Or if you’re up for a bit of wild fun, you could always wear one to the Brides of March this weekend.
It’s an annual bar crawl that spoofs wedding culture and the Ides of March and happens in cities across the U.S. (including here in Arizona) every March. The gonzo event is organized by chapters of the Cacophony Society, the infamous urban pranking group with branches worldwide, and involves hundreds men and women wearing goofy and glitzy bridal dresses while engaging in an afternoon of drinking.
As always, organizers recommend showing up a little early to ensure that things start on time.
Prices: It's free to participate in the event, and none of the bars will have a cover charge. That said, you’ll have to pay for your own drinks and food. Also, light rail fares are $2 for a single ride or $4 for an all-day pass.
Age Limits: The crawl is strictly for the 21-and-over crowd.
Weather: It’s going to
Food and Drinks: Every
What to Bring: Your ID and a certain amount of cash, both of which will help speed up the process of getting drinks. Comfortable shoes, sunglasses, sunblock, and a fully charged cellphone are also a good idea. Also, anyone who brings a canned food item to donate to St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance can score a drink or shot at Charlie's for only a penny.
In fact, the Goodwill store at Main Street and Recker Road in Mesa has a Bridal Clearance Center with large amounts of low-cost wedding apparel, including dresses as cheap as $10 to $20. And any dudes who want to know how to fit into a dress can consult this online guide detailing how to make suitable adjustments.
What to Do: Have a few drinks. Take tons of photos. Pretend you’re a bride for a day. Toss the bouquet. Have even more drinks. Get into some shenanigans. Speaking of which …
Schedule and Stops: While the exact schedule hasn't been posted as of this writing, the event begins at noon and should run through the afternoon and into the evening. Here's a rundown of where they'll be going.
Noon: Brides gather at Charlie’s Phoenix. (The high-heel race
1:25 p.m.: The high-heel race takes place in the Charlie’s parking
1:35 p.m.: Depart Charlie’s and board light rail for Kobalt
2 p.m.: Stop at Kobalt
3 p.m.: Toast and garter belt toss
3:45 p.m.: Depart Kobalt and board light rail for Lucky Strike
4 p.m.: Stop at Lucky Strike
5 p.m.: Boquet toss
5:20 p.m.: Depart Lucky Stike and board light rail for
5:30 p.m.: Stop at
7 p.m.: Depart
After-Party: Many Brides of March participants will continue to drink and carouse after the crawl returns to Charlie's in the evening. An after-party will last until 11 p.m. (or later) and will include champagne shots,
And if you’d like to keep going after that, the annual Viva PHX music festival will be taking place at various bars and venues throughout downtown on Saturday night. It’s $30 to attend, and you’re welcome to wear your dress at any of the concerts taking place.
Editor's note: This story was updated after its initial publication with scheduling and other info.