So, you’ve got the responsibility to organise your best mates stag do and send him off with a bang? Don’t fret, we’ve got it all covered for you!
Adventure Britain has been in the business of organising fun, adventure filled stag dos and parties over the past 11 years so you know you’re in safe hands.
But if you’re wondering where to start, here are some top tips and ideas to help you plan the perfect stag do and get your mates singing your praises for years to come!
1. Confirm Date of Wedding
Sounds obvious but unfortunately many best men get this wrong and don’t leave themselves enough time to arrange things. Our advice is to be organised and get this spot on.
2. Confirm Rough Dates for the Stag Party
It is recommended that this should be no closer than two weeks before the wedding although this is flexible. Planning a stag do any later and things can start to go wrong – like the groom doesn’t make it to the wedding!!
As his best man, he is your responsibility! Do you really want to face the bride and explain what has happened to her beloved hubby? Setting rough dates with the Groom will also make it easier in narrowing down the numbers for the event.
It is extremely unusual for everyone you invite to be able to make the stag do. The most important person it has to be convenient for is the Groom, so the dates have to set to suit him.
3. Who To Invite to the Stag Party?
The Groom obviously, his friends from home, school, college, work and family. It is becoming more common for invites to be issued to the Groom’s father and, wait for it, the Bride’s father – you’ll have to ask the Groom about that one! Make sure the stag party doesn’t get too large though. The bigger the group the more difficult it is to manage. You’ll have to collect the money etc. We’ve all been there and had that one person who is slow to pay.
Keep the group size manageable. The Groom is the best person to ask as he knows them all. Get a Facebook chat or What’s App Group convo on the go – this is by far and away the easiest way to co-ordinate everyone.
Finally we all know one or two, how do we say, difficult people, especially when drinking! It would be prudent to not invite those people to the stag do if you feel they won’t get on with the group or locals. You want this to be remembered for the right reasons not the wrong ones.
4. Choosing the Stag Weekend Location
Again this depends on the Groom. Rather than heading off to a European city to get wasted, it’s becoming ever more popular to go away for a weekend and try some unusual stag do activities such as Canyoning. Looks like fun right?
The budget of the group and the amount of time off work and spent away from partners/families etc will also dictate how far you travel. Is it going to be a long week in Vegas or a night in the local boozer?
Our stag activity weekends are the perfect medium, you’ll only need to take a day or two off work!
5. Should I Arrange The Stag Weeeknd Yourself or Use a Company?
This really depends on you and what you intend to do on the stag do. However, it is always advisable to use a company to arrange everything for your stag do, especially for larger groups. This is far less trouble than doing it yourself and can be much more cost effective.
You should also bear in mind that many places such as pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants no longer accept stag groups – Dublin and Tenby being prime examples of places where stag groups are becoming less welcome.
Ensure that whoever you use arranges everything for you – be sure you know what you are paying for and what is excluded.
- Is it full board or are evening meals extra?
- What about lunch?
- Do you have to drive everywhere yourself or are transfers provided?
- Do you really want to be looking for your stag activity venue with a convoy of 10 cars and you navigating?
If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask!
6. Don’t go too far
We don’t want to sound like a buzzkill, but don’t go too far! Fancy dress, pranks, jokes and embarrassing the Groom are traditional but remember, you’re the one who’ll have to explain to the Bride why her beloved hasn’t got any body hair on his nether regions!
As his BFF, you know the Groom best and know where to draw the line if things get out of hand!
Our best advice is not to come up with any crazy, over the top stag do ideas. A good way to get everyone involved quickly is to have t-shirts printed with photos or nicknames of everyone. This breaks the ice and gets everyone talking. Another one which is very popular (those of you who have sampled Swansea will vouch for this) is fancy dress – a must not only for the Groom but also the group. ALL Stag Do’s will come up with the usual dilemma of stripper or no stripper…. Again you know the Groom. Don’t be pressured by the group!
7. Keep a kitty
It’s far easier with a big group than going in rounds as someone will be missed out or miss their round – especially as the night draws on. Gather the money early on and replenish when needed. So those who wish to drop out later on in the night can.
8. Make sure you can get back to your accommodation at the end of the night!
Take the address or phone number with you. You’d be amazed how many lads forget or don’t know where they are staying. Many companies will arrange the transport for you as a matter of course.
9. Finally and most important of all LOOK AFTER THE GROOM – HE IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
You may have to lie for the rest of his life, which could be short if his prospective wife found out about some of the things that traditionally go down on a typical stag do!
If you need a reputable and trusted company to help you plan the perfect stag party, get in touch with Adventure Britain today!