by Jonathan_Baker - 0 Reviews - 4 List
Eventually, the time comes when all your best friends (and maybe even you) decide to tie the knot. So, to prevent you from looking like you've never been to one of these things before, we've crafted an all-in-one wedding prep guide. From spots for bachelorette parties to places to snag a hip suit--fear not, wedding attender--we've got you covered.
Updated: March 10, 2009
Getting all swerve-y on the dance floor is never a bad idea for bachelor or bachelorette parties. Thankfully, Opera gives those in the well-groomed demographic a reason to loosen their ties and shake it. We suggest hitting this on a weekend for maximum debauchery.
Most dudes are suckers for smoking, drinking and gambling with their buddies. Thankfully they can get all of the above at the Highland Cigar Co. in Inman Park. And, if you really want a hyper-masculine night, we suggest hitting the Highland Tap beforehand for steaks, martinis and good red wine.
Sometimes gals don't want the over-the-top mischievous parties and instead want to get pampered. What better way to get girly than in the swanky W Hotel's Bliss Spa. Book an afternoon treatment and follow it up with dinner at Spice Market or classy cocktails at Whiskey Park.
It's tough not to think of bachelor parties without thinking, for at least a second, about bringing in a stripper. We suggest letting all the boys have fun (rather than just one) and hitting the Pink Pony. This is one of the best in our city, which says a lot since Atlanta is renowned for its selection of "gentleman clubs."
Just because the stereotypical idea is that guys have the naughty night out doesn't mean you girls can't get in on the action. For an all-male revue, head over to the Cornet Club. As a bonus, they run a limo service, as well. Get taken to a club by a dancer? Now that's going out.
Guys or gals can find plenty of mischief at the Graveyard, known for their late-night hipster singles scene. Definitely geared more towards the youthful East Atlanta kids, look for a hard-partying mix of early 20s to be shaking it on the dance floor.
OK, just because it's called a "barn" doesn't mean it's not elegant. This beautiful old structure was obviously used to house the trolleys that went up and down Atlanta roads a century ago. The barn can accommodate 200-300 people with room for a band and a dancing area. It also gives you the option to decorate the place however you like.
Looking like it came out of England in the 1800s, this massive Tudor structure acts as the clubhouse for East Lake Golf Club. It's famous for hosting the PGA's prestigious Tour Championship, and a ballroom, full bar and full-service kitchen make it an ideal-yet-unknown spot. The lake and golf course serve as a stunning backdrop for any service or reception.
For those looking to get married north of town, but not too far away, Buford's beautiful Bona Allen Mansion is tough to beat. It looks like a grand old Italian palace and is set on a stunning manicured six acres; Bona Allen does catering, event planning and will do all the set-up and take-down.
Anything from the Buckhead Life Group is tough not to like, and 103 West is the BLG's event-throwing space. With an event planner, custom printed menus, audio-visual capabilities and a slew of wonderful menu options, this is one spot where you'll let other people do most of the work.
Ladies or gents can head to side-by-side Bill Hallman stores off North Highland or to the co-ed store in Little Five Points. This boutique known for their tasteful-yet-trendy formal attire is one part Esquire Magazine and one part Project Runway.
Those looking for a classic suit or vintage dress should head no further than Stefan's in Little Five Points. The best upscale (but most expensive) vintage shop in the city has an outstanding selection. If you find something that just sort of fits, don't be afraid to take it to a tailor down the street.
Think of Bridals by Lori as a giant boutique. It's got great designer names (Vera Wang, Lasaro), a swooping space with 21 dressing rooms and catwalk, but it still knows how to cater to those on a budget. Just make sure you book an appointment a few weeks ahead of time--it gets crowded on the weekends.
This is for the wealthy but artsy bride who hit up Stefan's only to realize they don't carry bridal gowns. The independently owned gem, Kelly's Closet in Candler Park, does unique and classic dresses that are chocked with unexpected detail that help the bride-to-be stand out.