What’s your stag’s style?

In the last decade or so, the stag do has exploded in popularity. What started off as a few beers the night before the wedding in a local pub has turned into a multi-day piss up, often involving exotic locations, extreme sports, matching T-shirts and, of course, excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages.

If you’re the best man and the planning has been left to you, the first thing you need to work out is what your stag’s style is. There’s no point picking an all-action stag do in Newcastle if the groom-to-be would prefer to be lying by a pool with a cool beer or partaking in a craft ale or two.

Action man

So your stag likes the outdoors – they’re pretty fit and active and don’t like sitting still – you’d better plan a packed weekend of activities then! Consider booking a paintballing session, go-karting or a high ropes course, at somewhere such as GoApe, which runs numerous activity courses around the UK.

A true gent

If your stag is all about the finer things in life, the traditional stag do ethos of ‘any drink will do’ might not sit so well. Look up a craft beer or whiskey tasting course which offers free drinks at the end of the tour to make sure he’s suitably hammered.

Choose an Edinburgh or Dublin stag do for a more refined experience – for a little while at least!

Culture vulture

Theming your evening around a great gig or event can be a fun way to celebrate impending doom (sorry, marriage.) London stag weekends offer more culture than you can shake a stick at, whether it’s at a big sporting event for all the lads to enjoy or you bag tickets to see your favourite band.

Whatever option you choose, make sure you come to us for stag friendly accommodation and transport all over the country. We can also help with experiences and tickets, taking all the hassle out of organising a stag do.

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4 great stag weekend cities

OK best man, you’ve got your orders: make it a killer stag do. But first things first, choose a place that has it all.

London

London is one of the greatest cities in the world and it is easy to get to – trains, planes, automobiles, buses, coaches and speedboats serve the capital, so if you have folks coming from far and wide, this is a top location. There are endless clubs, bars, restaurants, strip joints, special events and hotels to choose from, but sometimes the prices are on the higher side, so you’ll probably end up paying a tad more for a pint than you would in the rest of the UK. There are budget-friendly places to stay and eat in London, however, so an itinerary can be put together with a bit of careful planning.

Bournemouth

Bournemouth is packed with bars and there are curry houses on every corner. There are a few clubs too, and most things are concentrated in one area, which makes getting around a cinch. Then, of course, there’s the sandy beach to flop out on the morning after. And if you venture to the end of the pier, you can zip-wire your way back to shore. Accommodation can usually be booked at a reasonable nightly rate and cheap beer is easy to find.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh offers up some unique experiences, like whiskey tasting sessions and clay pigeon shooting, and there are traditional pubs, lively clubs and plenty of places to chow down. Beer is cheap in this Scottish city and hotels are plentiful. Of course, the weather is often on the chilly side, but after a dram or two, no one will notice.

Newcastle

Newcastle knows how to host a stag do and there are bargain breaks to be had here. They have a comedy club if your group wants a good laugh and there’s paintballing, go karting and Segway tours to take in during the daytime – an endless choice of things to keep all the guys amused. You can’t go wrong with Newcastle.

Stag do parties and the craft beer revolution

There’s no denying that the craft beer revolution has fully taken hold in the United Kingdom. Whereas craft beer was once the reserve of a few specialists and beer geeks, you can now find craft beer in pretty much every pub across the UK, even including Wetherspoons and your dodgiest of locals! The question we need to ask, however, is how has the craft beer revolution affected the traditional stag do? It is still permissible to drink 24 cans of Stella, Carlsberg, or Carling when the craft beer geeks are hanging around? And have our tastes in beer changed so much over the last two years that traditional lagers just aren’t enough any more? Let’s try to answer a couple of these questions.

Has the craft beer revolution changed stag do parties forever?

The answer to this one is a definite maybe. While you’ll still be able to get normal lagers on your London stag do weekend, the craft beer revolution means that you’ll also be able to get beers from across the world, in loads of different types and flavours.

How can you integrate craft beer into your stag do party?

There are plenty of ways that you can get some craft beer into your stag do party. I mean, we’ve all got that one mate who won’t drink lager any more, but pleasing him isn’t as hard as you’d think. Whether you’re having a long stag weekend, or a stag do party in Cardiff, Newcastle, or anywhere else in the UK, the availability of craft beer in pretty much every pub in the country means that he can keep himself happy with a £5 bottle of beer while the rest of you enjoy your normal lager. You could also try taking a brewery tour (which really just means lots of free tastings and a free pint at the end), or go to a proper bottle shop to pick up some exotic beers for the stag.

There are plenty of things you can do to keep your craft beer-loving mates happy at your stag do party, so try some of them out and let us know how you get on!

The siren call of the sexy beer wench

Are you heading to an unfamiliar city for your stag do? It’s a perfectly sensible idea, given the kind of things you’re likely to get up. After all, nobody wants their stag do antics to be burned forever into their home town’s collective memory! The only problem with choosing to hold your stag do in a big city is finding your way around. Naturally, you want to maximise the amount of fun you have while minimising the amount of time you spend wandering around. With that in mind, why not hire a sexy beer wench to help you navigate your new environment?

Yes, you read that correctly: you can hire your own personal beer wench to help guide your stag party through a night of chaos and frivolity. What an age we live in!

Your beer wench will guide you to the best pubs and places of entertainment your locale has to offer, thereby taking the navigation pressure off the stag do participants. She’ll even wear a sexy outfit and pose for photos with the lads!

You may be concerned that having a guide along on your stag do will lessen the sense of unpredictability and spontaneity that’s so integral to a good night out. However, the beer wench’s job is to help you get where you want to go (and look darn good while doing it); she’s not there to micromanage your stag do. In other words, you don’t need to worry about her cramping your style.

There really are no disadvantages to hiring your own personal wench for your stag night. In fact, you could even consider hiring one for a friend’s stag do and surprising him!

Just remember, sexy beer wenches are there to help and guide you. Remember to treat them with respect and include them in your stag activities. You’ll be rewarded with an amazing evening at the best bars and venues your chosen city has to offer. If that sounds like a good time to you, it’s time to consider hiring a beer wench.

How to create an iconic stag do group T-shirt

Group T-shirts have become an essential part of a decent stag weekend, performing the dual purpose of minimising luggage and signalling to locals that the lads have arrived to party. However, to make the T-shirt a truly unforgettable part of the weekend, there are a few tips to take the design to a new level.

1. Use a picture

Nobody wants to wear a T-shirt without a good picture, so go all-out. Get a horrendous picture of the stag, blow it up to cover almost the entire torso, and have a bit of fun. Why not add a picture of an ex-girlfriend to the back, or even the mother-in-law-to-be? Sail as close to the wind as possible when it comes to what is acceptable – just make sure the mother-in-law never gets her hands on one!

2. Neon colours

Nothing says stag weekend like a good neon T-shirt. If you’re visiting clubs, neon will help your group stand out among the other sweaty revellers, and will show the local female population that you are there to have some fun. Green, pink and orange work well regardless of location, and you might even look into using patterns to really stand out amongst the crowd. Plus, the eyesore colours will alert the group if Ian the accountant gets left behind.

3. Add a dare checklist

A stag do T-shirt should be more than just a symbol of your unity; it should bring out the innate competitiveness of the male species. If you are omitting a picture of the mother-in-law-to-be on the back (which, let’s face it, you probably should), a good alternative is to add a checklist of dares to be completed. As the group works through the weekend they can check off dares, such as downing three consecutive shots of Jäger, exchanging saliva with a brunette, and drinking a pint out of a stranger’s shoe.

4. Nicknames

Gentle ribbing is to be encouraged at all times, and nicknames are a good way of ensuring everyone gets their fair share of the banter. Perhaps go with a Muppets theme: single out Miss Piggy, Kermit and Gonzo, or alternatively follow the Harry Potter theme and label the nerdy Neville Longbottom. The possibilities are truly endless.

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Paintball: the best sport for a stag party

A great stag do should be messy, chaotic and unpredictable. As such, it’s not surprising that paintball is such a popular and enduring stag activity. Played sober, it’s a heart-pounding adrenaline rush. Played drunk (as it should be on a stag do), it’s pure, joyous anarchy. In many respects, it’s the sport of somewhat inebriated kings. But what exactly makes it such an ideal stag activity?

Firstly, the competitive element of the game lends paintball a masculine edge. Us blokes love to indulge in a bit of harmless rivalry, especially if we get to wave daft, paint-firing guns around. It appeals to our primal instinct to establish our dominance and generally show off. We don’t get many chances to engage in this kind of competitive activity in our day-to-day lives, but a stag do is a ‘lads only’ gathering where we don’t have to worry about what other people might think. Ergo, it’s the perfect chance to break out the paintball guns!

In addition to providing an outlet for our natural rivalry, paintball is also a gloriously physical activity. Don’t worry: we’re not about to start banging on about how all the fresh air and exercise will be great for your health. There’s a much better reason to value the physicality of paintball: it’s a fantastic source of comedy. Any scenario that requires a group of fairly drunk men to navigate varied terrain while wielding paint-spewing toy weaponry is bound to result in hilarity and a few bruises – but mostly hilarity. If you go paintballing on your stag do, you’re bound to come away from the experience with a few amusing (and a few slightly embarrassing) memories.

Finally, let’s be honest: there’s something deeply cathartic about spattering your mates with an entire rainbow’s worth of colourful paints. A stag do should help you and your friends let off some steam and burn away some tension. There’s simply no better way to do that than with the anarchic power of paintball.

It may not be as risqué as a visit to a lap dancing club or as suave as an evening in an upmarket casino, but paintballing is still an amazing way to spend a stag do. It gets your blood pumping, lets you indulge your competitive nature and offers a much-needed sense of catharsis. Best of all, we offer paintballing stag weekends right here at stagdoparty.co.uk, so don’t miss out!

The worst things you can do on a stag do

A stag do isn’t just about celebrating the groom’s impending wedding… it’s also about doing things that are so awe-inspiringly embarrassing that you can never speak of them again! It’s almost impossible for a stag do to be too wild, deranged and unpredictable, because that’s exactly what it’s supposed to be. However, there are a few things that you should avoid doing, even on the craziest of stag dos. They might seem like fun ideas or hilarious pranks at the time, but you’ll wake up the next day filled with regret. Well, technically you’ll wake up with a hangover and gradually become filled with regret as it wears off enough for you to remember what happened, but that’s beside the point.

First of all, you should probably refrain from shaving off the groom’s eyebrows. Depriving the groom of his eyebrows has become something of a tradition on alcohol-fuelled stag dos. Sadly, however, it’s not a terribly good idea. Most stag dos take place close to the wedding – some even take place the night before. In other words, the groom isn’t going to have time to regrow anything you shave off before the nuptials. Would you want to get married without eyebrows? Would you want to look back at your wedding photos years later and wish that they could have been there, sitting proudly above your eyeballs? No? I didn’t think so. Leave the groom’s eyebrows alone.

Secondly, don’t leave the country if the wedding is scheduled for the following day. That may sound blindingly obvious, but you’d be astounded by the number of stag dos that start out in London and end up somewhere in Scotland, Ireland or even mainland Europe. If your circle of friends is affluent enough to afford last-minute aeroplane tickets, the risk of waking up in the wrong nation after a stag do is very real. Remember: if you wake up, look out of your window and see the Eiffel Tower, something has gone very badly wrong.

Thirdly and finally, don’t get the groom arrested – nobody wants to get married in prison overalls. It’s perfectly natural for pranks to get out of hand on a stag do, but try to stay within the bounds of the law. You can always get back to your Lex Luthor-esque life of crime when there isn’t a wedding looming, if that’s your sort of thing (we’re not going to judge you).

3 tips for stag do photography

Stag dos are the greatest holidays you’ll ever go on, but no matter how much fun you have, there will always be one problem: trying to remember what happened that night in Edinburgh, Cardiff, London, Newcastle, or wherever you end up going. That’s why taking pictures is so important; with so much alcohol being consumed, there’s no way in hell you’re going to remember every detail of your night out, so you need to make sure that you capture it. So that you can remember your stag party for the rest of your life, here’s three tips for stag do photography!

1. Take disposable cameras

Whilst every human being that hasn’t been living under a rock for the last five years has a mobile phone with a camera better than most digital cameras, using disposable cameras is a great way to add an element of risk to your stag do party. Disposable cameras are inexpensive, easy to use, and take surprisingly decent photographs, but the best thing about them is that no one will know what’s on them until they are developed. For the best, most embarrassing, and funniest stag pictures, you should give everyone a disposable camera on the biggest night out of your trip, whilst banning anyone from using their mobile phone cameras. That way, no one will know what happened until you get them developed. It’s risky, but can make looking back through your stag pictures a whole lot more interesting.

2. Stitch up the groom

There’s no doubting that the best stag do memories are those in which the groom is being well and truly stitched up – so make sure you get it all on camera! As the best man or stag do party planner, it is your job to make sure that cameras are on hand at all times, and that the best stitch-ups are planned with photographs in mind!

3. Group shots

Stag dos are nothing without the group of lads you take with you – so make sure you get a couple of decent group shots. So that no one misses out on being in the picture, try getting a passer-by to take it for you.

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Stag dos for the older stag

It might be the second (or third) wedding, or it might just be that the groom took a really long time to commit, but whatever the reason, not all stags are in their twenties. How do you celebrate in an age-appropriate way, and does a thing even exist?

If the stag and his mates are no longer in the first flush of youth, the stag do needs a little rethink. Cheap booze, embarrassing pranks and bog standard accommodation simply won’t do, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a stag weekend to remember. There are plenty of things you can do that are different and a right laugh.

Choose a location that isn’t your typical stag destination, somewhere like the Scottish highlands, the city of York or the finer parts of London, and book a decent hotel that has an elegant bar and a fine restaurant. After all, you want to spoil yourself when you reach a certain age. Next, pick activities that you’ve never done before and are best done with a group of blokes. Something like clay pigeon shooting, archery, beer tasting or even a day at the races. Add in a long sit-down dinner with several courses and the proper accompanying alcohol. If your group is particularly sporty, there is a long list of things you could organise: golf, hiking, rock climbing, abseiling and even survival training. A full weekend of activities on offer without a stripper’s pole in sight!

What to consider when organising a stag party for an older gent

Think about all the guests when you book the day’s activities – chances are there’ll be a few different characters and abilities, so don’t organise things that most of the participants won’t be able to do. This could be tricky so try giving everyone a choice of things you’ve come up with and see how they react. Fancy dress on the older guy looks a bit sad, so don’t do it! But to add a bit of silliness, why not all wear something like a flat cap, snazzy waistcoat or bad-taste tie, or all agree to grow Magnum-style moustaches or goatees?

4 top tips for stag do fashion

Stag do fashion can be hard to get right – should you wear you best clothes or your worst? Is it worth doing fancy dress? How many shirts do you need to take? With that in mind, here’s our four top tips for stag do fashion!

1. Fancy Dress

Fancy dress is a classic stag do activity. Whether it’s all of you, or just the stag, no stag do party is complete without a bit of fancy dress. Make sure you get fancy dress into your stag do, it will be worth it when the pictures go up on Facebook!

2. Don’t wear your most expensive clothes

We’ve all got that one friend who likes his expensive shirts and shoes – but please try to discourage him from bringing them on the stag do! Yes, we all want to look nice for our evening out in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Newcastle, or London, but on a stag do, you’re never quite sure what’s going to happen. If you do want to wear your best clothes, be prepared to throw them away when you get home, as they’ll probably be either soaked in alcohol, ripped, or covered in pen, or a combination of all three.

3. Take enough clothes for the trip

This may sound like an obvious one, but you’d be surprised at how many stag do attendees don’t take enough clothes for the whole trip. Think of it this way – do you want to re-wear the alcohol soaked, kebab stained shirt three nights in a row? Probably not, so make sure that you pack enough clothes for your stag do party. It’s best to take a change of clothes for each day, and one for each night, as there’s no way of knowing just how messy it’s going to get.

4. Make sure you take hangover gear

You can’t underestimate how important it is to take hangover clothes on your stag do, especially if you’re going away for more than two days. By day 2 you’re going to feel like your world is ending, and what better way is there to grind out the hangover than by putting on some comfortable clothes and relaxing? We suggest baggy trousers or sports shorts, an old t shirt, and some comfy shoes. Once you’ve spent the day recovering in your hotel room, you’ll be ready to get showered, get dressed, and get on it again!

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