Let’s face it: 2020 hasn’t been the kindest to many couples and their nuptial or bachelorette/bachelor party planning. I had a total of 4 weddings I was supposed to be actively involved in this past summer, and all of them were significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. We know that these couples have lost a lot, and they deserve to have celebrations despite the craziness of this past year.
Throwing a bachelorette or bachelor party is one of the most fun celebrations before one’s big day. Planning these parties in a pandemic however can be much harder to know where to begin. Here we’ll give you some ideas on how to make the most of the situation and have a safe pandemic party!
Note: The Covid-19 Pandemic is rapidly changing and some of this information may become out of date. Please refer to the CDC and your local guidelines for more up-to-date information.
When it comes to the planning of your party, it is important to establish safety with your group. If members of your crew are more vulnerable or perhaps living far away, it is a good idea to consider a virtual party. While we’re sure this isn’t the most preferable of circumstances, there are ways to make this situation more entertaining.
House Party App
As opposed to more simplistic programs such as Zoom or Skype, we’d recommend using a platform such as House Party. This app allows all of your pals to participate in a bunch of fun games together in addition to seeing your beautiful faces.
In addition to chatting with friends on an app like House Party, Netflix has also created an option to play movies simultaneously through Netflix Party. After some fun and games, pop on the bride/groom’s favourite flic and enjoy together, from far apart.
Custom Snapchat Filter
If the bride/groom are the types to use this popular platform, you can actually set up a custom filter for them to take selfies on during the virtual celebration. You can create a Covid-wedding themed design with their names to add another element of personalization to the bash.
One of the most fun activities to do with friends is to grab food and drinks together. While you may not be able to do this virtually, one could extend the idea to the virtual bachelor/bachelorette party by sending the marrying couple deliveries of their favourite food and drinks. A heart-shaped pizza and some champagne is sure to bring some smiles to their faces.
Just as sending some food and drinks can be fun for everyone, decking out the bride and groom with some bridal clothes can be great too! A fun sash and punny bridal clothing can be a fun way to send the spirit of the occasion right to their door.
Sending Well Wishes From Loved Ones
One of the most heartwarming gifts one can give to someone is to let them know how much you care. Collect little video diary entries from the bride/groom’s friends and family to express exactly this and compile them into a video for the couple. They’ll treasure it forever, that’s for sure!
Celebrity Shout Outs
Does the bride or groom have a favourite actor, musician or athlete? The bridal party can put some money together and pay for a Cameo, on the website of the same name, that allows you to pick from a bunch of different celebrities and ask them to deliver a personalized message to the happy couple for a fee. It’s a fun way to make them feel special from someone they admire!
If the bridal party wants something other than fun conversations and movies to keep them entertained, try some virtual classes as a group. Your crew could take part in some virtual cooking classes, workout classes, or even a dance class. This is sure to get everyone energized and could even end up with some cool new recipes or some new moves out of it.
KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid)
If the virtual fiesta really isn’t very practical for your group, it may be worth planning a Covid bubble party with their immediate family or close friends. Having an outdoor gathering like a hike or even just meeting for dinner on a lovely Okanagan patio can be just enough to make the couple’s day.
A fantastic option for partying it up with the bride/groom is to plan a post-wedding celebration with the married couple. Coined as a “Post-Ring Fling,” you can plan a full Okanagan celebration for after the pandemic, hitting up all the restaurants, clubs, beaches and more. We have a few suggestions below, and we also have several blogs with additional details. You can also check out Tourism Kelowna for additional ideas of what to do in Kelowna and area.
There are a vast number of fabulous restaurants to choose from in the heart of Kelowna. Whether you’re an Italian fan, or prefer Mexican, or a classic steak dinner Kelowna has everything you need. Check out the Girls Weekend Getaway Activities for a more comprehensive list of our restaurant recommendations.
If you and your crew are the kinds that love getting active and being outdoors, then we’d recommend enjoying the many hikes around Kelowna. Knox Mountain Park is right downtown that offers convenience and a spectacular view! There are many other great hikes around Kelowna as well including Mount Boucherie and Rose Valley.
Did you know that you can have a bachelor/bachelorette party on Lake Okanagan? There are several companies that offer this and our Top 5 Wine/Brewery Tours blog showcases a wine tour company that offers a bachelorette exclusive package! If you want a fun time having food, wine and experiencing the vast beautiful water, you’ll want to make sure you ‘sail after the veil.’
Wine Tour and Photos
What is a better way to throw a post ring fling than having fabulous wine, seeing amazing views around the Okanagan and having a photographer capture all of it? Yes, this is a bit of shameless self promotion but given all the memories the couple may have lost, we can help ensure that every moment the bridal party experiences is perfectly captured!
Do you agree with our list? If you think we’re missing some awesome ways to celebrate either virtually or in the Kelowna region, let us know, and we may just highlight it in another post.