the best love EVER. The woman’s response had all of us in tears. It was so sweet!
We spent the afternoon hitting several breweries in town, playing corn hole, and enjoying the beautiful weather.
We got back to the house that evening for a night of “Glamping”. We grilled hot dogs, had Rachel’s famous spaghetti salad (seriously its to die for delicious), made s’mores, and danced around in our PJs. I also made little goodie bags for the girls with a headband, face sponge scrubby guy, and a cute little nail file kit. I asked the ladies to bring pampering products to share with the group. As several of the girls painted nails and did face masks Rachel entertained them with a game. While Rachel and Jeff were at our house for my birthday I asked Jeff a bunch of questions about Rachel and their relationship. I recorded his answers and made a video out of his responses. Rachel had to guess what his answer was to win “honeymoon” prizes. She was LOADED up with goodies… her girls love her well! (note: she didn’t miss a SINGLE question!!! soulmates!)
We watched a girly bridal movies, made her a scrapbook with letters and pictures (that I saved and gave to her on the morning of her wedding) and fell asleep!
Sunday morning we all packed up and hit the road. Several of us stopped for breakfast/coffee on our way out of town. What a fun weekend it was. Thank you ladies for making the trip to Bend and for celebrating our beautiful bride.