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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.

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.

Strip Club

Let’s be honest, when it comes to bachelor parties, the first thing that most men think of is strippers. Yep, nothing says “I’m about to get married” like a strange naked woman dancing all over the groom. A “pole and tassel” themed stag night isn’t for every guy. The best man’s job to find out what kind of bachelor party is acceptable for not only the groom… but also his bride to be. Naturally, you want to give your groom a proper send-off into married life, but not at the cost of ruining the mood of the wedding if his fiancée finds out what went down during the bachelor party.

Always keep in mind that a bachelor party trip to the club can downhill in a hurry for any number of reasons. Remember to play by the rules and always have the groom’s back. Don’t let him do anything stupid. Also keep in mind that if the guests are rude or do something stupid (like trying to take pictures or video), the party’s over.

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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