Congratulations on being selected by the Groom to plan his bachelor party! What an honor, even though it can sometimes feel like an impossible task. Every bride dreams about her wedding growing up, and every groom dream about the night before. It can be both hard to come up with ideas, plan and dealing with normal life at the same time. If you are struggling to come up with bachelor party ideas, this guide will help organize your options. It all depends for what you are looking for so, we have made it easy and broken our guide into the following categories: Budget, Non-Bar, Outdoor and Baller. Ultimately, the ideal bachelor party will be planned with your knowledge of the groom’s interest, your group's budget, time of year, and location.
Budget Bachelor Party Ideas
Let’s start off with the budget ideas! For those looking not to go broke on one weekend of debauchery, there are plenty of great ways to plan a bachelor party on a budget. After all, the groom just spent a small fortune on his wedding venue down payment… a perfect way to take a break from writing checks and just have a good time with his friends.
Well, this one can turn into a not so budget friendly one, it all depends on what you do with it. All you need is a deck of card, poker chips and some beers and you are good to go! Everyone is busy with their crazy life, so this can be a nice way to get a break from it and catch up with friends that the groom might not have seen in a long time. There are more options than just playing poker if you want to put an extra spin to it. You can design your own deck of cards with the grooms’ face on it or something else that’s personal, maybe the date of the bachelor party and the groom’s name. It is cheap, easy and a great gift for the groom to keep after the party. You can also surprise the groom with strippers and play strip poker! It is a bachelor party after all…
The best part of pub crawls? The people and the price. Let’s face it. You are not attending pub crawls expecting top shelf liquor. You’re there to have an awesome time that’s going to be one part memorable and two parts blurry. A great way to just hang out with guys, laugh and relax. You know your area best and you know that this is the recipe for an unforgettable night. Make the group stand out in the crowd and have a theme for the night. Maybe dress after the grooms favorite series or if you just want to leave the groom hanging there are great ways to dress him up. Here you can find great and crazy outfits for both the group and the groom alone.
Karaoke is not only for the people who can sing. In fact, its better when they can’t. Although many karaoke establishments let you rent a private room, we recommend you embarrass yourselves in front of total strangers. Karaoke both challenges you and rewards you, it can feel intimidating to go up on that stage even after a few beers but when it’s on – it’s on. Here is where the stories are born that are going to be told to a lot of people for a long time. It is a bachelor party and of course the groom is the target, and the song selections are endless. At the same time, a great gift to the groom can be the whole group to go up on stage together and dedicate a song for your friend. Starting to think about songs to sing? Here is a list to get the inspiration going!
Non-Bar Bachelor Party Ideas
You feel like you’ve done the whole bar and club thing? There can be different reasons for not wanting to hit the bars and clubs. Don’t forget that those places can be loud and maybe some of the guys attending the bachelor party might not see the groom that often. Though, it doesn’t have to rule out alcohol. There are different places you can go instead and still have a party going on!
Outdoor Bachelor Party Ideas
We are big fans of the outdoor bachelor party, and you can make them stand out more than just hitting the local club that you’ve done so many times before. Depending on the season here are some ideas you can consider!
Suns out, buns out! Who doesn’t love the beach? Its simple and the guys will love hanging out with some beers and people watching. Depending on how you want it to be, it can be either crazy party day at the beach or a relaxing day to improve the tan before the wedding. Renting a beach or lake house is a classic. You can also combine it with fishing or renting jet skis!
If it’s a winter party, you should strongly consider heading to the slopes. There are awesome ski resorts all over the country and filled with great Airbnb close by. There are often other kinds of winter activities that you can combine with a couple days in the mountains, like renting snow mobiles. And best thing of all – after ski. Here you can find some awesome suggestions where to go.
Camping is a great bachelor party option for a group that doesn’t necessarily know each other very well. Also, a great opportunity to share embarrassing stories about the groom! Not only is it great and relaxing to get out in nature but aside from a small campsite fee, this is arguable the most budget option available for an entire weekend trip. There are many beautiful National Parks across the country.
Is the groom an adrenaline junkie? Well, this is the perfect thing the group can do together. An experience you don’t experience often that will be a memory for life! A great way to start the bachelor party before hitting the bars, and accessible almost everywhere. Nothing brings a group together like a near death experience!
The best part of paintball is the camaraderie. Actually….it's hurting your friends but whatever. Paintball never gets old, and this is something any groom would think is a great way to get his head out of the wedding stress. It’s easy to find anywhere in the country and a fun way for anyone in the group to get to now each other. Preferably you will want to all be on the same team. Can you imagine how fun it would be watching a group of 30-year-old men going up against a 14-year old’s birthday party? Maybe worth looking into…
Weaponry (Shooting and Axe Throwing)
Axe throwing is definitely the new hot trend in the bachelor party world. Your group can rent out its own space and get taught how to properly do the “Paul Bunyan”. This is probably not something the guys do every other weekend and a fun opportunity to try something new! If Axe Throwing doesn’t make you that excited, you can take the guys to the gun range to unload some clips.
Baller Bachelor Party Ideas
If your group of guys enjoy the finer things in life, then are you in luck. Baller bachelor parties are the perfect way to blast cash and have a great time doing it! Here is some inspiration to make the party a memorable blur.
Rent a Villa/Penthouse
Time to channel your inner Dan Bilzerian. There is nothing like toasting with the boys at a Penthouse in Vegas or a Pool Party in Miami. The options are endless and here you can find the full guides with everything you need to know about the top-10 bachelors destinations.
International Bachelor Party
International Bachelor Parties at first might seem super pricy because of the plane ticket, hotel nights and restaurants. However, what you spend on the ticket you can make up for by going to a place where the dollar is strong. It needs some planning with the guys, but it will be worth it! Mexico and Colombia are not too far away and great party destinations!
Now that you have some fresh bachelor party ideas its time to finalize the plans. There are many alternatives and if you are still having trouble deciding, get a group e-mail chain going and put it to a vote!