If you and your fiancé have your hearts set on celebrating the end of your single days with a coed bash, by all means, go for it! Just realize that there are a few extra considerations you need to address in throwing a joint bachelorette/bachelor party, and you probably want to take the reins when it comes to choosing where and when—that's a lot of schedules to wrangle. Here's how to set yourselves up for success.
Tell your wedding party early.
Pulling off a coed B&B starts with setting expectations among your bridesmaids and groomsmen, as some members of your wedding party might have other ideas in mind. Make sure everyone's on board with the concept by explaining the benefits (such as the chance to get to meet the other half of the bridal party well in advance of the big day) and guaranteed men and women to hang out with all night (or all weekend) long. At the end of the day, the choice is really your own, but it's nice to let everyone know before they start planning.
Choose a destination with coed appeal.
You'll need to decide what this joint bachelorette/bachelor party is going to be like. Do you want a one-night bar crawl, a weekend getaway in the mountains, or a weekend someplace like New York, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, or Nashville? Whatever you and your future spouse decide, it's essential to ensure that your plan appeals to a coed audience. Some compromise might be necessary, but remember, this is what you want, right?
Plan independent events for both groups.
Just because you're integrating your bachelorette and bachelor parties doesn't mean that you have to do absolutely everything together. Over the course of a weekend getaway, there's plenty of time for the guys to book a local tee time and for the ladies head to the spa. (Who knows, maybe some of your 'maids might like to join the guys on the golf course?) Also make sure to plan a few extra-special events where the whole crew's together, like group dinner reservations at a hot new restaurant, or booking a private poolside cabana for the day?