When you think of a bachelor party, you probably instantly think about stuffing dollar bills down a stripper’s underpants. There is nothing wrong with this type of event, but just remember that there are tons of other ways to get your heart pumping. A bachelor party should be an event, where everyone has a great time, but you should also make sure that you do it responsibly. Planning an event like this is never an easy task, but below you will find some information that will help you along the way.
Who Is Hosting
Tradition says that the best man will surprise the groom with the bachelor party. However, this does not have to be the case, since it is completely acceptable for the groom to plan his own bachelor party.
Activities to Take Place
When it comes to choosing the bachelor party activities, there really are a limitless amount of possibilities. The only important thing to keep in mind is the groom. You want to choose something that will suit his personality. Of course, if the groom is throwing this party himself, then this will not be a problem. Some of the options that you have available to you are golfing, skiing, camping, having a night out on the town, taking a trip to Las Vegas, having drinks at home, or having a cookout.
If you are the best man and you are planning the event for your friend, you probably want to surprise him, but this may not be the best idea. You want to make sure that you run everything by him first, after all the whole night is supposed to be about the groom.
It goes without saying that the guest list should be an all-male cast. People to include on this guest list should the groomsmen, school friends, male co-workers, male relatives, and even you father, if you think this is appropriate.
If you are planning this event, as the best man then you want to make sure that you run the guest list by the groom. You do not want to invite anyone that he does not approve of.
Just keep in mind that you do not have to stick to the above list. When it comes down to it, the people you invite will really depend on who you want to be present.
Choosing a Date
As you have probably seen on many hit movies, the best men always like to throw the bachelor party on the night before the wedding. However, this is really not a good idea, because you want to make sure that the groom is fresh for his big day. It is best to have the event at least a couple of weeks before the wedding. If you are going to be having people travel from out of town, it might even be a good idea to push the date back even further. This will prevent your guests from having to make two trips, so closely together.
When it comes to the budget for the bachelor party, you have to consider everyone that is going to be involved in the event. Sure renting a penthouse sounds good, but it might just not be possible for your friend with two kids to swing this kind of money. Before you go and plan a huge event, you want to make sure that you run everything by the people attending the event. This will ensure that all attendees will be able to be involved. Just because you do not get your big night in Las Vegas does not mean that you will not have a great time.
Lend a Helping Hand
It is always in good taste, if everyone involved in the event pitches in and pays for the groom’s expenses. This might mean that everyone will be splitting the check equally. Of course, you need to confirm with everyone ahead of time and make sure that this is acceptable for him. Once again you may have a friend, who just can’t afford to make this kind of donation and there is nothing wrong with that. Just have everyone pitch in what they can afford, because every little bit helps.
You want to make sure that you do not plan anything that is going to be extremely dangerous. The bride will never forgive you, if you ruin her big day and you do not want to put your friend’s life in danger. For instance, if the groom is not an experienced skier, then you probably want to make sure you cross this off your activity list.
With that being said, it is always a good idea to plan something that is going to include some kind of physical movement. Just sitting on your butt all weekend long could get rather boring. This could even be something as simple, as playing pool, throwing darts, or going on a walk.
If you are planning a whole weekend event, it is without a doubt that you will be doing some partying. This means that you need to take the appropriate amount of time to rest up, so that you will be ready for the next day activities. By implementing this technique everyone will be fresher and have an overall better time.
If you plan on partying just make sure you do it responsibly. This might mean only drink in your room, so that you do not have to worry about transportation or if you plan on having a night out on the town, then make sure you get a taxi.
If everyone is on a tight budget, then it might be possible that a lot of you will be sharing a room. This might mean that some of you are going to have to sleep on the floor. If this were the case, it would be in good taste to make sure that the groom gets a bed. If the groom passes out in the floor make sure you help him to the bed.
As mentioned above, when many people think about bachelor parties, they tend to think about strippers. You may not know that every male may not like strippers or visiting strip clubs. As the best man you probably know the groom very well, so you will know whether or not he is into this type of event. Never try to plan a bachelor party according to the things you like, since the whole night is supposed to be about the groom.
Keeping Everyone in Check
While a bachelor party should be a fun and exciting event, you want to make sure that no one does anything they are going to regret. This party is not an excuse for you and the groom to cheat on your wives. It is very important that no one is pressuring anyone to do these types of things. Just make sure the groom has a great time and everyone will have done his job.
As you can see a real life bachelor party will differ quite a bit from what you have seen in the movies. There are lots of other ways to have a good time than going into a drunken stupor and cheating on your wife.