Ideas for Planning the Bachelor – Bachelorette Party
The Last Hoorah
Bachelor and Bachelorette parties have always been viewed as one last night of debauchery, with strippers, naughty scavenger hunts, and penis shaped paraphernalia littering the scenes. But the reality of these parties isn’t always quite so extreme, and there is no rule book defining exactly how each person should celebrate their last night out before taking the marriage plunge.
In fact, lately it seems as though more and more couples are going a different direction entirely, opting to combine their parties rather than separating out the sexes. Particularly with older couples preparing to tie the knot, the hard partying days of their youth may have long since passed, leaving them in the position of actually wanting their significant other with them as they hit up the bar scene. When all of your friends are friends with each other as well, it can just seem more fun to get everyone together at once; hopefully limiting the chances of waking up with a tiger in the bathroom a la “The Hangover”.
If you do decide to go for a joint party for your last hoorah, you have a few choices regarding execution. Some couples may want to avoid the bar scene entirely, in which case arranging a mellow dinner party might be the right idea. You can pull out some of your favorite wines and purchase some nice cigars for the guys. Or you could organize something around each of your hobbies, getting your friends together for a baseball game or bonfire on the beach. Taking a group trip can always be a blast as well, getting a guys and girls suite in Vegas for instance, allowing you to plan both combined and separate activities throughout the course of a weekend.
Even combining you bachelor and bachelorette festivities doesn’t mean you can’t stick to some more traditional events. Perhaps you can have your groups start out separately for the night, guys and girls each planning something only they would want to do. You could begin at separate ends of town and work your way toward a bar at a central location for group drinking and dancing at the end of the night. Organizing a guy’s verse girl’s scavenger hunt could be fun as well, requiring photographic proof of each goal as it is accomplished. The losing team could be responsible for buying drinks for the rest of the night.
Utilizing a limo bus, particularly with a large combined group, can ensure everyone will have safe travel options without driving drunk. Some of your most memorable moments may happen on that bus as well, with your friends letting loose in those close quarters and maybe even creating a few love connections of their own. Make sure someone is in charge of snapping plenty of photos, because regardless of whether you decide to join your parties or not; these will be memories you won’t soon want to forget.
The point is to make this last hoorah about you and what you want to do. If as a couple you decide that you would just have more fun together, than don’t be afraid to join forces and combine your parties for one big bash. You can still do everything you would have done separately, or – you can have the best of both worlds by starting off separately, and coming together in the end. There really are no rules pertaining to Bachelor and Bachelorette parties; you get to make your own rules up as you go. If a Jack and Jill party is more your style, embrace it, and enjoy your last night out together as an engaged couple.