Bachelor party planning is often misconcepted. Most people think it is a small case of getting anough booze, hitting several strip joints all at once and just going all out crazy for the next few hours. It is true that the word "planing" is often overlooked. Despite the fact that it is an option, (and one that seems to happen more often than anyone cares to admit), whoever the celebrant is might not be particularly happy with the events' turns (or lack of). Therefore, if you want to throw a potential groom one of the most memorable send-offs possible, the tips below may be useful.
For starters, start your bachelor party planning about a month prior to the actual event. Here's the deal. The best time to hold the bachelor's party would be about 2 or 3 days before the wedding. Although you can hold the celebration the night before, the groom may not exactly be upstanding... in the very literal sense of the word, on the actual day that he is supposed to face his bride. This is especially true if the celebration turns out a bit wilder than expected. So to give the man of the hour enough time to burn off most of the alcohol in his system, (and patch up a few mishaps that may have happened during the party,) try to aim for 2 or 3 days prior to the actual wedding date.
You would need about one month's worth of planning to cover all or most of the bases. This would entail booking transportation for the night. Limo services are the norm nowadays but these can be very pricey. If you are working on a limited budget, you can negotiate with the limo company for a more affordable rate by bringing along your own drinks. Or, you can simply hire a private driver with a large enough car or van for the night. Book your ride 2 to 3 weeks beforehand. The last thing you need during the actual celebration is to waste a lot of time hailing taxis to take you to the next spot on your list.
Book rooms in clubs, bars or wherever place you want to bring the groom to, also about 2 to 3 weeks prior. At the very least, make a few reconnaissance efforts to the places where your party can stay in. Plot out your destinations and try your best to make everyone stick to the plan. This works particularly well if you intend to go bar or club hopping. Although there is a certain "thrill" about going to locations that you have never visited, you do have to remember that most of the entourage would probably be drinking heavily. Without a doubt, intoxicated judgment is the fastest way to getting into trouble. Therefore, it would be more prudent to stick to places where you know you will have a good time, without getting ripped off.
It is also important to make a guest list. Since it is to be expected that the night will lead to certain debaucheries, inviting the bride's father, or not-yet-18 brother or (worse!) your bride's ex, might not be a good idea. Your bachelor party planning efforts should cover inviting only people you and the groom have known for a long time. It is more than preferable to choose buddies who know the code of silence for such parties, and more importantly, willing to contribute to the festivities - financially or otherwise.