Here's where to throw the bachelorette party of your dreams
Although they never quite make it to Vegas, the women of "Bridesmaids" are onto something. Why should "The Hangover" guys have all the fun? With wedding planning becoming increasingly complex, bachelorette parties offer a break from formality.
"It doesn't necessarily mean a last taste of freedom. It's simply an excuse to celebrate what, for most girls, is the biggest day of their life," says Abby Larson, founder and editor of wedding blog Style Me Pretty.
The verdict: Some good old-fashioned fun is important. Below, a list of spots to throw the party of your dreams.
The quintessential bachelorette locale, Vegas is perfect for a wild and crazy weekend. Book a room at The Cosmopolitan and head to the Boulevard Pool for some fun in the sun. Afterward, party the night away at Marquee, where DJs spin house music into the wee hours.
For a party weekend closer to home, hit up beachside Revel. Reserve a cabana and enjoy access to three private pools before a tapas dinner at Amada, complete with live flamenco dancers. Then, it's on to the Royal Jelly Burlesque Nightclub for DJs and gambling.
South Beach, Fla.
Miami combines the energy of Vegas and A.C. with easygoing beach time. Stay at the Delano Hotel, dine at Bianca and spend the day at the Beach Club. Later, venture up Collins Avenue to Liv at the Fontainebleau. Between the lavish décor, edgy performances and live DJs, you're guaranteed a night to remember. Or maybe not, if the libations are flowing freely.
Fire Island, N.Y.
If it's a tried and true beach weekend you're after, get a house on Ocean Beach. Rent kayaks, take a surf lesson or just relax before an afternoon bike ride to Point O'Woods. Come nightfall, dig into fresh seafood at Maguire's Bayfront Restaurant and throw back shots at Flynn's.
Less than two hours from New York City, Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa feels worlds away from the city. Wine tasting at local vineyards followed by afternoon tea makes for an indulgent day. Hit the sauna, steam room or heated pool before dinner at Henry's Table, which sources ingredients from the inn's farm.
Nestled in the Berkshires, Kripalu is ideal for yogi brides. Register for an R&R Retreat and spend the weekend enjoying yoga classes, educational workshops and outdoor activities. Healthy meals, Dr. Hauschka facials and walks through the inspirational labyrinth provide a rejuvenating experience.