Melissa Rycroft Celebrates Bachelorette Party in Las Vegas

Celebrity Body Nov. 16, 2009 AT 12:22PM
Melissa Rycroft Celebrates Bachelorette Party in Las Vegas Credit: Denise Truscello/WireImage.com

Melissa Rycroft and fiance Tye Strickland pulled out all the stops Friday for their joint bachelorette and bachelor parties in Las Vegas.

The happy couple flew out 12 of their closest friends for dinner, dancing and theater shows at The Palazzo and Venetian hotels.

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The couple and their friends each took in a separate theater show -- Rycroft, 26, and her girlfriends saw Jersey Boys while Strickland, 28, joined pals for Phantom - Las Vegas Spectacular -- before coming together for dinner at Dos Caminos. Later in the weekend, the group played in a girls vs. boys poker tournament at The Venetian Poker Room.

Although they spent much of the weekend separated with their pals, Rycroft and Strickland were able to sneak away for some one-on-one time.

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On Saturday, the couple got cozy during a gondola ride down the Grand Canal at the Venetian and enjoyed cupcakes from Sweet Surrender (a Red Velvet for her and "anything with coconut" for him).

A former Bachelor contestant and Dancing With the Stars finalist, Rycroft got engaged this past June.

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"Sometimes the stars align and the clouds part and everything works out the way it should," Rycroft -- who was famously dumped by Jason Mesnick on the Bachelor -- said of her new romance.

Rycroft has said her Dec. 12 wedding to the Dallas insurance agent will be "laid back and fun."

"That's me, that's my personality," she said. "I am not stuffy."

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