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Who is Invited to the Bachelor Party?

Chris Easter

The bachelor party will likely be one of the best parties of your life — especially because the groom is the guest of honor! There are a couple easy things you should think about during the planning process so you don’t forget something important.

First, think about what you want to do for the party. Should it be an all-day affair spent with your best buds playing golf or paintball or perhaps watching a movie marathon, and then moving on to dinner and drinks? Or maybe a full weekend celebration is in order — such as going to Vegas or arranging a float trip, hunting or fishing trip or anything else you enjoy? Let your best man and groomsmen know your thoughts asap so they can have time to plan.

Once you’ve figured out the plans for the day, you should think about guests to invite. This is probably one of the most important, but sometimes overlooked areas. Some guests to consider including are the fathers — both yours and your future father-in-law. They’ll definitely appreciate the invite. Just make it clear if they’re being invited only to dinner or to dinner and a couple drinks, etc. You may or may not want them around later in the night, depending on plans and if any bachelor party games are going to be played.

If you’re planning on a small wedding or a destination wedding and the bachelor party will be in your hometown, you should feel free to also invite guests that may not be invited to the wedding. Remember, the bachelor party is your chance to celebrate your life leading up to marriage, so you don’t necessarily have to only include only those who are invited to the actual wedding.

The last thing to think about is friends from different groups that may not be friends with each other, such as your fiancées brother and your frat brother, for example. You may want to think about talking to one or both of them as to what would be considered acceptable conduct and discussion during the party. Do yourself a favor and consider possible problems ahead of time and either warn people or tell them to keep things mellow to avoid offending anyone — especially your future relatives.

TMR Recommendation: The bachelor party should be a party to celebrate you. If you’re not sure if you want to invite a particular person, it probably wouldn’t hurt to go ahead and invite them. Even if someone isn’t going to the wedding, they may be part of some of your favorite memories growing up and would make a great addition to your bachelor party. Put some time into making your guest list, so you don’t have any regrets later on. Planning ahead will make this party one to remember. Cheers!


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