In the past, the life of a man was often bound up in rituals of masculinity, such as adolescent initiation. A lot of these rituals have long been cast aside, but one remains: the bachelor party, or “stag do” as the British like to call it. One of the most important things you may have to do as a male best friend is to organize the groom’s bachelor party.

I’m sure most people think it’s all about throwing an outrageous party, having a good time, and getting really drunk. And yes, that’s certainly part of it. But if you’re organizing the event, then I advise you to consider it as a ritual marking a major passage in a man’s life—particularly if it is going to be his first marriage.

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I’m not saying you have to make it a serious event, but it’s a good idea to prepare a couple of gifts or tokens you can hand to the groom that are symbolic of the change he is about to experience. Examples of such gifts might include a life-changing book, a luxury watch, a bottle of rare whiskey, or a set of golf clubs. Give careful thought to what token you will give your friend.

As for the party itself, the thing to keep in mind is that as the organizer, you need to be focused on making sure your friends have a good time, and this may mean that you have to stay relatively sober and avoid partying too hard. That’s why I suggest you enlist the services of a bachelor party planner. This is especially a good idea if you plan to take the boys out of town and celebrate for more than one night.

If you’d like to have the bachelor party in Europe, consider using the services of Pissup, a stag do specialist based in Switzerland. They’ve been organizing parties for the past 13 years and served over 100,000 customers. Pissup is a company with a fun sense of humor, as you can tell by reading their blog—check out their post about stag do pranks! Contact them if you need help arranging a Budapest stag do or Amsterdam blowout or any party-related hijinks in Europe.