Bucks Activities for the groom. Being the best man is an honorable title, with some serious duties…You’ve gotta keep the groomsmen inline, and make sure they all get fitted for tuxes. You’ve gotta provide moral support to the groom. You’ve gotta give the first toast. And more. But there’s one duty that falls on the best man that isn’t quite so serious, but is still just as important: planning the bucks party.
Yes, the bucks party: that booze-laden, groom humiliating last cry of bachelordom for the husband-to-be. Odds are, your groom is an old friend, and a good one—so you’ll want to do everything you can to make the bucks party a night (or weekend, or week!) that he will remember for the rest of his life.
If you’re stuck for what to do, here is our list of the 10 best bucks activities for any groom.
1) Adventure, Cairns
Let’s face it, there is a reason that married life is referred to as “settling down”. So why not send the groom off with an adventurous sport that will remind him of what it’s like to be a man?
The list goes on and on, but here are some of our top recommendations: white water rafting, hunting, hiking, and camping. The goal here is to find something that will let the groom and his mates bond over some of the most adrenaline pumping and primal activities out there.
2) Sports, Melbourne
If the groom is a sports fan, why not catch tickets to a match or two of his favourite team. Combined with a hotel room and a good dose of boozing, a pro game with the mates is the ultimate memory of the last days of bachelorhood. And you can usually find great deals from travel agencies to bundle transportation, tickets, and accommodations all in one.
3) Horse Races, Melbourne
If traditional sports aren’t the groom’s thing, there are always the horses. Married life means fiscal responsibility, so why not treat the bachelor to a night of reckless betting before he’s got to tighten his belt on account of the wife and kids?
4) Golf, Gold Coast
If you’d rather be out playing sports than watching, consider kicking off the bucks party with 18 holes of golf. A slow day of driving and putting can be the perfect way to wind yourselves up for a more raucous night of partying.
5) Zorbing, Brisbane
Looking to treat the groom to an experience like none other? Zorbing is about as “alien” as physical sports come. Imagine rolling around in a giant hamster ball. That’s zorbing.
Another version, bubble soccer, provides similar protection but with the ability to walk on your own two feet. This allows for a new take on competitive favourites like soccer, sumo, and capture the flag.
6) Boat Party Cruise, Sydney
Cruises aren’t just the stuff of honeymoons. Booking a dedicated party cruise on a ship loaded with bars and restaurants ripe for the picking is the perfect way to send off the groom with ease. The best part of a booze cruise like this is that you never have to worry about a designated driver.
7) Go Karting, Sydney
If the bachelor is a speed demon (or a wannabe), taking a spin around the tracks will get the adrenaline pumping while also stoking the competitive spirit among the boys. Go-karting is the perfect safe way to send the groom off fueled with excitement.
8) Paintball, Brisbane
What better way to set the bachelor up for marriage than lighting him up with welt-inducing paint? In reality, paintball (and its sister sport, airsoft) is a great way to blow off steam and build camaraderie. If you’ve never done it before, consider paintball to be a more realistic, more exhausting form of your favourite first-person shooter.
Professional advice: If you are planning a bucks party paintball outing, save the drinking for after the event.
9) Poker Night, Melbourne
Whether it’s beers and cigars around your dining room table or a night on the town at the casinos, putting some cash on the line is an exhilarating way to spend the groom’s last hurrah. Casinos are the safe bet, of course, if you want to avoid any hard feelings among the mates. After all, then it’s you versus the house instead of each other.
10) Brewery Tour, Sydney
Before you get dog-faced with the mates at home, why not start the evening with a more refined tasting and tour at a local craft brewery. It’s the perfect “cultured” evening for the alcohol aficionado groom to kick off a wilder night of partying.
Whatever you choose to send off the groom, we hope our list of bucks activities has helped get your mind rife with ideas. What matters most is to choose a bucks party idea that fits with your friend, the groom.