Planning a MODERN Bachelor Party
The bachelor party has been around since about 500 B.C. according to yourbachparty.com. It was the last big throw down for Spartan men before marriage at a time when men were compelled to military service until age 60. The hardship of daily life probably meant any excuse to party hardy was a good one, so they’d go all in. Nowadays, life is a lot easier and it’s not uncommon for these parties to have both halves of the happy couple in tow, so rethinking conventions is in order.
Pick an Adventure
Go skiing, zip lining, diving or deep sea fishing! Run the back roads of the whiskey trail or go wild running through the vines while drinking straight from the bottle a la Sideways… whatever the adventure the groom will never forget exploring with his besties.
Plan a Destination Party
Whether he loves playing cowboy, pilot, race car driver or wants to bike the Appalachian Trail, there is a destination made just for the occasion. Checkout Airbnb’s new experiences offerings in the town, too. Experiences are a great way to get one-on-one time with an instructor or expert in a given topic and have a great time doing it, too.
Find a fun filled vacation rental locally. (No slamming frat parties, please.) Look for a place that’s large enough to accommodate everyone that might also be close to an activity everyone will enjoy such as a wine trail, sports arena, tubing a local river, or dirt bike track. That way you can enjoy time spent at the home base and getting out to do fun activities together. Yes, Airbnb is a great resource, but there are other sites, too. Check out VRBO.com, Houfy.com, Flipkey.com, and Booking.com. They are all great resources depending on where you are going.
For a bachelor party it is typically the best man who does the planning. Choose the date and then make sure key people can be there. Decide what type of event you want… old fashioned guys night out, an adventure, or a destination kind of send off. Historically it is the best man who pays but that doesn’t always work, especially for expensive destinations or adventures, so talk with the groom and do what feels right. While guests may pay their way, tradition dictates that the groom does not. Many parties these days are done in tandem with the bride, groom and all their friends celebrating together.