Inspiration & Ideas

How to throw the ultimate bachelor party

A group of men raising glasses.

Honor the groom-to-be with an unforgettable night out (or weekend away). Whether you’ve got a bar crawl, poker game or both lined up for the night, our planning tips will help keep the party going. 

Who plans the bachelor party?

Planning the bachelor party traditionally falls on the best man, but it can also be handled by the groom’s brother or another groomsman. Ask the groom to put together a guest list if he wants anyone there besides the groomsmen. (Note: Planning—and herding everyone together—is easier if the group is smaller.) You can even invite the bachelor’s dad and future father-in-law to a portion of the bachelor celebration.

Once you’ve chosen a date and have a plan, browse our bachelor party invitations and send out an invite that’ll get your group stoked for the festivities!

Who pays for the bachelor party?

Bachelor party attendees will typically all chip in to cover the cost of activities, food and drinks. Notably, the best man and groomsmen will usually foot the groom’s bill so he can live it up carefree. The one exception is destination parties, for which the groom might pay for his own flight. 

When planning a bachelor party, it’s important to set a realistic budget and communicate openly with attendees about cost. This way, everyone can live it up without totally breaking the bank.

When should you have a bachelor party?

Work around the rest of the wedding plans. Avoid scheduling the bachelor party the night before the wedding, which is usually reserved for the rehearsal dinner. If some groomsmen don’t fly in until the week of the wedding, consider hosting the bachelor party the night before the rehearsal dinner, but it’s generally best to hold it at least a week and up to two months prior to the big day.

If you have an all-weekend bash or trip in mind, schedule it well before the wedding. The closer you get to the wedding, the more likely the groom will be busy with last-minute details. If it’s a destination wedding, you might want to skip the weekend in Vegas to avoid issues about travel expenses and needing to take time off work.

When should you send bachelor party invites?

Whatever you have in mind, send out your Evite invitation at least a month in advance to ensure the best turnout. Check out invitation options in our bachelor party invitation gallery. Since those who attend will split the cost of the party, specify roughly how much it’ll cost right on the invitation.


1. Before you start planning, figure out a budget with which everyone feels comfortable since guests will be chipping in.

2. Keep track of costs so you know who needs to Venmo who for what once the party’s over.

3. Whether you’ll be Ubering, hiring a limo (congrats on winning at life), taking public transit or assigning someone as designated driver (the real MVP), make sure to consider how you’ll be safely getting from point A to point B. Chances are that people will be drinking during the bachelor celebration, so safe transportation is key. 

4. Finally, we're all for surprising the groom—blindfolding him between activities can definitely add to the fun.

What happens at a bachelor party?

When it comes to bachelor parties, the itinerary will truly depend upon the groom and his group’s interests. Thus, anything from gambling to go-karting can be the central feature of this classic guys’ night out. 

Plan around the groom and ask him beforehand if he has any preferences. Once you have some recommendations from the groom, ask the attendees for ideas.

Stumped? Here are some more possibilities:

  • Drinking games
  • Bar-hopping
  • Casino
  • Shooting range
  • Paintball
  • Go-kart racing
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Skiing
  • Skydiving
  • Bungee jumping
  • Golf
  • Sports game
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Racetrack
  • Weekend in Las Vegas, Miami, New Orleans or New York


If you're eating out, pizza, burgers, nachos or barbecue anything are go-tos. If you're renting a house for the weekend, grilling up some steaks might be just the thing. Regardless, remember to eat if you're drinking—you'd be surprised how often this is overlooked at bachelor parties, especially when there are so many activities going on.


You can’t go wrong with beer, but if you’ve got the budget, splurge on a bottle of single-malt Scotch. Serve it neat, on the rocks, with soda, or in a rusty nail.

Rusty Nail (Serves one)

1 ounce Scotch

1/4 ounce Drambuie

Mix and serve over ice.

If the party’s a 24-hour affair, start the day off light and save the shenanigans for later. Make sure there’s plenty of water available throughout the festivities to keep hydrated. Offer Red Bull as a nonalcoholic alternative to keep the energy up.

No items found.

No items found.

No items found.

No items found.

No items found.

No items found.

No items found.

All of the products we feature are hand-selected by our editors! You see only what we love and what we think you'll love too. If you buy something through links on our site, Evite may earn a commission. Prices are subject to change.

No items found.
No items found.

View More Articles

View All