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Nick Hiltbrand

Bachelor Party

So I'm getting to that point in life where a lot of my friends are starting to get hitched. And with every wedding, there are bachelor(ette) parties.

I have my first bachelor party this weekend, and I have no idea what to expect. No I don't forsee myself waking up with any babies in the closet or tigers in the bathroom (though the Hangover was an awesome movie), but I don't forsee us falling asleep to a book on tape either.

How does one know what to expect though at one of these? This is the first of my friends/siblings to get married, and I don't know anyone a little bit older to ask what to expect (sorry Dad, but I don't know how relevent bachelor party trends from the early 1980's will be today). So I did a little research so I don't look like the one without a clue this weekend...

The bachelor party has traces all the way back to the days of ancient greece, where fellow warriors would toast with one another on the eve of one of the warrior's wedding. Could you imagine what a night out with these guys would be like? Unfortunately my weekend won't be spent with legendary warriors, but your typical midwestern group of guys a few years out of college.

In the modern era, the bachelor party has taken on seperate meanings depending on where you are in the world... In Germany for instance, most times it's a joint bachelor/bachelorette party where the bride and groom to be break porcelain pieces with friends to rid their marriage of evil (Also there's a tradition where if a man reaches 30 and hasn't married, his friends take him out and make him wear funny costumes which I think is kinda harsh)... In England it is very common for bachelor parties to be multi-day events.

Here in the states however it is typically one night. Usually it involves hanging out during the day, a nice dinner, and then hitting the bars and/or 18-and-up venues into the night. Up until a few years ago, it was pretty common for the best men/friends of the groom to set out to humiliate the groom during the bachelor party, making him wear a stupid shirt, a tiara or sometimes even a dress. Another trend (and yes I'm blaming a lot of this on The Hangover) has been "destination bachelor parties," where guys will plan a trip to Vegas or Mexico for a more extravagant party. I've also read that lately bachelor parties are a lot more chill where the guys simply grill out, catch a game and basically not try and make the groom-to-be regret trusting his friends to planning the night's activities.

To my knowledge, none of us will be experimenting with rufilin, pulling out teeth nor needing to win 80 grand on the blackjack tables in order to ensure the groom's safety. It'll be relaxed, with great food, a sporting event and yes, just a littttle bit of gambling and hopefully we'll get to see Mike Tyson too. I'll keep you posted though, and hopefully I'll make it back for the show on Monday in one piece.


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