Non-Bar Bachelorette/Bachelor Parties

Don't get me wrong, I love going out to a good bar every once in awhile. But if you're anything like me, the thought of being the center of attention (sash, crown, phallic-shaped memorabilia, etc) in a room full of drunk strangers makes me a little anxious. Or maybe bars just aren't your thing, and that's totally cool. (You could also be like me and have gotten married when you were 20, so the whole bar scene wasn't really an option.) So I have compiled a list of equally awesome non-bar bachelorette/bachelor party ideas!!

1. Sky Zone Pensacola

Two words. Trampoline. Park. I don't think I need to say any more, except this place is SO MUCH FUN.


2. Dreamland Skating Rink

I may be a little biased towards this one, since this is where I actually had my bachelorette party, but as a child of the 90's there's nothing like a good skating rink party! (Bonus point if you get the guy in the sound booth to play strictly 90's music)

3. Escape on Palafox

A great way to test out how your bridesmaids/groomsmen deal with stress :P Spend 60 minutes locked in a room with them trying to solve puzzles and find clues to escape!!

4. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Game

Even if you're not the biggest fan of baseball, live sports are so much fun. Plus, this option is family friendly if you or your partner have kids that you want to bring along! (You would have to be getting married during baseball season though.)

5. Gallery Night in Downtown Pensacola

I'm also a bit partial to this idea, since gallery night was where hubby and I had our first date. They close down Palafox St. and there are a TON of awesome bands playing, food vendors/trucks, and art galleries showcasing local artists. It's all the best downtown Pensacola has to offer crammed into one night!


Did you have a unique bachelorette/bachelor party? Or do you have a great idea for a non-traditional one? Tell me about it in the comments!!



Ryan & Mae | 7.17.15

Marriage is hard. If you're married, you are probably fully aware of this, We all go into it starry eyed and naive, even though everyone has told us isn't always sunshine and rainbows. Marriage is messy. When two imperfect people pledge their lives to each other, things are bound to get that way. And while everyone tells you that marriage is hard, you never really realize how hard it is until you walk through the fire with someone. What no one ever told me though, is that some of the very best times come after you've suffered through something together. When you break a bone, after it heals the part that was broken becomes the strongest part of it. Marriage is a lot like that. Trials come, but knowing that you and your spouse made it through to the other side together, and are stronger for it, is a feeling that no one can prepare you for. Marriage is worth it. It is worth all of it.

That being said, I love vow renewals. LOVE THEM. People change, grow, and mature. And when two people go through all that and decide to reaffirm their love for one another? Well, cue the tears. 

Ryan and Mae have such genuine love for one another. Love that comes from accepting another person fully, faults and all. Though they haven't been married long, I think we could all stand to renew our vows to our spouses, be it in a ceremony or daily as we choose to love them no matter what. And this particular vow renewal ceremony was just breathtakingly beautiful, and full of so much love. 

After they exchanged vows, they took a piece of paper that had all of their past failures written on it, and burned it as a symbol of a new start, and then released balloons as a symbol of the hope they have for the future. 

Plus, Mae MADE her own paper flower bouquet and Ryan's boutonnière out of sheet music and old notes that he had written her over the years. How cool/stinking adorable is that?! SWOON.

And then we come to the couples photos. I can't even handle how precious these two are.

So, here's to Ryan and Mae, and may we all follow their example and renew our love to each other daily.

P.S. Mae happens to be an AMAZING photographer as well as a wonderful friend. Make sure you go check out her stuff!

-Rockwell Images