Your best friend is getting married soon and that can mean only one thing: it is time for a party! As the best man, it’s your duty and responsibility to plan an unforgettable bachelor party for the groom-to-be. Now, it’s surely an honor, but this role also comes with a fair bit of pressure. Organizing a stag do isn’t as simple as getting the crew together for an ordinary night at the bar. The meaning of the event carries a sort of finality and is supposed to be a celebratory event. So, yes, even if it does turn into a bar crawl, you should add a special note to make the party more memorable.
Other than throwing in interesting bachelor party decorations, there’s plenty of other details you need to put in place for the party to succeed. Where to go, but, more importantly, what bachelor party activities to incorporate?
If you’re indecisive or simply lack creativity when it comes to party planning – we got you covered with some creative solutions as well as some useful advice. By the end of the article you’ll be a somewhat more confident bachelor party event planner, so read on!
First things first
When to have a party?
Our best advice is – do not have the party the night before the wedding day! That day should be without any crazy activities and the groom and bride should be relaxed before the big day. The optimal time would probably be two or three weeks before the wedding. You could even have it earlier than that if it is suitable for everyone. One more thing you’ll need to think about is to make sure all the guests are free on a certain day/s. Don’t forget that many people can’t take any days off or maybe they have small children and are not able to be away for days. Talk to other groomsmen and come up with the best solution.
Where to go and what to do?
Yes, we are going to give you some ideas, but don’t forget that the main point is to fulfill the groom’s wishes and to organize the party he is going to enjoy. Consider if he would like to go to some other city or country, try some sports activities or new food and enjoy some drinks. His priorities are first, but also try to have activities that are going to be fun for others.
Whom to invite?
Your guest list shouldn’t be too long because this is not a typical party. You want this group to feel close, do activities together and to consist of the groom’s close friends. It would also be nice to invite the bride’s father and if she has brothers, them also. They are the groom’s new family and it is important to have a good relationship with them from the start.
A new thing that is breaking the old traditional ways of celebrating is a joint party – bachelor and bachelorette party together. This should also be a thing to consider if it is something the groom and the bride would prefer.
Okay, we covered some first crucial steps. Now it is time for some real deal planning. Let’s get to some unique bachelor party ideas!
Party is not a party if it doesn’t include food and drinks! If this is your motto then you might have some basic idea how you would like this party to look like. But it doesn’t have to be a meal you guys always eat, at the restaurant you always visit. Now it’s time to change the scenery a bit and try something new:
If you usually go to a fast-food restaurant or don’t get too dressed up for your night out, maybe you should try this one. A fancy dinner with your best mates at a steakhouse! The food must be high quality and you can also enjoy a glass of wine. This is an elegant way to start your night and later you can go elsewhere.
- Bar crawl
This one is, for sure, less elegant than the first one. You can have someone else organize a bar crawl for you or you can do it yourself. Choose four or five groom’s favorite bars and have a drink at each one. Ask the groom why each bar is his favorite and maybe you’ll hear some stories you haven’t heard before and get to know your friend even more.
- Wine and cheese tasting
Let’s go back to the elegant type of celebration. If you are a fan of good wine then you know cheese goes perfectly with it. You can find a place in your city or nearby that offers this type of tasting or you can even visit a local vineyard.
- Whiskey tasting
Wine is too elegant for you? Do you want something stronger? What about whiskey tasting? If you didn’t know, whiskey also goes great with cheese (and chocolate too!).
- Cigar lounge
If you are a fan of whiskey then you might as well go to a cigar lounge. Buy some cigars that go well with your drink and relax in a movie-like scene.
- Brewery tour
Okay, you want to stick to the beer. If you want to make it more fun, go on the brewery tour. In this way, you can learn more about how your favorite drink is made and drink at the same time. How perfect is that?
If you like Japanese cuisine then this is something you should see and try. Tasty and fresh food will be cooked right in front of you, so you can enjoy the show before you eat.
- Backyard BBQ
There is nothing better than a good old BBQ. You and the rest of the crew can prepare food together, bring some cold drinks and have some great time bonding before your best friend’s wedding. If someone has a large backyard that will also make your party budget-friendly.
- Food festival
If all your friends are foodies then you must go to a food festival. You can try a variety of food and also watch how it is prepared while enjoying your drink. See if there is one near you happening soon.
If you want this party to last for a weekend or a few days then be prepared to organize everything on time. Think about what activities this new location is offering and make a plan for when you are there.
- Road trip
You’ll have a real adventure ahead of you if you choose this one. Road trip offers you a new way of bonding and also enables you to visit multiple cities.
- Visit a new country/city
If time and budget allow you, you can always visit a new country or a new city. This will be a unique experience for all of you. This way, normal activities like dinner and going out for some drinks are going to be more fun than staying in your city.
How about a cruise trip for the weekend? There you can enjoy the view, swim in the pool, even workout if there is a gym and have fun with your crew.
- Visit a national park
If the groom and the rest of the guests appreciate mother nature, you can visit a national park. You will learn and see some new things, explore the scenic trails and connect with nature.
- Ski resort
If you are having a party during winter, ski resort is a perfect solution. It offers way more than just skiing. You can go snowmobiling, go to spa centers and enjoy winter nights with some good wine.
You love nature, you want to explore your surroundings and you want that experience to be budget-friendly if possible. You should go camping and reconnect with nature. You’ll enjoy some quiet time and beautiful stargazing.
Whether you are traveling or staying in your city, or maybe exploring nature, the mare act of renting a place or a vehicle can be an experience itself.
- A beach house
If you live at the seaside or you plan to visit it, renting a house on the beach is a perfect solution. This alone gives you an option for so many activities. In the morning you can go out for a swim, play some sand volleyball and sunbathe, and in the evening enjoy some drinks on the porch while looking at a sunset. What a dream.
- A cabin in the woods
If you want a perfect getaway from your busy lives that this one is great for your crew. You can organize many interesting activities in nature and enjoy the fresh air.
- A mansion
This one is for a wealthy crew. Rent a dream house that has everything you can think of. Things that come to our mind are a swimming pool, sauna, game room with pool table, home cinema room, etc.
- A hotel room
Even if you are staying in your city you can still book a hotel room and enjoy it as if you were somewhere else. If the budget allows you, book a luxurious room. Don’t forget you are celebrating a special event!
- A limo
If you are going to a fancy dinner, or even if you are not, you can rent a limo and have a movie-like moment. Riding around with your best friends and sipping champagne will get you in a great party mood.
- An RV
If you choose to go on a road trip, why not spice it up a bit? Renting an RV will get your journey on a whole another level. Also, it will give you more comfort and you can sleep in it instead of booking a hotel room.
- A boat/yacht
Whether you decide to charter a boat for a day or for a few days, it is a great experience. You will get more privacy than being on a cruise and you can also decide where to go and what to do.
Sporty stag do party ideas
If the groom is a sport type and if the rest of your crew enjoys being active, there are many sports activities that you can try. Depending on how much adrenaline rush you are prepared to feel, we divided everything into two categories, sports for adrenaline junkies and activities for those who like something more relaxing. If you like both, you can combine them, one day is reserved for some real excitement and the next one to take a break and relax.
Extreme, crazy and thrilling
If you really want to hit the limit and try something that will change your life and help you overcome your fears, skydiving is the right choice. We must admit that it is a bit costly, but it is worth it. Just check if everyone is on board with this one.
- Mountain climbing
You shouldn’t go too extreme on this one if it is your first time, but start small. Maybe your crew will like it and it can become your favorite hobby.
- White water rafting
Again, if it is your first time, it is best to start with rivers with class two or three. Go with higher classes if you have more experience. There are many great rafting options in the US, search it up.
Paintball is exciting and great for the competitive type of people. It is also a perfect team activity and a major stress relief.
During hot summer days, there is nothing better than going for a swim. Or maybe there is? Surfing will make your day much more interesting and it is a great activity for your body.
- Dirt bike riding
If you have experience with riding motorcycles and you want to try something more extreme, try riding a dirt bike. You’ll get the most fun out of it if riding on forest trails, dunes, mountain roads, etc. It’s best to find some rural areas.
This is suitable for everyone and still, it is a thrilling experience. You’ll have that friendly competition between you, and you can also find party packages that are affordable.
Relaxing and tranquil
Every country has great hiking trails and if you enjoy nature scenery you should most definitely explore places near you. You can have a day hike and in the evening go for some drinks.
There are numerous golf clubs you can choose from that can meet everyone’s expectations. Most probably you will find some party packages that will have a good offer for a lower price. There are also other activities to try while you are at the golf resort.
A fun fishing excursion can be a perfect bonding time for your crew. You can share some stories while enjoying the pristine wilderness.
Buy tickets for favorite event
- A sports game
If the groom’s favorite sports team is playing soon, guess you know where to go. If you want to be really exclusive you can have some skybox seats. This will be a unique and exciting experience for all the boys in the crew!
- A concert
You must know the groom’s favorite musician or his favorite band. Check if they are playing live anytime soon and if yes, book the tickets on time! Your best friend will be quite happy about this and he will appreciate that you remembered this.
- A music festival
If his favorite band doesn’t have a concert soon, check if there are any music festivals happening near you. If you guys really enjoy music and big crowds this can be a perfect experience to share.
- A NASCAR race
If you want to have a bachelor party like no other you must go to a NASCAR race. Pick a good track, grab a drink and don’t forget to use your earplugs.
Entertaining and fun ideas
- Obstacle course
You would think that this is a kids’ activity, but there are obstacle courses for adults that are quite serious! If you loved watching those TV shows like “American Ninja Warrior” and “Wipeout”, you can now try it yourself.
- Escape room
If you guys enjoy solving puzzles, riddles and mysteries you should most definitely visit an escape room. You can bond over something much more fun than drinking! Also, there are escape rooms with many different themes, so you can choose something you like the most.
Bowling alley is always a fun idea. You can divide the crew into teams or play individually, and you can order food and drinks while playing.
- Karaoke night
If you do decide to go to a club, you can go somewhere where they host a karaoke night. This will make your night much more interesting and probably hilarious.
- Theme park or arcade
Does the groom still feel like a child inside? Even though he is getting married he can still enjoy activities he used to enjoy when he was younger. If the rest of the crew is similar to him, you can go to a theme park or arcade and try all the rides and games they have to offer.
- Try a new skill:
We all want to learn new skills, but we usually don’t have enough time and we just postpone it. Now that you have a few days to celebrate maybe you should incorporate a new class into your party schedule. Also, learning with friends is much more fun. Here are things to try:
- Brewing course
- Woodwork course
- Butchery class
- Cooking class
- Cocktail making class
- Survival training
- Fitness class
- Music lesson
- Home bachelor party
I know this is probably the last option on your mind, but just in case you decide to stay in, know that you can still have a blast. You can order your favorite food, buy all the drinks you like, play video or board games, have a movie marathon, or whatever else comes to your mind.
- Traditional celebration
And finally, we have to mention this one, even though most of you already know what it is. Casinos and strip clubs are always an option!
Remember that this is a special day for your friend and it is important to make it unforgettable. Give your best and organize the best party ever!