Enjoy These Fresh New Ideas for Combined Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties
Even though it isn’t exactly traditional, opting out of the standard bachelorette party and throwing a co-ed event instead can be very rewarding. Many brides-to-be have close male friends and would like to include them in the fun; likewise, their fiances have friends and sisters who’d like to join in. Also, there are some fabulous, fun, family-friendly options out there if you’d like to include parents, grandparents, or other family members. Whatever your style or personality, there’s a co-ed party option that will suit your desires.
If you and your fiance are outdoorsy, a big camping trip could be a great opportunity to bond and do what you all love to do. There are several benefits to this option. First of all, there’s no limit to the number of people you can include. There is also no age limit for those who have younger girls or guys in their wedding party. Guests of all ages can enjoy the casual, laid-back good time that camping provides. Another benefit is that you can make a full weekend of it if you so desire. If you want one night with just your girls, you make separate invitations and have a full party one evening and an intimate girls night the next.
Here is one that is a step up from camping. If you like the idea of a casual, relaxed atmosphere, but hate sleeping in a tent, a cabin or lake house rental is another good option. Depending on where you would like to go, there are relatively inexpensive options for rentals all over the country and there are plenty of vacation rental websites to look at. You could have anyone who’d like to join you chip in on the cost of the rental and keep costs to a minimum by bringing in your own food.
Here’s a more traditional option with a co-ed twist. Many couples still desire a night on the town with their closest friends but want to make it a combined party so that they can share the night with their sweetheart. Take some time ahead of the event to talk to your fiance about where you’d like to go (hometown, neighboring city, etc.) and pick a place with some nightspots within walking distance. If you would like to spice it up a little bit, search the web for bachelor and bachelorette party dares. You’ll find lists galore with fun little challenges to break the ice and keep things interesting between sexes.
Sports fanatics, this is for you! There are many brides and grooms to be who have a lot of love for a particular sports team, so why not include your friends and loved ones and go to a game? One benefit to this approach is that you don’t have to worry about entertaining anyone because the entertainment is right in front of you. You can also include folks of all ages and, if you would like to extend the day, you can do some tailgating beforehand!
Set Up Your Own Sporting Event
If going to a live sporting event is not in the budget, why not have a game of your own? A robust flag football game, or even an egg toss for that matter, can be a great way to spend quality time with those closest to you. Reserve a local baseball field, soccer facility, or gymnasium and get everyone in on the action. At most sport facilities nowadays, you can rent big bubble balls and run into each other with them for even more fun! Even those who don’t want to play will have a blast cheering on “team bride” or “team groom.” A trip to a local sports bar for dinner and a brew can top this day off nicely.
Whether your tastes run to classical music or heavy metal, chances are there is a concert in your area that you would love to go to. If your fiance is of a similar mind, a concert is a great way to spend your co-ed party night. You can even find great free concerts at a local park or event center, which is a great option for you if you are on a budget.
In cities across the United States, party bus rentals are a big hit. Depending on your location and budget, you can hire a bus to take you and your crew anywhere you’d like to go. There are a number of options in this category including glamorous limousine-like options and open-air buses for those who truly want to experience a city. A quick Google search should fill you in on what is available in your area.
Panic rooms are available in many areas and are growing in popularity these days. Essentially, you and your group are given a set of clues and you must reason through the evidence given to you to “escape” the room. This is a fun option if you do not know everyone in your groom’s wedding party or family well because there is no pressure to entertain since you are all fully engaged in figuring out the puzzle.
The limits to what is available for your co-ed bachelor/bachelorette party are endless. There are options to incorporate family or options that just you and your fiance’s close friends can enjoy. So pick something that you like from all the options available out there, or make up something completely different, and enjoy it and run with it!