When my friend asked her to be her maid of honor, I knew that this would also include throwing her a Bachelorette party. When I asked her what she had in mind, she told me Las Vegas. I then spent the next couple of months trying to figure out how to throw the best Bachelorette party ever in Vegas. And while it might not have been the most epic party ever thrown, all the girls had a great time last weekend and that’s what matters. Here are the top 10 things I learned while planning this Las Vegas Bachelorette Party:
1) If you are getting two rooms, connecting suites make the party so much better. At first, I was afraid that I’d have two rooms and we would be segregated into two groups but I managed to talk my way into connecting suites. If you have to, slip the front desk clerk a $20 sandwich. A lot of the time, the girls at a bachelorette party don’t know each other so having connecting suites gives everyone the chance to talk more.
2) Plan some Bachelorette themed ice breaker games. If all the girls know each other, then there’s no need for this but I’m going to assume that there’s at least a couple who haven’t met the rest of the group. This means that it may be awkward at first – and planning some ice breaker games (especially ones that involve alcohol) can really help at the beginning.
3) Find out how much the girls in the group drink before getting bottle service, figuring out how much alcohol to bring, etc. I didn’t even think about this and was hustling trying to get us a good deal on bottle service. I finally decided to pass on the bottle service – and I’m so glad I did because it turned out that most girls in my group wouldn’t have more than one drink. Also, I way overpacked on alcohol and ended up having to bring a lot home.
You definitely should bring something – I found that Malibu Coconut Rum and pineapple juice is the most popular drink that even girls who don’t drink will have. Having some in your room will help get the party started earlier, and of course, you have to pre-party before you go out to the clubs.
Also, bottle service is not a necessity. I thought about doing it at both the nightclub and the dayclub (we went to Encore Beach) and decided on neither – which was the right decision. Guys at both places were willing to share their cabanas/daybeds as well as their alcohol. Keep in mind you’re a group of girls – and probably looking hot in Vegas! Guys are very friendly.
4) The best time to show up to a nightclub is before 11pm – and a dayclub around 11am. Some clubs may not be popping until later but we went to Marquee, and that place was already packed by 10pm. If you show up at 11 or later, be prepared to wait in a long line – unless you got bottle service. Same with the dayclub; show up before 12pm and you’ll be able to get a good spot along the pool edge instead of just having to hang out in the middle or by some planters. Keep in mind that dayclubs don’t have re-entry but they do offer food so either wake up earlier to eat (didn’t happen with us because everyone was too busy getting dressed) or just buy food there.
5) Get on the guestlist. Even though it seems that virtually everyone is offering guestlist services these days, it still helps put you in the shorter line. Yes, you may still have to wait. But at least you won’t have to wait as long as the people not on a guestlist. If you need to find a guestlist, just Google it or ask around on Twitter. There are plenty of promoters around.
6) If you want to watch a show, check out the times and make sure it fits your schedule – and buy tickets in advance. We were planning on going to watch Thunder From Down Under and I slacked on buying tickets – until they were almost sold out. It turned out not to be a bad thing though because the show times were only 9 PM and 11 PM and we only had one night – the night we wanted to go clubbing. Neither of those times would have worked out since we wanted to get to the club before 11 PM so we ended up skipping the show.
7) If you want something “out of the ordinary” to do, check out a strip club. We ended up going to Treasures (our other choice was Sapphire) and all the girls had a lot of fun. They provide free limo transportation (which of course you should tip) and free entry – and no minimum drinks. Guys may end up spending a lot of money but we just bought one round of drinks for everyone ($120 for 8 girls) and a lapdance for the bachelorette ($20). I’d recommend Treasures or Sapphire – don’t go to some other seedy strip club. Update: I wanted to specify this was a female strip club. A male strip club is a completely different experience (and more costly).
8 ) Pay for everything up front and then split with the girls later. This just made the whole thing so much easier – I paid for the hotel, drinks, dinner, etc and on the last day, calculated everything and split it. It’s so much less stress than trying to split every bill and make the bachelorette feel like it’s all about the money.
9) Girls take a long time to get ready so plan accordingly. I thought I gave us plenty of time – but it turned out that we still ran late. With 8 girls, it took us about 2 hours to get ready for each event (in the morning for the dayclub, at night for dinner/nightclub, etc). And of course, we had to take group pictures before we could leave. All of this means make your dinner reservations with that in mind.
10) After 2 days of partying, everyone will be exhausted. Make the last day a recovery day – either an easy day of gambling or plan a small spa trip. We went on Friday night and after Friday night and Saturday all day and night partying, everyone was completely drained on Sunday. I’m really glad I didn’t plan anything for that day other than some gambling.
The most important thing is to remember that all of this is for the bachelorette! The best thing about my group was that all the girls never complained – even when they were about to pass out from exhaustion. Whatever the bachelorette wanted to do is what we did and we all had an amazing time. No matter how stressful planning a Vegas Bachelorette Party may seem, don’t worry too much! It’s Vegas after all – fun is guaranteed!
Have you ever planned or attended a Las Vegas Bachelorette Party? Share stories and tips below!