Even if you don't wake up with a tiger in your bathroom, a bachelor party hangover can easily include lingering legal problems if you're not careful.
Whether it's a wild night on the town with your bros or a laid-back gathering in your backyard, here are our top five legal tips for making sure that you don't bring extra baggage into your marriage courtesy of a botched bachelor party:
- Don't Let the Strippers Hurt You. If you feel the need to go to a strip club or bring the strip club to you as part of your bachelor party festivities, that's up to you. But the "no touching" rule employed by most exotic dancers works best both ways. Sometimes even well-intentioned stripper moves can have unexpected consequences -- like ruptured bladders.
- Don't Do Anything That Can Come Back to Haunt You in Court. Lots of people do stupid things at their bachelor parties: drink too much, lets their friends humiliate them, uninvite their friends from their wedding after being humiliated by them, etc. But just make sure that the stupid things you do at your bachelor party don't cause your fiance to call off the wedding and sue you for intentional infliction of emotional distress.
- If You're Gonna Drink, Don't Invite Your Underage Pal. As harsh as it may be to exclude your young friends, if you allow minors to drink at a party you're hosting you could be held liable civilly under a social host liability law for any injuries that result from a minor being provided alcohol.
- What Happens at Your Bachelor Party, Stays at Your Bachelor Party. As tempting as it may be to document the whole sordid affair, make sure everyone pockets their smartphones and keeps the GoPros at home. Posting photos or video of your wild night online could have ramifications well beyond your sense of pride. It may even cost you a job.
- If You Need to Call It a Night, Don't Drink and Drive. You made it through your bachelor party unscathed, aside from maybe having a little too much to drink, and now it's time to call it a night. Don't snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. If you don't have a designated driver, call a cab, get a hotel room, or lay on the ground until morning comes -- whatever it takes. Just don't drink and drive. You don't want to spend your honeymoon budget on a DUI Lawyer, do you?
One last tip: don't invite this guy.