Before we get into the top 5 things to consider it would be wise to first mention that a bucks night is more than just an excuse for everyone to get totally wasted and go to strip bars then wake up with a hangover. It is a celebration of the buck’s final days of being single. So everyone goes out and does the things they would normally not do (in some cases). Like keep drinking until 4am and have random conversations with strangers whom you have never met. And the buck will be doing these things perhaps for the last time as a single man.
Because the occasion is so important, the task of hosting a bucks night is not taken very lightly. If you have ever been a best man, as I have, then you are aware that hosting the night and organising the bucks party is somewhat daunting, as you want it to be a night that is remembered and enjoyed by everyone.
Here are some considerations when given the task of hosting a buck’s night to ensure that it is a success:
When organising anything it is critical to have a plan. This is quite obvious and I’m sure the best man or groomsman will be planning the night. I don’t think this needs any further clarification. So lets move on.
If you want the bucks night to be a success then in addition to having a plan, it is equally important to be flexible in your plan. Remember, things happen. Many people will be drinking and some guests won’t arrive on time, some will get lost and others will wander away. The restaurant may not be ready at the exact moment you arrive, and the entertainment may arrive late among many other mishaps that may occur during the night. We don’t live in a perfect world where everything goes according to plan. You can, however, be flexible in your planning so that when things don’t go to plan you can adjust easily to accommodate for the changes. If you aren’t flexible in your approach then you will end up yelling, complaining and pulling out your hair when the stripper arrives 30 minutes late, or when the restaurant is double booked.
I’m going to tell you something else that is handy to have in mind when hosting a buck’s night and it is something that most people tend to overlook. In many years’ time, nobody will remember that the stripper arrived late or that the restaurant was overbooked, the guests will only remember their experience of the night. Do you want them to experience your anger and frustration and things not having gone to plan? Remember the night is about the buck, not you. So be ready and willing to take any mishaps in stride and make the most of the night.
By being positive from the beginning and during the night, and being flexible in your plan people will find your attitude (as the host of the buck’s night) infectious, and they too will be in a positive mood. Then any mishap that may occur will be handled with the same attitude. And only a positive experience will come out of what may have seemingly been negative to begin with.
The final and perhaps the most important thing to consider is that if you are having fun, the guests are having fun and the buck is having fun…the bucks night is a success and you have achieved all that could be expected of you as the best man or groomsman. Your goal has been achieved.