Last month, I had the privilege of celebrating two bachelor parties, and I thought that a bachelor party blog post was warranted. Bachelor parties, at least in the US, usually consists of a trip to Las Vegas, lots of alcohol, a strip club or two, and other rowdy activities. But, let’s for a moment step back and consider other options for a bachelor party, which in the end is time a groom can spend with his “bros.” I may get a lot of flak from the guys about this post, but I think its worth considering, if you’re a groom, that a bachelor party isn’t always about booz and booty.
To me, a bachelor party is about spending quality time with your closest guy friends. That can be done in any venue or activity. Perhaps, like a common place that the group shared together. Take for instance one of the bachelor parties I attended this past month. The group of guys all went to college together, so we revisited/relived some of those college days by spending time in the city we all got to know each other in. Activities included ATVing, camping, bar hopping, and visiting the campus. Geeks? Maybe, but the time was well spent, catching up with old friends, reminiscing about the places we once knew, and the memories we all shared.
Another bachelor party I attended included a day hike through Zion National Park in Utah, a 2.5 hour drive NE of Las Vegas, NV. I think anyone of the guys on that trip would agree, whether they were the party types or the laid back types, that exploring the canyons at Zion was well worth the trip and time well spent.
As for me, yes, I am the laid back type. When it came time for my bachelor party, I asked that we do a chill party at the beach. Nothing outrageous, just a good time at the beach with my best friends. Who could ask for anything more?
Be creative, try something different, we don’t all have to fall into the bachelor party stereotype. Outdoor activities are some of the best ways to celebrate a man’s last days as a bachelor.
Gentlemen, what does a bachelor party mean to you? Share your alternative bachelor party ideas below in the comments section.