Friday, 29 April 2016

Booking Last Minute?

An Are Your Ready Sign
Right you need to arrange a stag do, like ummm yesterday...

Have you been a total buffoon and forgot to book the stag weekend? Or has this been sprung on to you from out of the blue?

Whatever your reason, booking a stag do last minute can be tricky however if you stick to this 5 point plan you could become hero within your group, you will be seen rising above the masses and giving your best mate the send off he deserves.

Number 1 (Dates & Numbers)

Don't panic for Chrips sake, you need to lock down a weekend when everyone (important) is available and get numbers, urgently. If Barry from the post rooms who hardly knows the stag can't make, that's not your beef.

Bar Maid Holding a tray with a sign saying "Boys Night Out"
This is the age of communication, Facebook, Twitter, Text, Email, Mobile, WhatsApp - get a list of all the invitees along with their contact details from the stag and invite them. Giving a 48 hour deadline - if people don't get back to you within the time limit then they're not coming, unless told otherwise - no time to chase.

Number 2 (Be flexible, but not too flexible)

Do not book a rigid stag do where everyone has to attend the whole stag weekend, you may find some of the guys can only go for 1 night, or only have the time to attend the activities so give them pricing options if need be.

Don't be a muppet, don't pay for people you don't know or trust when booking late, once you have paid usually this means if people drop out you could loose money with cancelation charges etc. If people want to come they will find a way to pay on time.

Number 3 (Put the time in)

The more time you put in at the very beginning of organising the stag, the less running around you will have to do, for example send everyone all the details, including details on how to pay, all in one WhatsApp text or email, passing on the burden to them, again if they are serious they will cough up, commit and pay.

Number 4 (Don't mother)

Meet, eat, drink, play, cry and go home - in that order.

Once everything is booked and paid for, send the itinerary and all the details out to the guys electronically and then sit back and let them get on with it - you may need to arrange transport to get you all to the stag destination or arrange a few designated drivers, but that really should be your job done.

Man Openning his shirt like superman to reveal a huge moustache on his t-shirtOn the weekend everyone will have a fantastic time and will not just enjoy the activities / accommodation but enjoy hanging out with the boys and have a drink or two. At the end of the weekend you should get plenty of thanks, and a picture of you will be shown on the "winners" page of the last minute stag bible.

Number 5 (Let someone else take the strain)

Here at DesignaVenture we pride ourselves on getting disorganised or last minute stags sorted. With our website you can invite people to pay, send the boys details on the weekend booked and see who have paid; 24 hours a day.

You will also have a fully experience stag organiser at your finger tips, managing your weekend so you don't have to - so in other words, pick a stag do from the DesignaVenture website and let us do the rest - you will still be the hero, a very clever hero!

Good luck.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

North Wales - The Stag Do Destination For Adventure

Adventure & stag dos in North Wales, go hand in hand like Hansel & Gretel, Dick & Dom and Redbull & Vodka...

North Wales is an incredible stag destination ideal for the adventurous. If your stag party wants to get away from the dramas and big queues of the city stag do, you have chosen the right place.

Right where do I start, you will have a large selection of activities, maybe too many to it into a fortnight let alone a weekend.

To start off with you will find the longest Zip Wire in the Europe, which also includes caves with huge trampolines, I know, random! This brilliant destination also has some fantastic White Water Rivers offering 2 hours of non stop white water rafting pleasure.

Mix that up with Canyoning you have a day full of adventure - watch our "We North Wales" video below:

Going down the ferocious rivers of North Wales, there are more ways then a six seater raft, you can go down on a 2 seater, clinging onto to a huge tube or better still show off on a Stand Up Paddle Board (similar to a surf board - see below).

In North Wales you also have some of the very best views in Britain, whether you decide to climb Mount Snowdon or take on a quad bike super trek, obviously you'll have a guide and a big quad bike to make sure you get up those huge hills. Our quad biking trek will also give you that selfie moment at the very top of a plateau, everyone jumps off their quad bikes, breathes in the view and takes a selfie or two.

If you need competition how about picking up a gun and smashing clays into a million pieces at one of the many brilliant clay pigeon shooting sites North Wales has to offer, or better still, race Rage Buggies around a hard core fully prepared off road track, these beasts can go up to 60 mph and will stick to the track like glue.

Whatever floats your boats, tickles your pickle, yanks your crank, winds your watch... North Wales is the Daddy of the UK adventure stag do destinations.

If you're looking for some cracking stag packages in North Wales head over to the DesignaVenture website, great prices and more adventurous then a one legged tight rope walking dog (is that possible??).

Before your go, if you have the need for a pub crawl below is a very quick guide of where to drink...

Llangollen, a lovely small town with a handful of pubs, bars and restaurants, we offer quite a few hotels in Llangollen.

Welshpool, quite a few good pubs and bars all within easy walking distance of each other.

Oswestry, Shropshire / North Wales borders, with loads of pubs, bars and one nightclub, yes one nightclub! However a lot of the bars / pubs stay open late, head to Oswestry if you fancy a right good pub crawl.

Wrexham, pubs bars, restaurants and bars and if you would like something a little more lively, a 15 minutes train journey from Wrexham will get you into the centre of Chester.

Chester, the place to go if you want that city night out, with loads of pubs and bars and when the races are on an incredible atmosphere. Chester also has a handful of clubs however the biggest club RB's will not let many stag parties in, so if that's your chosen destination get there early and be on your best behaviour.

Good luck.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Stag Do Advice - 5 Top Tips

Your best mate is about to get married and he has put all his faith in you, wanting you to stand by him at the alter and theoretically, give him away.

However, before you get to the church, before you hear those wedding bells ring out there's that age old tradition of arranging the stag do and yes, that's down to you.

I have put together 5 top tips that should help you arrange, what's possibly, the most important weekend you have ever organised.

1 - The Price is Right

Before you can decide on anything you need a budget. You need to find out from the stag how much his mates are willing to spend. One of the biggest crimes, and we know this, is organising a stag do or weekend that none of his mates can afford, we have had many stag dos cancelled or need drastic changes due to the best man over pricing the stag do.

I am not saying we are expensive, on the contrary, I am stating that the best man with all good intentions,  wants to arrange the best stag do known to man.

However booking; 5 nights in a hotel with 7 daytime activities, 4 meals, 3 bar crawls, nightclub and lap dancing clubs every night can sometime blow the budget!

There's no point organising a lavish weekend when it's just you and the stag that goes!

Equally, don't book hostel accommodation when all his mates are used to staying in 5 star hotels, again you might find it will be just you and the stag staying in a 20 bed dorm!

So price your stag do right, communicate with your mates via a private Facebook page, WhatsApp, Twitter... whatever means you choose to communicate, you must communicate, as communication is 75% of organisation.

2 - Don't Peak Too Soon

It's that age old cliche when on the stag do everyone is leathered by 4pm and the night was a right-off. That's not a memorable weekend for the stag, he isn't going to look back on and say what a weekend that was, he might but all for the wrong reasons.

So organise something for the day, even if it's just a game of footie or cricket on the beach, put a break between the pints, keep it fairly civil so the night can be thoroughly enjoyable.

There are loads of activity ideas on our website, go and have a gander and get up to speed on what's on offer.

3 - Stag Kitty

The stag night can be damaging enough and not only to your liver, but also to your wallet, so don't get into a pickle, organise a stag kitty.

Put an end to; "well I bought the last round" or "Dave always slopes off to bed when it's his round!"

So, put all this trouble behind you, get everyone to stick in £30 at the start of the night and then have a designated drink buyer or take it in turns to take the stag kitty to the bar - it makes sense.

4 - At Night, Don't get Hung Out To Dry

Most stag groups are 10+ blokes, so seeing a burley group of lads half-cut rock up to a venue can be fairly daunting for the door security or a bar owner.

Make sure you have your night planned out, with your group booked in to clubs and bars (where possible) prior to arrival. Booking through a stag do organiser like DesignaVenture who will be able to take care of this however if you decide to go DIY, make sure you have spoken to the venues you intend to visit and get your group booked in.

Also, if you have booked yourselves in but haven't paid anything have a Plan B, as there is still no guarantee of getting in and door security can sometimes be very unreasonable.

5 - Look After The Stag

You are now on the home straight, everything's sorted you're on the stag do with a few beers onboard,  the banter is flying around like an Australian wild fire and some of the guys have mentioned the prank word or let's shave the stag or whatever they have in mind.

Now you agreed to be best-man, his wingman, and you need to step up to the mark and make sure nothing bad happens to the stag, especially if it jeopardises the wedding photos resulting in the bride giving you the cold shoulder for the rest of your life - so look after him, he is your best mate after all.

Are you in a quandary about whether the stag should pay for his stag do, we have a post all about this topic and a survey.

We also have put together a post on the ultimate 101 guide to arranging a stag do.

Good luck.