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How to Party in Las Vegas for Your Bachelorette Soirée

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Sep 022015
Las Vegas Bachelorette Party Ideas and Venues

Photo: Michela Hattabaugh

Heading to Vegas? We've got you covered with our favorite picks and insider tips on how to make sure the bachelorette's last fling before the ring is one to remember!

Where to Stay
The Cosmopolitan offers modern accommodations with amazing views of the Las Vegas strip. You'll love the chic vibe of this hotel that boasts amazing restaurants and three different pool experiences, including the Marquee Dayclub.
Insider Tip: Make sure you check out the hotel's Chandelier Bar.

Where to Eat
The glamorous vibe at Tao Restaurant makes for a true 'Vegas style' dining experience. Delicious Pan Asian cuisine is served family style, which is perfect for large groups. They also offer prix fix packages for bachelorette parties that include admission to the upstairs club.
Insider Tip: Our staff loved the garlic green beans tempura, vegetable fried brown rice, and crispy orange chicken!

See More: Get Your Girls Glam for the Big Day with These Las Vegas Expert Makeup Artists!

Where to Get the Best Instagram Pic
Vegas Girls Night Out offers a one-hour private limousine tour that stops in front of the 'Welcome To Las Vegas' sign. Freelance photographers will be there to take a series of choreographed pictures and AirDrop them to your iPhone.
Insider Tip: Be careful of scam artists. Don't pay more than the going rate for these pictures, which is a mandatory gratuity of approximately $20.

Where to Party
Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub features some of the world's best DJs such as Calvin Harris, Tiësto, and Steve Aoki. Come for the music but prepare to be wowed by the astounding production elements including state-of-the-art audiovisual affects, atmospheric performers, and over-the-top presentations throughout the night.
Insider Tip: Bottle service is worth the splurge. It eliminates the stress of getting in and the staff goes out of their way with fun surprises to highlight the bachelorette!

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Jul 292015

Sometimes in the great search for that one perfect dress, you don't even know where to begin. The answer? With an appointment at a top-notch bridal salon. In our new August/September 2015 issue (on newsstands now!) we call out the best 50 bridal salons — big and small, luxury and budget-friendly, boho and traditional — across America. How did we go about creating such a list? We asked more than 1,100 real brides nationwide to weigh in on the best spots to find that dream wedding dress by rating and submitting their own gown-shopping experience. From precious, personalized boutiques in the South to giant wedding dress meccas in the Northeast to intimate indie shops in California, we found them all. So take note, brides-to-be! These are our readers' favorite bridal boutiques in the West.

Bateau Bridal Boutique, Anchorage, Alaska
A chalkboard sign with your name greets you at this one-bride-at-a-time salon. It also has a consignment room, where some happy reviewers found their dream dress for way less than retail.

Lillian Lottie Couture, Scottsdale, Ariz.
"The salon is beautiful, and I was able to find my gown without spending a stupid amount of money," says a bride of this shop, which carries 400-plus gowns by popular labels like Allure Bridals, Pronovias, and Casablanca.

Erin Cole Couture Bridal, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Erin Cole is known for her eponymous accessories line, so expect the jewelry and veils to be on point. But what draws brides from as far away as Dubai are the gowns — think Monique Lhuillier and Carolina Herrera — and the expert seamstress. "She replaced the back zipper with 24 buttons. It looked flawless!" says a bride.

The White Flower, San Diego
At this chic and cheerful salon, paper parasols hang above styles by Hayley Paige and Lazaro. Brides love the friendly vibe and the fact that the shop is divided into two salons: one for gowns under $2,500, one for gowns over.

Loho Bride, San Francisco
This shop caters to cool girls, offering indie designers like Daughters of Simone and Bo & Luca and a custom soundtrack for your appointment. "They found out I like '90s R&B and played TLC my whole fitting," says a delighted bride.

See more: The Ultimate Wedding Dress Guide: The Best Necklines by Body Type

Marina Morrison, San Francisco
This airy space above Union Square carries all the wedding heavyweights, from Marchesa to Mira Zwillinger, and features a crack alterations team: "I was stressed my strapless gown would slip, but it stayed put all night," says a bride.

Anna Bé, Denver
This salon deftly mixes high-end labels (Sareh Nouri, Tara LaTour) with wallet-friendly lines (Watters, Gemy Maalouf). "My budget was on the lower end, but they still treated me like a VIP," says a fan.

Little White Dress Bridal Shop, Denver
"The staff made me feel treasured every time I came in," says a bride of this salon, the only one in Colorado to carry Rivini and Claire Pettibone — the label Mark Zuckerberg's better half, Priscilla Chan, snagged when she shopped here for her wedding.

Willow Bride, Whitefish, Mont.
This Rockies salon features in-demand names like Tara Keely and Sarah Seven. "I'd just had a baby, so I wasn't at my best," says a bride. "They helped me find a dress that made me feel beautiful."

Couture Bride, Las Vegas
"The staff treated me like family. They still keep in touch!" says a fan. The owner is a former Vera Wang exec, so you know the gowns are gorge: Think Anna Maier Couture and, natch, Vera.

Divine Designs Bridal Boutique, Portland, Oreg.
"I went to five salons in town. Divine had the prettiest gowns by far," raves a bride who swooned over styles by Elizabeth Fillmore, Anne Barge, and Liancarlo.

The Dress Theory, Seattle
"There was no taffeta, no cookie-cutter dresses," says a bride of this cozy boutique, with designers like Temperley London and Theia (and branches in Nashville and San Diego). "Every dress was unique!"

For even more of the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES August/September 2015 issue on newsstands now and available for download.

An Australian Bride and an Irish Groom Planned a Destination Wedding in Las Vegas

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Jul 142015

Rebecca Beaumont and Ross McMahon first "met" while they were over 600 miles apart — Rebecca was spending Christmas day with her family in Sydney, Australia while Ross, a cardiologist, was on-call at a hospital in Melbourne when they were fatefully matched on an online dating site. "I showed my family Ross's photo," the bride remembers. "Little did they know that they were looking at a photo of their future family member!"

The pair met in person after a series of five hour long phone calls and instantly clicked. The proposal came as a surprise to them both when Ross popped the question on April 24, 2013 in Las Vegas while on vacation. "I had been thinking about getting engaged for a while but wasn't sure how," Ross recalls. "I raced out of the hotel room, bought a ring, a new suit, booked a restaurant and phoned Rebecca's father in Australia to get his blessing." When he got down on one knee, Rebecca said yes. They returned to Las Vegas on October 2, 2014 with 93 guests in tow for a classic Vegas wedding at the Bellagio planned by Andrea Eppolito Events. Keep reading to see Alt F Photography's photos of the day.

"The planning process was initially a nightmare," Rebecca says. "We had decided on Las Vegas as the destination when we got engaged because we thought it would be so cool to have all of our family and friends in this fun city that never sleeps." But because of the time difference between Nevada and the couple's home in Australia, they quickly realized planning couldn't happen on their own. They brought in Andrea Eppolito to coordinate the event in the timeless shades of ivory and gold.

It didn't take long for Rebecca to find her wedding dress. In fact, she chose the first gown she had ever tried on, a strapless ball gown designed by Vera Wang. She donned a matching veil and cobalt-hued Manolo Blahnik satin pumps as her "something blue."

The bride asked two of her sisters and her future sister-in-law to be her bridesmaids. Since the four women live across the world, Rebecca asked them to choose a dress in a bold color that they felt comfortable in. Her youngest sister and three of Ross's nieces served as flower girls and looked adorable in princess-inspired ivory dresses.

Their ceremony took place at the base of a sprawling double staircase and they wed in front of a wrought iron gate. Gold chiavari chairs and a rose petal-strewn aisle brought their vision of "classy Vegas" to life.

Rebecca's father walked her down the aisle before she and Ross exchanged vows they wrote themselves. As a nod to Ross's Irish heritage, the couple included a Celtic tradition called "handfasting" in their ceremony. The bride and groom have their hands tied together while a special blessing is read.

The couple wanted their reception to be welcoming, so they set up long tables on an outdoor patio that left an inviting square for dancing. Votive candles and small arrangements of roses in mercury glass vases lined each table.

Rebecca and Ross sliced into a chocolate cake with cream filling before dancing to traditional Irish music and the Australian classic "I Came from a Land Down Under."

Venue & Catering: Bellagio || Wedding Planner: Andrea Eppolito Events || Bride's Wedding Dress & Veil: Vera Wang || Shoes: Manolo Blahnik || Hair & Makeup: Makeup in the 702 || Groom's & Groomsmen's Attire: Eduard Dressler || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co. || Florist: Naakiti Floral Design || Rentals: Sit on This Inc. || Music: Cynthia Harris of Classical Entertainment; DJ Mike Fox || Videographer: Something New Films || Photography: Alt F Photography

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