Plan the perfect bachelor, bachelorette party


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Ladies enjoy a night out to celebrate a friend’s approaching wedding.

Amber Misek

From the “I will” to the “I do,” the couple to be wedded is in charge of a lot of planning. However, there is one thing they are not responsible for: the bachelor or bachelorette party.

While these parties are a tradition, they have evolved over the years. Many bachelorette parties have themes and destinations, and many bachelor parties involve extreme activities. In both cases, memories will be made.

Traditionally, the bachelor or bachelorette party is the responsibility of the best man or the maid of honor.

Kurt Fox, a recent ISU grad, was a best man for a friend’s wedding this past June. He was in charge of planning the bachelor party, giving a speech at the reception and decorating the getaway car, but he admitted that the party was only “somewhat planned.”

Fox said he considered going on a backpacking excursion in Colorado with the groom and groomsmen, but it just wasn’t practical. They ended up getting together on the Thursday and Friday before the wedding.

“The bride’s only condition was that he didn’t get hurt,” Fox said.

The men went to Texas Roadhouse, played Call of Duty and watched movies on day one. Day two consisted of going out for coffee, a day of golfing and then the rehearsal dinner.

“We kinda rolled with it and didn’t really have a schedule,” Fox said.

This was the first bachelor party he had been a part of. He said if he was in charge of another one, he would plan more and cater to the groom’s lifestyle and interests.

On the other hand is Mykenzie Buzard, senior in event management, who is getting married in September 2016 in Chicago. Buzard’s sister is her maid of honor, but she’s organizing her own bachelorette party.

She’s always assumed that she would have a bachelorette party and she wants to make the most of it.

“How often do you have all of your friends together in the same place at the same time?” Buzard asked. “With six girls in a suite, it’ll be fun to listen to music while getting ready for the day.”

The bride and 15 to 20 of her best friends are spending an extended weekend in Nashville, Tenn., next June. She’s already booked the hotel and figured out transportation.

The plans are to listen to live music, pub crawl on Broadway and experience what Nashville has to offer.

As far as the budget goes, she’s making it “as cheap as possible and as fair as possible.” Since most of her friends are still in college, Buzard plans on splitting the total cost evenly among the women so they spend about $200 to $250 per person.

Many unique ways to celebrate one last “hoorah” before the wedding exist, but it’s important to keep the bachelor or bachelorette at the center of the party. If it’s something he or she wants, be sure to fit the party to his or her personality and interests.