How to Plan a Bachelor Party

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Whether you plan to camp out in the wilderness or cruise the groom's favorite nightspots, make sure your soon-to-be-wed friend will never forget this special event.

Things You'll Need

  • Party Games
  • Party Drinks
  • Party Snacks
  • Ball Game Tickets
  • Calendars
  • Personal Organizers
  • Discuss potential dates and times with the groom and then confer with the rest of the wedding party.

  • Try not to involve the groom in anything except choosing the date, venue and guest list.

  • Tailor the party to fit the personality of the groom-to-be. If the groom's a big hoops fan, go to an NBA game, for example.

  • Solicit ideas from the other attendees.

  • Estimate costs ahead of time, and factor in cover charges, drinks and cab rides. Avoid collecting money during or after the event.

  • Arrange taxis or designated drivers if alcohol is part of the evening's plans.

Tips & Warnings

  • Organizing a bachelor party is traditionally the responsibility of the best man.
  • Even though this is your buddy's final night as a single man, arranging a last fling is not appropriate. Do your best to put the bride's mind at ease.
  • Bachelor parties don't need to focus on booze and strippers. Consider group events such as paintball, golf or houseboating. A commemorative shirt for everybody can be fun. You can also consider asking the groom what he wants to do, but don't make any promises.
  • If the bachelor party is the night before the wedding, make sure the groom isn't going to be hungover or otherwise incapacitated for the ceremony.
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