Bachelor Party Alternatives

If the local nudie bar isn't your idea of an enjoyable stag party, fear not, there are plenty of options out there.

The bachelor party isn't just for drunken debauchery anymore. Sure, scantily-dressed women and intoxicated men are a time-honored tradition, but many grooms-to-be prefer something a little less "spirited." In fact, quite a few men will tell you it's not the party they want, but the opportunity to celebrate with friends and family. This is especially true for men over the age of 30. When asked if they preferred the traditional stag party or a more tasteful alternative, men polled via an Internet bulletin board gave answers consistent with their age group. The under-30 crowd showed a preference for strippers and shots, while men over 30 wanted a more low-key celebration. If the local nudie bar isn't your idea of an enjoyable stag party, fear not, there are plenty of options out there.

Dinner and a Roast.- Many restaurants have a back room they're happy to rent out for smaller, more private affairs. Why not consider a nice steak dinner and a roast of the groom? Sort of a humorous game of "This is Your Life." All of the guests can take turns saying telling funny stories about the groom. Add a slide show or other visual aids and hilarity is bound to ensue.

Spend some time in the great outdoors. - If the guest of honor is an outdoorsman, there's a multitude of possibilities. For instance, you can charter a fishing boat. What's more relaxing than a day at sea? With good food, good drink (which can be either catered or brought in from home), and good company, it's bound to be remembered for years to come. You may even come home with dinner.

A camping or cabining weekend will provide plenty of chances for male bonding. Who knows how many weekends with the guys will happen after the wedding?

Rock Climbing or other athletic activities. - If the groom is into athletics, a day of physical activity might be just the ticket to a good time. Co-ordinate a football game or a softball match. Not only will everyone get a good workout, but if they work up a good appetite, you can follow the event with a barbecue or picnic.

If money is no object, treat the groom to a cattle drive or other adventurous weekend. Trail riding, dog sledding, back packing, white water rafting"¦the possibilities are endless. If the groom enjoys activities that would make lesser men squirm, he can be treated to bungee jumping, hang gliding or parachuting.

Friends and family of the groom don't have to spend a lot of money to have an enjoyable time, either. Cigar bars, wine or beer tastings, pool halls, and sporting events all provide tasteful alternatives. A Golf outing, paintball match or even a good old-fashioned poker game is an appropriate idea.

If the groom isn't interested in a night of intemperance, there are many solutions for the resourceful best man. With a little imagination and a little planning, you'll end up with a day that's memorable for the groom and worry free for the bride. Try something different; you may be pleasantly surprised.

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