A Las Vegas Bachelorette – the ultimate party weekend and the plot of so many Hollywood movies… I almost don’t know where to start, other than to say that if given even half an opportunity to visit Las Vegas for your Bachelorette Party (or any other time!), it’s well worth it. After an incredible, exhausting and awesome long weekend that was the Las Vegas Bachelorette… I need a lie down.
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Why Vegas? I was headed to the West Coast of the States to pick up my Wedding Dress, when my East Coast resident Maid of Honour suggested a spontaneous trip to Sin City. One Dodge Charger and a Bridezilla tee later, and we were on our way.
Driving to Vegas: The drive is pretty awesome – especially for a couple of kiwis who are more used to Native Bush and Snowy Alpine Range views than the dry dessert of Death Valley. It was around 4 hours from Los Angeles, on comfortable, easy-driving motorways (freeways).
Approaching the city was like seeing a mirage; casinos, hotel and fast food chains (we were thanking God for In-N-Out Burger at this point) appearing out of the sand as if by magic…
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And then The Mirage hotel itself materialised – this glittering, gold and untouchable dream with an alluring magnetism, as has Vegas herself.
A Bachelorette Party in Vegas? Where to Start: Post check in at Planet Hollywood (home to the Britney Spears show among others) it was hard to know where to start, but complimentary cocktails at the rooftop bar didn’t seem like a half-bad option, so we headed up there. We made friends, soaked up the sun as it cast a glow over the horizon, and then felt the warmth of vodka as the city cooled from a stifling 40 degrees Celcius to a comfortable 20-something.
Gambling in Las Vegas: One of our new friends suggested gambling with him, and as gambling with someone else’s money is always better than with your own, we were happy to oblige. A Dubai expat, he had money to burn, so we helped him burn through a few hundred more greenbacks at the roulette table, tipping our cocktail waitress with chips as she came round and round with complimentary drink orders (Ah, Vegas).
A Las Vegas Show: Following the recommendation of many, we had booked tickets to a show, La Reve at The Wynn, a sort of cirque-du-Soleil with water, so shortly after dinner time, sans dinner, we set off on foot down The Strip.The Las Vegas Strip is a show in itself. For one, there’s no liquor licensing laws which prohibit drinking on it, so party-goers sip on yard-glass cocktails between bars, and bizarrely are even able to take the drinks in and out of bars (the gambling is where the money is made, not the drinks). There are showgirls on most corners, stripper-clad playing cards literring the streets with girls’ numbers, should one be interested, and swarms of people.
La Reve was an incredible show, better even than the entrance to The Wynn, which appeared to be a sort of Alice in Wonderland garden party, and sitting down for a couple of hours didn’t hurt either, in between the bar and casino hopping which was to dominate the rest of our time there
Clubbing in Vegas: We spent the rest of the night and the following at Tao Nightclub, home to Kim Kardashian‘s birthday annually, and this weekend it celebrated its 10th Anniversary:From the LA Times: “The nightclub featured performances from singers Puff Daddy, Lil Kim, Mase, Machine Gun Kelly, Redfoo and the Party Rock Crew, Jermaine Dupri, Mario, Busta Rhymes and Da Brat. Hip-hop singer Amber Rose joined original Tao resident DJ Vice in the deejay booth, as did “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon, who got on the mic.
Scanning the room, fans could spot actor Wilmer Valderrama; singer Demi Lovato; model Blac Chyna; television personality Brandi Glanville; James Harden of the Houston Rockets and his brother Akili Roberson, who was celebrating his birthday; recording mogul Scooter Braun; actor Darren Criss; actress Ashley Benson and more.”
While we can’t confirm sightings of every one of them there were certainly some big names present, though a little less Nick Cannon and a little more Diddy would’ve gone down well too.
Between nights out at Tao we ate as many calories as we could fit into one meal (Chicken and Waffles assists this lofty goal), before heading to the MGM grand pool Wet Republic to party alongside Calvin Harris at a table costing USD5,000 for the afternoon, thanks again to some other generous Vegas visitors who didn’t mind sharing their booth and bottle-service with two bikini-clad kiwi girls. However, we did actually purchase one drink at Wet Republic, the single one of our entire Vegas trip.
A Las Vegas Pool Party (with Calvin Harris):
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To tell you much more, I’d be breaking the number one rule of Vegas (“What happens in…”) and while Vegas doesn’t actually appear to have any rules, I’ll err on the side of caution with that one.
Las Vegas Wedding Chapel: Suffice to say, it was pretty mind-blowing, and I’ll be back. Millie and I didn’t elope, but we did visit the Little White wedding chapel before leaving. We didn’t see the famed Fountains at the Bellagio, and we didn’t see Britney, so we have plenty to save for next time, and we’ll certainly be back.
Get there! If you’re planning your own Bachelorette Party, you can reach Vegas pretty easily with a direct flight (2-3 daily) with Air New Zealand Auckland-Los Angeles and then fly or drive (4 hours) to Las Vegas. It’s similar in climate year round, and there isn’t a party season. We travelled as just two, but it would be equally good as a group.
If you didn’t make it for your hens do, it’s be an amazing place for a honeymoon! Save $40 on your accommodation with Booking.com and put it all on black!