The fabled buckâs night is said to be the most anticipated highlight of a single blokeâs life. As best man and Official Organiser of Surreptitious Shenanigans, itâs your job to plan and make the most of the groomâs last night of freedomâat a level that the groom can abide by, of course. No idea where or how to start? Fret not! Below is a step-by-step guide on planning a memorable buckâs night.
Step #1: Make the guest list
Like any party, youâll need to make a guest list but make sure you prepare it with the groom. Youâll most likely include his other closest friends, college buddies and quite possibly relatives (out of courtesy). This means your guest list could include the groomâs uncle and nephew.
Step #2: Plan the activities
If youâre having a traditional buckâs night, then you can start with dinner or cocktails at a restaurant. This is the ideal time to accommodate relatives and friends who may not be open to the typical buckâs night debauchery. Once thatâs done, itâs time for the other activities at the (ahem) gentlemenâs club. Take note, however, that you can also go to a casino, rent out a penthouse or drink like a fish at the groomâs preferred nightspot.
If the groom isnât into such proclivities, remember that you always have the option to do other stuff like bungee jumping, skydiving, playing paintball and/or laser tag, or watching a horseraceâwhatever the groom wants to do.
Step #3: Inform the establishments
As you make your arrangements, inform the establishments (particularly the ones that donât show mammaries) that youâre having a buckâs night so that theyâre forewarned about the noise that your posse may make. Remember to give a tip to the person in charge, and be ready for any other possible expenses.
Speaking of cost, see to it that the groom doesnât shoulder anything. You can finance the party by gathering funds from the other guests, although the results of your solicitation could vary. Because of this, you should be ready to handle part of the bill, especially if youâre planning something expensive, or risk making it a two-person affair.
Step #4: Ready your ride
If you plan on consuming copious amounts of alcohol (or any liquor for that matter), then you should make arrangements for transportation. Hire a vehicle, ideally a limo, thatâs large enough to accommodate the entire group so that no one would have to drive separately. This is important: if anyone brings a separate vehicle, they shouldn’t be drinking during the festivities.
Step #5: Bring extra grub
While you may be having dinner earlier, donât forget to pack some extra food and drinks, just in case anyone gets hungry or thirsty.
Step #6: Enjoy the party
A buckâs night isnât about seeing female sweat glands, but about spending time with friends. The objective here is to have funânot necessarily titillation. While itâs true that “what goes on tour should stay on tour”, this doesnât mean you should deliberately do things that would get you andâmore importantlyâthe groom in trouble with the missus and/or the law (though in many cases, they mean the same!). Keep your collective noses clean and enjoy the party.