Last Updated on January 9, 2022 by Guillermina
Today, we’re going to be looking at how to plan a bachelor party, step by step. Every groom is different and has a different vision for their bachelor party. But where do you even begin? Who plans it, who should be invited, and what happens? Don’t worry, we’ll be covering it all in this article.
What Is A Bachelor Party?
You’re probably already more than aware of what a bachelor party is, but if you’re not familiar, a bachelor party is a party or small gathering for a man that is about to get married. You may be more familiar with it as a stag do or buck’s night, depending on where you are in the world. Traditionally, only men are invited to a bachelor party. However, in more recent years, that hasn’t been the case. And some couples even opt to have joint bachelor and bachelorette parties.
If you’re unsure when the bachelor party should be taking place, it’s often around one to three months prior to the wedding. Some grooms (and brides) would choose to have their party the night before their wedding, but that is definitely not something we recommend anymore. You do not want to be starting your wedding day nursing a hangover!
Who Plans The Bachelor Party?
If you’re following tradition throughout your wedding and wedding planning, the best usually plans the bachelor party; with or without help from your male friends and family. However, the groom may like to plan his own bachelor party, and that’s become much more frequent in recent years.
The most important thing is that there’s enough time given in advance to ensure that everyone can be in attendance, especially for people that are needing to travel or if it’s a destination bachelor party.
Who Is Invited To A Bachelor Party?
It should be up to the groom to decide how big (or small) they would like the bachelor party to be. Some grooms will want huge parties, while others will want a small gathering of friends and family. It’s important to take in what the groom will like, rather than planning something for yourself.
Close male friends and family members are often invited to the bachelor party. But be sure to present the guest list to the groom before you send out any invites – that way they can add or remove people as they see fit.
It’s also worth noting that if someone is being invited to a bachelor party, it’s expected for them to be invited to the wedding too. So be sure to follow the correct wedding etiquette when planning your bachelor party.
How To Throw A Bachelor Party
There are some tips to follow when throwing a bachelor party. There are no real guidelines as to what you should be doing, but these steps will make it easy as possible.
How-to: A Guide
- Guest List. Before you make any plans, the guests are the most important thing. Once you have the seal of approval from the groom, you can start looking into venues, etc. that cater to that amount of people
- Venue. Whether you’re off to your local bar, watching your favorite sport live, or having a game of poker indoors, you need to choose your venue as soon as possible.
- Once you’ve chosen the venue, you can start to look at dates. Be sure to check with as many members of the party as possible that they can do that specific date. Starting a group chat on WhatsApp or Facebook would probably be the best idea to get everyone in one place.
- If you need somewhere to stay the night, now’s the time to start looking around for hotels or apartment rentals. It’s usually best to get an apartment so you can all crash back there afterward and continue the party if you want to. Be sure to make any landlords aware that you’re having a bachelor party as some do not allow them in their rentals.
- Whatever you’re choosing to do, arrange it. Are you going paintballing? Camping? Fishing? Make sure you have all the equipment you need. And be sure to tell all guests in attendance too! If you’re going out for a meal prior to the bar, make a reservation – particularly if there’s a lot of you. It may all seem like a lot of hassle, but you want the bachelor party to go as smoothly as possible.
- RSVP. Before you make final payments or bookings, be sure to work out the final numbers. Some places may require a deposit from each person, so collect any payments you need.
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What Happens At A Bachelor Party?
Bachelor parties have a bad reputation and usually, the first thing that comes to mind when you think of bachelor parties is: strippers. But they don’t deserve the bad rep they get! You can choose absolutely anything to happen at your bachelor party. It can be just a handful of people grabbing a takeout, a few beers, and playing poker if that’s what you’re into.
Or it could be hiring a party bus and doing a crawl of all the local bars. What happens is entirely down to the groom and the best man. The most important thing is that you’re celebrating the end of your single day and looking forward to the next chapter in your life.
If you’re looking for some ideas of where to have a bachelor party, Travel Triangle has a great article on the 27 Best Places.
I hope this article has helped you to become more familiar with how to plan a bachelor party. It really couldn’t be easier, as long as you plan ahead with plenty of time and get organized. If the best man isn’t the organized one in your group of friends, distribute tasks out among other people – I’m sure everyone will be more than happy to help, in any way they can.
Have you planned a bachelor party? Do you have any tips that didn’t make it onto our list? Please feel free to let me know in the comments below.