With bachelor and bachelorette parties gradually becoming more tame, more couples are electing to throw co-ed, joint bachelor and bachelorette parties. If you and your betrothed aren’t looking to celebrate that cliché “last night of freedom” consider throwing a joint shindig that will serve as a wonderful party for you two and your friends before the wedding arrives. This is the perfect idea for the groom and bride who want to spend the evening together, and there are brilliant ideas that will keep everyone in high spirits.
A Camping Trip
If the groom and bride are the outdoorsy type of couple, what could be better than a weekend spent camping with all of their best friends? Rent out a cabin in the woods or bring along tents and sleeping bags to really rough it under the night sky. You can also play games that emphasize the battle of the sexes out in the great wild, like good old-fashioned tug of war, foot races, and all those “summer camp” games we secretly miss.
Twists and Turns
Harken back to the joys of childhood and take your crew to a local amusement park to hop on some rollercoasters with twists and turns, partake in that fried food that you can’t justify anywhere else, and nom on your fair share of cotton candy. A day filled with laughter can’t go wrong, and the happy couple will enjoy getting to sit side-by-side on all of the death-defying rides, not to mention all the hilarious pictures that will ensue.
A Party Bus
You might not be heading to the strip club or Sin City like the classic stories of bachelor and bachelorette parties, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your party on. Book a party bus and plan a pub crawl around your town. This assures no one will drive while under the influence, and you’ll have everyone you love shuttled around to the destinations of your choice. Pick a theme for the evening (anything from neon to Hawaiian shirts to pajama onesies), crank up some fun tunes, and enjoy the evening cruising around town.
For the Adventurous Couple
If the celebrating couple always seek out adrenaline-pumping feats, then you can’t go wrong with planning an experience style adventure. Check out Funsherpa.com. This awesome website will give you all the local options for a fun experience, including white water rafting, bungee jumping, skydiving, and even Ferrari racing. No matter what kind of adventure you choose, the happy couple is going to love getting their blood pumping and hearts racing.
A Scavenger Hunt
If you’re planning the party for your friends, consider putting together a scavenger hunt that will have you all running around the city hunting for clues. If you know them well enough, hide clues in areas that are special or particular to their relationship. It can be their first date spot, the place she told you they had their first kiss, or at the wedding venue for an early sneak peek at the festivities.
An Escape Room
Test the couple’s ability to work together—along with all of their friends—by taking part in an escape room game. These rooms are popping up in cities all over the world, and come in all types of themes. From escaping your worst fears to figuring out clues like a modern-day Sherlock Holmes and Watson duo, the happy couple will enjoy putting their heads together and discovering the mystery behind unlocking the door.
A Sports Game
If both the groom and bride are sports fans to the extreme, could there be a better party idea than attending a game they’ve both been looking forward to? Whether it’s baseball or football, taking the whole crew to the stadium to enjoy some hot dogs, pricy beer, and good old-fashioned game-playing is sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.
The One Tradition That Stays
Going modern with the party doesn’t mean you can choose to forgo the sentimental gifts. Whether you’re the bride, groom, or a best friend looking to plan a fun bachelor/bachelorette party, make sure you grab gifts for him and her to commemorate the event. Personalized cufflinks will add a refined feel to his tux on the big day, while a customized charm bracelet will dangle from her wrist with grace.
Long gone are the days that grooms and brides-to-be must host stripper-filled bachelor parties and take part in drunk shenanigans. Shirk tradition and embrace the new trend of Jack and Jill combined bachelor/bachelorette parties. Keep the groom and bride together and laughing with all of their favorite loved ones for a day or evening of his and hers fun they’re both sure to enjoy.