Being a groomsman comes with a lot of excitement. You get to be a part of your friend’s special day, you’ll have a bunch of professional pictures to look good in, and you get to attend a bachelor party.
Whether you’re planning the party or just attending, there are some “do’s and don’ts” that might be a good idea to remember. Some are good things to note, and others… not so much. Being the planner of the bachelor weekend doesn’t just involve a lot of planning, but also a lot of trust. The groom is trusting you to plan something memorable, fun and celebratory that’s just one step closer to his special day, and that could come with some pressure.
We took it upon ourselves to create a short list of some things we think make the ultimate bachelor party, and some other things that might get you banned from planning anything ever again. Either way, the key to a successful bachelor party is to create a weekend full of adventure, laughs, alcohol, friendship and celebration.
A quote that explains this perfectly, “We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.” -anonymous
DO: Be organized. Plan ahead making sure you know who is and is not attending. Have everything booked well before the event. Get the money from everyone as soon as the hotel, transportation, etc. is reserved. And when the time comes, stay on schedule!
DON'T: Plan something knowing that a majority of the guys can’t attend or afford it. Make it fair for all.
DO: Plan the weekend around activities (or hobbies) that you know the groom enjoys doing. For instance, if he’s a big sports guy, plan a night out at a local sporting event in the city you’re going to, splurge on some unforgettable seats, or even plan a tour of the stadium.
DON'T: Invite anyone that the groom wouldn’t be cool with attending.
DO: Pay for the groom! Simple as that – it’s his weekend.
*Pro Tip: If staying at a hotel or house for the weekend, designate a few guys to pre-shop buying some food and alcohol to save money.
DON'T: Get obnoxiously drunk to the point where you could get hurt or where the groom has to baby you.
DO: Make the groom feel special. Take a trip down memory lane, as a group gift him something specific and meaningful, or do something together that is not only fun but an awesome bonding experience.
DON'T: Do anything you might regret the next morning… you know what we mean.
DO: Keep tabs on the groom. Make sure he’s having a good time, isn’t in danger and always has a drink in his hand. You know, the normal things. Just get in back in one piece!
DON'T: Plan, attend or do anything that would make the groom (and bride) uncomfortable.
DO: Have the time of your life!