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.

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