Top 11 Bachelorette Party HOT Spots!

Bachelorette parties can be a time for you to relax with your best friends and to indulge in some fun. The Bachelorette party doesn’t have to involve stripping, or going crazy on the alcohol, it simply is a way for you and your girlfriends to spend some time together before the big day. In case you’re wondering fun hot spots, check out my 11 favorite places that would be great for a weekend getaway with your best friends.

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Of course Vegas had to be number one on my top destinations for a Bachelorette party. Visiting Sin City remains a classic destination for both guys and girls. Clubs, gambling, incredible dinning, and spas are in every major hotel, making it number one for a reason.

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New Orleans comes in on my second top destination hot spots. This beautiful city is also known as the Big Easy. Much like Las Vegas, New Orleans also has great gambling, clubs, and divine cuisine. But, what Las Vegas doesn’t offer, New Orleans does. Located right off the Mississippi River, this unique city offers live music on almost every block, historical architecture, and awesome day trips like boating through the swaps, or cruising along the Mississippi River on a riverboat. One of my favorite spots in the United States for sure!

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There is no better way to rejuvenate yourself than through some serious pampering. Search for a day spa or destination spa that has group areas where everyone can hang out together in between mani-pedi’s.  There are also several places in every major city that offers in home services, meaning they will come directly to you.

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Pack a tent, and sleeping bag, and head to the outdoors. For the adventure type, consider getting the group together for fishing, rafting, or rock climbing.

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Blackhawk is a great destination if you’re a local. This quant little casino town is known from their poker, spas, and restaurants. If traveling doesn’t seem up your alley, you can also “fold em’ or hold em” in your own poker tourney.

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Be a kid for a day! Setting up an afternoon or evening of bowling, amusement park, paintball match, or mini-golf, would be a great way to spend some time with your girlfriends.

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A sushi dinner followed by a visit to a local karaoke bar would be a great place for you and all your friends to sing their hearts out and enjoy each others company.

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Learn something new, while having fun. Book cooking lessons, bar-tending lessons, or even setting up a time to get a makeover. This would be a great icebreaker if you have friends that have never met.

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Take to the road of a long weekend to tour some wineries, hit the beach, visit some attractions, or go gambling.

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What better way to celebrate your bachelorette party than renting a houseboat with all of your girlfriends? Count me in!

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What woman doesn’t like shopping? Take a weekend with your girlfriends to head to the Big Apple to hit up some of your favorite fashion designers.

I recommend having your party a month before the wedding. This not only gives your wedding the attention it deserves but it also gives everyone time to recover. Sit back and relax during this time, because this will be the only time where there’s no planning on your part.

Best of Wishes,

Stacey B.

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10 Unconventional Table Numbers

Besides from glassware, china, and centerpieces there are countless other elements that can grace your table design.   Table numbers are a great way to tell your guests which table they will be sitting at for the night, and it also allows you to be playful.  A piece of paper folded into a tent shape is the classic way to go, however there are so many more options to choose from.  Take a look through some of these playful table numbers that might be just what you are looking for.

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Find some old baby pictures of when you and your loved one were one-years-old, two-years-old, three, and so on.

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Design a booklet where your guests can write meaningful messages to you and your loved one. How fun would it be to open them on every anniversary!

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Message in a bottle would be a great idea for a beach or destination wedding.

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Dust off some of your old wine bottles and create a stylish table number.

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Have your florist incorporate your number into the floral design.

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Start looking through the Goodwill, Garage sales, or your garage for old-vintage table numbers.

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Instead of having traditional table numbers, use random numbers that are meaningful to you.

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Use old maps of places you’ve been together or plan on going.

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Have your photographer snap some shots of you two holding numbers.

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Bring out your playful side and incorporate some of your favorite animals.

You can even have your calligrapher draw numbers, or embellish the cards with tiny crystals or hand painted flowers. Whatever you choose to do be creative, your guests will leave with an everlasting memory that they’ll never forget, and so will you!

Best of Wishes,

Stacey B.

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Which Getaway Option is Best for You?

The Getaway vehicle is a wedding tradition that has been around for several years, and in my opinion it is a tradition that is worth preserving.  There are several options to choose from when it comes to deciding which getaway option is best for your wedding.  If you’re looking for an over the top getaway method, take a look through some of these options that will leave your guests speechless.

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For those mountain lovers, skiing or snowboarding the slopes, as your getaway transportation might be right up your alley.

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For an over the top winter wedding, exiting in a sleigh or snowmobile would be a great finishing touch.

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For those of you marrying a fire fighter…

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I’m in love with these vintages mopeds. Great idea for a city wedding!

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Take off on some awesome vintage bikes.

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Exiting in a canoe would be the perfect idea for a Colorado wedding on the lake.

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Talk about a GRAND exit. Ride off into the sunset on a Camel or Elephant.

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Riding off on a horse-drawn carriage is so romantic!

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Drop the Carriage and ride off with your loved one on horseback.

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Perfect for transportation for the brides and grooms that are getting hitched at a resort or golf club.

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Vintage cars can really make an everlasting impression. There are so many options that could really tie into pretty much any style wedding.

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For those school teacher…

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Riding some waves after you say “I Do” would be great for beach lovers or a destination wedding, but get ready to trash your dress.

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Are you and your loved one, daredevils? Then riding off on an ATV or dirt bike might the grand exit you’ve been looking for.

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If you live in a major city like New Orleans, San Francisco, or New York, exiting in a Street Car or Subway would be an amazing grand exit.

Your getaway options are endless. Find what works you! The season and location of your wedding can play a major role in what will fit best. If you’re getting married in a destination location, surfing off into the sunset, or riding a camel might be the best option. If you’re planning a Colorado wedding then a horse-drawn carriage, horseback, or a canoe, would be a romantic fit. Make sure to make an everlasting impression that your guests will never forget!

Best of Wishes,

Stacey B.

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Friday Floral – Wreaths


One trend I am falling for little by little are wreaths. They can be used for the doors of a church, hanging decor around the room, your alter structure, the chair backs for the Mr. & Mrs, and much much more. Wreaths can also vary in size from two inch escort cards to ten foot ceiling decor, it just depends on the type of space you are looking to create. Here are some of my favorite wreath examples including all shapes and sizes.

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This french inspiration design hits my soft spot. For a standard 12″ wreath there are many tools that you can use to create a base before attaching flowers and greenery. You can use a three ring metal base or a foam base and also make sure to have floral wire handy to secure each piece. The picture to the left shows a cluster of four roses, in this instance if you were using a wire base you can use a pomander floral foam ball to attach to your base to create height.

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Sometimes a church can limit the amount of decor you area allowed to bring on site. Wreaths can easily be hung with a no damage hook and can introduce your guests to the floral design used throughout the evening. Your designer can even remove them and re-use them in another aspect of your reception.

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If you are planning to have an outdoor ceremony here are two ways that you can incorporate wreaths in your decor. The left wreath is more of a structure than a wire 12″ wreath… might want to leave that up to the professionals. The right photo is an excellent example of accent wreaths that can be hung from trees where your guests are seated. In this case they used fishing wire to hang the wreaths to give your guests a floating appeal.

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When hosting your wedding in a tent you often want to find ways to jazz up the ceiling. Adding lights and floral aspects as seen above can help create a welcoming vibe.

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You can use a chandelier hook and chain to hang large wreaths as well. This will give you the peace of mind that it will be secure throughout the entire event.

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When creating a look for your room that consists of the same center piece look using wreaths are a great way to confirm they will be the same size and shape. You can always add extra votive candles and a nice table runner to spice up the table a bit more.

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Using hydrangeas will be a great way to fill up space. You can use multiple flowers (not just the rose shown above) to create clusters of hydrangea instead of it being the focal point.

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You can re-shape your wreath to become a heart! When using a floral foam base you can cut it and re-wire into the shape of your desire.

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I absolutely love the dried grape vine look. This would be a nice addition to any cake or dessert table. These can be purchased in the shape of a heart of again you can cut it and wire it to be the shape you desire.

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Here are two more examples of dried grape vine. When attaching individual flowers, as shown in the photo to the left, it would look the most natural to use floral wire to attach them. If you were to use a pomander ball it might end up being too heavy to stay attached to the grape vine in a secure way.

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Mr. & Mrs. chairs can easily be spruced up with wreaths or as shown above chair swags. In the photo to the left the designer took pieces of greenery and wrapped the floral wire around each individual piece until it created one long swag. Then using more wire, they attached it to each chair end and used ribbon to hide the wire. This is when you can get creative and wrap it in the shape of a wreath or switch things up as shown in the right picture.

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This is an example from our New Years Eve wedding that Jordan Weiland captured. The bride and groom had a Magnolia wreath over the fireplace which we pulled pieces from and using the technique explained above created swags that resemble wreaths.

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Whole Magnolia wreaths can be purchased in which you then use wire to attach accent pieces.

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Using a wreath with a thank you sign creates an excellent photo to send your guests.

 

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When the bride and groom went riding off into the sunset think about the adorable pictures this swag and wreath created.

Wreaths can be used as a design staple that stays throughout your floral design in each room or it can be used as accent pieces for specific parts of your day. This strays from traditional center piece look and gives a floral switch up that your frequent wedding go-ers will appreciate.

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Thirsty Thursday: Signature Cocktails

Couture cocktails has become a staple of many modern weddings. They make an everlasting impression about your style, it becomes part of your wedding ambience, and it gives you the opportunity to share something about yourself with your guests. There are so many ways to personalize your signature drink by incorporating colored sugar or salt, adding flowers or fruit, or using candy sticks or lollipops as stirrers. Best of all, signature cocktails can be cleverly arranged to curb your bar tab.  Don’t forget to give your signature cocktail a name and feature it on a tented card at the bar.  Here are some of my favorite couture cocktails….

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Cherry Sake Cocktail

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1)    2 Small handfuls frozen dark sweet cherries, thawed (2/3 cup)

2)    Ice

3)    Ginger Ale

Directions: Divide cherries between two tall glasses. Gently muddle cherries with the back of a wooden spoon in the bottom of each glass. Top with plenty of ice. Add 2 shots of sake to each glass. Fill to the top with ginger ale. Add a drop or two of red food coloring for extra color, if desired. Sip and let it be.

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Blood Orange Mojito

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1)     8-10 Fresh Mint Leaves

2)     ½ Lime

3)     1 Blood Orange

4)     1-2 tbsp Sugar (to taste)

5)     ½ Cup Club Soda

6)     ½ Crushed Ice

Directions: Cut the blood orange in half, cut off one slice to save for garnish, using the rest for juice. In a cocktail mixer, ass mint leaves, sugar, and juice of half of a lime. Muddle several times to release flavor from mint. Add juice from blood orange, rum, crushed ices and finish with soda. To top it all off garnish with a wedge from the blood orange and a mint leaf.

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Strawberry Bourbon Lemonade

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1)     6 ounces bourbon

2)     6 Strawberries, pureed in a blender

3)     Juice from 2 Lemons

4)     1 Tablespoon maple syrup

5)     4 Dashes of Peychaud’s bitters

6)     Dash of McCormick Cinnamon

7)     Club Soda or Prosecco, for Topping off.

8)     Slices of Strawberries, for garnish

Directions: Add your bourbon, pureed strawberries, lemon juice, maple syrup, bitters, and cinnamon to a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice. Shake for 10 seconds, then strain through a mesh strainer into chilled champagne flutes. Top off with club soda or prosecco and garnish with a strawberry.

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Candid Grapefruit Cocktail

Ingredients:

1)    1 Ounce Gin

2)    4 Ounces Freshly Squeezed Grapefruit Juice.

3)    1 teaspoon Agave Nectar

4)    2 Candied Grapefruit Peels

5)    Dash of Cayenne, depending on how spicy you like it

6)    Grapefruit Wedge and Sugar for Rimming.

Directions: Mix cayenne and sugar, rim glass with a grapefruit piece then dip in sugar mixture before filling with ice.  The touch of cayenne compliments the gin nicely.  In a cocktail shaker, add ice, grapefruit juice, agave and gin. Shake several times. Pour over a 4oz glass filled with ice. Slide two candied grapefruit peels onto a wooden skewer (cut in half) and place on the rim of the glass.   Now be prepared to taste one of the best drinks you have ever had!

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Cherry Beer Margaritas

Serves 3

Ingredients:

1)    1 -12 Ounce Can Frozen Limeade Concentrate

2)    12 Ounces Cherry Flavored Soda

3)    1 -12 Ounce Bottle of your Favorite Beer

4)    12 Ounces of your Favorite Tequila

5)    Kosher Salt, for Rimming Glass

6)    Lime for Garnish

7)    Cherries for Garnish

Directions: Rub lime wedge around rim of each glass; dip in kosher salt. In a large pitcher, mix all ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Serve over ice (if desired) & garnish with a lime wedge & cherry.

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Caribbean Mist

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1)    1 Part Mango Rum

2)    1 Part Pineapple Juice

3)    1 Part Soda Water

4)    Dash of Blue Curacao

5)    Sugar for the Rim

Directions: This drink is very easy to make as you can see from the ingredients. The Cruzan Mango Rum is what makes it interesting. My favorite thing about this drink is the color: when you combine the yellow pineapple juice and the Blue Curacao it makes turquoise magic! First sugar the rim of each glass by dipping the rim in either lemon or limejuice and then into sanding sugar. In a shaker with ice; combine the rum, pineapple juice and blue Curacao and shake. Pour the mixture into and ice filled glass… then fill the rest of the glass with soda water! Easy, delicious and the most gorgeous color on the planet!

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Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1)     2 ounces ginger flavored vodka

2)     2 ounces apple cider (store bought or homemade)

3)     Juice of 1 small lime wedge

4)     Good quality ginger beer to top off (about 1/2 cup or so)

5)     Cinnamon to sprinkle

Directions: In a copper mug, add the vodka, apple cider and lime juice. Fill the glass with ice, sprinkle cinnamon over the ice, then top off with ginger beer. Stir well and garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.

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Tangerine or Mandarin Mojito

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

1)     2 cups of mandarin or tangerine juice, from about 8-10 mandarins (depending on the size)

2)     ¼ cup fresh lime juice

3)     1 cup sugar cane juice (guarapo), or ½ cup simple syrup/sugar, adjust to taste

4)     8 oz of mint leaves

5)     1 ½ cups of chilled sparkling water or club soda, adjust more or less based on your preference

6)     1 to ½ cups of rum, adjust to taste

7)     Ice

8)     Sugar to decorate rims, optional

Directions: You can make the mojitos in individual glasses or in a pitcher. Make them in a pitcher and only add a bit of sparkling water. Then in each glass, place ice cubes, mint leaves and fruit slices, pour the drink into the glasses and then top it off with some sparkling water. Gently muddle or crush the mint leaves with the sugar cane juice (or sugar or simple syrup). Add the rum, lime juice, and mandarin juice, mix well and taste. Add sugar or rum if needed – remember than you will still add sparkling water. Add a few ice cubes and some mandarin slices. Then top off with the sparkling water and mix gently. As mentioned above, to serve in each individual glass: put ice cube in the glass, then add some fresh mint leaves and mandarin slices, and pour the drink into the glasses. Top off with additional sparkling water or club soda if needed. Serve immediately.

There are so many options when it comes to deciding your favorite cocktail. If you have some ideas and are unsure, contact your caterer, bartender, or planner to brainstorm more ideas.  Don’t forget to stir gently, and drink responsibly!

Best of Wishes,

Stacey B.

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