Guy’s Night Out

bachelor party

There are several alternative ideas for the bachelor party thrown for the groom.

While what we see on TV and in films are often stereotyped groom’s parties, there are alternatives that can be fun for the groom and his friends without the specter of having to claim “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”.

  • Instead of bar hopping to the same old favorites, why not try an evening exploring tap rooms? Whole phenomenon of craft beers and their popularity offers an evening of “something new” and still fun. Arrange for a limo to drive the group or an absolutely trusted “designated” driver. The best man can organize the evening of craft beer tastings and spicy nibbles topped off with a late dinner. Check with tourist information centers in your town for possible tours that are all planned and waiting for the groom and his guests.
  • Many groom’s bachelor parties have been built around major league baseball, soccer or football. For a twist on the sports theme, build the groom’s party around their own “game” day. A round of golf is a logical choice, but what about doing miniature golf, followed by an hour or two at batting cages, followed by bowling, brews and supper.
  • Instead of heading to Vegas what about a weekend of fishing or camping closer to home? Many areas in the country are also close to a casino that could arrange a fun evening of dinner and blackjack or slots.
  • A few brides have suggested that instead of separate bachelor and bachelorette parties, that they combine them. Both groups can play 9 holes of golf or attend a concert or amusement park if there is one close by.

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An Unforgettable Date

Here’s an idea that guarantees that no one will ever forget your wedding date and anniversary. Plan your wedding for New Year’s Eve!

Think about it! There are plenty of pluses to consider. Everyone you know is in the mood for a party – it is almost impossible to get through the holidays without someone or several some ones asking you about your plans for New Year’s Eve. A wedding invitation takes the pressure of planning off everyone. Six – nine months ahead of time they know where they’ll be on NYE- Celebrating with you!

Know that it is critical that you book your venue early. It’s a big party night for most restaurants, hotels, etc. Many places will require booking a year in advance.

When you plan your budget, consider upping your bar allocation. People will drink more on NYE than they are likely to do at a June wedding. It is after all the biggest party night of the year.

Plan more food than you normally would. Plan heavier appetizers for your cocktail hour. Plan late night snacks like sliders and fries and be sure to send guests home with a small bag of treats or nibbles like doughnut holes or cookies. Champagne is the order of the day.

It would be ideal to schedule your reception at a hotel and block a group of rooms for guests who don’t want to drive home that night. For those guests who prefer to head home, arrange for a fleet of cabs to be on call to insure your guests reach home safely.

Since NYE is the “glitzy” night, your decorations will be a no brainer. Balloons, sparklers, hats and horns will take care of the party’s shine. Your guests are more likely to dress up for the event. It is the one night that guests think of wearing something special.

Picking out bridesmaid’s dresses will be easier – glitz, bling and shine should be the theme for each of them.

Consider having a different twist on the guest book. Add a space for guests to write New Year’s resolutions or special wishes for the new couple.

It’s your party, your wedding and your new life together – all reasons to really celebrate.

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