A quick guide to bachelor party etiquette
Bachelor parties are generally a time for men to cut loose and have fun. Going crazy and getting a little wild is par for the course. However, there are some general rules to follow to ensure that things run smoothly. Bachelor party etiquette ensures everyone continues to have a good time and makes sure that nothing illegal or seedy happens. Don’t let your epic bachelor bash turn sour, follow these simple rules and you should have a bachelor party you will remember fondly for years to come.
Basic Bachelor Party Etiquette
Make sure to eat proper meals and drink plenty of water. You will most likely be partaking in copious amounts of alcohol, so please look out for your safety. Making sure to take care of yourself and your basic needs is more than bachelor party etiquette, it’s just common sense. You do not want to end up in hospital, so take care of yourself and make sure you get the nutrition you need.
It’s important to make sure that everyone has safe transport home. Encourage a friend to be a ‘designated driver’ or even arrange transport so people have a safe way to get home. Drinking and driving can turn an evening ugly very quickly, so again, be safe and organize safe transport for your guests. Think about hiring a bus or even a limo, that way everyone can enjoy some drinks without stressing about how they will get home later.
The bachelor should not have to plan or pay for his party. This is usually up to the best man. It’s best not to plan the party for the night before the wedding, as the groom needs to be well rested and ready for his big day. An optimal time to have the party is 4-2 weeks before the wedding. Even though the groom does not have to plan his party, it’s important to run the guest list by him as well as details such as what entertainment he would like.
In regards to the guest list, make sure not to invite anyone that the groom does not feel comfortable with. Don’t feel pressured to invite the bride’s family members if the groom does not feel comfortable around them. You want the groom to be able to relax and have a good time; you don’t want him worrying about what impression he is making with his brother-in-law!
Once the party has started and everyone is having fun, make sure that you follow the groom’s lead. This party should be about him and that’s not just bachelor party etiquette, that’s only fair! He is the one who is celebrating his last moments as a single man. Whatever the groom wants to do, goes. If he wants to spend the night playing poker, roll with the punches. The groom should be king at his bachelor party, so make sure he has the time of his life.
Always treat any hired entertainment with respect. This goes for topless waitresses, strippers and escorts. These women are professionals and have come to entertain you so do not treat them badly. Treating the entertainment badly can turn a party sour very quickly; so treat the ladies with respect!