Friday, 5 February 2016

Stag Do Trends

In the 90's (the very start of the hen and stag do boom) I just started working in the stag and hen industry (with another company not DesignaVenture), groups were mainly booking 1 activity and then maybe a trip to a lap dancing club (if the city had one) and then onto a nightclub before getting their heads down in a B&B or bunk house.

Also in the 1990's it was rare for a stag do organiser to have the opportunity to work with loads of city centre bars, and hotels  just the mere mention of the words "stag do" doors would be shut in your face, phones would slam down and people would run for cover.

Also remember pubs would close at 11pm and you would come out of a club stinking of smoke!

Picture of a grass kart from the 1990's
Stag parties who booked karts had loads of fun racing lawn mower powered grass karts which would go about 23mph.

Quad Bikes were slow, big and buxom geared machines which were quite difficult to ride unless you were a farmer.

Paintball guns would jam all the time, the masks would always steam up, it was £10 for 100 rounds  and lunch consisted of a bowl of baked beans army style.

If you were lucky to go abroad you may find the flight price would be as expensive as what a whole flight inclusive package would cost these days.

WOW, haven't things changed!

Stag dos these days are booking 2/3/4 or even week long celebrations all over the world. From Las Vegas to Bournemouth action package weekends include loads of activities day and night and you now have the opportunity to stay in 2,3,4 or even 5 star hotels.

There are lap dancing clubs in almost all popular stag do destinations and these days bars love pre booked stag parties.

Picture of a rage buggy going 58mph with the word Yes
Grass karts are no longer (thank God), these days you can race Rage Buggies which go up to 58pmh or electric indoor karts which hit speeds of over 40mph in total silence!

Quad bikes are mostly automatic and are simple to ride.

Paintball equipment has moved on in a big way and has almost military precision and reliability. No longer do your masks fog up and at some paintball sites you will get Pappa Johns pizzas for lunch.

We have a great paintball site in North Wales where the lunch is an unlimited BBQ lunch and it's simply incredible.

We are also taking part in more adventurous activities such as Canyoning, Coasteering and Stock Car Racing, more groups are getting dressed up and going horse racing and the overall consensus lets do something different on the next stag do.

Hen and stag do fancy dress is now a massive industry and 47% of all stag parties booked through DesignaVenture either dressed up in fancy dress or wore stag do t-shirts.*

2 men on their stag do diving into a pool abroad
Now, when your Domino Stagging you will go on at least one stag do abroad. Mostly heading for the Canary or Balearic islands you will witness and take part in 24 hour partying and have the time of your lives, thanks to low cost airlines.

So in conclusion we are attending more stag dos, the activities are faster, bigger and more adventurous and we are going further then ever before.

Good luck!

*We asked a 100 stag parties who booked through DesignaVenture in 2015 if they wore fancy dress on their stag do.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

5 Tips on Creating The Best Stag Do, Ever!

This time of year best men are all over the country are trying to create a stag do that the groom-to-be will absolutely love.

Right now the best man will be possibly sweating and crumbling under the pressure of having to arrange an incredible weekend that:

  1. The stag will love
  2. His mates will love 
  3. Will be priced at an affordable amount, for most
  4. On a date that doesn't clash
  5. Something unique

1. The stag will love....

You will probably know him better then the lady he is about to spend the rest of his life with, so with this knowledge go forth and create. If you need to discuss it with him, well it's a great excuse for a pint or three down the pub.

2. His mates will love...

As you know the stag really well you will know what he absolutely loves and despises. However, don't fall into the trap of thinking his mates will like what he loves.

For example; if the groom is heavily into golf, and you book a stag do which includes golf you are likely only to appeal to golfers, usually non golfers either hate the sport or simply don't want to play it, so you may find half the group will not want to go on the weekend.

Golf is a great example, each year at DesignaVenture we get best men booking golf for 20 people with all good intentions however, when it gets to the crunch and people have to pay their bit, the non golfers dip out altogether from the weekend or do the weekend without the golf. On a typical golfing booking a quarter play golf.

Like I said unless all his mates are golfers choose another activity.

3. The Stag Do will be priced at an affordable amount, for most...

Now you cannot please everyone and there's a thin line between over pricing a stag do and under pricing a weekend, not booking enough therefore not making it appealing to some of his flakey rich mates.

4. On a date that doesn't clash...

There are loads of logistics you will need to consider when booking a date for the stag do, when is the bride-to-be going on her hen weekend? Can they go on the same weekend? What about his core mates? What dates can they not do? The destination for the stag do does it have a huge festival happening on that weekend (which will mean no hotel beds)?

2016 is the year of the Euros and we have 3 home nations teams playing Wales, Northern Ireland and England. Do you want to be on a stag do when they are playing, my answer would be YES PLEASE!

It's the best time, after all you will be with all your mates!!

Tip: First of all, book early so everyone can stick in their diary before they get invited to other things or book a holiday. Secondly put the date out there before booking as it can be costly moving the weekend.

5. Something Unique...

Now this isn't so important however, doing something different will make it more memorable especially if your party is a group of stag do veterans.

Whatever you get up to, Good luck!

And remember...

For loads of ideas, prices and packages head over to our stag do section of our website.

We also have a stag do 101 guide which will help you to organise a mammoth weekend.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Zombie Nation

Zombie GirlWe're becoming a nation of Zombie lovers, i'll rephrase that, there is nothing we love to hate more than a repulsive looking Zombie.

Whether it's on a Xbox game, box set or film there is nothing more satisfying then killing; good for nothing, flesh eating, dopey and repulsive looking Zombies.

Here's an idea! Why not include this on your next stag do?

You will be armed with paintball guns and dress up like a SWAT team from Boston, ready to hunt down and destroy Zombies*.

Blood thirsty Zombie man sticking his head outThis popular stag do activity is currently available in the Birmingham, Manchester, Reading and Edinburgh, I am pretty much sure more locations will spring up once more places get infected.

Here are some details on our Zombie pages where you can also book a day, package or event.

Now just a warning killing Zombies isn't as cheap as other stag activities and the price is from £85.00 per person depending on which destination you go for.

However, it will be an activity your stag will never forget and that is the whole point of having a stag do, a weekend, event or night out which he will remember for the rest of his life.

Zombie Group SmilingIf you are the best man, don't deprive him of an incredible celebration before he settles down properly, give him something to smile about 10 years down the line.

If you're the groom, firstly what are you doing organising the stag do? Secondly, don't do half measures, do something amazing.

Whatever you decide to do, do it well.

Good luck!

*We couldn't find real Zombies as currently they don't exist so we have gone one better and we use students and actors dressed up as Zombies (makeup and costume is incredibly life like).