The Bachelor: Arie and Lauren’s Bachelor(ette) Celebration

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 19, 2018 –  Former ‘Bachelor’ Arie Luyendyk Jr. and his fiancée, Lauren Burnham (whose birthday is Nov. 20), stars of ABC’s 22nd installment of The Bachelor, set off to Las Vegas with a group of friends to celebrate their co-Bachelor/Bachelorette weekend at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas this past weekend.
The couple drove in from Phoenix on Thursday (Nov. 15), getting in Las Vegas around 4:00 p.m.   The Venetian Resort enlisted their Celebrations team, a group focused on curating celebratory events to customize a memorable weekend for the couple and their friends. Luyendyk Jr. and expectant Burnham had a Lago suite with 1,900 square feet of luxurious amenities. The over-the-top experience began with a decorated suite to commemorate the weekend, including pink, gold, and white balloons floating atop the bed, along with a pink and gold flecked cake from The Cake Boss’ Carlo’s Bakery and giant “Bride To Be” letter balloons.
The weekend kicked off at the five-year celebration for Buddy V’s, the Cake Boss Buddy Valastro’s restaurant, inside The Venetian Resort. Prior to dinner, the couple met Buddy “The Cake Boss” Valastro and his wife, Lisa. The group dined on a delicious spread of homemade Italian favorites straight from Valastro’s family recipes.

For lunch the next day, the group dined at the Instagram famous Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer, and topped off lunch with their signature CrazyShakes.

Arie and Lauren then took a romantic gondola ride through the Grand Canal on one of The Venetian’s iconic gondolas and were serenaded by their gondolier, Peppi.

Then they wanted to get some Instagram moments in front of the LOVE sculpture at the Waterfall Atrium inside The Venetian.

On Friday night, Arie and his friends had a guys night at TAO. Arie and his group dined in a private VIP area on the restaurant’s loft overseeing the iconic TAO Buddha in the dining room. When they arrived the table was set with a large platter that spelled out ARIE in sushi rolls. The group toasted with Patron shots and dined on a three course feast sent from the chef. Next, the group hit the club where Arie and his friends celebrated with bottles of Tito’s vodka and Patron in their corner VIP dance floor table. The club surprised Arie with several big presentations of sparklers, confetti and champagne. The group partied into the night dancing and taking shots while celebrating his bachelor weekend in true VIP style.

The ladies also dined at Chica inside The Venetian on Friday night with a menu crafted by the first Latina chef on the Las Vegas Strip, Lorena Garcia. Chef Garcia’s menu is a mix of Latin American flavors with influences from Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina.

During their weekend at The Venetian the group hit up The Dorsey, the resort’s sophisticated bar, as well as The Venetian’s newest cocktail club, the stylish Electra.

On Saturday, the group lunched at Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo. Shortly thereafter Arie and the guys went to The VOID, a fully-immersive virtual reality experience that combines interactive sets and real-time effects for a truly innovative experience. The guys also had dinner at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, which features a menu of modern Southern comfort fare and craft cocktails.

Saturday night it was the ladies turn to party as Lauren and her gals dressed to the nines and headed to TAO. The group started with a private dinner on TAO’s loft overlooking the Buddha, with the table lit with candles. Lauren toasted everyone with water while wearing her bachelorette sash. The girls dined on a special meal from the chef that included sushi rolls, sea bass and orange chicken. For dessert the restaurant sent a giant dessert platter with sparklers to celebrate as Lauren hugged her girls and took photos.

Next the girls headed to the club where on arrival Lauren was overwhelmed with the presentation of a lifetime. Her name in lights, confetti falling, sparklers and even some kryo! Lauren was overcome and started to cry with joy as her girls hugged her. The mom-to-be danced with her ladies and celebrated her night being the Queen of Las Vegas!

Not too far after, her beau Arie and his bachelor party arrived. The couple embraced and shared a passionate kiss as the group cheered and combined into a bachelor/bachelorette mega party. They shared a few dances and after that the couple was ready to call it a night, the perfect ending to a Saturday night in Vegas as the future Mr. and Mrs. Luyendyk.

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Luyendyk began his journey headlining The Bachelor in January 2018. Following the season finale on After the Final Rose, Luyendyk proposed to Burnham in front of a live studio audience in Los Angeles on March 6, 2018. The pair then announced their wedding date on ABC’s The View in May, confirming they would wed on Jan. 12, 2019, at Maui’s historic Haiku Mill (a storied sugar mill) in Hawaii, with about 100 guests in attendance.
Earlier this month, they announced they were expecting their first child in June 2019. They worked with Wayfair Registry on their new home in Phoenix and in early October, they announced partnerships with Kenneth Cole & Hayley Paigeas the designers selected to dress them for their upcoming wedding. In Sept., they revealed their wedding invitations in partnership with  Minted.com.
All wedding partnerships have been initiated and negotiated by Luyendyk’s Manager, Klint Briney, of BRANDed Management. Final details regarding the wedding will be released soon.

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