Congratulations pal. You’ve been bestowed with the mantle of Best Man and someone out there wants you to be standing beside him on the biggest day of his life. Whatever you’ve done to win this honor, we’re sure it’s great… but you haven’t really earned it yet. Not until you’ve executed the most important job out of all the Best Man duties… the most absolutely epic bachelor party. Follow these 8 steps and send your boy down the long road of marriage with a night he’ll never forget.
Standing in line for a bar or club with twenty dudes is a one-way ticket to Bachelor Party Buzzkill-ville. Planning ahead is THE most critical thing you can do to ensure bachelor party success. Restaurant reservations, private tables, bar or club packages, tickets, tee-times, transportation… there are a ton of moving parts to a bachelor party and the more you plan, the easier it’ll be (and the more you’ll get to relax and enjoy the day). Sit down well in advance of the bachelor party (a month or two is ideal) and identify everything that could benefit from early planning. Then call or click your destinations and vendors to lock it in.
Know this: as the best man, you will pay out of pocket more than the other bachelor party attendees. This is a fact of life (and a small price to pay for the honor). But that doesn’t mean you can’t staunch the bleeding early. Yours is the credit card that will be requested for happy hours, group reservations, hotels and more. Don’t wait to collect until half your crew is blacked out and the other half have ghosted. Estimate costs early on, communicate clearly (choose email over text chains) and collect well in advance to ensure you don’t get left holding the bill.
Invite Her People
Inviting the bride’s closest male family and friends is not only a classy move, but it pays long-term dividends. It can ease pre-bachelor party tensions between the groom and his gal, and help form early bonds so that when the wedding day arrives, there’s a familiarity and built-in camaraderie between both sides of the wedding party. If you don’t love the idea of your boy’s father-in-law having a front row seat to the debauchery, that’s fine… at least extend the guy a dinner invite beforehand.
Please the Groom
It’s tempting to make bachelor party planning a democratic process, and even throw in some of your own influence. But never forget: this is the groom’s last hoorah and it’s his day. Your slate of events should reflect his interests and favorites. If he’s a golf nut, book a tee time. If he’s a foodie, get a table at a great restaurant. Beer snob? Brewery tour. Music lover? Concert. You get it. And if your groom isn’t into the – ahem – “ballet,” then don’t force it. That’s an old bachelor party tradition that’s perfectly fine to skip.
The Groom Rides for Free
This is an absolute must. On the day of his bachelor party, the groom pays for NOTHING. Not even a beer. Make this iron-clad bachelor party law known to your crew well in advance by sharing the costs and budget accordingly.
You took suggestions during the planning phase, and you worked with your fellow bachelor party goers to get this thing off the ground. But come game time, every bachelor party needs a leader and that man is you. Call the shots, keep the schedule on track, communicate with the venues and vendors and solve the problems (they’ll arise). Nothing kills a bachelor party vibe quicker than indecision.
Showing up to the altar with a black eye is a bad look for any groom. That’s why you’ll have to stay cool, calm and (reasonably) sober during the bachelor party. One of the best man’s most important roles is being the den mother to his gang of roving marauders, and that means being able to communicate, contain, control and ensure the safety of the whole crew. The bride will thank you later, possibly with an introduction to the maid of honor.
Don’t Catch the Bachelor Party Blues
Stuck on how to go about planning your best bud’s big day? House of Blues is a best man’s best friend. We work with bachelor parties of all shapes and sizes to ensure that it is a night to remember. Pop in for a happy hour featuring an extensive beer list and craft cocktail menu. Join us for dinner and feast on soul-food inspired dishes from our professional kitchen. Stay for the country’s hottest live music and DJ’s or book your own private show. And class it up in the Foundation Room Club for a VIP bachelor party experience like none other! With 12 U.S. locations, you’re never far from an absolutely epic bachelor party at House of Blues.
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