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What Do People Do For A Bucks Party?

Buck's night, stag night, bachelor party. Whatever you call it, it's meant to be the big party for your mate. Whether you choose to include the signature strippers or not (we don't judge) or go down The Hangover route (again, no judgement), you can still buck the trend by adding an activity during the day that will thrill, challenge or excite the stallion of the event.

Bachelor parties,at least, represent an important acknowledgment of the fact that a husband-to-be is transitioning into a different stage in life all together, but more importantly, that despite this transition, he won't forget his band of brothers. As Alan puts it in the Hangover, in the only way he knew how, it is that affirmation that we'll always be "Four of us wolves, running around the desert together, in Las Vegas, looking for strippers and cocaine."

Beyond the unfathomable chaos, the sometimes cringe-worthy violence and misfortune the Hangover films series showcases, it is still one of my favourite film series of all time. But, to me, its depiction of Bachelor parties represents something deeper.

List Of The Best Bucks Party Ideas In Melbourne

The Bucks Co

Rather than trying to sort out all the nitty-gritty yourself. They are your one-stop-shop for everything you need for your best mates big day. In addition, they have a huge list of awesome activities, so you can rest easy knowing the perfect Bucks party awaits. Please chat with their experienced team, and create your package based on your (and your bucks) favourite activities and interests. The Bucks Co are here to ensure it is a party to remember. Even if it is a little foggy…

Check out their top 5 activities below for your next Melbourne bucks party;

Boat Cruise

From smaller Catalina style boats to 40 ft superyachts, The Bucks Co has a boat cruise that will suit your group. With exclusive use of the vessel, you have complete control over the tunes for the day and access to a fully stocked fridge to keep you going. To top it off, you can have some topless waitresses join you on board for a little… entertainment. 

Brewery Tour

If your buck is the type to pull out fancy craft beers at a party or launch into long-winded lectures about hops and malts, then this is the perfect activity to get the party going. This tour is complete with behind the scenes tours, overflowing tasters, and carefully curated paddles. 

Axe Throwing

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Were you looking for something a little different for your bucks party? Give axe-throwing a hurl! It's primitive, it's fun and will challenge all. This 2-hour activity includes instruction, training, and an extremely competitive tournament. Bragging rights will be won, friendships lost, and tensions will be high.

Go-Karts

Go-karts at a bucks party is a classic activity during the day to start everything off with a bit of an adrenaline rush. Then, burn around on a local course chastising your mates for not knowing what a 'racing line' is 'through the chicane'. Go Karts is guaranteed to get the competitive juices flowing and is a perfect bonding activity style. 

Poker

From teaching the basics for beginners or keeping an eye on the card counters amongst the party, The Bucks Co's Poker night can cater for all. Options for your games night can range from a simple poker night with your closest mates around a table to a full casino night, with roulette, poker, blackjack, and they can even arrange some topless dealers.

If you're thinking about a weekend away, The Bucks Co has destinations across Australia, New Zealand and even in Las Vegas! The Bucks Co has you covered from the big smoke of Sydney and Melbourne, the sun and surf of Byron Bay, the Gold Coast and Perth, or across the ditch to the ski fields of Queenstown.

Strategy Games And Team Building Activities

Get everyone involved with an activity that involves strategy, teamwork and ingenuity. Test your mates' ability to problem-solve their way out of an escape room, team up to conquer all in a game of laser tag or paintball or take it to the field for a non-competitive day of clay shooting or archery. Experience sites like Adrenaline are a great place to see what's available near you. You might also like to hit up a deals website, which often has activities like bubble soccer and rock-climbing sessions.

Skydiving Australia's Melbourne Drop-Off

Bucks parties are big nights and, as such, are supposed to be memorable. What would be more memorable than free-falling from 15,000 feet? Skydiving with the blokes would make for the ultimate bucks party. Granted, this activity is in no way last minute and spontaneous. Nonetheless, the near-death experience it delivers will have the same effect! And it turns out you don't need to venture far from the city to do it.

Amongst the many drop-offs Skydiving, Australia has around the country is the Melbourne drop off located in St. Kilda beach. It's a special one too because it's the only beach skydive in the city! The views you free fall to earth with your mates would make for a truly cathartic experience.

Channel Your Inner Bear Grylls On A Yarra Camping Trip

Channel Your Inner Bear Grylls On A Yarra Camping TripThink about it, given that marriage will change all your relationships' dynamics. What better way to enjoy your last days as a bachelor than to have one last adventure with the boys. Camping could be one of the most memorable activities, not just because of the adventure but more so the misadventure!

And one added advantage is that while many bucks party activities may break your bank, this one won't. Whether it's fishing, or kayaking, or simply having a bbq, there are many activities to do out in the wilderness. And lucky for you, Melbourne and Victoria at large have some of the most scenic places. So here are some camping locations in the Yarra Valley that we recommend: Camp Marysville.

Archery Attack In Melbourne 

Archery Battles In Melbourne Paintballs more archaic cousin, archery battles make for a more demanding and fun experience. The dread of being hit by an arrow (and man, do they hurt) and the Adrenaline make for an awesome bucks party idea.

FAQ's About People Do For A Bucks Party

Guests shouldn't be expected to spend more than $100-$150 on a hens night or bucks party. Having opt-in events where they can pay a lower or higher price (e.g. $80 or $120) can be an excellent way to give people more choice.

Typically, the deposit that needs to be paid for the hens' party package would be covered by the bridal party, by the bridesmaids or Maid of Honour, paying upfront for their cost. The invitees then pay the chief bridesmaid their per head cost.

Entertainment. A Bucks party is no ordinary party. ... It'll also kick off the entertainment early, with an Oom Pah Pah band from 6 pm, daily. Ideally, you want multiple activities back-to-back to keep everyone entertained for the whole day, but be aware that sun and drinks don't mix in large doses.

Arranging the Bucks party one or two weeks before the wedding will probably be a popular choice with the buck because it will provide an escape from some of the last-minute wedding panic. It will also mean the events of that evening are still fresh in guests' minds on the wedding day.

Have A Parting Glass In A Fancy Bar

Have A Parting Glass In A Fancy BarTruth be told, many of us are not inclined to all-night benders or death-defying stunts for our last night of freedom. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. Nevertheless, a meaningful and contemplative last drink with the blokes could be as memorable an experience as the craziest bender.

Go All Out With A Fishing Charter

Think about it. This is a once in a lifetime day. So why not splurge on a chartered fishing expedition? It really would make for an awesome bucks party. For one, it is a great group activity. And while it may look pricy, it's manageable once you split the costs. If the budget is that tight, though, the plus side is that you can always cook the fish you catch! No pressure.

Hire Out A Party Boat 

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There are a few things you should know, which are as classy as hiring out a party boat. Of course, you've gone out clubbing all your life, eating at fancy restaurants, but when was the last time you got a good enough excuse to hire an entire boat? Lucky for you, numerous party planners specifically specialise in party boat events for bucks and hens parties. Melbourne River Cruises is one of those companies that will care for everything for you.

Steps To Organise A Bucks Party

Speak To The Groom First

Traditionally the groom is not to know the full details of the event. That being said, you should consult the groom on a few factors before planning anything. This sets you up for the groundwork to start your planning.:

  • List Of People To Invite: Do not assume you know all the friends and family that will attend. Even if you grew up together and spoke to each other every day, maybe 1 or 2 people you did not think to invite (such as work colleagues). It will also prevent you from inviting people the groom does not want to invite. Please make sure you get their mobile numbers and email addresses. Note that not everyone uses social media, such as some older guests. Only set up a FaceBook group if everyone uses Facebook.
  • Peoples Quirks: Ask if any of the guests have any specific requirements. This can be anything from dietary, disability assessment issues and being made aware of certain people's quirks. What mean by quirks is it could range from them not drinking, religious/moral views, etc. This will keep you on top and avoid any issues down the line.
  • What He Likes: Without giving anything away, ask the groom if he would like to do or has a preference. Remember you are in control, but there is no harm in getting some suggestion's from the groom to ensure he will enjoy the night. If he says you have complete control, then go for it.
  • The "Do Not" List: While you have complete control over organising the bucks party, there may be some things the groom does not want to do. It could be anything from a no strippers rule, no alcohol and so on. Remember this is for the groom and what he likes to do. Many best men or bucks party organisers try to mould it into what they like. Always keep the groom in mind.
  • Consult With The Groomsmen
  • You know the groom very well, but so do the other bridal party members. After speaking to the groom, have a meet-up with the groomsmen to throw around ideas. They may think of something you did not or further contribute an idea you had. While conversing with the other groomsmen, you can also work out a budget. Depending on the activities, it can be quite costly, so setting a general budget now will help determine the activities. It is a great way to catch up, have a drink, share ideas, and organise a groomsmen speech if so inclined.

Get Quotes

You will have to do when you organise a bucks party to get quotes. When you start searching for bucks party ideas, you will need to get quotes to work out a realistic budget. Unless the groom wants to do something very niche or specific, you need to get at least two quotes for the same thing. You may wish to use a bucks party event company or go to a bucks specific venue. Make sure you read Google reviews and not get stuck on the pictures on the site as you hear about some horror bucks parties.

You may also wish to organise the event yourself, which is fine if you account for all the details. Make sure you have a good idea of who will attend and who will not. This is, so you have a rough idea of numbers when getting quotes. In some cases, it is good to have two sets of numbers, such as ten people or 15. This can massively impact the price and what you can do as some locations have minimums, and prices improve the more that attend.

Contacting The Bucks Party Group

One of the unspoken rules is that traditionally the bucks party pays for the groom (drinks and expenses). For example, if the cost for an event is $150 per person and there are 10 of you, including the groom (so nine will be paying), then each person pays $166.66 (not including drinks and other expenses added the night. Your email should contact the following:

  • The Itinerary (addresses and times)
  • The cost of the entertainment (factoring in the grooms' cost)
  • Be clear to advise about drink expenses (some people assume a venue will include alcohol as part of the package)
  • Bank account details for them to pay you
  • A deadline for them to pay you by. Make sure it's at least a month beforehand, as some places book out. This will also minimise people saying cutting it close to the line who are not reliable at paying.

The Guests Are Not In Charge

Most of the time, the guests are happy to go along with the event itinerary or not attend for whatever reason. However, on rare occasion, you will have someone who wants to attend but want to take control. While it is fine to take input from a guest, it is not fine for them to try and take control. So stand your ground and be a little diplomatic because you are the organiser, but it is for the groom.

Follow Up

Including this as some people have no experience collecting money from a group of people. When you organise a bucks party and are unsure how to handle it, it can cause problems. As good as friends can be, some are a little slack in paying. When you send the original email to the group, you need to set a date to pay by. One week before the deadline, you should send a reminder email (individually or BCC them) or text to those who have not paid. This is to avoid embarrassment and ensure that you can pay the suppliers you have booked. If they pass the due date, we suggest you call the individual. The last thing you want is for you to foot their bill as it is doubtful any others would be willing to pay more, so it falls back to you.

If someone isn't responding to you or being a bit slippery, you will have to contact the groom. Politely advise him of the situation without giving details of the bucks party events. Generally, when the groom calls, the person should respond. Then the groom will advise if that person will attend or not. This will prevent any situation where you are out of pocket and prevent someone from turning up on the night and is not paid.

Conclusion

A night planned of good times, good drinks and good memories with family and friends of the groom. In itself, it seems fairly simple to organise a bucks party. So to keep things as easy as possible, we have collected tips and ideas from people who have organised bucks party events before.

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