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Bachelor Party Ideas


The term "bachelor party" conjures up images of unsavory behavior and embarrassing photos, but it isn't written in stone that the event must involve gallons of booze, strippers and a trashed hotel room. Plenty of additional options present themselves for the groom who may not desire a night of debauchery (one would hope he'd gotten it out of his system at this point, anyway).


Here are a few things to remember when planning the bachelor party:

-The responsibility for planning the event and inviting attendees falls to the best man.

-Holding the event immediately before the wedding day is a bad idea, especially if there will be excessive drinking involved.

-Don't forget to designate a driver or hire a chauffeur if you plan to party-hop from one location to the next. Send inebriated attendees home in cabs, if necessary.

-Invite guests several weeks ahead of time to ensure that the groom's closest friends will all be able to attend.

-While the best man is responsible for planning the event, the total cost should be divided among the guests (except for the groom, of course).


Here are some innovative bachelor party ideas to consider:


Be Adventurous

White water rafting, skydiving and rock climbing all pack a powerful adrenaline rush for the groom-to-be -- perfect for banishing the pre-wedding jitters. Keep in mind, though, that this type of adventure may prove too extreme or expensive for some potential guests.


Traditional Sports

Fantasy basketball or baseball camp is a great idea for the sports fan. If that isn't in the budget, consider buying tickets to a big game instead.


Get in Touch with Nature

A camping trip provides the perfect male-bonding experience. Don't forget the marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate for s'mores.


Rock and Roll

Find out if any of the groom's favorite bands will be in town around the date of the wedding. He'll be thrilled when you surprise him with the tickets.


Back to the Beach

If all the guys pitch in, you may be able to rent a house on the beach for a night or two. If this proves too expensive, make a day of it. Pack plenty of food, beverages, frisbees and volleyballs for a carefree day of fun in the sun. (Don't forget the sunblock -- you don't want the groom and his attendants to be peeling on the day of the wedding.)


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Top 5 Planning Tips

1. Get a dedicated credit card for all of your wedding expenses so that you can dispute the charge if a deal falls though.

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3. Get the best deal on airfare, hotel and rental cars for your honeymoon through any travel site of your choice.

4. Create your own web page at with information about your wedding date, location, gift registries, and hotels for out-of-town guests.

5. If you plan to take your spouse's name, get a Name Change Kit to ensure you cover everything.

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