Bachelor parties are a great way to bond with your friends and celebrate your upcoming wedding. Many people use it as a way to celebrate the end of their single life, while others just like the excuse to throw a party.
In recent years, the trend has been for people to throw bigger and more extravagant bachelor parties. While this can be great fun, it does mean that the cost of it quickly begins to rack up.
In the United States, the average cost of attending a bachelor party is $738, which doubles to $1,532 if travel and overnight accommodation are also required. That’s in addition to the average cost of attending the big day itself, which sits at around $900.
That’s only for the guests – it doesn’t include the eye-watering sums spent by the bride and groom themselves, who shell out an average of $30,000 just to tie the knot.
But, as we’ve discussed many times, you don’t need to spend a lot to have a great wedding. And the same applies to the bachelor party, you just need to plan ahead. Here are some tips for throwing a brilliant bachelor bash without breaking the bank.
As you can see from the numbers above, traveling somewhere else to celebrate your upcoming nuptials can almost double the cost for each person attending. Regardless of whether you’re being generous and paying for all your mates or they’re funding themselves, the cost will soon add up.
Plan activities that are close to home, with just a couple of hours of traveling involved. That way you can get there and back in a day.
Obviously, if you live in the middle of a large city, then you’ll likely have many more options compared to someone who lives in a rural area, but most people will have fun things to do nearby.
Find Fun Activities to Do at Home
There are plenty of ways you can celebrate at home too, such as hosting a movie night, watching a football match, or playing games together. These options are going to be significantly cheaper than going anywhere else and you could all stay over without having to pay for hotel rooms.
If you’re all located in different parts of the country, perhaps because you all met while at college, then you could host a virtual bachelor party so that your friends don’t have to pay to travel across the country twice.
You could do all of these things together, including playing games together, whilst on a video call. The options for this are limitless. If you enjoy playing console games, you could even set up a lobby on your Xbox or PlayStation to enjoy your favorite titles together.
Alternatively, you could choose the classic bachelor party game and play poker together. There are both free and paid-for options online, but since we’re doing it on a budget, PokerStars offers a free-to-play version of its poker platform with all of the same features.
Don’t Go Overboard on Extras
It’s not just the activities, food, drink, travel, and accommodation that can add to the cost of a bachelor party. There are plenty of other things that can add to the total as well.
Fancy dress, gag gifts, and souvenirs may all just seem like small amounts at the time, but when you combine them together, they’ll quickly add up.
The easiest way to cut your spending here is to just do without them. You can still have fun without making the groom or best man dress up in some sort of embarrassing outfit or carry around an inflatable sheep all night.
However, if you’re set on having some sort of group attire for the day, you can still do this without spending a lot. Since it is much cheaper to buy printed T-shirts in bulk than in single units, you can get them produced without breaking the bank.
The most important part about any party is the company you invite, so you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a lot of fun. Therefore, if you’re trying to plan your wedding on a budget, there’s no need to negate those hard-won savings on your bachelor party.