Bachelor Party on a Budget

How to budget a Bachelor Party

You are the best man at your friend’s wedding. You are expected to pay for travel and lodging, your wedding clothes, a gift for the Bride and Groom and throw your friend a bachelor party. These expenses can add up quickly, and frequently can be cost prohibitive for some people, especially due to the recession and the increased cost of food and fuel. So how do you make the party more affordable?

Don’t worry! It is normal for the guests to each kick in a little cash toward the party, you don’t have to take on the whole thing yourself. Whew! But how do you figure out how much the party is going to cost per person?

Here is an easy guide for calculating costs, so you can rest assured that you are not going to have to break the bank to throw your friend the party of a lifetime.

For a party on a budget, $50 per person should cover your expenses. This is for a party that is thrown at a free location such as a private home. Food and drink would be simple and delicious, from a local deli or caterer. Hire a stripper or two to come to your party. Let your guests know that they will be expected to tip the female strippers and to bring any food or drinks they might want besides beer.

Things you’ll need:

  • Keg of beer (about $70 per keg, depending on brand. 1 Keg = about 24 cans of beer)
  • Paper plates, plastic cups and utensils available to make clean up easy. ($25)
  • Plan on paying around $15 per person for food from your local deli or grocery store. Having the food prepared for you is the most convenient and serving it at home will save you money and time.
  • Party decorations ($15-30)
  • Gift for groom ($20-30)
  • Strippers ($200-$400 before tips. May cost more if you live outside a major metro area. Hiring exotic dancers to attend your party is definitely less expensive than going to a gentlemen’s club)
  • Cleaning service (trust me, if you can afford this, it is totally worth it for the day after the party) $300 including carpets.

This party plan will cost $40-60 per person. If guests want to contribute to the food or drinks, definitely encourage them to bring their favorites, but still insist on the “cover charge” for attending the party. A bachelor party for 20 guests can easily cost the host over $1000 even for a budget event. Include total planning costs when asking the guests to kick in $40-60 each to attend. If you think about it, that is less than a dinner at a family style restaurant like Applebee’s or Olive Garden. This is really an entertainment bargain.

If guests are still resistant to chipping in for a party that you are going to host, offer the alternative of going out to dinner and a gentlemen’s club. Dinner alone will cost $40-60 each. The cover charge at most gentlemen’s clubs ranges from $5-20 per person. Drinks are usually $10-15 each. Dances are $20 each or up to $500 for an hour with one stripper and the groom-to-be.

Strippers pole dancers

This is going to cost you!

If you compare this to going out to a restaurant and a gentlemen’s club, guests will be spending about $200 each for similar service.

How to word the pre-invitation email:

As you know I am hosting [Groom-to-be]’s bachelor party! This will be an evening of drunken debauchery to say goodbye to [groom]’s bachelorhood. The food, drinks and entertainment for this party are going to cost about $1200 total. A cover charge of $50 applies, but it will be totally worth it. I will provide all the food you can eat and all the beer you can drink. Also, I have hired female strippers for the party, so bring your $ingle$ to fully enjoy the hotties I’ve line up for your entertainment. I got us some of the sexiest girls in the state. You are not going to want to miss this party!

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