|Written by Bill Hanks|
With the beginning of spring and summer comes the wedding season. For many young couples that means bachelor and bachelorette parties. If you are the best man or the maid of honor, the planning usually falls on you. So let's take a look at some planning ideas.
You want everyone to have fun but remain safe. Many young groups like to bar hop or hit as many places as they can in a one night period. To keep everyone together, it is a good idea to have one vehicle. This keeps you organized and safe. It can also avoid embarrassment of DUI's and costly court trips. Whether you decide to bar hop or keep the party dry, having one vehicle is a good idea.
When you begin to plan a party for your group, don't do it alone. It is always best to have some input from others that will be going along. You can decide the time of departure and itinerary for the night. Time limits should be set for each place that you will stay. If you are out for alcoholic drinks, it is good to have one of your early stops that provide food. Ending the night with a brief meal and coffee is not a bad idea either. This way you can see who needs a designated driver to get them home safely. Many times if you have one vehicle, that vehicle will take home each person at the end of the night.
If there is both a bachelor and bachelorette party at the same time, never show up at the same place at the same time. As a matter of fact, it is a good idea to have separate itineraries. Not that problems will occur but, because this is the last time that you can get out with your friends while the couple is still single.
If you decide to have a dry party, carefully choose the places you will attend. You want to avoid temptation of drinking at all costs. You might want to pick places that are alcohol free yet provide entertainment. Granted, these places are sometimes hard to find.
Instead of bar hopping, house hop. Go from friends house to friends house. Pick up friends as you go and continue your journey. Have each member provide snacks and drinks at each location. Then top off your night by one final stop. Maybe a disco or dance place. You can still stop at a bar, just drink soft drinks while you are there. If you are going to have a dry party, be sure to let the members of your party know in advance.
If you don't want to bar hop, choose one location and set up a party there. I once attended that one that had a mock wedding take place. The members of the bachelor party played rolls of the minister, best man, groom, bride, father of the bride and so on. They even dressed the part.
Another idea is to throw a backyard party, Luau, or barbecue. It is a custom for the bride and groom to give gifts to members of their wedding party. This provides an excellent opportunity to do so.
With any type of party, always think safety first.