Between magazine clippings and vivid dreams, the big day is something us girls have been looking forward to for as long as we can possibly remember, but as we get older, we realize that the fairytale ending is totally expensive! But who says money has to stop you from the wedding you want? From the hoppin’ bachelorette party to the fabulous nuptials to the hot ‘n’ steamy honeymoon, we’ve rounded up the best ways to save a pretty penny, yet still feel like you’re at the lavish wedding locale you’ve always dreamed of. Whether you want to dance the night away in Vegas, tie the knot at a Napa Valley vineyard or relax with your hubby in Bora Bora, we found almost exact matches to make you feel like you’re in your wedding dream without breaking the bank!
- Casey Schmieder
Vegas v. AC
Ideal: Las Vegas, NV
Steal: Atlantic City, NJ
Honestly, there isn’t a city that screams “party!” more than Vegas, and if you’re a down-to-dance bride, this is the only place you’ll be dreaming of for your bachelorette. If you can afford the airline tickets and the hotel prices at famous Strip fixtures like Bellagio, Mandalay Bay and Caesar’s Palace, then we say splurge!
If you’re more into saving up for the big day, a trip to Atlantic City, NJ is not only more cost effective but also just as much fun as Vegas! With just-as-famous hotels like Harrah’s, The Borgata, and The Tropicana, this city is sure to give you the best last night out as a single lady there is. From the casino floors to Harrah’s Pool Party After Dark to the boardwalk strip and beach, there’s enough to do to last you the entire weekend. Only want to go for one night? AC is only about three hours drive from any point in the Tri-state area. You’d be silly to pass up this East Coast mini-Vegas for your special night with your best gals!
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