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Stag do etiquette

As the stag do becomes increasingly elaborate, from stylish city breaks to stag weekends packed back to back with activities, everyone wants to plan the perfect party.

While Eastern European destinations are very popular, with the likes of Riga, Prague and Budapest topping one recent poll of top stag party destinations, you don’t have to go abroad to have the perfect stag do. In fact, Bournemouth also featured in the same survey of hotspots for stag weekends, and the seaside town has a varied choice of activities, from shooting to quad biking.

When deciding where to go, though, the groom and his best man should work together. Final choice of destination is down to the groom, the research and booking arrangements should fall to the best man.

What other key points of etiquette do you need to bear in mind?

You don’t need to feel duty bound to include everyone in the celebration. Just invite immediate male relatives and your best mates, ideally all of whom already know each other and get on well. If you want a heavy drinking evening and some full-on activities, this could be combined with a more sedate evening on another occasion for older relatives – at a quiet pub, for example.

Just make sure that whatever you do and whoever you do it with, you give yourself enough time for recovering afterwards, well before the wedding takes place.

Money can be a tricky aspect of stag dos. If you’re going away overnight, check with the lads and see if they’re happy to pay their share of the costs. Could you as groom pay for one meal for everyone, or sort out the bar tab on the first evening of a weekend?

Or if you are asking friends to pay for travelling to an activity day, could you subsidise the costs of taking part?

When it comes to getting the groom home in one piece after a heavy night, that’s down to the best man. Make sure they arrange a taxi home beforehand, and maybe decide in advance how late you’ll want to be.

Finally, if there’s any incriminating evidence afterwards, especially of a photographic nature, then it’s also down to the best man to get rid of that as swiftly as possible!

Stag dos – key trends for 2015

When it comes to stag weekends, we like to think we have our ear to the ground at all times! So, as we move into the New Year, what are the key trends ahead for stag weekends in 2015?

One piece of research carried out this autumn found that each member of a stag party is now spending up to 50% more than they would have a decade ago, with stags spending more than hens on their celebrations.

The specialist wedding company who did the survey found that the average cost per person has reached £160, compared to £107 in 2004.

What’s more, the average event now lasts two nights, and, for a while now, stag weekends have been getting more ambitious and travelling further afield, so that the traditional night in the pub has become a thing of the past.

And there’s a trend towards an ever more diverse range of activities from paintball to whisky testing to cocktail making to quad biking, so there are now more stag do ideas to choose from than ever before.

Another important trend seems to be to have your stag do a couple of months before the wedding. We understand this is becoming more common, even though historically it was always held the night before the ceremony, in the genuine spirit of last night of freedom.

That could certainly be one way of ensuring that some friends who may not be able to make the big day itself can at least make the stag party. It also means that you have plenty of time to get over the excesses of your stag do by the time it comes to the wedding. Especially if, for example, you are getting married overseas and so the stag do becomes your main celebration with your friends.

It was reported in one national paper this summer that more stags are asking along their dads, and even their fathers to be – we’re not sure about that one! Another industry insider told the same paper that, increasingly stag dos are becoming sophisticated, classy affairs with a strong emphasis on getting in to the very best clubs and bars.

Planning a stag do on a budget

Some wedding parties go all out on their stag weekends, organising trips to places such as Las Vegas with all of the associated glitz and glamour. Sadly, though, most of us don’t have that kind of money to throw around – especially with the cost of the upcoming wedding looming over our heads.

So….how can you plan the perfect stag do on a budget? Luckily, it’s not as tough as you might think.

If you want to keep it local and low key, a pub trip and a meal won’t make too big a dent in your stags’ budgets. You’ll also find plenty of activities nearby such as paintballing, comedy clubs, go karting, laser tag and more that can keep you all entertained for a few hours before you hit the beers.

A lot of stags won’t want to have their stag party in their hometown though – for some people, it’s not special enough (plus there’s the risk of the bride to be finding out what actually happens on a stag night…!) You might think that an Edinburgh stag do or a Newcastle stag party will cost an arm and a leg, but you’re wrong!

Transport’s the real killer: we all know how much train tickets cost but if you book far enough in advance, you’ll save yourselves a whole heap of cash. It’s worth checking with your train line whether they do group tickets as well, as this could save you a fortune. If not, it’s designated driver time: pick a couple of people who are happy to drive there and back in return for a bit of petrol money.

But what happens once you get to your destination? Aren’t hotels really expensive too? That’s why you come to us – we’ve got some great budget packages in all different cities that’ll set you back under £100 a head – including somewhere to crash. Want to check out Bristol’s nightlife? Well book with us and you’ll enjoy two nights’ accommodation, lap dancing club entry and nightclub entry from £65.99 each – not to be sniffed at!

Most people think that going away for a stag weekend will cost an arm and a leg, but it doesn’t have to…check out our great value packages and you’ll find that you’ve got more money left than you’d expect for booze and private dances!

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Why stag parties should be saved

The Spanish town of Tossa de Mar has recently vowed to crack down on hen and stag do events in August, with tight rules surrounding stag weekends for the rest of the year.

Sadly, the mayor of the town is not alone in his dislike, with Barcelona moving to ban happy hour five years ago, and the Mayor of Riga Nils Usakovs similarly complaining about stag parties from the UK.

But isn’t this surely unfair discrimination against the great, even noble tradition of the British stag party?

Stag dos offer the perfect chance for male bonding and celebrating what, in many cases, can be years of friendship. Apart from perhaps big footie games and war films, when else do men get to be all emotional collectively in this way?

The best thing of all? In the morning, thanks to those final four pints, no-one will remember a thing about the emotional outpouring.

It’s also the ideal chance to meet the groom’s friends from other areas of their life, in a gloriously random melting pot of different people from all walks of life.

The great joy of it is that everyone is there to have a blast, so there’s simply not the formality, solemnity or pressure of the wedding itself. Stag weekends are much freer.

What’s more, it’s perfectly possible to organise a stag event these days on which, while you may well drink like a fish, getting wasted is not the only raison d’etre of the gig. You can also learn a new skill, from cocktail making to butchering.

Alternatively, you can take a trip to somewhere you may not have been before, and which you may not otherwise have had the chance to visit.

So perhaps those people who are moving to tighten up on British stag groups overseas (or maybe even ban them altogether) need to think again.

But if you’re worried about killjoys potentially spoiling your big occasion, don’t be. UK stag do ideas can work just as well, whether your bash is held in Newcastle London or Cardiff – and no-one will be placing any limits on it!

How to guarantee the most embarrassing stag do ever

Whether you’re the stag, the best man, or just a lucky tag-along, stag dos are a hoot for all involved! Stag dos just aren’t stag dos though without a bit of drama, a few awkward encounters, and a whole heap of hilarious stories to tell the next day. To ensure yours is the mother of all bachelor send-offs, we’ve prepared a checklist to guarantee you never run out of cringing opportunities in the future.

Pack a sharpie

Well, it wouldn’t be a stag do unless at least one person spends an hour frantically trying to scrub profanities off their forehead the following lunchtime.

Make use of that front camera

Selfies are the trend that just keep giving, especially when they wind up going viral all over Facebook mere seconds after being uploaded. A good stag do should contain at least 10 selfies – the more humiliating the better, so be sure to include plenty of passed-out partiers in the background of yours.

Forget your sexuality

Whether it’s donning a sultry Chanel lippy or snogging one of your fellow stags, there has to be a slightly-surreal sexuality-questioning moment at least once. Warning: this event will be greatly exaggerated on every night out for years.

Lose a bet

A few tequilas later and you’re suddenly the expert on Mongolian elk. Curse the invention of Google, because you’re about to be proved wrong, and God help you when those stags set your punishment.

Become a prank victim

We’re big fans of the cling film on the toilet seat – the classics are always winners. However, your fellow stags are likely to be feeling VERY creative, they’ve been dreaming of this day for years. Watch. Your. Back.

Leave your phone unlocked

Sending your mum pictures of your bare bum, or texting your fiancée to let her know you’ve eloped to Zimbabwe with a woman you met in the taxi – your phone in the wrong hands could mean all sorts of trouble. Frape, anyone?

Having an embarrassing list of events from your stag do is a rite of passage into the married world, so when your best man tells your nan at your wedding about you singing Britney with your trousers round your ankles, embrace it! Good luck, we’ll see you on the other side.

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