A bachelor party is one of the most exciting celebrations in a guy’s life (besides his actual wedding), but you can’t have a good bachelor party without some good planning! Whether you’re planning to go all-out with a New York City bash or are just planning a night out on the town in a party bus or limo, you’ll want to have every detail planned out perfectly to make sure the night goes smoothly.
Here are five tips by Greg Jenkins, partner at Bravo Productions and an event/party planner with more than 25 years of experience, to give the groom-to-be a night to remember!
1. Consult the groom. Whoever is planning the bachelor party should consult with the groom and determine what kind of party they want. Don't automatically assume that the bachelor may want to do a boys’ night out in Vegas, a drinking experience until everyone is passed out, etc.
2. Have the bachelor party early. As a suggestion, stage the bachelor party a week or two -- possibly even a month out from the actual wedding date. This will allow time for everyone to recuperate. Staging a bachelor party the night before the wedding is a recipe for disaster, considering the next day is extremely long and requires that the entire wedding party come to the ceremony and reception feeling vibrant and fresh.
3. Pick a destination that is affordable for your guests to attend. For example, a groom residing on the east coast might plan a weekend bachelor party in New Orleans. Well, that requires a great deal of expense for some of the guest who might want to attend. There are lodging, transportation, food & beverage expenses, to name a few. Unless the groom is picking up some of the tab for this type of weekend, it should not be forced on the guests.
4. Keep food easy and simple. Pizza, wings, chili, enchiladas, tacos, etc....all easy cuisine to serve and for guests to nosh on throughout the party. If hosting the party at private residence, have the guys attending bring beer, wine and alcohol.
5. Take the bride and her family into consideration too! She may not want pictures of her soon-to-be-husband posing with strippers or passed out on the floor on their Facebook page for her colleagues and family to see. The groom should also think about those he is associated with who might see unflattering pictures. Everyone has cameras on their mobile devices and video footage and pictures can pop up when least expected.
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