Up until a few months ago, most newly engaged men dreamed of having their bachelor party at an exciting destination such as Las Vegas, New York City, or Nashville. And then the COVID-19 crisis hit and those dreams were crushed. The good news is that not all hope is lost. You can still get your friends together to celebrate the upcoming marriage if you are willing to step outside of the usual parameters of having a bachelor party. Here are five ideas to help you to plan the perfect bachelor party during the time of a global pandemic.
Just like everything else these days, you can go virtual with your bachelor party. One of the biggest advantages of a virtual bachelor party is that you can include people who may not have been able to attend a traditional bachelor party. With no restrictions related to travel or financial obligations, all the attendees need is an internet connection.
To make it extra fun, there are even apps that you can use for virtual games and other types of entertainment. Planning a theme and encouraging the guests to wear costumes will also make it special. Many people are finding success with dropping off party boxes to the participants prior to the event.
Stay Close to Home
While you may not be hitting the road for a big bachelor party adventure, you can still stay close to home and have a good time. If you have a friend with a great backyard space, this is the time to take advantage of it and plan an epic bachelor bash. Planning an event outside will mitigate the spread of the virus.
You can also set chairs up to ensure that everyone is adhering to social distancing rules. Asking people to bring their own food and drinks will further reduce the chances that you spread the virus inadvertently. Your social gathering rules are dependent on the regulations in your local area, making it important that you stay on top of recent developments in your area.
Head to the Great Outdoors
Camping is one of the most low-risk activities that you can plan during this time of COVID-19. All of your buddies will love getting together to hang out in the great outdoors. If you are not sure how much your group is up for truly roughing it, you may consider glamping in Maine. This idea will allow you to avoid crowds but still spend time together while connecting with Mother Nature in a gorgeous setting. With all of the conveniences and comforts of glamping, your group will have a great time.
Take an Online Class Together
Take the idea of a virtual party one step further by signing up everyone in your friend group for an online class that you can participate in together. With so much focus on online entertainment and education these days, it is easy to find the perfect fit for the preferences of your group. Perhaps you want to take an online fitness class together? Or a virtual grilling class that will help you all to perfect those smoked meats? This shared activity will bring the group together for a common experience while creating a load of memories.
When planning your bachelor party during this unprecedented time, it is important that you are mindful of the personal budgets of your guests. This is an extremely stressful time for many, especially those who may have experienced a job loss as a result of the economic downturn. If you are able to plan a small getaway, be sure to read the cancellation policy carefully.
In this uncertain time, you never know when plans may have to be shifted again. You can also consider having a post-wedding bachelor party if your group was set on having a big blow-out trip. This may be the new normal for people who had their plans disrupted because of the pandemic.
There is no doubt that your bachelor party is going to look different than it would have last year. However, with the right attitude and attention to rules, you can still plan a safe and memorable experience for all of your favorite friends.