A Las Vegas Bachelor Party
An increasingly popular option is to get all of the groomsmen to splurge on a weekend trip together. And where better to go than the city whose motto is "what happens here, stays here?" From gambling to floor shows to super-sized strip bars and even legalized prostitution (in designated brothels), this city is a grown man's playground. Some nightclubs can be notoriously difficult to get into, be sure to dress your best (no jeans or sneakers) and brave the bouncer's velvet rope, or you can hire party planners like LV Bachelor Party or Bachelor Party Blowout who will get you into all the hot clubs with no waiting, and can also arrange packages that include gentlemen's clubs, dinners, limousine service, and more.
Tips for a Successful Vegas Bachelor Party:
- Take Limos If you're planning on hitting a couple different spots, and you've got six or seven guys, it is not only more fun but also cheaper to rent a limo rather than taking cabs.
- Leave the cameras at home While you know nothing bad happened, that picture of the groom's face in a stripper's cleavage may make the bride think otherwise. Some strip clubs even ban cellphones and force you party goers to check their phone for a steep fee.
- Set (and stick to) a budget Otherwise you may end up gambling away your life savings, or giving it all to a beautiful dancer. Las Vegas has a way of convincing you that you don't really need your money.
If Las Vegas is a bit out of your reach, you might also consider having a weekend of decadence closer to home. There won't be the legalized gambling, but bill it as a Hollywood weekend where the groom is the star, and be sure to have plenty of champagne, limousines, spa treatments, dinner at fine restaurants, and flirting with pretty girls.
An Outdoorsy Bachelor Party
Picture it: surviving in the woods, hanging out with your buds, and attempting some potentially death-defying feats, all while drinking lots of beer. Rather than going the oh-so been there, done that route of a strip-club bachelor party, test the groom's limits in a different way with outdoors activities like camping, climbing and hiking, whitewater rafting, wakeboarding, dirt biking, parasailing, skydiving, hang gliding, bungee jumping, skiing, snowboarding, hunting and fishing. At the end of a jam-packed day, don't forget to sit around the bonfire and share embarrassing stories about the groom's ex-girlfriends and college adventures.
Co-ed Bachelor and Bachelorette PartiesThe groom's not looking to do anything he wouldn’t do in front of his girlfriend, the bride's got some good looking friends, and you're hoping the maid of honor will help you with the planning. Whether it's just a blowout house party, or an evening of debauchery, a coed bachelor party can be a great solution. This is also a great solution for the increasing number of couples who don't have a bridal party and thus must either forgo the rite of passage, or have to plan it themselves.
Whatever you decide to do, make sure the groom is front and center in your planning. While you want everyone to have a good time, he's the one who really matters. If he's a low-key kind of guy, maybe a night of drinking and puking is not the best idea. Also, keep in mind that there's no reason you can't do a combination of these bachelor party ideas – perhaps a golf tournament during the day, followed by a steak and cigar party that evening. Pick a few different activities and keep everyone happy.