Guide To Throwing A Bachelor Party
Guide To Throwing A Bachelor Party
Ah, the bachelor party. The pre-wedding ritual of honouring a groom as he winds down his last single days. Typically, bachelor parties involve a weekend away, a few nice meals, drinking, and other daytime activities that suit the groom’s style.
We’ve come to understand bachelor parties as wild weekends full of debauchery and they certainly can be! However, don’t get caught up in the stereotype: A bachelor party can be anything you want it to be.
To help you plan a weekend suitable for the groom, here’s a comprehensive list of ideas for bachelor party activities and visit your URL for more ideas. Whether you’re into the great outdoors, a super sports fan, or want to settle into the traditional bachelor party mentality, we have ideas for you.
The Venue Of The Bachelor Party
When deciding on a place, it is important to keep in mind what kind of scene you and the rest of the party envision for the bash. Are you looking for a relaxed environment to celebrate the groom’s last night of freedom or is the group ready to shut down the bars downtown?
Choose a city/state that fits that preference and what activities everyone wants to do. Don’t make the mistake of choosing an area with a lively downtown if you want to utilize the outdoors. You’ll spend half of your weekend travelling because the location does not actually match everyone wants to do.
When To Have The Bachelor Party
Typically, the bachelor party takes place between 1 and 4 months before the wedding. The “when” will greatly be impacted by how much planning needs to be done for activities during the weekend or all-day event. Making reservations and looking into the schedules of everyone who will be invited is also important to keep in mind.
Remember that some groomsmen might still be in college and have a tighter schedule. Take into account times when these guys would be able to get away from their schedules to join ahead of time.
You also should stray away from planning on a holiday weekend. Doing this might set you up for conflicts with plans that other groomsmen might have previously lined up. This is also undoubtedly a time where hotels and airlines spike their prices for the busier travel seasons.
Where To Stay After The Party
Once you decide on an area and a time, you need to find where you will be able to crash at the end of the day. From Airbnb’s, hotels, family lake houses/cottages, condos, the list goes on with options. Again, be sure to pick a place that makes sense.
If you know that you are going to focus the party in a downtown bar/club setting a hotel would be a good fit since most hotels are central to those areas and transportation will be a breeze.
If you decide to make it a weekend-long party, talk with the groom and groomsmen about their favourite weekend destinations to get suggestions on where to stay. Reserve a hotel, condo, or campground. On the pricier side, trips to cities such as Las Vegas, Atlantic City or Cancun are always a great time.
Just remember that bashes like these can sometimes exclude those with busy schedules or who are a bit strapped for cash.
Who Are The People To Invite
Once you’ve figured out the destination for the day/weekend, you should discuss the guests to invite with the groom. This is probably one of the most important, but sometimes overlooked areas.
First, you need to solidify if you want to go the traditional route with guests or branch off into a newer territory of bachelor parties — co-ed parties or joint parties of the bride and groom.
Joint parties are gaining popularity due to the rise of people getting married at an older age and are new to the scene of bachelor/bachelorette parties. The reviews are mixed on this topic, but make sure that you make the decision that you think will allow the groom to bond the most with those who have been by his side through it all, for one last night of “freedom.”
Some guests to consider including are the fathers — both the groom’s and his future father-in-law. They’ll definitely appreciate the invite. Just make it clear if they’re being invited only to dinner or to dinner and a couple of drinks, etc.
You may or may not want them around later in the night, depending on plans and if any bachelor party games are going to be played.
If the plan is to have a small wedding or a destination wedding and the bachelor party will be in the groom’s hometown, you should feel free to also invite guests that may not be invited to the wedding, once approved by the groom.
Remember, the bachelor party is the chance to celebrate the groom’s life leading up to marriage, so you don’t necessarily have to only include only those who are invited to the actual wedding.
The last thing to think about is friends from different groups that may not be friends with each other, such as the groom’s fiancée’s brother and his fraternity brother, for example. You may want to think about talking to one or both of them as to what would be considered acceptable conduct and discussion during the party.
Do yourself a favour and consider possible problems ahead of time and either warn people or tell them to keep things mellow to avoid offending anyone — especially the groom’s future relatives.…