SUFFOLK COUNTY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A ban on rowdy bachelorette parties is a growing trend at vineyards on the East End of Long Island.
Even though it’s wedding season, some winery owners say they want a divorce from becoming a bachelorette destination. Bride-to-be Julie Adler and her friends just celebrated her upcoming nuptials with a trip to the East End in a limo. They counted on fun and friendship at the North Fork vineyards for the day complete with a crown and goblets of Long Island’s finest wine.
“I personally had a great time and didn’t see anyone who was particularly wild or crazy,” Adler told CBS2.
The bridesmaids visited three vineyards, but were surprised to discover bachelorette parties are now banned from some wineries.
“I got the sense it was probably pretty good business for the wineries to have a bunch of bachelorette parties,” Adler said.
More and more across Long Island and the country, vineyard owners claim rowdy bachelorettes and their entourages are creating havoc, turning their quaint atmospheres into carnivals.
“This is such a beautiful piece of heaven, you don’t want girl with tiaras on their head running around with those fake white veils,” Bronx resident Sally Antonacchio said.
At multiple wineries across the North and South Forks, there will be no more veils, tiaras, crowns, balloons, or any other paraphernalia. The over-imbibing parties have become a growing problem, according to some owners who say they have a responsibility to keep everyone safe. Some websites even say if your group behaves like a bachelorette party, you will be charged a $20 per head penalty fee.
“I think you should be able to choose who comes into your establishment,” wine patron Giro LaRocca said. “You don’t need drunk and disorderly ruining the time for others.”
There’s always Las Vegas, but Adler says she has no desire to go that far.
“I honestly don’t know what we would have done if we didn’t have this option to get everyone together locally,” she said.
More than two dozen vineyards in the consortium are in a quandary as well, deciding whether or not to ban bachelorette bliss on the vineyards on Long Island.