Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Should The Groom Pay For His Own Stag Do?

This question possibly pops up in the best man's mind as soon as he has been offered the job, "should the groom pay for his own stag do"?

As best man you could pay for his share or split the price between the whole group.

This would mean the group paying an extra £10 - £30 depending on the group size and the price of the stag do.

There are many arguments whether he should or should not pay for his own stag do, such as:

He should pay for his own stag weekend because;
  • I paid for my own stag do
  • I am paying to go on his stag weekend and that's costing me enough so why should I have to pay for part of his?
  • The groom is minted, why should I have to pay for him.

He should not pay for his own stag do because;
  • As best man, I should do my best to look after him
  • He is paying for the wedding, he has enough to pay for
  • You and most of the stag group are invited to the wedding, this is a good way of showing gratitude

The above bullet points are just some of the reasons why you should or shouldn't pay for the Groom's stag do, however, it is a personal circumstances situation for the best man to take on board not only for himself but for the whole group.

If the guys who are invited are all well paid and are comfortable in life, then treat the groom and make life a little easier for him especially when he is fighting with wedding costs and a tantrum-ing bride!!

If you, the best man, wants to show the groom your affection, then paying for his stag do is a good way of showing him.

If the groom is up to his limit paying for the wedding and may not be able to pay for his own stag do place then the boys should step up.

However, if this stag do is fairly expensive and some group members are struggling with the price, then adding a bit more on will not help and you may find people dropping out.

So you really need to look at the stag group and the cost of the stag weekend and then weigh up everyone's situation and decide whether or not to pay for the groom's stag do. 

Being a best man really isn't a walk in the park after all, you will need to make some tough decisions, good luck.

Currently, the results from the pole below suggest:

  • 58% say no, he shouldn't pay for his stag do
  • 42% say yes, he should

Please take part and we will keep this page updated.

Written by DesignaVenture, the professional stag do organiser.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Stag Weekends in Bournemouth

I am just about to embark for Bournemouth visit and check out the hotels and activity sites we use in Bournemouth for our stag dos.

I have been to Bournemouth many times and absolutely love the town. 

This stag do beach destination has loads to offer; from Rage Buggies, clay pigeon shooting, surfing, quad biking and paintball to a 7 mile sandy beach, fantastic night life and great restaurants.

It caters for lots of different types of stag parties, from the older golfing parties to the young energetic stag groups wanting sun, sex and Stella.

The accommodation down in Bournemouth has dramatically improved recently and all the hotels we use meet a very high standard, in fact I am staying in one of our 3 star hotels tonight and look forward to relaxing in front of my flat screen tv in my bedroom, taking a shower in my wet room, before drinking in the lively late bar downstairs.

I will obviously be testing out the daytime activities which means, thrashing around on a quad and Rage Buggy before missing every bird when I go clay shooting (bird = clay).

Then there's the night, testing all the bars and clubs including the ones specifically for the gentlemen, which our stag dos love.

It's a hard job, but someone has to do it!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Winter Stag Do Activities

With a cold snap around the corner, maybe a quick reminder of what stag do activities can handle winter without breaking stride.

First of all the farmer's favourite, the quad bike, these four wheel drive machines can handle any terrane and as much snow as mother nature can send it's way.

It's not just the versatility of these bikes which make them popular, some can reach speeds of up to 60mph and getting air between terra-firma and the wheels is easily done making them an extreme stag do activity.

To go to the other spectrum of activities are the indoor ones such as karting and paintball. 

Indoor karting are always a good move as the elements cannot disrupt your racing line.

Indoor Paintball is also a fantastic move however, outdoor paintball in the snow, in my mind, is pretty awesome.

No mention of water activities, however if you are made of sterner stuff go white water rafting or gorge walking, the cold water will shake away your hangover and the wet-suite will keep you nice and toastie.  

Rage Buggies and outdoor karts are not fantastic in the extreme wet or snow so I would recommend staying clear and go for something more robust like the Max Cat or 4x4, however can be a bit tame.

If you really want to tackle the snow at full speed head on your next stag do to Riga and have a go at snow mobile or even bobsleigh.

So for more stag do activity ideas head to the DesignaVenture website.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Nottingham, Bristol And Bournemouth Is A Real Knockout

Looking for a great place to have a cracking stag weekend with a unique activity?

Keep your stag do UK and go to Nottingham, Bristol or Bournemouth and have a go at a hen and stag do activity that will keep you laughing all the way to the pub and the name of this crazy activity is called "It's A Knockout".

Dressed in costumes you will be racing with obstacles, props, inflatables, water and foam. This is the nearest activity you will get to the modern day Wipeout.

This hilarious activity will take up about 3 - 4 hours of your Saturday and will usually start about midday to 1pm. 

Hen and stag parties alike enter teams to compete against each other which adds to the tongue in cheek, good natured, party atmosphere.

The winning team gets a bottle of bubbly to either down or shake and spray, with the latter option being the preferred! 

A compere will keep all teams up to date with the latest scores and will chuckle at you falling over and making a fool of yourself.

In my mind, for memorable, team hen and stag do activities, It's A Knockout takes some beating.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Keep Your Head Whilst On Your Abroad Stag Do

You have just checked into your hotel and the stag party is looking at you, 'the best man', and asking the question; "right what do we do now?"

You are in a new city, a foreign country, you don't recognise any where so you may feel a little out of your depth.

First things first; 'keep your head', advise everyone to congregate in the bar and then you can compose yourself and get people out of your face.

Then, get yourselves on a mini bar crawl around the area you are in, this will help everyone in the group to start recognising the local area their hotel is in.

Alternatively pre book a bar crawl with a guide for your first night, this will then give you a great idea of where the good bars and clubs are and where to keep away from.

Quiz your guide to find out about everything you intend to get up to whilst on your stag weekend, remember she will have first hand knowledge of the city and will know where to party.

A good walk through the city centre will also help you get a hang of the city and there is nothing like sitting in an European Square in the sun having a beer and watching the peaches walk by.

The square is usually is a good meeting point for your stag party as you are likely to loose people to bars and shops.

So to conclude, have a meeting point (a square or a bar), take the boys on a mini bar crawl and then on a walk through the city to the square and finally relax, after all you are on a stag do.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Do I need to Insure My Stag Do?

The plain and simple answer to this question is yes, a stag do like other short breaks and holidays needs to be insured.

But it's two nights in Bournemouth why do I need to waste my money?

Well, for starters a UK policy will probably cost you less than a tenner, giving you peace of mind and protection from unwanted costs or loss of money.

In my opinion one of the main reasons is to cover you is for cancellation. 

For example, say you are two weeks away from your fun filled stag do in Bournemouth and you have an accident or someone in the family gets ill, which stops you from from attending, how are you going to get your money back?

This does happen on a regular basis believe or not, that's why at DesignaVenture we advise you to take out insurance every step of the way, we don't actually sell insurance just the benefit of taking it out.

It will also cover you for other elements whilst on your stag trip including loosing your Smart Phone or more importantly your beer money or even breaking your leg whilst doing something silly, if you are self employed you will need an income.

When taking out insurance check what it covers and what it doesn't as some of the basic policies may not cover some of the above I have mentioned. 

So yes, insurance for your stag do is very important and is vital for a stress free trip.