Friday, 24 October 2014

How To Plan A Stag Do

Stressed Stag planning a stag do - needs help
How to plan a stag do, this is a totally unbiased post without a single mention of DesignaVenture, the professional stag do company with a current score of 96% on trust pilot.

Right, let's get started:

"We need beer, music, we need dancing and we need naked ladies, right?"

Really, is that all you need? Actually there is more to booking a stag do then what's perceived, hence why we have put together a 'How to plan a stag do'.

Whether you book it through a stag weekend company like DesignaVenture or go it alone you will still need to know the basics of; how, when, where and what.

Follow these easy steps for how, where and what:
  1. Sit down and chat with the stag and find out what he wants to do and where he wants to go
  2. Whilst you have the stag's attention get all the contact details (mobile and email addresses) of all his mates he wants to invite
  3. When you have a good idea of what he wants to do and where he wants go, make the decision; should you book it alone or go through a stag company (booking through a company go to step 6)
  4. Going it alone; every time you book accommodation, activities or into a venue, make sure you two important things: ask for the name of the person you booked it with and get written confirmation.
  5. Make sure logistically your itinerary is achievable, check train times, activity times, where the activities are (you might need transport laid on), how long it's going to take you to get to each venue etc. Also make sure you are not running around like headless chickens.
  6. Booking through a stag do company; before booking, check the company's reviews, make sure they understand your request and most importantly make sure you check your itinerary and that it's everything you have asked for.
When should you go on your stag do? 

Usually most stag dos are booked a month before the wedding, but this is going to be dependant on a number of things:
  1. When the hen party is, will you go on the same weekend or if they have children, you may need a different weekend
  2. When the most important guests can make it (ushers, the stag's best mates, family, the stag!)
  3. The stag's chosen destination, is it a busy weekend? If he has chosen Chester, hotels are a nightmare when there's horse racing at the Chester Racecourse, Bristol has a balloon festival in August, Edinburgh has a comedy festival and Tattoo in August, Bournemouth has party political conferences, Cardiff has massive rugby matches at the Millennium Stadium etc.
  4. Booking the stag night the night before the wedding is now frowned upon, so don't do it.
Last but not least make sure you include the stag when booking your group in, you will shocked at how many best men forget!

Once everything is booked make sure you send as much information to the guys as possible, this will take the emphasis off of you whilst on the stag do and you won't have to mother them so much!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Cheap Stag Weekends

As Autumn falls on us and the nights are drawing in is it wrong to be thinking about a stag do, surely this is a summer sport?

Wrong, more and more couples are tying the knot out of the summer season, whether it's having a Christmas wedding, a Valentine's ceremony or they cannot get into the church that they want until 2059, Autumn and Winter weddings means Autumn and Winter stag dos, awesome!

Well people, before it gets too trendy to have your wedding whilst it's snowing maybe you should take advantage of some incredible stag weekend offers, there are some stag dos out there so cheap, you could go twice!

Shows guys at a strip club drinking  shots

Take our Riga Deal, I know it'll be cold however you can stay for 2 nights in a 3 star hotel with breakfast, guided bar tour, strip club entry, nightclub entry and and return airport transfers for just £59 per person*!

I have just looked at flights from Stansted to Riga and in January with Ryanair they are currently less than £80.00 per person**, that makes your stag weekend to Riga including flights cheaper than £140.00 per person, Shish Mac-leash.

To spice up your winter stag to Riga you can always add a snowmobile safari or bob-sleighing (on real ice) to your package.

If you prefer to stay in the UK as not everyone has a passport or can get the green card, how about a stag do to Bournemouth?

If you only have 1 night in December or January what about Amazeballs Bargain in Bournemouth which includes 1 night in a 3 star hotel and bubble football for just £65.00 per person*.

For £135.00 per person* you can book the cleverly named; Bournemouth Offer Weekend. Included in this stag weekend to one of the UK's best stag destinations is; 2 nights 3 star hotel with breakfast, quad biking, blindfold driving, Archery or Human Table Football, Clay Pigeon Shooting and guest list nightclub entry (in the summer this package will cost you around £190 per person) amazing!

Box with Ammo written on it

Staying with Bournemouth currently there's an offer of shooting .22 Assault Rifle, Crossbow, Axe Throwing & Archery for just £55.00 per person* and most of it under cover. Incredible to think that for £4 more and you have the mentioned package to Riga, you do have to get to Riga first though.

If you have just £99.00 per person* to spend, how about the Reading Deal? You can get a stag do in Reading which includes 1 night in a 4 star hotel, Paintball with 100 rounds, Hovercrafts, Clay Pigeon Shooting and nightclub entry all for under a ton.

fireworks going off in Prague

How about Prague Party, for just £103.00 per person you have 2 nights 3 - 4 * apartments (Prague 1), guided bar tour, lap dance and nightclub entry, ouch!

Flight prices on weekends in January are also currently under £100 per person*.

I have included popular stag do packages that we sell loads of here at DesignaVenture Towers, I am trying to be non biased here, although I am finding it hard, especially when these stag packages are so good, so I have to shout it from the roof tops.

*Price based on today's rate (17th October 2014), are subject to availability and based on a specific time frame, usually November to February click on the images or links for more info.

**Based on today's rates for flights in January 2015 (Friday out - Sunday In), subject to availability

Friday, 10 October 2014

Stag Do European Destination Ideas

The stag has decided he wants to shrug off the shackles of the UK and head for a city beyond blighty and who could blame him, but hang on, you need some stag do abroad ideas pronto, well as luck would have it, here are some stag do European destination ideas:

Whether it's heading for a cheap beer or a place in the sun, Europe is the UK's stag do destination of choice.

Bratislava has been proven to be the cheapest place in the world to have a stag do, see our recent news item for details and prices.

Buy a pint in Bratislava and it will cost you around £1.04! Stags obviously drink a lot of beer, so if beer is going to be your biggest expenditure then Bratislava is definitely the place to party. But it's not all about the cheap brown booze, the city itself is amazing; great nightlife, friendly locals and more stag activities then you can wave a stick at.

Next door to the Slovak Republic (Bratislava is the capital of the Slovak Republic, more details can be found here) you have the Czech Republic and it's capital city of Prague. There are places in Prague where you can buy a beer for 87p however, most places in the centre of Prague are more expensive, although not as expensive as they are back here in the UK.

Prague is wild at night, bars will put hairs on your chest, clubs will keep you up all night and the atmosphere is so electric you can charge your phone on it.

Budapest's average price for a pint of beer is £1.01, that's even better than Bratislava! These old Eastern Block countries sure know how to party, making Budapest a great stag do destination.

Also don't forget about Riga and Tallinn, both incredible city breaks for a stag do with cheap beer and cracking nightlife. Riga has some pretty cool stag activities including Bob-sleighing and Snow mobile adventures.

If your stag has requested warm weather, you cannot go wrong with the Med, it's close enough for a short trip and if you are lucky enough to go for longer than a couple of nights, the bars and clubs are busy all week long, not just on weekends.

Magaluf (Majorca), San Antonio (Ibiza), Albufeira (The Algarve, Portugal) and Marbella (Costa Del Sol) are all within a couple of hours away and once you are past April the sun shines all the way through to October.

Expect great beaches, wild nightlife and in the height of the summer, high prices, so book early.

Other cities such as Barcelona, Valencia, Benidorm are also great places to go on your stag do, you get the weather, the beaches and great nightlife, what else do you need, jam on it?

From the UK you can get to this destination by sea, air, train and coach, this famous stag destination has been welcoming stags since the 60's, where is it.... AMSTERDAM.

Me and my friends over the years must have visited The Dam over 5 times, and on each occasion the weekend was simply amazing, and each one of the mentioned transports I have gone to Amsterdam on!

What we loved about Amsterdam is it's the freest city in the world, we loved the atmosphere, the culture, you can walk around the streets without getting run over, you can hire bikes, go on a beer bike, take a barge bar tour, there is simply loads to do.

For a fantastic list on our abroad stag destinations which includes activities and packages go here.