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5 Steps to Planning an Epic Bachelorette Party in NYC

photographer: Phillip Van Nostrand Photography | producer: Love Inc Mag | decor: Light Source Photography | venue: James Hotel

by Lauren Mandel, Director of Marketing

Lauren Mandel has planned enough bachelorette parties to become our go-to expert. Here she shares her secrets for delicious meals, nights out on the town, and touches to make your celebration extra special.

New York City is the city that never sleeps — and you don’t do much sleeping at bachelorette parties in the Big Apple. Planning a bachelorette party in NYC might seem overwhelming, but these 5 simple steps will lead you through the perfect curated itinerary to celebrate any type of bride-to-be, minus the stress. From booking a chic New York hotel and making private dining reservations to customized signage and invitations, we’re sharing the tips and tricks to plan an epic bachelorette party in NYC.

1. Find Your Home Away From Home at a NYC Hotel

If you’re visiting from out of town — or even if you live in neighboring boroughs  — finding a hotel in the city should be your first step. Two of our favorite properties are the trendy The High Line Hotel and the luxe Mandarian Oriental, New York.

The High Line Hotel is located in Chelsea near the Meatpacking District, a favorite neighborhood for of-the-moment brunches and exclusive nightlife. When you book your stay at The High Line Hotel, you can also take advantage of the property’s fantastic amenities, including access to Shinola bicycles and helmets.

The Mandarin Oriental, New York is located just steps away from Central Park in Columbus Circle. Your bachelorette and her guests will feel at home at this gorgeous, five-star property. Stay here for access to convenient public transportation and easy walks to Fifth Avenue shopping, Central Park, and Broadway entertainment.

2. Create Custom Invitations & Signage for Memorable Details

Make your bachelorette feel special before the weekend even begins with custom invitations for the bride-to-be and her guests. Work with a custom invitation company, like Fancy That NYC, to create an on-theme design. Many invitation companies will also help you create custom signage for the weekend, like welcome cards for each guest’s hotel room and custom menus for your brunches and dinners throughout the weekend. Custom invitations, signage, and decorations add that extra special touch to ensure a memorable weekend.

3. Book Leisurely Activities That Pamper the Bride

After brunching and before heading out for the night, book your bachelorette and her guests a relaxing day at the spa. If you’re staying at the Mandarin Oriental, New York, you don’t have to go very far to reach one of our favorite spas in NYC: its own. Massages, body wraps, facials, and more will have you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated — and ready to take on the night ahead.

If a full spa day is too much of a commitment, commission Beautini for group hair and makeup appointments from the comfort of your own hotel rooms. Each guest can choose their individual services, and the group can spend time together while getting all dolled up.

4. Book Private Rooms for Brunches & Dinners

No matter the size of your bachelorette party group, making reservations in advance is always a good idea. Many restaurants offer the option to reserve a private or semi-private room, providing you the space you need to have fun with your group and your group only.

Let’s start with everyone’s favorite meal: brunch. To say that New York City has fantastic brunch options is an understatement. You will want two brunch options: one for Saturday and one for Sunday before heading home. If you’re staying at The High Line Hotel, we love Lafayette Grand Cafe Bakery and Bubby’s. Lafayette’s private room, Salle Privée, comfortably seats up to 20, and their French-inspired menu is elevated without being stuffy. Bubby’s has two locations, but the one on Gansevoort is just steps from The High Line Hotel. Reserve an area of their dining room (or patio, if the weather allows), and enjoy the house smoked salmon or avocado toast.

If you’re staying at the Mandarin Oriental, New York, head to The Smith Nomad on Broadway. This location of the NYC classic has two private rooms, one perfect for a party of up to 30 guests. Scrambles, benedicts, and avocado toast are classic menu items, and of course, we can never say no to their burger — even at brunch.

No matter where you’re staying, Sadelle’s is a favorite worth an Uber ride. Book their Communal Table for a group of up to 16, order a few bagel towers, and enjoy your brunch while people watching.

When thinking about dinner reservations, consider what type of vibe you want for each meal.

VERSA has private event spaces for groups of 25 all the way up to 800, plus a retractable roof for breezy post-dinner cocktails. For a truly iconic NYC experience, book the Private Dining Room at the Rainbow Room. This private space offers breathtaking views of NYC, and you will work with the private dining team to craft the perfect menu for your bachelorette party.

Bodega Negra offers parties elevated Mexican food served family-style, while the Beauty & Essex sharing menu is ideal for groups, and both have private dining rooms. Craft is a great option for bachelorettes who love seafood, and the restaurant’s private dining room has its own street entrance, bar, and open kitchen for an exclusive feel.

5. Reserve a Table for a Night Out on the Town

Give your bride-to-be a night she’ll (hopefully) never forget at one of New York City’s lively nightlife venues. Would your bachelorette love a night out dancing, or would she prefer a more relaxed evening at a cocktail bar? Luckily, New York City has plenty of options for both types of nights.

Hold a table at LAVO for the quintessential nightlife experience, or make a reservation at Public Arts in PUBLIC Hotel. If you didn’t end up at Rainbow Room for dinner, make a reservation at Bar SixtyFive for classy cocktails while taking in the venue’s epic views. When it comes to New York, it’s hard to go wrong with a night out in the city.

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