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Bachelor Party Planning: To Strip or Not to Strip

Bob Horner

Traditional bachelor parties with strippers can be a blast, but they can also be a turn-off to some brides. They can even land the groom in the doghouse with the wedding just around the corner. What’s the solution? Here are a few bachelor party ideas that will give the groom some choices on how to spend his final night of freedom.

Strip Club

The long-time obligatory bachelor party destination. The most important thing to remember if considering a gentlemen’s club or stripper is what the groom is comfortable with. This may seem unbelievable – but some guys dislike strip clubs. However, if everyone is onboard with the idea, remember to tell the groomsmen to bring plenty of singles!

Arrange a road trip

Find out the groom’s favorite weekend destination and reserve a hotel, condo, or campground. On the pricier side, trips to cities such as Las Vegas, Atlantic City or Cancun are always a great time. Just remember that bashes like these can sometimes exclude those with busy schedules or who are a bit strapped for cash.

Try organizing a golf trip

This can be a fun option for including the dads, uncles, cousins and any other relatives the groom may want to invite. Find out the groom’s favorite golf course and call in advance to set up a tee time for the entire group. A nice touch would be to cover the greens fees for the groom and the dads. If you have players with a wide range of experience levels, try playing best ball to help level the playing field.

Is the groom a card shark?

Reserve a hotel room at a local casino and the group can gamble, eat and drink all evening. The bonus is having a place to stay at the end of a long night of partying.

If the groom is a fisherman

If you live on one of the coasts or near a lake or river, chartering a fishing boat can be fun. It’s a no-brainer for grooms who love fishing. But even if all of the guys aren’t fishermen, most people can quickly learn the basics.

TMR Tip: Just remember, bachelor parties don’t always have to include poles and tassels to be fun. The alternate ideas listed above are just a few possibilities. The bottom line is to find an activity that fits the groom and to celebrate the end of his bachelorhood while spending some quality time with his friends.

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