You’re ready for an exciting wedding weekend in Chicago, and you want everything to flow smoothly. Maybe you’re the bride or maybe you’re one of the bridesmaids helping your best friend out. You’ve left your car at home and want to try something out of the norm while you’re getting from place to place getting everything ready for the wedding. Thankfully, Chicago has a number of ways for you to get around while you enjoy your stay. Here are just a few of them.
Taxi or Rideshare Car
The pros and cons of conventional taxi service versus Uber or Lyft are still being weighed. Getting from point A to point B doesn’t need to be a headache. Pull up the app for rideshare or call a regular cab or use the cab company’s app if they have one. Specifics vary from city to city, and Chicago is no different. Choosing one service over the other is often a personal preference. If that’s the case, your problem is non-existent. According to Transportation Plus, the cost may differ due to surge rates, and most taxis and rideshare companies require a credit card. Tips might need to be paid with a credit card, too. Check with the service to make sure their requirements work for you.
Chicago, like most big cities, offers citizens and visitors public transportation in the form of trains, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and buses. Many people in the city thrive on these forms of transportation. According to Chicago on the Cheap, these options are generally less expensive than renting a car service and are a perfect opportunity for people watching. Any of these services is bound to give you more of a real feel of Chicago. Some people say that you are either a bus person or a train person. Why not be both?
One fun way to get around town is by scooter. Chicago is one of the cities that has taken to the idea of renting scooters at various spots around town. Electric scooter companies have set up spots throughout the downtown area where you can rent a scooter one place and return it at another. Many scooter companies rent by the minute. In addition to scooters, some electric scooter companies also rent electric bikes. You need to know what you’re doing, though. According to Viles & Beckman, most major electric scooter companies have policies that make riders agree to a liability waiver.
Having choices can be a good thing. Let part of your fun-filled wedding weekend in Chicago be trying out the variety of transportation options available. You might find you want to put your own car away for good.
The ultimate girls’ night out is the bachelorette party. As such, a group of women might spend a considerable amount of time trying to make this important evening come off without a hitch. Some things you have to do in order to prepare are pretty self-explanatory. Others, you might miss. Here are some tips to make the “obvious” prep seamless and the non-so-obvious plain so that you don’t forget anything as you’re getting ready for your night out.
Set the Mood
While your bachelorette party may include an evening on the town, many times, these occasions start at home or a hotel room that you’ve rented especially for this purpose. The party gets off on the right foot if you set the mood in the venue. Setting the mood begins before the guests arrive. Your invitations should include visuals that tell the guests about the party’s theme. For example, if the bride has chosen an Alice in Wonderland theme, then the invitation could be a paper teacup or a replica of the Hatter’s hat. The venue itself should also support this theme, and in the case of a costume party, the guests should adhere to the theme as well.
Do Your Prep Before You Leave
If the bridal party decides to head out to enjoy cocktails somewhere, then you’ll want to give everyone the chance to get ready for your night out. If it’s going to be a long night, meaning a party at home first and then, drinks and dancing, then make room in the bathroom/s for the guests to get ready ahead of time. Don’t try to get ready in the car or limo. Driving is not a right— it’s a privilege. For the sake of others on the road, yourself, your makeup, and your ‘do, it’s best to do the personal grooming in a safer and more secure environment. The safest and most practical option is to beautify yourself using a mirror that’s bigger than a compact rather than the mirror in your car. Doing this allows everyone to look their best and to concentrate on the road when it’s time to do so.
Choose a DD (Designated Driver)
Don’t leave this important role to chance. Choose your designated driver before heading out for the night. That way, there are no misunderstandings about who is supposed to do what. Nor are their hard feelings if a person expected to be able to try the bubbly and now can’t because she is driving. If you really feel like you don’t want anyone at the party to have to worry about this, then call an Uber or hire a limo for the night just to be safe.
The bachelorette party is the ultimate girls’ party. It’s an excuse to get a bunch of best friends together and celebrate one of life’s big milestones. The key to making this party memorable (in a good way) is to plan everything ahead of time, including who will drive everyone around and where everyone will get ready before heading out on the town.
Bachelorette parties are all about the celebration of good things to come. These parties represent a rite of passage for many brides-to-be. As such, they should be memorable. Some of the elements that make such a party memorable – think spa days or comedy clubs – are easy to plan for. What isn’t always easy to plan for is the spirit behind a memorable bachelorette party. If you’ve been tasked with planning a friend or relative’s bachelorette party, you’ll want to plan a party that keeps following three tips in mind. These tips aren’t party specific. Rather, they are tips, that if followed, allow for a stress-free, fun evening regardless of the event’s theme or itinerary.
Plan for Everyone
Some of your guests like a boisterous affair. Some like quiet chit chat. Because of this, it can be difficult to plan a successful bachelorette party. The trick is to create event time blocks. For example, during the first part of the party, you’ll maybe have dinner or Happy Hour snacks somewhere. You can open the gifts, play your games, and chat over coffee.
In the latter part of the evening, those who want to continue cocktail hour can go downtown, while those with kids and early morning obligations can head home if they wish. If you go with this type of plan, then be sure to put an itinerary of events in your invitations. This allows people to plan for the evening ahead of time.
Hire Transportation for the Night
This is a bit of a corollary to the suggestion above. The plain fact of the matter is many bachelorette parties will include alcohol and, in some cases, not enough to eat to counter the effects of the alcohol. This makes it unsafe to drive and opens up party guests to the risk of getting pulled over and getting a DUI/ DWI. Talk about a mood killer.
Hiring transportation for the night can help you avoid the consequences for driving drunk that could ruin the whole evening altogether. You have plenty of options for party transportation. You can go with a company like Uber or Lyft, hire a limo, or even talk some sober friends into providing your party with transportation for the night.
Less is More
It’s understandable that you may want your bachelorette party to be a knockout. However, when you immerse yourself in this mindset, it’s easy to try to cram a zillion activities into one big, spectacular display of all things bridal. This leads to over-scheduling, which will just exhaust everyone in the end. Remember, the point of this get-together is togetherness and socializing.
Every activity should come second to the connections that everyone invited will make with one another. In this case, less is more. The fewer activities you plan for the party means the more time everyone has to spend socializing and getting to know one another.
The most memorable parties address all of these issues, without seeming like they were a very big deal in the first place.
Having trouble coming up with bachelorette party ideas? Look no further! Here is the place to gather fun, girly ideas to incorporate into your night of fun. Use these 3 tips and experience a fun spa-themed girls’ night before the big day arrives
Manicures and pedicures are the go-to girl bonding experience. You can hire a professional manicurist at your party, visit your local salon, or give each other manicures and pedicures. It is fun to sit and talk with all your girlfriends over a mimosa as your feet soak in a warm tub. Let your guests choose from a variety of colors that match the color theme of your wedding, as well as special nail decorations to personalize your nails. You can also hire a manicurist to do nail art so that you and your friends can really show off their nails.
Every girl strives to have that perfect eyelash for special events like a wedding. It can be fun to incorporate eyelash extensions into the festivities of your bachelorette party. When it comes to choosing the ideal type of eyelash for you, pay special attention to the material they are made of. Natural mink lashes are the most popular for extensions, as they are long-lasting and can be safely heated and curled like the real deal. Let each girl choose their ideal length and thickness so that they all can feel spectacular. Eyelash extensions can last for weeks, so you can install them the night before and be ready for the wedding the next day, as well as give the girls a gift they’ll be able to enjoy long after the bride’s left for her honeymoon.
If you want a way to feel pampered and luxurious at your bachelorette party, you should indulge in facials. Professional facials make your face look fresh and dewy for your big day, although if you’re on a budget, at-home korean face masks can work well too. This is another great girl bonding experience you should take advantage of. You and your girlfriends can clean, exfoliate, and moisturize your skin while you sit back and chat with each other. You may even be able to get a face massage is your professional offers that service. It is very relaxing, especially if the bride or any bridesmaids have nerves for the upcoming wedding.
Bachelorette parties are for you and your girlfriends to have fun on the brides last night of being single. Take the time to share good memories and lots of laughs as you get your nails, eyelashes, and faces done. You will remember this night for the rest of your lives and prepare for the upcoming wedding.