1. What is a bachelor/bachelorette party?
A bachelor party is the last big party before the wedding and it's the kind of party where nearly everything is allowed. The whole party is dedicated to the groom/bride and it's up to their friends to make sure that they have the time of their lives. Nowadays, having a few drinks in a bar just isn't enough. The parties are usually organised separately for the bride and the groom.
2. Who organises the party?
The maid of honour or the best man is chosen by the bride or groom. It is often a best friend or a brother or sister, but it can also be anybody else who is chosen by the bride/groom. In any case, neither the bride nor groom should have to lift a finger to organise anything. Their job is just to let themselves be entertained and seduced by a wave of party surprises and activities.
3. What exactly is the organiser's role?
The organiser's role isn't in an easy one, by any means. He/she has to coordinate a group of people who may even not know each other. Furthermore, they must think of a program, raise finances, oversee the organisation, deal with a stripper or transport and, most of all, make sure that the bride or groom is having an amazing time. Leave all those worries to us. We'll take care of them while you can be free to have fun with the bride's or groom's group.
4. When to start organising the bachelor/bachelorette party?
You should start preparing the party at least 2 weeks in advance or ideally a month before the wedding. We know, based on our experience, that a week is not enough and a couple of days before the wedding can turn out to be quite a disaster. However, if we are being honest, we have managed to plan quite a few successful last-minute parties, even one day before the wedding. (This is mainly the gentlemens' specialty.)
5. What if the people in the group don't know each other?
In that case, the best option is to prepare a day or evening program oriented towards team activities. This can help the members of the group get to know each other, create a connection between them and make sure everyone is on the same wave-length before the proper stag night begins. If your group is smaller, we recommend that you take a trip abroad. The fun experience of being together will then be enhanced by a new dimension of the unknown and the unfamiliar. But again, we strongly recommend that you prepare everything well in advance, so that you don't end up stranded somewhere unfamiliar, outside a fully booked hotel.
6. How to handle the finances?
The bride or groom should be partying “all-inclusive”, which means they should never have to spend one penny of their own money. Usually, unless there is another sponsor, all participants pitch in and share the financial cost. As an organiser, you need to confirm the number of participants and collect the money from each of them in advance. It's definitely not fun when instead of 10 people, only 5 show up and then those 5 are stuck with having to pay the difference, as we've seen happen a few times before.
7. In conclusion...
The most important tip of all. You don't have to get the bride/ groom completely wasted at all costs ;). It is much better if they are able to remember their stag party. Brainstorm your ideas and prepare something truly special and memorable for them. It is their and also your big celebration together, so be sure to make the most of it. Who knows when, if ever, there will be another chance for a gentlemens' s or ladies' party of such proportions anytime soon.