Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Day 197 - Bachelorette Party Madness, Part One

April 27, 2011

Day 197 - Bachelorette Party Madness, Part One

And so it begins....I am in charge of planning my best friend's bachelorette party in Las Vegas.  I've got fourteen ladies showing up in mid-May and I managed to wrangle a suite package deal at the Palazzo that includes breakfast, afternoon tea, 3 hours of open bar/apps in the Palazzo Lounge, access to the Azure pool (they keep out the riff raff at this pool according to the staff), access to Canyon Ranch Spa....the list goes on.  Since I'll be driving to Las Vegas, I plan on packing the car full of water and booze (Hello, Two Buck Chuck!) so we can save some money.  I feel like we got a good price and all these amenities, food and booze will help us cut costs for the weekend. But the one albatross around my neck right now is the dreaded table reservation at a nightclub. Although everyone has hinted at trying to have a frugal weekend, this piece of the puzzle seems to be a requirement for the weekend. Here's the catch: There is nothing frugal, from what I can tell, about bottle service in Las Vegas.  Let me give you a few examples:

Tao Nightclub: I was told by a very snotty girl over the phone that to get a table there would require a $2,250 minimum charge (bottles start at $450) PLUS 8% tax and 20% gratuity. Total price per person - about $230. Note: I'm assuming the bride will not be paying for this so it will be split 13 ways.

Chateau at Paris Las Vegas: Although Lance quickly replied via email to my request for information, he was also just as quick to tell me that bottles start at $500.  I haven't responded back to his email yet.

Marquee Nightclub at the Cosmopolitan: So far the most "affordable" option. For $2,145 we get two bottles of vodka, mixers and a "complimentary" (how generous) bottle of house champagne. Plus we get the table all night as opposed to being kicked out after three hours. Total cost per person - $165.

Seriously? Am I just way out of the loop? Do you know how many kick ass bottles of Justin Isosceles, Far Niente, Midleton Rare Irish Whiskey or ________(insert your booze of choice here) this could buy? Don't get me wrong, I've done the bottle service before at about $100 a person and it is definitely fun - yet still a total ripoff. Except for the fact that they escorted me to the front of the bathroom line every time - that might actually be worth 100 bucks!

I need your help! Are we destined to pay this much or is there something I don't know? PLEASE, PLEASE leave your comments. I'm begging you - help a fellow frugalista out.

Stay tuned,
Sarah

10 comments:

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Maybe they should start incorporating that in the Vegas campaign. "

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas - along with your last 3 months paychecks. "

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I will restate what I told you last night. I think you should reserve a table at your favorite restaurant in a private room. You can all eat surf and turf and drink Cristal at the Capital Grill for the kind of coin they want for table service. Do you really need to pay some one to make you feel like P. Diddy. I don't think so.

HolidayJen said... Best Blogger Tips

This is crazy. I repeat, CRAZY.

I promise that my bachelorette will exclusively consist of 2 Buck Chuck and JP local specialty, Bitch Dew (Arbor Mist + Mountain Dew with a twist).

The $60K Project said... Best Blogger Tips

Well, I'm glad to know I am not the only one who feels like this is craziness. Thanks for the input! Now on to the next step - convincing everyone else of this madness.

Noah Minton said... Best Blogger Tips

Don't let peer pressure convince you to pay more than you are comfortable with. Bachelorette parties are so overblown in importance it's ridiculous. If someone else wants to pay for the nightclub then fine, but you should set a limit for yourself and stick to it.

The $60K Project said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Noah. Really good advice that applies to many situations - financial or not!

The $60K Project said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Noah. Really good advice that applies to many situations - financial or not!

HolidayJen said... Best Blogger Tips

This is crazy. I repeat, CRAZY.I promise that my bachelorette will exclusively consist of 2 Buck Chuck and JP local specialty, Bitch Dew (Arbor Mist + Mountain Dew with a twist).

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I will restate what I told you last night. I think you should reserve a table at your favorite restaurant in a private room. You can all eat surf and turf and drink Cristal at the Capital Grill for the kind of coin they want for table service. Do you really need to pay some one to make you feel like P. Diddy. I don't think so.

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