When you’re tasked to plan your mate’s last night or day of freedom before he ties the knot, you know you’ve got a huge responsibility. The fate of how awesome or how awful of an experience everyone will have lies in your hands. Luckily, there are hundreds of amazing bucks party ideas out there so figuring out what to do won’t be too hard.
The challenge lies more in how well you plan and execute. If you feel like it’s too much for just one man to do, you can ask the other groomsmen or professional planners to assist.
Make sure you also follow this essential guide to plan a more smooth-sailing and successful bucks do.
- Get a list of who to invite from the groom
One of the biggest challenges for a best man is figuring out who to include on the guest list. The easiest solution is to ask the groom for a list of people he wants to invite and make sure he includes their contact details. Add your own suggestions, then go through the list with your mate to finalise.
- Make a budget
Knowing in advance how much you have to spend allows you to do a reality check before committing to anything. Get a quotation from suppliers and check fare and hotel prices (for an out-of-town bucks party). This way, you can figure out what everyone can really afford and narrow down your options.
- Collect for expenses in advance
After step no. 2, you now have to make sure you actually get the money you need to pay for the party. You don’t want to end up having to shoulder most of the bill because the other guys didn’t give their share. The best thing to do is to ask everyone invited to pay by a certain date. If they can’t, then they have to shoulder their own expenses and make their own arrangements.
- Consider what the groom likes
You may have some pretty awesome bucks party ideas, but remember to also think about what your mate actually enjoys and likes. This is his big night, so try to centre the planning around him. For example, if he’s not really the outdoor type, then white water rafting or hunting might not be such a fun experience for him.
- Respect the groom and bride
Know what their limits are. Yes, it’s your buddy’s last night of debauchery and freedom, but it shouldn’t be the cause of unwanted tension or issues between him and his soon-to-be wife. If you’re planning something naughty or extreme, then consult with the bride if she’s comfortable with your plans.
Once you’ve done everything on this checklist, you’ll have a better idea of which bucks party ideas you can go with and the planning can be a lot smoother. Don’t allow the stress of organising the event get to you. Remember that the ultimate goal is to make sure everyone has fun, including yourself.