These days, bachelorette parties are as much of the Vegas landscape as neon, showgirls, and slot machines. Thanks to endless entertainment options and tons of perks for bachelorette parties, there has never been a better time to host a pre-wedding blowout in Vegas. Here’s a few tips to planning the ultimate Vegas bachelorette party that everyone will be raving at for years to come, no matter how much money they leave at the blackjack table.
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1. Plan in advance.
Have a game plan that everyone is aware of before you even set out to Sin City. The larger your group, the more important this is – having a pre-determined timeline sets a group itinerary, and will avoid wasting time trying to coordinate everyone’s wants and needs. Also, using Travefy’s group travel tools make it way easier to figure out which activities to hit or skip than a show of hands over Bloody Marys.
2. …But be flexible.
Include a combination of events you expect everyone to attend, such as a nicer meal or pre-paid shows, and events that are optional. Whether someone needs some time to themselves, is nursing a headache, or if a couple members of the group just want to do something a little different, don’t be too rigid with the itinerary. Being on the same page makes for a fun trip, having someone mandating your every move does not.
3. Avoid holiday weekends.
Though holiday weekends may be tempting – whether it’s due to convenience or an even more wild than usual party scene – for a large group of women, it’s a better idea to stick to slightly slower weekends. Many Vegas bars and clubs want to attract more women, and will go to great lengths to do so – however, on a weekend where they’ll be packed no matter what, expect the perks to be smaller and the lines to be larger.
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4. Get to tweetin’.
You don’t have to be a social media maven to use Twitter or Instagram to get perks in Vegas. Club promoters are always looking through Vegas-related hashtags for groups they can bring into their club. #Vegasbachelorette or even a simple #Vegas should be enough to get club promoter’s attention. Reach out to multiple promoters, and reach out early — club promoters can line up deals for you months in advance.
5. …But be safe about it.
Club promoters are a legitimate way to get perks in Vegas – ranging from free entry, to VIP booths and cabanas, to bottle service. But stick to your gut. Don’t arrange to meet up with anybody at a location other than the club, and don’t meet up with anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable. Good clubs will use professional, respectful promoters.
6. Rental dresses are the best.
If you’re like me, you don’t wear dresses much in your day-to-day life, and can have a hard time justifying purchasing four different dresses for a long weekend in Vegas. (This goes double if you’re the bride – you can only buy so many white dresses before you have to cut yourself off.) Services like Rent the Runway allow you to rent dresses outside of your normal wardrobe (and possibly price range) without breaking the bank. As a bonus, Rent the Runway has a location in the Cosmopolitan, where you can find a last minute wardrobe addition if needed.
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7. Set guidelines for social media.
It doesn’t come as a surprise that the days of “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” are long gone – but that doesn’t mean everything needs to go on Facebook. Have a group discussion about what people are comfortable having posted to social media — the second-grade schoolteacher may be a little more concerned about that picture of her holding a martini than the attendee that works at a software startup.
A great option is to start a private Twitter dedicated to the bachelorette weekend, and give everyone access. Everyone from the group can upload photos, quotes, and anecdotes that aren’t associated with their personal social media accounts, and you’ll have something to look back on when all is said and done.
8. Hit discount sites.
Sites such as Groupon and Living Social are great for finding steals in your own town, and the same goes for while you’re traveling. Keep an eye on discount sites for Las Vegas – you can find tickets to shows, outings, or restaurant deals that can save everyone a lot of cash.
Everyone does a Vegas a little differently — with so many paths to take, how could you not? We’d love to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly about your Vegas bachelorette party experiences in the comments. (Just remember rule seven!)