The best offbeat bachelorette party plans

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As the ultimate Maid of Honor duty, friendships can be solidified or broken over how well a bachelorette party is planned and executed. And if your bestie has her heart set on one of those wild and crazy Vegas celebrations, the pressure can feel insurmountable. While Vegas is known for its hot hunks and VIP bottle service, this traditional girls’ night out may not be for every bride-to-be. In an effort to help our bridesmaid buds avoid bridezilla backlash, we’re sharing the best bachelorette parties in Vegas you didn’t even know existed. Choosing one of these options may even land you Maid of Honor of the Year. (It has to be a thing).

Co-DJ at a Vegas nightclub

Oh, you read that right. Your friend has the chance to let her inner Tiesto shine through, controlling the beats for a night at one of Vegas’ hottest lounges. After a 60-minute private training session, your pal will be ready to perform her 30-minute set at miX Lounge atop Mandalay Bay. Cheer her on from your included VIP table with bottle service.

Co-DJ experiences are $2,500 and subject to availability. It is recommended to book as far in advance as possible. The girl booking the experience must be a Pearl Member of M Life. To register with M Life and start earning rewards as a Sapphire Member, sign up at any of the 15 M Life properties or Must be 21 or older.

Become a Top Chef

Vegas is known for its world-class chefs cooking up culinary perfection at every restaurant along the Strip. But how about learning to make your own meal from the experts? Join Bellagio’s executive chef, Edmund Wong, in the new Culinary Classroom to create an unparalleled three-course meal. Up to 15 guests can learn from the master and enjoy their creations with a perfectly paired wine.

Culinary Experiences are $125 per person. Classes are offered once a month. It is recommended parties reserve their spots as soon as possible. Guests can view the entire 2014 schedule at the Executive Chef Culinary Classroom website. Must be 21 or older.

Take on a scavenger hunt Downtown

If the bride loves a bargain, she’ll be jazzed over Downtown’s Fling Before the Ring scavenger hunt. Sending your bride-to-be and fellow bridesmaids on a customized mission through The D Las Vegas and The Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, you’ll complete a list of wacky and memorable tasks under the neon. The best part? All drinks on the scavenger hunt checklist are included in the price. So go kiss a Blarney Stone and pose with world-renowned flair bartenders. And remember, you get bonus points if your party comes dressed in a unique group outfit.

Fling Before the Ring runs from $99 (for a group of four) to $189 (for a group of eight) depending on party size. There is no time limit to complete the scavenger hunt. All participants must be 21 or older. For more information or to book your customized Fling Before the Ring scavenger hunt, e-mail

Pamper and party at ESPA

Would your bridal party rather relax by the pool than party all night? Indulge their love of luxury lounging with a rejuvenating day at Vdara’s two-story ESPA Spa & Salon. Groups can enjoy individual spa treatments as well as bonding time in the redwood sauna, eucalyptus steam room, hot plunge and meditation lounge. You could even kill two birds with one stone by having the salon provide all necessary hair, makeup and nail services in preparation for the big day. Be the hero while being treated like a queen.

All bridal party participants must be 18 or older. Prices per service vary. Vdara’s ESPA is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Salon services are available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. To schedule your appointment fill out an online request form or call 702-590-2474.

Take a walk on the wild side

In the world of big cats, it’s the lioness that calls the shots and hunts the food. Start prepping your friend for her role as leader of the pride by getting face-to-face with actual lions. The Lion Habitat Ranch (home of the cats previously seen at the MGM Grand), now offers the ultimate wild bachelorette bash. Your friend will bathe and hand-feed a hungry lion, clean cages and learn to walk a lion to his marks in the professional training arena. If the bride-to-be can survive her encounter with the kings of the neon jungle, everyone will celebrate with lunch and bubbly inside a lion enclosure. Don’t worry; there will be a plexiglass barrier to separate your group from the cats… But you don’t have to tell your friends on Facebook that part.

Up to eight people can attend The Lion Habitat’s Wild Bachelorette Bash for $4,500. Transportation to-and-from the habitat, food, drink, professional photos and videos are all included. All guests must be 18 or older. Available by appointment only. To book, contact The Lion Habitat Ranch at 702-595-6666 or online.

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