Buns, Fun, and in the Sun
Being a maid of honor is probably one of the most rewarding things in your life. You get to help plan a special time for someone you are close with. Bachelorette parties are no joking matter, it's the bride's last hooray and something you shouldn't take lightly.
I am my best friend's maid of honor and I couldn't put into words how excited I was when she asked. I have known this girl since college but she's like my sister. We instantly bonded and I know that God put us in each other's path for a reason. We uplift one another, we pray for one another, and we've had some of the best times of our lives together. She was also my maid of honor and threw me a pretty big bash. Therefore, I had a lot of high shoes (or heels) to fill when she invited me to be hers.
I am not going to lie I was a bit nervous when she mentioned Scottsdale only because I didn't know much about it. When you think of Bachelorette places these places probably come to mind: Texas, Vegas, New Orleans, or Mexico.
Now that I have been to Scottsdale I recommend everyone attending at least one especially for bachelorette parties. This cute, sunny, and glorious town is just the right amount of fun and glam that you need without breaking the bank.
This post is dedicated to all the stressed brides, maid of honors, and bride tribe babes that need a decision on where to go. I am listing all the fun stuff when did in Scottsdale and why it should be your next bach destination!
Grill & Chill
One of the greatest things about Scottsdale is that it stays nice and sunny all year around. Chicago was pretty much in the '30s, and we got to escape to a beautiful oasis that was in the '70s all week. One the first full day that we arrived our lovely friend Sydney, found a great Airbnb for all us, 14 girls, to stay at. I recommend airbnb's they are awesome and you ladies can decorate however you want and basically have your own house. We decided to keep the morning pretty tame, with grilling, eating, and laying by the pool while catching up. That is what I loved about Scottsdale you get such a sense of ease there. You can create your own pace which is something I loved. We got bride tribe hats, some black bride squad bathing suits, and got to take some cute pictures by our pool.
If you want to have some good picture time with the bride I highly suggest these fun memorabilia. I still have my pictures and memories to this day from mine and the best part is that you can reuse these items for other friend's bachelorette parties!
Clubbin' to Some Tunes
Now, if you are looking for more of a club scene to do in Scottsdale I got you covered with that as well. The best part is that all the clubs (least the good ones) are within walking distance from each other in Old town. Here are some of the places I recommend going to.
The first, my favorite, is Pretty Please. What a fun and exciting club. I collabed with the GM, Justin, and he made sure to make our time there extremely special. Not only was the club nice, great seating, and music, but everyone was so keen to help and be friendly. I don't know about the clubs where you are from, but, here in Chicago that rarely happens. Therefore, it was so refreshing to have such kind people take care of us. I would give this place 10 stars out of 5 because of how nice this club was. It's perfect for that bachelorette experience and I HIGHLY recommend checking this out if you go to Scottsdale or if you live there.
The Maya is another great club. Unfortunately, we didn't get to go there but I have heard great things about it. We love doing pool parties in the afternoon but most of the pools were closed when we visited Scottsdale. I learned a lot of them don't open up till the end of March into April. However, if you do decide to go after then I recommend checking out their pool parties. Who wouldn't like dancing to music, by the pool, with a drink in hand? Am I right?
On Saturday we ended up going to 3 Wisemen which definitely has more of a dive bar feel. It was pretty crowded with no dancing towards the beginning when we arrived due to a boxing match that was occurring. Once that crowd cleared out people started to dance and the vibe changed a bit. Not as fancy as the other two but it's an option if you like more of the calmer, bar, type of atmosphere.
Riot House is also a fun club that we went to towards the end of the night. It was nice to be able to simply walk from place to place as opposed to ordering a Lyft everywhere if we wanted to try different places.
Bride Tribe Outings
The club may not be your tribe's thing and I get it totally not for everyone. If you want some equally as fun but a bit more tame these two fun outings will be for you!
The first is the Arizona Party Bike. Such a fun idea and great girl bonding time. We got to be on this peddle bike, which I have never done before, drink, play music, and go to a bunch of bars within the area. Did I mention there's discounts you get with these bars you visit? Super fun and a great way to just have a great time. You can even DJ with an aux cord and belt our your own music. It's nice because you can buy your own drinks and bring them with you and people get to see you on these peddle bikes, laughing and having fun, while they're cheering and honking in glee. It's such a cool and exciting experience.
Now, if you don't want to do the whole drinking thing at all I recommend some of the great wildlife that Scottsdale has to offer. During our last day there we walked around and looked in some shops. We also had the chance to go to the Desert Botanical garden. You get to see such breath-taking views, glorious wildlife, and bask in the beauty nature has to offer. My favorite part was going inside of a butterfly exhibit where they flew free and you got to see them so alive and happy. This makes a great place for pictures as well because the scenery is so amazing.
I know that planning bachelorette parties can be a bit stressful and overwhelming but the most important thing is to make sure the BRIDE is happy. If you are in her tribe, or her maid of honor, chances are she trusts and knows you. You also know her to customize that trip to be about her and what will make her happy because these memories will be with her for the rest of her life. It is important to have fun, don't stress, and enjoy your fun bachelorette weekend because ultimately that is what they are all about. I hope these fun ideas will help you especially if you choose Scottsdale as your go-to- place!
To Natalie, the beautiful Bride, I love you so much! I hope you enjoyed your weekend getaway because you deserve the best. I feel honored to be sharing these precious moments with you. Love you booboo.
Thanks again for reading everyone happy HUMP Day!
Until next time,