How to throw an Up North bachelor party
1. Find a friend with a cottage
2. Plan a theme
3. Make a decision on price per person for the weekend at a cottage. Expect $50 - $150 per person with gas depending on the activities you choose and how expensive your choice of food and booze are.
The golden rule of picking the right theme for a party is knowing your audience. It is important to choose a theme people already understand and will embrace. Living Up North means surrounding yourself in rural America, farms, boats, fishing and the outdoors. Up North bachelor parties have an added benefit of four seasons, which means you get to pick a theme relevant to the weather and sports: boating, hunting and skiing are the first three that come to mind.
Good Michigan bachelor party themes:
Use this handy bachelor party calculator to figure out what you will need for an Up North party.
The most important items you can't live without:
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The weekend trip will be much less expensive if you don't need to rent a house or hotel rooms. Lake frontage in Northern Michigan is ideal and boats are just bonus at that point. If you don't have any friends with cottages, try Myspace or start looking in Craigslist and VRBO.com for weekend rentals. Sometimes weekly rentals will be open and they will gladly take a two night rental over an empty house.
Each guy is responsible for his own travel expenses and any individual bar tabs, etc. Everything like groceries, beer and transportation goes into the pot and is divided evenly. Sometimes, the best man, a family member or the groom will offer to pay for something large as a gift to the group but never count on it. Bring receipts for all food and booze and tally the totals on Sunday morning. Split everything down the middle. It is often customary to pay for the groom so think about having one less person in the mix. Expect one person per five attendees to cancel at the last minute. Make a decision on the estimated price per person before any destination, bars or activities are chosen. Make sure you bring enough cash in order to settle up with everybody before driving back home with a feeling of relief and confusion.