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Calling all Baltimore BASHelorettes

By L'Oreal Thompson, The Baltimore Sun

12:43 PM EDT, June 12, 2013

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Dinner, drinks and dancing. These days, your "average" bachelorette party can cost hundreds of dollars, especially if you’re planning an entire weekend at a posh locale. (Trust me, I've been to three this summer alone). In an effort to help bridesmaids and guests plan a fun Girls' Night Out for the bride-to-be, Maryland-native Courtney Smith has created BASHelorette, which launches in Baltimore next week.

Next Wednesday, June 19, TATU Restaurant & Lounge is hosting BASHelorette's Baltimore Launch Party from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. (Right now, you can score half-price admission for $12 on LivingSocial). The party includes drink specials, food and a goodie bag. The "Best Dressed" guest will also receive a $50 gift card to Urban Chic Boutique.

"It’s going to be a fun, celebratory event with a lot of vendors and experts on hand to help anyone planning a party," says Courtney Smith, founder of BASHelorette.

In February 2013, Smith launched BASHelorette in Annapolis, but the idea was years in the making. The website is organized according to city, which allows people to search through various categories within the city, such as accommodations, dining and, perhaps most importantly, nightlife. There are spa and beauty selections as well for the bride who’s more into massages than mojitos.

"I’ve planned a lot of bachelorette parties for my best friends and the expectation is definitely increasing. It’s getting more lavish and there are a lot of destination parties," says Smith.

To help the festivities run smoothly, BASHelorette allows visitors to create a digital itinerary for the night and share it with all the party guests. The website also includes a list of party ideas, vendors and deals.

"Bachelorette parties can get expensive quickly, so that’s one of the things we’re trying to alleviate," says Smith, who has plans to expand her business to other cities, such as New York and Chicago. "Hopefully, we’ll help people save money."

For more information, please visit BASHelorette.com.