Back in the 70s and 80s, planning a bachelor was a simple task; bestowed upon friends, relatives or the best man. An empty basement, a keg of beer, a dart board and some wild movies sufficed. Today, bachelor party planning is a multi-million dollar industry, with every restaurant, night club, and adult entertainment venue in the nation getting into the act. In fact, there are multiple companies on the internet which are more than willing to take your money and plan the event. Some offer discounts on limos, free admission to bars, entertainment, and discounted bar packages at various venues. The price for these services can be steep, but if you’re willing to spend a little time doing research and making a few phone calls, you can significantly reduce the price of the bachelor party.
Saving Money on Transportation
Limo services can often be terribly expensive and charge unreasonable hourly rates. Depending on the type of vehicle chosen, prices can increase greatly. For example, full blown hummer limo can cost a few hundred dollars more than a stretch sedan. Larger limousine companies will often tack on extra fees for including alcohol, snacks, and for stops along the way. You can cut the cost in half by finding a small company in your area, which allows you to bring your own drinks. My best advice is to ask if the limo service has a party van or small bus, and charges a flat fee. Because the limo industry is so competitive, smaller, private companies can be more personable, and much more likely to cut a deal. Additionally, smaller limousine services are not as likely to rush your group through the night and ruin the bachelor’s experience. If you are staying at a hotel, utilize the hotel’s consigner and van drivers to save money on planning bachelor party transportation. Remember, the staff at your hotel is all about customer service, and is there to make sure you have a good time. Simply go to the bellhop stand and let them know you have a bachelor party and want to go to a hot spot. Most upscale hotels offer this service for free, and only a modest tip is expected for the service.
Saving money on Strippers and Strip Clubs
Hiring a stripper or visiting a strip club has become tradition when it comes to making plans for the groom. Adult entertainment has made bachelor party planning a cottage industry and can seriously drain funds for the evening if you’re not careful. To begin with, hiring a private stripper almost always requires an hourly rate. Private agencies will offer a stripper, but then tack on more money, depending on if the private show is topless, or nude. Prices can skyrocket to nearly $300.00 for an exotic dancer to strip at your location. Worse yet, private strippers are often in a hurry because they have other bachelor parties to schedule-especially on weekends! To save money, call an agency and ask exactly what’s included in their fantasy show. Ask for a flat fee, and make sure to let the agency know that you expect the clock to start ticking, once the girl begins dancing. Many strippers will show up at the bachelor party, hang out with the guys and only perform at the very end. This can be a complete downer for the evening and leave the groom bored, disappointed and with nothing else to do. A better option is combining a private stripper and a strip club in the same evening. Strip clubs are hungry for bachelor party business. Most, if not all offer some sort of discount or price reduction for large parties. In many instances, strip clubs will allow the entire party to come in for free. Strip clubs also offer fantastic bar packages, VIP seating and discounts on bottle service. If responsible for planning the bachelor party, look online for strip clubs or adult entertainment in your area. Ask the club what sort of deals and specials they offer for a bachelor party. A plethora of gentlemen’s clubs are willing to match or beat the price of their competitors, so make sure to tell the club what other places are offering. Strip clubs are also willing to throw in extra perks if you’re party has dinner. Yes, many adult clubs today have restaurants or cater in food. The newest, craze is having the bachelor brought on stage and having a few girls give a wild dance. Some clubs offer this service at a very affordable and reasonable price. Strip clubs are also a less expensive alternative because the groom has a large selection of strippers to choose from. He can have table dances or private dances, depending on his preferences. Table dances at many clubs only cost $10.00 to $20.00 and can be a lot of fun. In my opinion, the best bet is to have a private stripper during the first part of the evening, and then head to a strip club. Done correctly, the groom will have a great time and your party will defiantly save money.
Save Money on Bars
One of the best ways to save money for a bachelor party is to find a pub crawl. In many cities, bars come together and offer unbelievable specials during weekends for bachelor parties. Typically, each person in the party pays a small fee (Prices range from $10-$30) for the evening. Pub crawls are wonderful because they include food, beer, wine and mixed drinks at each location. For example, the party starts off drinking and eating at the first location, and then moves on to other places through out the night. The initial price paid covers most of the costs at each spot. One of the most attractive aspects of pub crawling is it eliminates the need for hiring transportation. In larger cities, the bars and taverns are usually strewn across the same area, so you’re party can easily walk from place to place. To find a good pub crawl, just go on the web and look for companies near the bachelor party location.
Planning a bachelor party can be difficult, expensive and a hassle. By doing a little homework, you can save money and make sure the groom and your friends have a memorable evening!