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Everything You Shouldn’t Do at a Hen Party

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By Alice Prendergast

Description: So, you’re on the guest list for an upcoming hen do? Then it’s time to brush up on your party etiquette.

Hen parties are all about fun, but you still need to be mindful of your manners. While you’re welcome to get a bit tipsy and shout about the bride-to-be’s wedding from the rooftops, there are a few things you should restrain yourself from doing. If you avoid these little missteps, you’re guaranteed to be an amazing guest at your bestie’s hen party.

Here’s everything you shouldn’t do at a hen party.

Try to control the party

Yes, you may have helped plan the hen party, but you are not the guest of honour, so avoid peer-pressuring the bride into doing anything she doesn’t want to do. If your idea of a good time is going wild at the club, but she prefers more subdued soirées, don’t force her out of her PJs and to the nearest watering hole – she may prefer a Netflix and takeaway night, anyway.

Push the bride to far from her comfort zone

While it’s A-OK to surprise the bride-to-be, you don’t want to make her uncomfortable at her own hen party. If something you’ve planned (even if you think it suits her taste) doesn’t sit well with her, strike it from the itinerary.

Ditch your friends

This pretty much goes without staying, but you need to be with your hen party squad for the entire evening. Of course, if a handsome guy wants to buy you a drink, you can totally chat him up, but you shouldn’t spend your entire evening far from your friends. Also, no leaving super early without telling anyone – that’s a faux pas at every event.

Drink too much

Obviously, the aim of the game is to make the hen party fun. While it’s fine to indulge in a few boozy beverages, you don’t want to be the drunkest person at the event. Give yourself a limit so that the bride doesn’t end up being your babysitter (that’ll make her hen do one to remember, but not in the way she expected).

Complain about cash

Of course, being fiscally responsible is a good thing, but nobody wants to listen to you complain about your money situation – especially the bride-to-be. Keep in mind that she’s probably investing thousands of pounds into her big day, so you can probably afford club cover and one or two drinks or a trip to the spa. Pro tip: if you really can’t afford it, tell the bride-to-be and/or host you won’t be able to make it well in advance so that they can make reservations and you don’t surprise anyone with your absence when the event arrives.

Extend extra, unplanned invitations

You, the bride’s inner circle and maybe even the bride herself put a lot of work into creating the perfect hen party guest list, so don’t go changing things at the eleventh hour. Save hanging out with your other close friends for another night, this one’s reserved for the guest of honour and whoever she wants in attendance.

Be a drama queen

Drama queens may be fun to watch on the silver screen, but they’re not so great IRL. If you and another member of your group are frenemies or someone gets on your nerves, brush it off, take a few deep breaths and carry on. You don’t want to ruin the party over something petty.

Make the bride spend all her money

The bride has a lot to pay for in the upcoming weeks, from pre-wedding parties to wedding apparel to catering for all of her guests. Even if you’re not super rich, save a chunk of money to donate to the hen party. Depending on the size of the guest list, the group may be able to foot the guest of honour’s entire bill without chipping in too much.

Switch up the itinerary

You put a lot of time into making the perfect hen party itinerary, so don’t go changing it at the last minute. While you can make a few detours, it’s best to go with what you’ve got (it’s probably an epic plan to begin with).

Make the party all about you

Even if you’re the most outgoing person at the event, you shouldn’t try to steal the spotlight from the bride-to-be. Remember, she only gets one hen party, so you can stand not being the centre of attention for one evening. We promise, it won’t kill you.

Ignore the dress code

If the hen do you’re attending has a dress code, stick to it. The bride has requested everyone in their best 80s glam? Get yourself a neon bodysuit and scrunchie and get ready to rock it. Does she want everyone to don matching robes for her spa day? Embrace it! You can save that fancy dress for another event.

February 28, 2019 |

What to Know About a Destination Wedding Before Planning One

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Article by Laurie Larson

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A destination wedding sounds dreamy, but if you don’t prepare correctly it could turn into a nightmare.

There are many tempting reasons to desire a destination wedding, though. For one thing, you have a beautiful landscape for the best and most important day of your life. It also gives you a shortcut to the honeymoon since you’re already in a dream location!

Destination weddings don’t have to be intimidating, and you shouldn’t give up your dream of a romantic ceremony in your dream locale just because people say it can be disastrous. As long as you properly prepare beforehand and understand what expectations you need to have, your destination wedding will run smoothly.

Make sure you keep the following in mind when planning for your big day:

Planning will not be a tangible experience

If you’re planning on having a wedding on the opposite side of the globe, traveling frequently to make all of the arrangements will not be practical. You may not even be able to go once before your wedding.

The disconnect you will have from your venue and potential venues can make planning feel 10 times more stressful. The good news is, you don’t have to do it alone.

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Because destination weddings are such a huge trend, hotels and resorts have capitalized on the opportunity to be your host. This is both good news for their wallets and your ease of mind. Many offer a package deal, including an on-site consultant who can help you coordinate all the need-to-dos before you say, “I do.”

It may seem costly, but it will probably save you money in the end, especially if you bundle your purchases. If anything, it will help you have a dedicated person at your destination who helps you start to finish.

Though you should be wary that sometimes these staff have large numbers of personnel who rotate duties. The person you booked with may be different than the one in charge of your wedding’s operation. Be sure to fully understand the details of your resort’s offerings so there are no gaps in communication.

You might be jet lagged

Depending on how far you’re traveling, it’s likely that you will experience jet lag from flying to a different time zone. Even if it’s only a minor change to one time zone over, jet lag can still have a big impact on your overall health and mood. The last thing you want to be on your wedding is a half-awake zombie.

Make sure to consider this in advance. You can prepare by clearing any sleep debt you’ve collected before you leave. This means you should catch up on your lost sleep and develop a healthy sleeping routine. A week in advance, you can start shifting your sleeping schedule to the destination’s time zone, so when you land, you’ll feel like a local.

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It will also help to arrive at your destination a few days before your wedding, so you have time to adjust. Be sure that you’ve checked out your accommodations beforehand, so you know you’ll be able to stay properly rested once you’re there.

The main reasons people report losing sleep are due to disruptive noises, beds that cause pain, or being located in busy areas with lots of light pollution. If you do your research before booking, you can make sure the place you’re staying will allow you to have a little rest and relaxation time before and after your big day.

People might not show up

You shouldn’t be surprised if people aren’t prepared to spend a ton of money to fly out to your destination wedding and book a hotel for a few nights. This is a big ask. And unless you’re loaded with money, you won’t be able to pocket the bill for your guests.

A smaller ceremony may be your preference as they tend to be more intimate and personal, but if you were expecting to have a large party with all your family, friends, coworkers, estranged family members, and old friends, a destination wedding isn’t for you.

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It’s important to be clear on your expectations before you start booking. It can also help you be conscious of how many people you invite. Some people may feel burdened by an invite because they will feel obligated to go. Others may be offended if you don’t invite them because you think you’re doing them a favor.

Be clear on your communication with all your loved ones so you can create an appropriate guest list before planning your destination wedding.

Your marriage may be void

Depending on where you book your wedding, your marriage may not be official. If you book through a resort offering wedding services, you’re probably in the clear, but if you choose to do it all on your own, you may end up with some major complications.

Getting a marriage license arranged in another country, especially when you aren’t in that country, can be challenging. This may be one more nudge for hiring a coordinator who specializes in helping you navigate these roadblocks.  If you’re stubborn and want to do it all on your own, be sure you do your research on getting a marriage license in that location.

While planning a destination wedding can be a large challenge, it also offers an unmatched reward. Though if after reading up on all the warning signs you’re not up to the task, no one will judge you. Besides, you can always plan your big trip for a bachelorette party or your honeymoon. Whichever way you choose, we wish you the best of luck in your happily ever after!

Laurie Larson is a freelance writer who enjoys writing on home, health, and lifestyle topics.

February 27, 2019 |

How To Make Sure Your Wedding Day Doesn’t Ruin Your Sleep

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Preparing for your wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life. However, it is also full of important decisions and life-changing plan that cause stress. As the stress levels start to rise, getting enough sleep becomes a challenge. Many people think of sleep as a luxury, but if you’re going to avoid becoming a bridezilla, you’ll need to make sleep a priority.

More Stress, Less Sleep

Stress and sleep loss have a cyclical relationship. As you get less sleep, the emotional center of your brain becomes more sensitive to negative thoughts. At the same time, the part of your brain that applies reasoning and logic to your emotions becomes less active. Without enough sleep, a few last-minute changes to your guest list could send you into an emotional rant that would never happen otherwise. And, unfortunately, a continued lack of sleep only serves to build more stress.

Whether your stress stems from planning seating arrangements or simply balancing wedding planning with your work schedule, it can ruin the joy of preparing for your special day.

Put a Stopper in the Cycle

You can’t get rid of all stress. Planning for a wedding just happens to be one of those periods of life that’s unique, special, and stressful. By placing a focus on healthy sleep and using good stress management skills, you can keep yourself in good emotional equilibrium.

Take a good look at the conditions of your bedroom. Is there anything that’s preventing you from getting a good night’s rest?  Does your mattress support your preferred sleep style – back, stomach, side? Does the color of your room help you feel relaxed and calm? Is all light blocked out at night? You might need to make a few changes to give your mind and body better chances at relaxing.

Your personal habits and behaviors can also have a big impact on your ability to sleep. Try to:

  • Avoid Stimulants Late in the Day: Stimulants like caffeine temporarily block the release of sleep hormones. Try to cut back or stop your intake of soda, coffee, and energy drinks early in the afternoon to prevent a delay in the onset of sleep.

  • Limit Your Screen Time at Night: The bright blue light that some electronics give off can suppress the release of sleep hormones. Try turning off your television, laptop, or smartphone two to three hours before bed to help you fall asleep faster.

  • Eat Healthy, Snack Smart: A well-balanced diet contributes to your overall health, but it makes a big difference to your sleep quality. Avoid big meals close to bedtime as they can disrupt your digestion. If you tend to reach for a snack in the evening, you may want to stick with foods that help in the production of sleep hormones like almonds, bananas, or dairy products.

  • Be Consistent: A consistent sleep-wake schedule helps your body know when to start the release of sleep hormones. That means going to bed and waking up at the same time every day even on weekends.

  • Stress Management and Relaxation: Don’t forget the importance of letting your mind and body relax. Regular exercise helps relieve tension and stress and some forms like meditation and yoga can also help you sleep better at night.

With a focus on healthy sleep, you’ll be prepared to enjoy this special time with your fiancé and plan the wedding of your dreams.

 

November 13, 2018 |

Choosing the Right Wedding Arch

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Wedding Arches

The right wedding arch helps set the tone for your special day. Over the years, couples have taken many routes to create their arch and tailor it to their theme. More traditional arches still incorporate sheer fabric and fresh florals while modern arches take a creative approach by using unexpected materials like shells, bamboo and glass. Some even shy away from the traditional arch shape for more modern shapes like hexagons, triangles, circles and more. The only limit is our imagination!

ProFlowers created a guide to wedding arch ideas so you can get a better idea of what you can do with your arch. They have tips for different ways to decorate your arch and inspiration for modern, classic and rustic arches. Their guide also has tips for different types of materials you can use so you can get a better idea of what you can do to make your wedding arch your own. Peruse through their guide to see what styles you’d like to incorporate for your big day!

Modern Sweetheart

Sea Shore Arch

Typography Arch

Classic Whimsical Arch

Timeless Arch

classic timeless wedding arch ideas

Romantic Arch

classic romantic wedding arch ideas

Rustic Old Vineyard Arch

Fall Garden Arch

Woodland Arch

rustic woodland wedding arch ideas

Full Guide

full guide for wedding arch ideas

August 17, 2018 |

Stars and Stripes: 4th of July Wedding Inspiration

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4th of July is the epitome of summer- with a day full of barbecues and patriotic pride, it’s a day of celebrating. While your wedding day may not be full of the stars, stripes and sparklers we have on Independence Day, there are many ways to incorporate the red, white and blue in a beautiful way. Here are a few ideas! (For more chic 4th of July wedding ideas check out our other post here).

  • Berry in love:

 

    • Berries are so summery! Add fresh fruit topping to your cake or incorporate berries in your decor, food or favors for a pop of color.

Photo// Sandra Aberg Photography via Brides.com

  • End the night with a bang:

What is more “4th of July” then fireworks? End your wedding night with a dazzling fireworks display! For a more cost-effective option, sparklers are great too.

 

 

  • Red, white, blue and I do!

Choosing red, white and blue as your wedding colors is an obvious way to have a festive occasion. Incorporate plaids, stripes, and different shades from bright to muted for an understated Patriotic feel.

 

Photos//Kelly Oshiro Design via Bridal Guide

 

  • Include a Flag!

A giant flag will add a little drama to your wedding photos! We just love the idea of hanging a flag outside of a white barn- perfectly patriotic!

 

Photo// Annie McElwain via Martha Stewart Weddings

 

  • Fun, festive signature cocktails!

The options for signature drinks are endless. This pretty and patriotic sipper is what Cocktail Academy called the “From Sea to Shining Seas” made with bourbon, lime, blue curacao, mint and bitters.

 

Photo// Steve Steinhardt via Martha Stewart Weddings

We hope you found these patriotic wedding ideas inspiring! Wishing you a safe and fun 4th of July!

July 3, 2018 |

Wedding Do’s and Don’ts for the Mother-of-the-Bride

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Mother’s Day was celebrated this past weekend, and as you approach your daughters wedding day you may be feeling very emotional about your little girl growing up and celebrating this big milestone in her life. It’s a special time for bonding together, lots of happy events and Planning a wedding together can be a very fun process, or maybe it’s involved a lot of butting heads and disagreements about everything. Regardless of your experience, here are some fun ways for you as the mother of the Bride to be involved, but still let your daughter have the wedding she is dreaming about.

DO respect the opinions of your daughter and her fiance. If your side is contributing financially to fund the wedding, it might be tempting to want to make the decisions. While your daughter likely values your input, respect their wishes and taste. Be honest about the budget and your ideas, but allow them to make the final decisions on vendors, decor, and other details. DON’T criticize the dress choices. While your daughter’s fashion choices may not be what you have envisioned her in on her special day, hold back any negative feelings. If you love a look, tell her so. If you are not a fan of something about the dress, share in a nicer way such as- “I really loved how the first dress fit you so well- maybe you should try another dress with that style but with the lace you want.” Shopping for a dress is one of the most fun activities for the MOB, make it a fun moment where your daughter feels special. DO choose your battles. You are likely going to disagree with some of the choices she likes, and it may be difficult to release the planning reigns a bit. But fighting about small details isn’t worth it, the important thing is that you will be by her side on her wedding day. DON’T forget your dress. While clearly the brides dress is the most important fashion choice of the wedding, you want to look special too. Picking out something special to wear for the occasion is fun (and for many MOB’s it can be stressful!!) Choose a style of dress that matches the formality of the wedding- i.e. you don’t want a full length ballgown at a barn wedding. And of course avoid WHITE. That shade should be for the Bride only. DO provide some input for the guest list. Ask the bride and groom about the number of people they are planning on inviting and their plans for your contribution to the guest list. Some couples choose to give each side of the family a certain number they can invite. Once you have received an idea of the number of people you can invite, share your list with them. DON’T ignore a Bridezilla (or Groomzilla) If your daughter is out of line or making everyone crazy with their actions, talk to them. If they are anxious or overwhelmed, offer to take something off their plate. Remind her of the important things- their love and rest of their lives together. The wedding is just one day, while it should be special, it isn’t the end of the world if something isn’t working out as they had hoped. We hope you found these tips helpful as you continue to enjoy the wedding planning process with your daughter. We wish you both a lot of happiness and joy as you celebrate this special occasion as a family.

May 15, 2018 |

Aspen Wedding Planning 101: Choosing a Venue

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Recently engaged? Congrats! Getting started with the wedding planning can be overwhelming. Where do you even begin? We hope that Aspen Wedding Guide can be a helpful resource for you during your wedding planning. Before thinking about anything else, we recommend starting with choosing your aspen wedding venue. This is because you can’t really pick a date until you have a venue, and before booking anything else you need to know your wedding date! Also, your wedding venue will set the tone for your wedding. Whether it’s casual or formal, rustic or modern, the decor and other details should match up with the style. Here are some tips for getting started on your search.

  • Choose the date. While you can’t specifically finalize a wedding date until you have confirmed your venue is available on that date, having a rough idea will be so helpful when trying to choose a venue. If you know you want a winter wedding, obviously a venue that has an inside space is key here in Aspen. When looking at venues, finding out availability will be easier if you know you’d like a Saturday in June or July vs just a vague “any date.” Here are some more helpful tips for choosing your wedding date.
  • Consider the style you want. When you think about your wedding day what do you envision? Are you tying the knot in a barn with burlap and lace? Saying “we do” barefoot with a mountainscape and wildflowers in the back? Or do you picture a ballroom black-tie affair? Thinking about your ideal wedding day style will help you pinpoint venues that would fit into this vision. Here are some of our favorite ceremony sites, look through them and see if any fit what you are looking for.
  • Think about the size. All venues have a maximum for the number of guests it can hold. You want it to be comfortable, not cramped for space. Whether you want a large wedding or a more intimate affair, it is important to make sure your dream venue will accommodate your wedding size. While you don’t need an exact count (that will come much later!) creating a rough guest list will helpful in determining whether your wedding will be 50 people or 250 people.
  • Don’t forget your budget! Creating a budget for your wedding day is typically one of the first things brides and grooms do before beginning to plan. How much do you want to spend on the reception and ceremony venues? A wedding planner can help you determine the average costs and percentages of the different pieces as well as recommend venues that fit into your specific budget.

Once you have these questions answered and you have narrowed down the venues to a few you are interested in, set up an in-person visit.

Now that you have the basics covered. Here are some helpful hints on what to ask your during your in-person venue tours to make sure you find that dream wedding venue.

  • Will you be the only wedding on your date?
  • How long do you have access to the venue?
  • Is there a bridal room and/or grooms room?
  • Is it handicap accessible?
  • How many bathrooms are available?
  • What is the parking situation?
  • What is included in the rental fee?
  • When can vendors arrive for set up?
  • Are there any restrictions for wedding decor?
  • Are there recommended vendors? Is use of these vendors required?
  • What would be the rain plan?
  • Can I see photos of the venue set up for the ceremony/reception?
  • What are the available options for setting up different parts of the wedding?

    We recommend touring at least three venues and asking as many questions as possible. Make sure you know exactly what is included and have a contract specifying these details.

April 30, 2018 |

Vendor Spotlight: Afternoon Delight Bakery

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One of the sweetest parts of wedding planning is choosing a wedding cake or dessert to end your night with. (Cake tasting, sign me up!) It can be overwhelming trying to narrow down the choices. Afternoon Delight Bakery can help with all of your wedding dessert needs, whether you are looking for a traditional wedding cake or a dessert table with many options. Owner, Ashley Buerger, takes pride in each and every cake she make as it is never “just a cake,” but a work of art and a delicious memory from the best day of your life. She makes everything from scratch and can help you with designing the perfect cake.

Read on for a few tips for deciding on a wedding day dessert.

 

  • Choose your desserts. There are so many options, but think about what you envision for your wedding.

 

    • Here are a few ideas: Traditional multi-tiered wedding cake decorated with flowers or fondant. Cupcakes in a few different flavors. Small cake for cutting along with cupcakes or other desserts for your guests. Dessert bar with mini desserts- macarons, brownies, cookies, tarts, shooters etc. Cookies or pies in multiple flavors.

 

  • Consider your budget

 

    • It is important to be honest about your budget in the beginning so that your baker can recommend options that fall within this range. Typically tiered layer cakes are a per person price. To figure out how big of a cake you will need, this

guide

    • can help.

 

  • Think about your favorite desserts.

 

    • While budget can be a big factor in choosing the dessert you serve, think about your own tastes. Does the bride absolutely love cupcakes? Is the groom a cheesecake fan? Incorporating both of your favorites can be a fun way to make your celebration unique.

 

  • Think about your wedding style. Is your wedding venue and decor more casual? Or are you having a black-tie affair?

 

    • For a more formal wedding, the traditional tiered wedding cake is common. Casual weddings with a more laid back feel often go with the less traditional desserts- pies or cookies! If you are having a wedding cake, connected the design to your overall wedding theme or colors will tie it all together. For an outdoor wedding- a cake decorating with burlap or a naked cake is a great option. For a formal affair in a ballroom, a little bling or flowers matching your bouquets are beautiful options.

 

  • Choose a flavor. While there are many options available, keep things simple with a few options.

 

    • If you are doing a tiered cake, you can choose different flavors for each layer. Keep in mind that many guests will shy away from the more unique options in favor of a traditional chocolate or vanilla. A

Afternoon Delight Bakery

    • offers about 15 different cake flavors along with more than a dozen icing flavors and filling options. She can help recommend great flavors that go well together.

 

  • Have some fun!

 

    • Why should dessert be boring? If you really want to make a statement- Afternoon Delight Bakery offers a variety of Boozy Cupcakes- Strawberries and Champagne, Mint Julep, Margarita, and more! You can also offer a late night snack of cookies and milk or a s’more bar can be a lot of fun as well. Here are a few examples of dessert tables that

Afternoon Delight Bakery

    • has done! These displays feature fruit tarts, cookies, brownies, carrot cake, mini cheesecakes and more.

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We hope you find these sweet tips for choosing a wedding dessert helpful! What type of dessert are you planning to serve at your wedding or what did you serve? Still looking for a wedding cake or dessert bakery? Check out our favorites here.

April 19, 2018 |

Spring 2018 Wedding Trends

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Springtime is a wonderful time to tie the knot. With blossoming flowers, green grass and mild weather it’s a popular time of year for many couples. Here are some of the hottest trends we are seeing (and swooning over!) in wedding fashion, color and pattern design, and food.

Fashion

One of the big trends for wedding dresses is oversize bows. A feminine look, it is commonly seen on chic sheath dresses or ball gowns for a simple elegance.

Another popular trend is “celestial-inspired” with star filled designs. Dresses are airy and modern. Spring is also a great time to wear a floral embellished gown or short dress. Short dresses had a presence on the 2018 runway from tea-length to mini dresses.

Fashion forward brides can also choose a dress with a touch of black or add bold black accessories. The contrast between black and white is striking. Try adding a black belt for a subtle but stunning look.

Color and Patterns

Pretty pastels will always be one of the most popular choices for spring with romantic blush pinks and soft tones.

Bolder, brighter colors are a trendy choice. The vibrant shade of Ultra Violet is the Pantone color of the year and it’s a unique option for a bride looking for something fun and exciting. If such a shocking shade isn’t for you, tone it down with small pops of the color or use a lighter shade of purple.

Blue shades from royal to navy are also popular. Here are some palettes featuring shades of blue that we just love! Mixing blue shades is such a fun idea, why choose just one shade! Marble is EVERYWHERE this wedding season. From dance floors to cakes, this is a hot trend.

Food

Fun displays and foodie feasts are still popular and on the rise for 2018. The request for local, organic and quality food is common. Many couples are looking to provide guests with a farm-to-table experience (Interested in this, Check out our Featured Caterers!)

Doughnuts are popular as couples continue to shy away from the typical tiered wedding cakes. Doughnut walls are one trend loved by guests! AND it becomes a part of your decor.

Another food bar quickly gaining popularity is a pretzel bar! How fun! Soft pretzels with a variety of dipping sauces from savory to sweet. Spicy mustard, honey mustard, cheese, chocolate, the options are endless!!!

What is your favorite current wedding trend? Are you incorporating any of these into your 2018 wedding?

March 29, 2018 |

Guide to Aspen/Snowmass Bachelorette Parties

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Planning a Bachelorette weekend for a special bride? Aspen is the perfect destination! Glamorous, scenic and a mix of adventure and relaxation, there is something for everyone in your party to enjoy. Here are some ideas to help you plan!

Stay

  • The Viceroy, Snowmass Village: Is a popular choice for Bachelorette parties. They have luxurious 4 bedroom penthouses, a great option for keeping everyone together during the trip They have a 14 passenger shuttle that can be used to venture out into Aspen for a night out on the town without the worry of having to drive.

  • Hotel Jerome: Is a luxurious option with gorgeous views and a great location close to downtown. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the many outdoor activities along with world-class dining and shopping.

  • Frias Properties- Another great option is renting a condo or home for the weekend! It’s a great way to have everyone in your group stay under one roof with enough space. Guests of Frias Properties enjoy health club privileges and also receive complimentary airport transportation.

    Click here for additional accommodations we recommend!

 

Dine

Planning our your meals is important. Dinner reservations are a must in Aspen, especially for a large group. Both the Viceroy and Hotel Jerome have great dining options on property.

  • At the Viceroy, bachelorette parties can enjoy custom dinners in private dining rooms at TORO. Or for those looking for a more interactive meal, cooking classes with the executive chef. Must have dishes include the Hawaiian Tuna “Nikkei” and the Charred Brussel Sprouts- to die for! Sip on The Painkiller-(diplomatico reserva, bacardi 8yr rum , pineapple juice, coconut cream , orange juice) served in a fun pineapple glass!

  • Hotel Jerome’s J-Bar is a casual hot spot with vintage cocktails and small bites to eat.

    Other fun options we love:

  • Element 47 at the Little Nell is a favorite of locals and tourists, Element 47 features impeccable service with the local, seasonal flavors of Colorado. Great ambiance and an extensive wine list! Brunch here is also amazing, mimosas- need we say more!
  • The Bar at Wildwood in the Westin Snowmass is a fun spot to hang out. They have a nice fireplace and a beer hall feel with 10 taps of brews and pizzas!
  • Matsuhisa is a popular spot among sushi lovers! The charming little blue and red Victorian house doesn’t look like your typical sushi restaurant, but once inside it’s a sophisticated, Japanese style restaurant.
  • Venga Venga Cantina is a fun spot to get the party started. Mexican cuisine, lots of specialty cocktails and tequila tastings. They also have an Apres ski happy hour 3-6 pm Thursday-Saturday with live music.

 

Daytime

There is a lot to do in Aspen throughout the year.

  • If you come in the winter, for those that love the outdoors, take advantage of the amazing skiing or snowmobiling. Summer, enjoy hiking or river rafting!
  • Another great option for active groups include private yoga sessions on the Ying Yang.
  • Your group of ladies will be sure to enjoy some pampering during a spa day! Treat yourself to a massage, facial or get your hair and makeup done at Full Circle Salon and Mobile Beauty. You could even book them to come do your makeup in the hotel suite!
  • The Viceroy, Snowmass Village also has an amazing, luxurious spa with a variety of treatment options. You will want to spend the day here!

Nightlife

Ready to get the party started?

  • If you are making it an extended weekend, Thursday night free concerts on Fanny Hill followed by drinks at Base Camp afterward is a must!!
  • Check out Belly Up Aspen. This is a music venue and is busy at night!
  • A few bars open until 2 include Red Onion, Justice Snows, Eric’s Bar and Zane’s Tavern.
  • Escobar is a nightclub that has neon lights, a modern, cool crowd and music spinning. Perfect for dancing! Book a table to ensure you can get in and enjoy this hot spot.

 

These are a few ideas to make your bachelorette weekend getaway to Aspen one that is unforgettable! Thank you to Katie de Besche Director of Catering at Viceroy Snowmass for her contributions to this post.

March 15, 2018 |
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