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BRIDES New York: 4 Fun Bachelorette Party Ideas for Foodie Brides in NYC

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Nov 142016
 
Foodie Bachelorette Party Ideas

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What better way to absorb all that New York City has to offer than explore some of the Big Apple's most delicious local hotspots? From private cooking parties to local walking tours, it's no doubt that any bachelorette party will be well-fed and happy. Here are four bachelorette party ideas for foodie brides.

My Cooking Party
This fun, and interactive, take on the traditional cooking class allows guests to indulge in both food and friendly competition. After preparing a menu of hors d'oeuvres and desserts, guests are treated to a 3-course meal with complimentary wine parings and an assortment of take-home kitchen techniques. The "Stirring the Pot before Tying the Knot" bachelorette party package allows brides-to-be and their doting bridal squad a chance to create culinary dishes while competing in cooking competitions with the opposing team of their choice.

Taste Buds Kitchen
Dedicated to providing unique and creative cooking classes to some of New York's finest, this custom-designed kitchen event studio continues to serve up one-of-a-kind experiences to kids, families, and adults. With a range of BYOB bachelorette private parties, it's no surprise that the culinary options are endless when it comes to the limitless assortment of handmade pasta courses and sushi and dumplings class offerings.

See More: These New York City Wedding Caterers Would Please Any Foodie

Foods of New York Tours
Emphasizing culture and history through the bountiful culinary streets of New York, this legendary "non-touristy" experience is perfect for a large group of gals. Food tastings from specialty shops, local hotspots, and ethnic eateries provide a glimpse into the culinary findings of some of New York's most historic neighborhoods. This renowned walking experience covers all areas of the Big Apple including Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Chinatown, Nolita, and Brooklyn.

City Food Tours
Founded by seasoned food industry expert, Joyce Weinberg, back in 2003, this one-of-a-kind Manhattan tour service has been helping locals, and tourists, find some of New York's best-hidden gems in the world of quality cuisine. Perhaps one of the most stand-out tours from the extensive list of epic eateries is presented through the "Dessert Tours of NYC" which includes stops at some of New York's newest and most critically-acclaimed chocolatiers, and wine shops.

For more New York City hotspots to host your pre-wedding parties (or even your big day!), browse our Local Venues page!

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Can We Plan Our Own Engagement Party?

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Nov 132016
 
Champagne Frozen Raspberries

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When it comes to most wedding-related events, the answer to "Who's planning it?" is usually pretty clear. The bridal shower is hosted by the bride's female family members or bridesmaids, the bachelorette party is planned by the maid of honor, and the rehearsal dinner is planned and hosted by the groom's parents. The engagement party, though, is less so — especially if you have family and friends scattered in multiple areas, which could call for more than one celebration. Can the happy couple step in and plan the party themselves? Our experts weigh in.

We love the idea of planning your own engagement party. With a wedding on the horizon, you might as well get in the hosting mindset sooner rather than later. It's also a great idea if you've just gotten engaged and haven't told anyone beyond your immediate family yet: Plan what your friends think is just a normal get-together, then once everyone has arrived, raise a glass and share the good news!

If you will be celebrating your engagement in a few different places, getting involved in the planning will make sure things are arranged in a timely manner — and that you'll actually be around for the party! Team up with someone local, whether one of your parents or a close friend, to help you find the perfect place and make other arrangements, but doing the inviting yourself will get your guests excited as soon as they know why you'll be in town.

Of course, there's something really special about hosting an engagement party in someone else's honor, so keep your options open and don't be afraid to pass the reins to a family member or friend who would like to plan the party for you. Being the guests of honor is great, too!

See more: 70 Engagement Party Dresses You Can Buy Now

Everything You Need to Plan A Palm Springs Bachelorette Party

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Nov 112016
 
Palm Springs Bachelorette Party

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Palm Springs has risen in popularity over the last decade, cementing its place as the hotspot destination for gorgeous desert weddings. That's not hard to believe, however, what with its picturesque palm-tree lined wilderness, warm weather, and countless boutique hotels popping up across town. These dreamy conditions just so happen to also make Palm Springs the perfect place to throw a bachelorette party. If you're looking to head out west to celebrate you or a bride-to-be, here's what you'll need to have the bridal getaway of a lifetime.

Palms Springs Bachelorette Party Hotel

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1. Find A Hotel That Fits Your Bachelorette Party Style
There are over 130 different hotels to choose from in Palm Springs, each of which have different vibes. From quiet bungalows to colorful midcentury modern resorts, there is a place for you and your bachelorette crew. Does your squad want to dance poolside to DJs dropping nu-disco beats? The Saguaro is just the place. But if you guys prefer to sip-and-spa in a more relaxing setting, The Parker is where it's at. The point is, whether you're looking to party from dawn until dusk or luxuriate with a bottle of wine, you'll be able to find a hotel to suit your party's personality.

Palm Springs Bachelorette Party Sightseeing

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2. Go See The Sights
While it might seem like a whole lot of barren landscape, Palm Springs is teeming with historical landmarks (like the Annenberg retreat of Sunnylands), gorgeous canyons, and botanical gardens (like The Living Desert). Make a plan and then hop into a stylish, but smart car to get you to and from, like the 2016 Chevy Hybrid Malibu. It's got Wifi, Apple Car Play, and OnStar navigation, which basically means that it does all the hard work for you, so you guys can focus on the important things, like the best angles for a group selfie.

Palm Springs Bachelorette Party Restaurants

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3. Eat Like Queens
It won't be difficult to find a delicious restaurant to fulfill you and your party's needs. Head to the sleek Workshop Kitchen + Bar for French 75s and duck fat fries or the infamous Tropicale for shrimp tacos, fruity drinks, and live music.

Palm Springs Bachelorette Party Bar

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4. Dance (and Drink!) Like There's No Tomorrow
Just because it's a sleepier town doesn't mean there isn't anywhere to get your groove on. From Bootlegger Tiki's umbrella-adorned cocktails, to Carnival Cabaret's drag show, to Village Pub's divey dance floor, the opportunities to make weird and wonderful memories are endless.

See More: 7 Things That Secretly Annoy Bridesmaids at Bachelorette Parties

Palm Springs Bachelorette Party Spa

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5. Decompress At A Spa
Ah, the spa. A necessary treat during an indulgent getaway with your girls. For a more quiet experience, consider the Palm Springs Yacht Club, where the bride and her guests will be greeted with a minty vodka shot upon arrival. If you're a group that likes to stick together, the Omni Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage is a great option — it's got a private spa pool and a cabana for rent that can fit up to 20 people.

5 Personalized Party Favors Bridal Shower Guests Will Love

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Nov 102016
 

Your bridal shower, when all of your friends and family members are in the same room as you, for a pre-wedding celebration, is a very special time. you may have an urge to get each of your pals something special as a thank you. If you're wondering what kind of items you can personalize for party favors, here are five ideas for adorable and unique bridal shower gifts for your guests.

Customized Wine Glasses
You can't go wrong with wine glasses that have your guests' initials personalized. It'll be a unique way for friends and family members to enjoy, remembering your great bridal shower.

Bottles of Bubbly
If you're wondering what kind of gift all of your guests will absolutely adore, then mini bottle of bubbly will do that trick. On each bottle, you can print a label to go on it with a thank-you note, toasting each guest and giving them a champagne hug for coming to celebrate your wedding with you.

Personality Jewelry
If you have the budget for it and want to splurge, you can buy each of your guests a fun piece of costume jewelry that matches their personality or style.

See More: 6 Types of Wedding Favors Your Guests Really Don't Want

Mini Photo Frames
What better way to say thank you for coming than with framed photo to give to your guests as a beautiful memory of the day? You can even take a photo at the shower and send it with your thank-you note to stick inside of the frame post-shower.

Quotable Tote Bags
Go the custom route with a tote bag and print a favorite inspirational or motivational quote about love for each of your guests. It'll be a fun way for them to remember your special shower day and also have a cute tote to use for years to come.

Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.

Can you BAN Strippers from your Fiancé’s Bachelor Party?

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Nov 102016
 
Banning Bachelor Party Strippers

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The time has come: Your fiancé comes home to excitedly tell you all about his bachelor party plans. Maybe you are just as excited as him and listen with open ears, or maybe you've been dreading this moment from the second you started wedding planning and just want it over. Regardless, one question remains. Will there be strippers at his bachelor party? And what can you do about it?

If you feel strongly about not having female entertainment at your man's celebration, it's SO important to express your feelings to him in a calm, communicative conversation. As you will hear thousands of times as you venture into married life, communication is key. But aside from talking about it, if you still don't meet eye to eye, can you actually ban strippers altogether? Is it okay to put your foot down and essentially make that demand? Check out what real brides have to say...

"I think that you should never have to ban anything. For whatever reason, if you feel that strongly that you have to 'ban' something, your significant other should respect your feelings and opinions enough to honor them, so long as you're not being unreasonable." —Nicole (married November 2015)

"Yeah, sure — ban strippers from your man's bachelor party. Guess what, if he wants to do it, he will do it! He'll just say he's going for a low-key dinner or something but in the end, how would you know? And if he goes away... Well as we all know "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." But seriously ladies, you should trust your future husband and come to an agreement about what you feel is crossing a boundary. For some couples, it's just going to the club. For others, it's a look but don't touch agreement. Personally, I'm lucky enough to have a man who never goes to strip clubs... Or so he says!" —Theresa (married November 2015)

"We both agreed together when we got engaged that we wouldn't have strippers present or go to a strip club for our bachelor and bachelorette parties. We also told our bridal party our feelings and views and they were respected. I keep it real with my husband — if he really wants breasts flashing in his face, he's more than welcome to come upstairs." —Liz (married July 2016)

See More: This Bachelor Party Opted For Rescuing Puppies Over Hiring Strippers, and We're Obsessed

"I for one am not a big fan of strippers. I don't think they are necessary to have a good time. I don't think that you can ban them though because it ultimately comes down to trust and if you trust your man, then it shouldn't matter if they are there or not. Like I said though, I don't think that they should need them to enjoy themselves; it's a night out with the boys — why do they need strippers? If you're the type of guy that needs that one last hoorah then you shouldn't be getting married in the first place." —Angela (married Sept. 2015)

"I would never ban strippers from my fiancé's bachelor party because he is grown man and I am not his mother. BUT, I would warn him to look and not touch as he has a hotter/cleaner thing at home for free! HAHAHA." —Dana (married Sept. 2012)

BRIDES Florida: 5 Bachelorette Party Ideas for The Foodie Bride

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Nov 102016
 
Best Miami Bachelorette Party Ideas for Foodie Brides

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Known for it's rich blend of eclectic flavors, undeniable culture, and unique Floridian style, there's no better place to explore than Miami with your best bridal squad. And for the foodie bride, this list of creative culinary adventures is a perfect From South Beach food tours, to private cooking classes, this group of Miami voyages is perfect for any culinary obsessed bride.

The Naked Bite
Focused on providing Miami with flavorful and healthy alternatives to dietary restricted cuisine, founder Amber Antonelli created the concept of offering Floridians private and public cooking classes with an emphasis in sustainable cooking. With an ultimate goal intended to empower people to eat healthier, this local company is the perfect way to celebrate and create masterful meals that will inspire a catalogue of future healthy dishes.

La Diva Cucina
Taking informative cooking techniques and making them fun and engaging is the creative concept behind this cooking class connoisseur. Founder Laura Lafata, aka "La Diva," helps combine culinary technique with entertainment in an effort to balance teaching with performance. Classes such as the "Small Bites, Big Drinks" outlines everything needed to know in order to host your next cocktail party.

See More: Getting Stuck on the Details? Let These Miami Wedding Planners Lead the Way!

Miami Food Tours
A 3-hour culinary adventure through the local cuisine of South Beach resulted in the delicious cultural concept behind this renowned Miami food tour. Founded in 2009 as Miami's first food and culinary tour company, it's no surprise that this group of culinary storytellers has been turning visitors into locals through their combined information of history, food, architecture, and culture.

Miami Culinary Tour
Blending some of Miami's boldest and influential flavors with the culinary history of some of Florida's most eclectic neighborhoods, this celebrated Miami food tour company will wow your bachelorette party. An array of food tours (including the "Little Havana Food Tour" which includes five stops filled with some of the best Cuban bites in Miami) rivals the legendary "Wynwood Food & Art Tour" that seamlessly combines Miami's eclectic art with one-of-a-kind dishes.

Browse More Cuisine Options and Culinary Services, Perfect for Catering Your Big Day!

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Nov 032016
 
Road Trip Idea Through Napa For Eco-Friendly Bride

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Just because you want to be eco-friendly doesn't mean you can't have an amazing bachelorette road trip with your best ladies to celebrate the end of singledom — Especially in Napa Valley. From the latest electric cars that make it possible to drive long distances without recharging, to a growing eco-friendly wine movement, restaurants supporting local organic farmers, and no shortage of top notch spas boasting eco-friendly products, Napa Valley is the perfect place to enjoy a bit of luxury and make some wine filled memories with your best friends — all while leaving the smallest environmental footprint.

1. The Vehicle
If you want to go on a road trip the most important part of being eco-friendly is finding an electric car that can go long distances without having to be recharged. Of course, you can always rent the very stylish Tesla, which can go 340 miles per charge, if you want to go big. But the safest bet for a longer road trip is to get a car that has a generator that creates more energy as it drives. While the Toyota Prius definitely has made a name for itself in that respect, the Chevy Volt's latest model is the best bet for a long road trip because of its gas-powered generator giving it a range of 420 miles. So you won't ever have to worry about running out of electricity. Plus its got a pretty rockin' sound system, which is more than necessary for any great road trip.

2. The Hotel
Napa has no shortage of great hotels to stay at. But if living the eco-friendly lifestyle is important to you on this trip, look no further than Calistoga Ranch. This luxury resort in Calistoga is equal parts chic and rustic with acres of forest for hiking, a picturesque lake, and cabins that merge the environment with architecture. Enjoy organic spa treatments or spend the day lounging at the pool, either way it's entirely guilt-free and 100% luxury. Besides Calistoga Ranch, on the Sonoma side of the valley, you'll find the brand new Single Thread Farms — a small farm and luxury inn with a focus on sustainable farming and ethically sourced ingredients.

See More: This Couple Canceled Their Big Wedding for a 50-Person Party in Napa Valley

3. What Wineries to Visit
Not all wines are created equal, but thanks to a new generation of wine makers, Napa Valley is now making a name for itself in the world of eco-conscious wines. One such winery is CADE, a beautiful winery that sits on the slopes of Howell Mountain. Not only is the view breathtaking but CADE was also the first organically farmed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified estate winery in Napa Valley. Closer to the heart of St. Helena you'll find the incomparable HALL wines. Producers of unparalleled cabernets (often reaching 98-100 points) that perfectly fuses art with sustainable design for a winery as gorgeous as it is conscious. Odette, an organic sister winery to CADE has also led the way with promoting a more sustainable and limited use of water for wineries in the face of California's massive drought—which just so happens to result in some pretty amazing cabernet. A win, win situation if we've ever heard of one.

4. Where to Eat
Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch is a must visit for the eco-friendly foodie. A Napa favorite serving farm to table food from the ranch's "full-circle" farm. Enjoy wine made on site alongside expertly prepared organic dishes served family style on communal tables for one of the tastiest, and most sustainable, menus in Napa. If you want to celebrate with some aged wines and one of the best steaks you'll ever eat in your life, look no further than PRESS. Napa's top of the line steak house serving ethically chosen, delicious cuts of beef from famed butcher, Brian Flannery. But if you really want to go all out, we suggest heading over to 3 Michelin starred Meadowood for a once-in-a-lifetime tasting menu by award winning chef Chris Kostow. With a combination of sustainably farmed ingredients from their own farm and eco-conscious purveyors, there's arguably no better place to eat in Napa.

5 Thoughtful Ways to Surprise Your Fiancé at His Bachelor Party

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Nov 032016
 
Bachelor Party Surprises

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As your wedding day gets closer, it's time for the bachelor and bachelorette parties to begin. Whether you're having your celebrations the same weekend or are celebrating at separate times, it's a great idea to surprise your man with a token of your love and excitement for your soon-to-be wedding. Check out these ideas on how you can surprise him (without being a meddling or anxious bride) and his crew on their special weekend.

Beer and Booze Delivery
Many major cities offer a variety of beer and alcohol delivery apps including MiniBar, Drizly, Drinkfly, and more. These innovative services make it easy to have your guy's favorite beverages waiting for him at their weekend abode. A fun and practical way to say, "this round's on me" or "cheers" to a fun weekend, you can also contact local liquor stores that deliver to stock up the room.

Room Service
Contact the hotel that the guys will be staying at ahead of time and place an order — which will be waiting for them before they arrive. Whether it's an assortment of alcohol, snacks, or a fun combination of both, he will be stunned by the surprise (and they're sure to be hungry after their travels, too). Forward thinking brides-to-be may opt for later room service delivery like burgers, pizza, or wings to await the guys late-night if they have a case of the after-partying munchies. Or, arrange breakfast and coffee delivery to help with the highly-likely hangovers. (You'll also be considered a hero to all in attendance.)

Sneak Something In His Suitcase
Surprise your man while he unpacks by adding something special to his luggage. Whether it's a simple note wishing him the best time and saying how you can't wait to marry him, a gift card to a fun place you know he'll be heading to on the trip, a fun stack of singles for the strip club, or something else — he'll be over the moon to know you're thinking of him. (Because he's thinking of you, too!) Just be sure to keep in mind carry-on luggage restrictions while you're sneaking in surprises!

See More: 5 Reasons You Shouldn't Worry About the Bachelor (Or Bachelorette) Party

"Let Me Upgrade Ya"
Depending on the plans and what part your fiancé has had in the finances of his trip, consider upgrading his hotel room to a suite or his coach seat to first class. Be certain to coordinate it ahead of time with the hotel or airline, and it's a good idea to let at least one member of the bachelor party brigade know what you've got up your sleeve.

Recruit the Best Man for Help
Consult the best man for ideas or details on some (not all!) aspects of the itinerary to help you plan a small surprise. If they're going somewhere for dinner, you can take care of a round of drinks, shots, or desserts by calling ahead and adding to the reservation. Headed to a game? Pack a team t-shirt or hoodie in his bag as a small token. If they're going to a casino, maybe you want to stuff some extra cash in his wallet for good luck. With the help of the best man or groomsmen, your surprise can be truly unique and custom!

Nov 032016
 
Los Angeles Bachelorette Party Workouts

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Although a wild night of drinking and dancing until the sun comes up is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a bachelorette party, if you're a bride-to-be who prefers doing something more laid-back and non-traditional, celebrate your transition into matrimony with a sweaty fitness party instead. Here, we round up the six best group fitness classes in Los Angeles perfect for toasting your last days of singledom with your best girlfriends by your side.

Tracy Anderson
If you're looking to seriously get your butt kicked at your sweaty bachelorette bash, look no further than trainer-to-the-stars Tracy Anderson. The cult-favorite fitness guru is the woman behind Hollywood's hottest bodies including Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow. Her celeb-frequented studios in Brentwood and Studio City deliver workouts that are high-energy and ridiculously challenging, but totally worth it. After all, what bride-to-be doesn't want to look like J. Lo when she walks down the aisle?

Body By Simone
Taylor Swift, Karlie Kloss, and Julianne Hough are just a few of the celebs who swear by Body by Simone's intense and super sexy full-body dance cardio workouts. Round up your girls and head here for an invigorating good time — you might even learn a few dance moves for the reception. The studio's trampoline cardio class is another fun way to wave goodbye to the single life.

Cycle House
Ease any wedding planning stress while you get your sweat on with your bridesmaids during an indoor cycling session at Cycle House. Rocking playlists, impressive LED lighting, and the promise to burn 500-1,000 calories with just one ride, makes this cult-favorite cycling spot a winning choice for a bachelorette party.

Playlist Yoga
Celebrate your last hurrah before getting hitched by getting your groove on at Playlist Yoga. The new West Hollywood studio isn't your typical yoga spot. The sweaty 60-minute vinyasa flow classes are upbeat and set to energetic music, which will leave you and your girlfriends feeling re-energized and ready for all the wedding festivities.

See More: Check Out These L.A. Bakeries That Take the Cake (You Deserve It After That Workout!)

Ballet Bodies
Whether you have years of dance training under your belt or none at all, you and your entourage of favorite ladies will have a great time working on your long, lean dancer's bodies at Ballet Bodies. Class types range from sweat-inducing cardio classes that incorporate ballet jumps on mini trampolines to sculpting sessions that mix in Pilates moves to a basics class that covers all the fundamental ballet techniques.

Prevail Los Angeles
This friendly boxing hotspot will get your heart pumping like no other. The feeling you get when you slip on those boxing gloves is totally empowering and just what you need if you're experiencing any pre-wedding jitters. After punching it out alongside your girls, you'll leave feeling powerful, invincible, and ready to take on married life.

For more health and beauty hotspots in L.A., as well as wedding hair and makeup artists, head to our Los Angeles Beauty page!

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How to Throw a Killer Bachelorette Party in Chicago

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Nov 012016
 
Ideas for Chicago Bachelorette Parties

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With bachelorette parties evolving from one fun night on the local town to long weekend destination celebrations, one of the hotspots to head to is Chicago. With tons to do, see and eat (and places to party at every turn) grab your besties and head on over to Chi-town for a weekend to remember.

Hotel Palomar in Chicago

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Where to Stay
Being the great, sprawling city it is, there are countless places to stay that will enhance your bachelorette weekend. If you want to stay in close proximity to The Loop but want a little distance from the most crowded sites, the Hotel Palomar is a great option. It has a salt water pool on the roof (weather permitting!), and a wine hour from 5-6 PM for all guests — what better way to kick off your evenings?

Where to Eat
There's no question about it: Chicago is one of the country's best cities for eating and drinking. Regardless of where you're staying or what area you're in at the time of each meal, there will be a bevy of amazing options for your group.

Breakfast and Brunch: Checking out Millennium Park is a great way to kick off a beautiful Chicago day, and if so, Wildberry Pancakes and Café might be your best bet for a convenient yet yummy breakfast. Don't let the name fool you; they've got a number of amazing egg and skillet dishes that are among the best in the area. For a more adventurous breakfast, Little Goat Diner in West Loop will do the trick. Try something different, like Crumpets with Chorizo Maple Syrup, or the aptly-named Kimchee & Bacon & Eggs & Pancakes Asian Style Breakfast Tasty Thingy.

The Purple Pig Chicago

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Lunch: If you're not grabbing a hot dog, pretzel and beer at Wrigley Field for a Cubs game (which you should definitely do!), try The Purple Pig — perhaps the best restaurant on The Magnificent Mile. It's worth getting a reservation far in advance and grabbing a seat on the patio. The small-plate style means you won't have to worry about filling up too much during the day. The many cheeses and cured meats are perfect for group sharing, and go great with with anything off the deep menu of wines.

Dinner: If you have two or three nights in town, you'll want to mix up what types of restaurants you go to each night. Chicago is known for its great steakhouses: try and snag a reservation for Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse. Keep your eyes peeled — you may catch a celeb or two while enjoying a top-flight dinner. If you're looking for Italian, Piccolo Sogno has you covered with great homemade pastas on one of the city's best outdoor patios if the season is right. And what's a trip to Chicago without deep dish pizza? For those of you used to New York-style thin crust, Chicago-style might feel like an entirely different food altogether. But that doesn't mean it's not amazing! Try Lou Malnati's, Giordano's, Gino's North, or Pequod's.

Things to Do in Chicago

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What to Do
What not to do? An extended weekend in Chicago isn't nearly enough to do and see everything, so you'll have to schedule some time to go back — with your new spouse, perhaps? But here are a few key suggestions:

Take a Boat Tour: There are a number of companies that run boat tours on the Chicago River (a booze cruise may suit your group well as a pregame for the night ahead). It's a cant-miss and worth the cost. Chicago has one of the great skylines of the world, and you'll get to see many of the amazing structures up close while cruising through the heart of the city. It's a must.

See More: The 4 Hottest Bachelorette Party Destinations for 2017

Catch a Cubs Game: Even if you're not a big baseball fan, Wrigley Field is the 2nd oldest baseball stadium in the country, and is located right in the heart of the wild and fun Wrigleyville neighborhood. It's a party before, during, and after every Cubs home game, one you want to partake in if you can.

Get Some Sun on the Beach: If the weather permits, head over to the shores of Lake Michigan. Chicago has a number of beautiful beaches to catch some rays on, especially North Ave. Beach and Oak Street Beach. (Bonus points for cute bridal party bikinis and tumblers, obviously!)

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