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Las Vegas for a Boring Bride

Author: Leah Kaminsky
Date of Trip: May 2013

Somehow, we managed to survive all of those expansive (and slick!) marble floors in our high heels without a single fall (perhaps that was our “Vegas luck”) and on to the final and most strange portion of the trip: The Party Bus.

Now, if you’re not familiar with party buses, the concept is pretty simple. People looking to have a good time pile onto a tripped out bus, where a host stands among the blinking fluorescence and pours you copious amounts of alcohol before leading you into clubs and skipping you right past the lines. Great, right?

Well, as I would soon find out, it really helps if you enjoy nightclubs. Don’t get me wrong, I can dance my little heart out to the blues or rock n’ roll (anything that mandates singing into a hairbrush), but electronic beats were the soundtrack to both my singledom loneliness and my teenaged emo convictions that there was no meaning in the world, and with just a few thumps I was filled with a sense of unabating emptiness. So...party on!

Matters weren’t helped much by the fact that I was decked out in bachelorette gear, which apparently says to people not, “Fun! Congrats!” but, “Here’s a gal that’s looking to have some FUN *wink wink* before she’s no longer ‘free’!” In my younger years, I used to escape these sorts of situations by vamoosing in a bus or cab without telling anyone (“Where’s Leah? Oh, there she goes,”) but given that this was my party, that wasn’t an option. So I stuck it out with my valiant friends, who disliked the clubs as much as I did but felt a similar duty to be young and free, until the the party bus driver was kind enough to drop us off at our hotel.

So...Vegas. Is it worth it for an anti-commercial bride and bridal party that doesn’t really gamble or party because we’re totally boring like that?

I’ll answer that with a few other questions: Is hanging out with your best friends in one of the world’s most stimulating and sensual environments worth it? Is having your own cabana worth it? Is chowing down on ridiculously good cuisine worth it?

All I can say is I’ll be going back soon.

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