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Making Memorable Moments: What to Bring to a Bachelor Party

Last updated: March 27, 2024

Ah, the bachelor party.

It’s a perfect opportunity to unwind, share some laughs, and create lasting memories. But whether you’re the best man, a groomsmen, or the groom himself, planning this party can be daunting.

And guess what?

Beyond the party’s logistics, conversation topics are the underappreciated heroes of the event! After all, what’s a party without some good banter?

So, get ready because we’re diving into some spicy bachelor party tactics.

Why you should listen to me: Hi! Nick Gray here. I've hosted hundreds of parties, some even at significant museums. I was featured in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and I was referred to as the host of "culturally significant" parties by New York Magazine.

Party Essentials

First off, let’s make sure you’ve got all the basics covered.

You don’t want to be that guy who forgot the drinks. Whether you’re going for an exquisite single malt or classic brewskies, ensure that you’re stocked up. Remember, not everyone drinks alcohol, so have some non-alcoholic options too.

Hungry men are grumpy men. So, have a hearty spread. From BBQs to pizzas, to gourmet dinners, pick what suits the groom’s tastes best.

And my personal favorite party supply: name tags. Especially handy for the first night if there are people from different walks of the groom’s life.

Now that you’re set with the essentials let’s move on to a topic that has baffled many a best man.

Picking the Perfect Gift for the Groom

Choosing the right gift can be a real head-scratcher. You want it to be meaningful, but not too sappy; unique, but not bizarre.

So, where do you start? Here are three ideas for you:

  • Funny vs. Heartfelt: It’s always a tough choice. If you know the groom will appreciate a good laugh, maybe a “husband survival kit” could be a hit. But, if he’s the sentimental type, a heartfelt letter or a cherished memory in the form of a photo album can do wonders.
  • Personalized Gifts: Ah, the charm of personalized gifts! They scream, “I put thought into this.” From engraved cufflinks to custom-made beer mugs – these gifts show that you really know the groom.
  • Experience-based Gifts: Think outside the box! Concert tickets, a day at the racetrack, or even a weekend getaway. These are the gifts that will be remembered long after the wedding bells have rung.

Bachelor Party Etiquette – The Do’s and Don’ts

Obviously, the aim is to make it memorable (for all the right reasons!) and to ensure everyone walks away with a smile. Not a cringe-worthy tale.

Let’s break down the bachelor party playbook to help you score big on the etiquette front.

The Dos: Making it Memorable for the Right Reasons

  • Know the Groom: Tailor the party to the groom’s tastes and comfort level. If he’s more into board games than bar hopping, respect that. Remember, this is his night!
  • Plan Ahead: A well-organized party is often a successful one. Coordinate with attendees, make reservations, and have a plan B just in case.
  • Set a Budget: Money can be a touchy subject. Make sure to set a clear budget early on, ensuring all attendees are comfortable with the costs.
  • Inclusive Activities: Plan activities that everyone can participate in. From the groom’s 18-year-old cousin to his 60-year-old uncle, everyone should feel involved.
  • Capture the Moments: Assign someone as the designated photographer (or hire one!) to capture all the fun memories.

The Don’ts: Avoiding Common Pitfalls

  • Don’t Pressure: Just because it’s a bachelor party, doesn’t mean everyone has to drink, dance, or partake in any activity they’re uncomfortable with. Respect boundaries.
  • Don’t Overshare: What happens at the bachelor party, stays at the bachelor party. Be cautious about sharing too much on social media, especially without the groom’s (or anyone else’s) consent.
  • Don’t Forget the Details: It’s the little things that count. Remembering dietary restrictions, ensuring transportation back home, or even having a first-aid kit on hand can make a huge difference.
  • Don’t Exclude: If someone can’t make it to the event, find a way to include them, even if it’s just through a video call.
  • Don’t Overdo It: Remember, there’s a wedding coming up! While it’s fun to let loose, ensure that the groom (and everyone else) is in good shape for the big day.


The perfect bachelor party isn’t just about wild nights or crazy adventures (though those are fun too!).

It’s about celebrating the groom, the camaraderie, and the memories you share.

So, whether you’re reminiscing about old times, debating the essentials, or stressing over the perfect gift – remember, it’s the conversation and the shared experience that truly matters.

Alright, future best man of the year, here’s a quick recap:

  • Tailor to the Groom: Make it about him, not what society or movies say a bachelor party should be.
  • Plan and Budget: No one likes last-minute surprises, especially when they affect the wallet.
  • Be Inclusive: Ensure everyone, regardless of age or preference, feels a part of the celebration.
  • Mind the Boundaries: Whether it’s oversharing, overindulging, or pressuring others – steer clear!

With these guidelines in hand, you’re well on your way to orchestrating a bachelor bash that’ll be remembered for all the right reasons. So, go on, celebrate, and make some stellar memories!

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Have other questions about planning a bachelor party? I’ve got your back!

1. What are the Essentials to Bring to a Bachelor Party?

At the core, you should consider drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), food that aligns with the groom’s preferences, and basic party gear like music systems, decor, and perhaps games or activities. Ensure you have a mix that caters to all attendees’ tastes and preferences.

2. What are Some Unique Items to Bring to a Bachelor Party to Make it Stand out?

Think personalized! Customized t-shirts or caps for the attendees, themed props, or a curated playlist of the groom’s favorite tunes can add that personal touch. Don’t forget memorable additions like a photo booth setup or a scrapbook for attendees to write messages.

3. What Should I Bring if the Bachelor Party is Outdoors or at a Unique Venue?

For outdoor venues, consider essentials like portable seating (folding chairs or picnic blankets), sunscreen, bug spray, and a first-aid kit. If it’s a unique venue like a beach or a cabin, think about items specific to the location, like beach games or cozy blankets for a bonfire night.

4. Are There any Surprise Items I can Bring to Make the Groom Feel Special?

Absolutely! Consider a memory jar where everyone writes a cherished memory with the groom, or perhaps a surprise video message from someone who couldn’t make it. Personalized gifts, like a pocket watch with an engraved message or a photo collage of his journey so far, can also be touching.

5. I’m Attending a Destination Bachelor Party. What Should I Bring?

For destination bachelor parties, ensure you pack according to the climate and activities planned. Essentials include travel adapters, a local phrasebook if it’s a foreign country, and any personal necessities. Don’t forget a surprise local activity or treat that can make the trip even more memorable!

6. How can I Ensure that What I Bring to the Bachelor Party Aligns with the Theme or the Groom’s Wishes?

Communication is key. Discuss with the best man or party organizers about the theme and any specific requirements. If in doubt, always consider the groom’s personal tastes and preferences. When bringing something out-of-the-box, ensure it’s in good taste and won’t make the groom or any attendees uncomfortable.

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About the author

Nick Gray is the author of The 2-Hour Cocktail Party. He’s been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and in a popular TEDx talk. He sold his last company Museum Hack in 2019. Today he’s an expert on networking events, small parties, and creating relationships. Read more about Nick Gray here.

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