Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Bank Holiday Stag Weekend

A last minute stag weekend is always a little chaotic, fumbling around looking for things to do in the day, where to stay and what to do at night.

Add in the Bank Holiday element into the equation and you may find yourself up a certain creek without a certain paddle.

So there must be a cure for this unwise situation, and there is book now.

Getting a big stag party of say 20 lads into a hotel last minute is hard enough, without the added pressure of a bank holiday to boot.

So booking early will elevate the pressure and will also give you and the stag party a focus.

If booking through a stag organiser such as DesignaVenture, they will allow and accommodate group sizes dropping up until 5 - 4 weeks before you go so booking early will not leave you out of pocket.

So if you have a location in mind and want to go over a busy bank holiday get your stag weekend booked as soon as you can.

For more best man tips, have a browse of my blog.

Monday, 19 September 2011

The Stag Do For The Non Drinker

Everyone thinks of a stag do to be down the boozer, drinking games, getting leathered and hitting a nightclub.

But hey, not all stags want to get hammered by 4pm so they cant remember their name or where they live, some stags want a drink free zone in the day and something to do at night.

Well here is a few stag do ideas for the non drinking and drinking stag party.

Activities in the day which dont include booze come in thick and fast and these days you can get up to all sorts of things including Rage Buggy Racing, Hovercraft Racing, White Water Rafting, Paintball, Zap Cat Experience, Raft Building, there is just too many to name.

What happens at night when you have 10 men that want to drink and the stag and a few others that don't, well there are plenty of options which will keep both parties happy:

A comedy club night will cater for both the stag and his merry men, with three hours of stand up comedy and then dancing into the wee hours.

If Comedy isn't his bag what about a trip to a Greyhound Racing Stadium, where he can get really get involved with the super sleek thoroughbreds, which one will he back and win with and which ones will loose him money. These stadiums have great facilities, bars and a restaurant or two.

If he likes a flutter a casino night at a proper club or in your hotel is also a great way to keep both non drinkers and drinkers happy on a stag night.

If he likes a bit of tongue in cheek fun and a bit of adult cabaret then the medieval banquet in Nottingham is also a great night out for both drinkers and non drinkers. There is plenty of food, entertainment and enough mead to float the QE2!

Whatever you decide keeping both groups happy will result in more people wanting to attend and less chance of guys going AWOL whilst on the stag do.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Making the Best ‘Man’ of your stag do

The Best Man often has more responsibilities than anyone realises and there’s no slacking off if you want to stay mates with the groom and shine in the eyes of the all-important bride. After all, she will be your passport to future access to your best mate, and maybe the may get involved in the stag do unless you show you can cope with responsibility.

The pressure’s not just on with the speech, rings, getting the groom there at all, it all starts before the actual day as, traditionally, it’s your job to organise the stag do. If we’re putting the fear of God into you before you’ve even entered the church, then don’t panic, we have some great advice to make at least one important task go swimmingly and possibly be something to inspire your Best Man’s speech; the stag night.

Plan ahead
Plan early. This will give you time to organise something properly, get availability and make a real event of it instead of a predictable local bar crawl dressed as babies. It also means that if you need to collect money off people, they and you have time to do this and even save up if need be.

Advanced planning allows you to select a date that suits as many people as possible and they can book it off and look forward to it too. If you’re going abroad, make sure all the passports are up to date and that you order currency if out of Europe.

The best thing is to get your groom and group to submit preferences, clarify budgets and have a little say in things from the outset. You might be coordinator, but you’re Best Man, not Hitler.

Keep in touch
Don’t let things fall down because of poor communication. Don’t rely on Paul to tell Mike, send out an email, facebook, whatever to everyone at every stage so they have everything in writing. Travel dates, venues, locations, times, pick-up points, special arrangements, costs and give deadlines for responses. Send out a complete summary before you go – then there’s no reason for anyone to say they didn’t know and put a spanner in the works.

Be considerate
Take into account that you have a group of people that may all think differently, vary in age, attitude and have different abilities. Dad may want to join in as well as kid brother and it really is possible to have something for everyone.

Planning a variety of activities to accommodate your mixed group and carry you through the day and night will keep the party going but may alienate some. A combo of soft and active water and land sports, followed by a night-time meal and club will embrace most members of the group, yet allow them to sit it out and watch the fun if need be – granddad may not be into rage buggies but might be less shocked at the lap-dancers than you think.

Planning an overnight stag party could be the answer for those unable to make a set day. They can rendezvous with you at some point and still join in, though obviously this may not be viable if you are abroad. And if staying overnight, make sure compatible people are sharing rooms. Snorers not withstanding, a good night’s kip works wonders for happy stag do relations, especially on a two-nighter.

Ease the pressure
One way, of course, to reduce your stress about all this is to look at a reputable stag do company and select their readymade packages. Make sure they are ATOL protected to ensure piece of mind and ask their advice on something to suit your group. They should be able to make up something bespoke if the selections present problems, but they are the experts so use them.