Sometimes we could all use a break from reality. This is especially true while in the midst of gearing up for your big day.  Fast forward to your bachelorette party— a night filled with laughs and excitement.  Not just any old party will suffice. No, yours needs to be exquisite, unique,  sans humdrum card games and trail mix. One of a kind —like you. And because we love you, our experts at Utah Bride & Groom have crafted a list of bachelorette party themes and ideas for whatever adventuring you’re into…thank us later, party first

1. The Nature Loving Bride

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For the outdoorsy bride who loves backpacking, glamping or “getting lost” atop a mountain. Luckily for us, Utah is home to a vast array of hiking trails. Imagine  spending your last day of freedom fly fishing while enjoying a picnic near a river, surrounded by your closest gal pals. Don’t forget to bring the trail mix.

Additional ideas & links: Rock climbing, Alpine slides in Park City, a trip to Moabsand dunes, tour the Great Salt Lake. Winter: Skiing, snowboarding, ice-fishingsnowshoeing

2. The Boho Bride

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Who doesn’t love a festival or two? Fortunately, there are a number of festivals that take place at different times throughout the year. For a September bachelorette party, stroll through downtown Salt Lake City with freshly baked baklava during Salt Lake’s Greek Festival. Party in January — catch a film and try spotting your favorite celebs at the Sundance Film Festival.

Additional ideas & links: Oktoberfest at Snowbird, Utah Arts Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Twilight Concert Series

3. The Artsy Bride

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And for those who prefer the artsy side of life, whirl on over to the Capitol Theater for one of their spectacular shows. Feeling like a lighthearted day of creating with the girls, try a cooking or pottery class.

Additional ideas & links: Off Broadway Theater, Paint Night, Plant Night, Desert Star theaterWise Guys, Salt Lake Acting Company, Craft Lake City: DIY Organization

4. The Overworked Bride

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With all the stressors of everyday life,  there’s  always room for rejuvenating self care. For the overworked bride, some good old fashioned R & R is in order. Treat yourselves to a Glamping Yoga Retreat in St. George or a day at the Grand Spa.

Additional ideas & links: The Visit Utah website encompasses a wonderful and extensive list of local spas and retreats.

5. The Hipster Bride

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For the avant-garde bride-to-be, escape zombies at Virtualities at the Gateway Mall with one of their virtual reality parties — or hone in on your hand to hand combat techniques and road trip it to Las Vegas’  Stiletto Spy school.

Additional ideas & links: Indoor sky diving, Indoor surfing, sky-diving, paragliding,  play paintball, laser tag,  indoor climbing, or try shooting an uzi

—Ashley Baker