Possibly the most outrageous part of anyone’s wedding plans, stag parties are traditionally the groom’s last night of freedom – a final chance to go crazy before settling down.
However times change, and the ‘last days of freedom’ stuff tends to be a little old fashioned. Today’s stag dos are all about originality and style! For an unforgettable pre-wedding bash, start planning early and get creative.
Who plans the stag weekend? Traditionally it was the duty of the groom to make arrangements for his final night of ‘freedom’ but then again it was also tradition for the best man to marry the bride if the groom didn’t show. It seems to be much more common now for the best man to make most of the arrangements. The trouble is, whoever takes ownership; it’s a lot of hassle making all the arrangements yourselves.
Don’t be swayed by tradition. If your idea of fun isn’t downing ten pints and throwing up all night, then don’t do it! This do is all about YOU and it’s totally unique (hopefully!) so make sure you own it !
Blokarting in Jersey – Do you want to spend a weekend being active? skiing weekends, ‘blokarting’ or paintball adventures are increasingly popular. Being pampered at a fitness centre or being massaged in a steamy spa in Budapest? Being creative or cultural as you stumble through the narrow streets of old town Barcelona or Prague? In the lap of luxury on a hired cruiser or yacht? Or do you want a traditional boozy weekend either home or away? Whatever you eventually decide upon the key to success is as always, ‘planning’.
- Draw up list of people to invite, in consultation with bride/groom.
- If celebrating locally make sure you select a venue that’s easily accessible to everyone.
- Decide on what kind of stag ‘do’ you think would be best for the people involved, set the itinerary and make inquiries and then some provisional bookings.
- Create and send out invites.
- Let stags know well in advance if there’s anything extra they should bring – e.g. props, funny stories about the groom, old photos, a change of clothes and be contactable (e-mail is great for this!) to answer queries about directions, accommodation etc.
- Pre-book everything you can so you aren’t thwarted by not being able to get into a venue/restaurant. Confirm in writing (especially accommodation) and reconfirm the day before too.
- Make sure everyone knows exactly where you’re meeting e.g. which bar of the hotel? Which entrance of the station? Give a contact number – ideally a mobile phone – for last-minute changes/confirmations.
- Make sure everyone knows roughly how much the do will cost – and that they’ll be helping to cover the groom’s costs. Make sure everyone knows how and when payment is to be made.
- Have a fall-back meeting-place for late arrivals/people who get lost.
- Think ahead about how you’ll be getting home. Do you need to arrange transport/book taxis/send younger/older members of the party home earlier?