Traditionalists may see it as your last night of ‘freedom’, others see it as a chance to get together with mates and indulge in a little fun. Regardless of stance, most will agree a bucks’ party is in order if you or a friend is set to get married in the near future.
A cliche image is likely to come to mind at first involving plenty of bars or maybe a cheeky camping trip, but not every bucks’ party has to involve an all nighter if it’s not your thing.
There are plenty of adventures to be had that won’t leave you (or your mates) with a hangover!
What makes a great bucks’ party celebration?
The answer to this question really depends on the type of person you are, your interests and expectations. But, to help you decide, consider the following:
- Make it memorable. You’ll probably only get married once, which means just one opportunity to host a bucks’ party. So, make it memorable. What can you and your friends do that you’ve never done before? How can you make the most of it?
- Cater for everyone. Everyone’s friends and family look different. If you plan on inviting people of all ages, make sure your chosen venue/activity can accomodate them. Also carefully consider how many guests will be coming along – the logistics of when, where and how get trickier the more people you plan to bring.
- Choose an experienced venue/activity. Get in contact with the organisers of whatever it is you want to do and make sure they’ve hosted bucks’ parties before. This will (hopefully) mean they know how to make the party run smoothly.
- Consider the cost. When it comes to paying for a wedding, every dollar counts. Set a budget for your bucks’ party and stick to it.
The best things to do for bucks’ parties in Canberra
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Paintball Sports ACT—Canberra's premier paintball field—has been creating fun, exciting and unique experiences for participants for over a decade. Perfect for bucks’ parties, Paintball Sports ACT offers competitive prices, high-quality equipment and more than 12 exciting and action-packed fields. Choose from a variety of themes like Ghetto, Graveyard, Lego Land, Bunkers, Forbidden, Victory and Drop Site.
The action is better at Paintball Sports ACT with knowledgeable, experienced and friendly referees who coordinate inspiring games. Referees carefully explain game rules and how to use guns, ammunition and other equipment for an amazing, yet safe experience. Low-impact games are available.
This premier paintball field is easily accessible on Pialligo Avenue between the Canberra Airport and Queanbeyan.
On Google, Jackson Norrell wrote, “Went there for a bachelor’s party which was great! Strongly recommend … Great setup, quality equipment, friendly and funny referees.”
Looking for a unique bucks’ party idea in the Canberra region? Why not jump on board a party boat with your buddies, cook up a BBQ, and enjoy a little adult entertainment? The team at GoBananas make it easy with their party boat package designed specifically for bucks’ parties. The party boat is BYO drinks, but all food and entertainment are included. How good’s that?
If you or the groom know a thing or two about a great brew, then why not host your bucks’ party at one of Canberra’s favourite microbreweries? BentSpoke Brewing Co. is an excellent place to get together with friends and family and celebrate the end of single life forever. Experience excellent ales, beers, and ciders and enjoy classic, high-quality pub grub. The lively atmosphere and flowing beer are sure to make the evening one to remember.
If you’re looking for more information on things to do in Canberra for groups, you might also like our articles on the best skydiving and adventure activities, karaoke bars and wine tours Canberra has to offer.
Your experience with bucks’ parties in Canberra
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are some fun rules for a bucks' party?
There are plenty of fun rules for bucks' parties that can be 'policed' by the whole group. They include drinking only with your left hand, using only first, last or nicknames, wearing matching shirts or even ongoing games like 'dead ant' or 'peg master' (we'll let you figure those out).
Should I buy a gift for a bucks' party?
Bucks' parties aren't traditionally celebrated with gift giving and are more focused on celebrating the occasion with memories or experiences, but if you're not sure, feel free to check in with other invitees or raise the idea with the groom-to-be.
How many people should be invited to a bucks' party?
This really depends on how many people are in the bucks' circle of friends and if he'd like to invite family members along for the ride, but most bucks' parties consist of between 10 and 15 people.
Who should be invited to a bucks' party?
Again, this depends on the bucks' social circle, but generally speaking a bachelor party should include the groomsmen and any close friends and family members the groom-to-be wants to celebrate with.
How much does a bucks' party cost in Canberra?
The average bucks' night in Canberra costs around $150 to $200 per person for a night out and around $400 for a weekend-long do.