More and more, brides today have been planning their own bachelorette parties. It’s not the old-fashioned way of doing things, but often it’s the easiest way to do it. If you have a destination or a big budget in mind, most experts agree that you need to hand over the creative control to the bride of honour. However, it always depends on your circle of friends. It’s totally acceptable to organize low-key, night-on-the-town bashes yourself. Plan your big night around some kind of fun game or activity, then pick a couple of nightlife spots or restaurants to hit later on. If you’re in Ottawa, you may want to look into booking an axe throwing league. Leagues have been spreading across Ontario and they’re taking off as great places to throw birthdays and hen nights. If you’re more interested in having a blast with your friends than spending hours decorating your living room, it might be the thing to do on your “last fling before the ring.”
Here’s everything you need to know about axe throwing in Ottawa:
- Bring flat, closed-toe shoes and save the heels for the after-party.
- Reserve your spot well in advance and double check the venue’s availability on your weekend.
- Outside food and beverages are allowed, so whether it’s going to be a pizza dinner or a lavish cake, there is plenty of counter and fridge space.
- Even though just about everyone over the age of 16 can participate, not everyone will want to. Spectators are usually allowed at no charge, so they can still enjoy the company, the food, and cheer on the bride.
- Axe throwing competitions last about two and a half hours, meaning you and your friends have plenty of time to get into the trouble all night.
- Starting this May, Ontario’s Backyard Axe Throwing League (BATL) is launching a mobile unit to cover weddings and outdoor parties. If you can’t make it to their Ottawa, GTA, London, or Kitchener locations for the bachelorette party, you can always set it up after the ceremony. That way, your husband-to-be won’t get so jealous when he hears about it.
- Plaid is optional, but always a classic choice for any sport inspired by lumberjacks.
When you start the bachelorette party throwing axes, you’re setting yourself up for the time of your life. Part of the appeal that’s been driving the sport’s popularity is the novelty of doing something that you feel you just shouldn’t be allowed to do. Thanks to thorough instruction from expert players before any private competition, it’s a totally safe sport, but you can still feel the power and a hint of danger as your hatchet hurtles toward its target.
You don’t have to worry about your friends’ skill level or athleticism; the focus is always on having fun. If you do have a competitive streak, you might just find yourself signing up for BATL’s league nights. Think beyond the ordinary and plan your own truly unique night.