Wizarding World of Harry Potter Bachelor Party
Unique Idea - Harry Potter Bachelor Party
There are so many fun and exciting parts of being almost-married - one of those is the bachelor and bachelorette parties! It's not everyday you get to spend time with your best friends and celebrate your impending nuptials. There's more to bachelor/ette parties than penis cakes and strip clubs. Get creative! Make it memorable!
This past weekend I had the honor of hosting a bachelor party for two of my
favorite people who are getting married in March. In the spirit of doing
something different, Patrick and Colin wanted a bachelor party that all of their close friends (including spouses) could be a part of and remember forever. They chose a Harry Potter bachelor party weekend trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios.
Organizing a theme park trip for 14 adults was a little daunting, but I had the help of two other members of the wedding party. Hosting these pre-wedding festivities can be a lot of work (and a lot of money). Sharing the duties with others in the wedding party helped to ease the burden.
The Battle for the House Cup
Before the weekend started, we encouraged guests to take an online quiz to be sorted into a Hogwarts House: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. (Of course, I'm a Ravenclaw!) This set the stage for our theme of the weekend, while also providing a fun way to assign guests to teams for games. Some people love games - others don't. Knowing that both grooms are highly competitive (they are both triathletes), we absolutely had to include some friendly competition that also keeps with the Wizarding World theme.
We came up with The Battle for the House Cup - a scavenger hunt in Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. After hours of online research, I gathered together a few discreet facts about different areas of the park. Each person would take a selfie or video performing the specific task or with a detail in the park. All of the points for each Hogwarts House were tallied to determine the winner of The House Cup.
To add to the authenticity of the theme, I printed the scavenger hunt clues with a faux parchment background and the Hogwarts crest. Then, I rolled them into small scrolls with white and gold twine tied around it.
Because we are adults, the logical choice for The House Cup prize had to include alcohol. I found Harry Potter themed bottle labels online, printed them onto vinyl adhesive paper and placed them on the booze bottles.
- Ogden's Old Firewhiskey - Maker's Mark Whiskey
- Pumpkin Juice - Hendrick's Gin
- Butter Beer - Ommegang Beer
- Elf Made Wine - Pinot Noir
Everyone had a blast wandering through the park taking photos and videos along the way. Guests who didn't know each other worked together as part of their Hogwarts House and got to know each other along the way.
Outside of the park, we carried the theme into the rest of the weekend. To accommodate so many people, we used AirBnB to find a home that was comfortable for a large group. It was located on a lake with an outdoor bar - perfect for an evening gathering after a long day at the park.
We were fortunate to have one of the couple's favorite restaurants cater dinner at the home. The common room (pun definitely intended) was decorated with banners and the colors of the four Hogwarts Houses. Moaning Myrtle peeked out from under the toilet seat and haunted the bathrooms. The laid back atmosphere was welcomed after spending the day in the sun and on our feet.
The Grooms Gifts
One of my favorite parts of the weekend was being able to give a gift to the grooms so that they will remember this experience together. The grooms received a tie clip and collar stays to wear with their tuxedo on the day of the wedding. These customized pieces from Things Uncommon include the grooms' initials and wedding date, as well as the word "Always" - an homage to Severus Snape's quote from The Deathly Hallows referring to his love for Lily Potter.
All of these lovely details came together so well for this magical weekend. I am honored to have been a part of creating memories for my friends.
In the end, that's what all of these pre-wedding festivities are all about - creating memories. So next time you're a maid of honor or best man, think beyond the trip to Vegas. Be thoughtful of what will be memorable for the bride and groom (or grooms in this case).
And, as always, pay attention to the delightful details.