Tuesday, 24 June 2014

The Infamous Stag Do Grows Up

Stag dressed in rubber ring with bucket and spade ready for the beach
When you mention the phrase 'stag do', you can imagine pub doors shutting, people running for cover and hotel managers shaking in their boots, however things are changing, a new dawn of stag weekends has arrived.

I am not saying alcohol, drinking games, songs and stag do pranks are obsolete, I am just saying that bonding the group by adrenaline-pumping adventure is much higher up the agenda. I am also stating that our life styles are changing.

From jumping off high cliffs into deep sea pools to racing fully race prepared stock cars spending more money on activities seems to be the way forward.

A fantastic memory to take with you into married life is the way forward these days with stag groups opting for excitement and adventure.

43% of best men chose activities with the stag in mind, for example if the 'groom-to-be' is into motor bikes a motorised activity would be on the itinerary such as Quad bikes or Rage Buggies, if he loved to play football then bubble football (a favourite in 2014) would be booked.

Another reason to book activities is to encourage less drinking in the day avoiding total carnage by 4pm, proof of the stag do growing up.

Stag Cheering At Ascot Racecourse
More thought processes are going into booking stag dos, such as choosing themed activities which would match their fancy dress, stag do games and what's going on in the world of sport, like the World Cup, Royal Ascot or the Olympics.

By concentrating on themes, booking various activities and with the average age of the first time groom hitting 32 years old, stag dos will be more sophisticated, more grown up and much more friendly / conscientious.

What about stags getting married for the second or third time, we have a great post on stag do ideas for the older man - here.

Monday, 16 June 2014

10 Amazing Stag Weekends In The UK

Some days we just want to unashamedly plug our stag weekends, well we do arrange killer stag weekends that our clients absolutely love, and these are amazing stag do ideas!

Lets start with the Daddy of destinations for adventurous stag weekends and that's North Wales. This stag package rocks adventure like a Dyson sucks air:


White Water Rafting
White Water and Wheels Weekend
This incredible package includes 2 nights accommodation, breakfast, evening meal, white water rafting and quad biking - more details

Heading to Cornwall now for one of DesignaVenture's most popular stag weekend in Newquay:

Newquay Wheels and Water
This package includes 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast, the awesome Jet Ski-ing, Quad Biking and entry into 2 fantastic clubs - tell me more

Going south......

Bournemouth Rocks
Bournemouth really does rock and this package is absolute proof. Included are a ruck loads of motor activities, shooting activities and lap and nightclubs. Certainly a different kind of adventure, but an stag do adventure all the same - more details

Up North.....

Absolute Splash - Edinburgh
Cliff jumping and white water rafting in the highlands, adventurous stag weekends don't get any better than this, lap dancing on the moon comes close mind - more details.

The Midlands....

Rage Buggy
Rage Buggies Bikes & Boogie - Nottingham
This is extremely popular with the stags at DesignaVenture, they love rage buggies, quad biking, clay pigeon shooting and 2 nights in a 3 - 4 star hotel in Nottingham with a nightclub chucked in for good measure - more details.

Or

Petrol, Pistols and Pooches - Birmingham
What a mouthful and let's be honest here - what a stag weekend! Shooting rifles and pistols, racing rage / rebel buggies, dog racing, lap dancing and nightclub entry, it's like a weekend of Grand Theft Auto, but this time it's the real thing - more details.

Going country.....

Bristol Gorge Weekend
This isn't a weekend of stuffing your face (gorge, get it? Oh never mind!), this is an extremely popular stag do in Bristol with canyoning / gorge walking as the main activity. You will love the city centre 4 star hotel, your nightclub within walking distance and the drag of having to go to a lap dancing club, which includes a free beer and a dance for the stag, these stag dos are hard work - more details.

Going posh....

Hover Party - Chester
One thing Chester is world famous for is Hovercrafting, well actually it's not, but it should be. because the Hovercrafts that feature in this package are superb, you also get do some archery, 2 nights in a 3 star city centre hotel and entry into a club, a stag do with spunk - more details.

Going really posh....

Horse Racing At Ascot
Ascot Racing Weekend - Reading
Not only are you going to the world famous horse racing track where the queen frequents, you have transport there and 2 nights in a city centre 4 star hotel, no wonder it's so fricking popular - more details.

Having it large, but.......

Rods & Reel Laugh - Cardiff
Get your sea legs on and take a trip to Cardiff for a day's sea fishing before settling down to a comedian bang on about how crap his life is, love it! - Even more details.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Top Stag Do Stories

Everyone loves a stag do story, funny or bad they are extremely entertaining and may even give you some inspiration, it may also help you not make the same mistakes.

Kidnapped Stag, Shingles and a Rusty Old Bike

Whether you are a celebrity or just a normal being, if your stag do story is entertaining enough it will hit the papers just like poor Ollie McAninch (non celebrity) story.

This poor fella was with his future wife Clair Hunt (who was in on the scam), driving along a country lane when 16 masked me blocked the road, pulled the unsuspecting stag out of the car, he was then bound and gagged and thrown into the back of a black van (Ford Transit or similar).

He was then driven 100 miles into devon, stripped and made to wear a Mankini and then given a rusty old bike, a map and ordered to ride the 10 miles to his stag do, he thought his stag do was the following week!

Ollie, got the shingles after this prank kidnapping and as its extremely contagious, he was not allowed to see his FiancĂ©  for the month before his wedding.

Bill Murray Crashed A Stag Do

A stag party in the states was joined by the amazing Bill Murray. He gave this unsuspecting stag party some priceless advice "You know how funerals are not for the dead, but for the living, bachelor parties are not for the groom but for the uncommitted!".

He went on to tell the stag party that before they agree to get married they should buy 2 plane tickets and go around the world with their intended. They should go to places that are hard to get into and hard to get out, then after they get back to JFK (New York airport) if they still love their girlfriend they should get married there and then at the airport.

Brilliant!

A Stag's shoe takes a sight-seeing tour of Cardiff before being posted 400 miles to Scotland, back to it's rightful owner.

Got your attention?

Cool, let me explain, Scott Watson came home after work on the Thursday night to his home in Falkirk to find a parcel with his brown shoe in it, the shoe he thought he lost on his stag do in Cardiff the Sunday night before.

However, there was also a note with the shoe with an explanation, thank goodness I say, as Scott was so bladdered he couldn't remember how he lost it!

"Hi Scott, my name is David and I was you and your friend's taxi driver on Sunday night. I thought I would enclose this letter to explain why I have your shoe, as the two of you were pretty tanked on Sunday Evening.

"Basically you wanted your shoe to see the sights of Cardiff with me on my night shift so you can gave me your shoe and your address and made me promise I would send it back.

"As I am a man of my word I have done so, I hope it reaches you OK and I hope the two of you got home OK. Take care, David.

"P.S. tell your friend thanks for the coffee."

Thanks to WalesOnline website for covering this story so well.

Our next stag do story shows you how easily things can go wrong

A groom to be from Poole in Dorset was travelling back from Alicante to Bournemouth on a Ryanair flight after having a great stag do in Spain.

According to an article in the daily mail online he was supposedly flirting with the Air Hostess and and slapped her on the bottom and told her she was very pretty.

The air hostess took great offence to this apparent act and has taken the groom to court, who at this moment is awaiting for his sentence after pleading guilty to being drunk on the flight and to one charge of assault by beating.

He will be sentenced on June 16 which is two months before he is due to get married.

The original stag do smurf story
In June 2007 a stag party from Birmingham rented a midget for 4 days and handcuffed him to the stag, 24 hours a day.

This poor midget (he got paid to do this, plus expense) was painted blue to look like a smurf and handcuffed to the stag and had to do everything the stag did, which included toilet breaks, sleep, shower, eat, drink etc.

Since this epic stag do prank, midget hire has grown tenfold with celebrities getting in on the act including JLS and Louis from One Directions 'soon to be' father in law.

When you read about this prank all over the net the in-joke was "no midgets were harmed during this weekend".  May I just have a reality check here and say if you do intend to hire a midget, please make sure that you respect him / her, in every way.

5 Stag Do Stories in short

Groom went to a lap dancing club, went into a room for a lap dance by two ladies (paid for by the stag party) and one of the lap dancers was his ex-girlfriend's mum.

A stag in Finland was sat in a wheelbarrow, naked being pushed around by his mates giving out bags of popcorn to anyone who asked, this was slowly exposing his wedding tackle.

An American bachelor party went to Atlantic City (about an hour from where they live) and booked a stripper to meet them in the VIP area, as the stripper starts her act the stag's brother stands up shouts "WTF" and storms out of the club. The stripper starts crying and scampers off, the group find the stripper to find out what was going on and she said four words, "that was my boyfriend".

In the 1970's a New Zealand stag was sent to Australia without a passport or money "to see how he would cope!" said the best man. Not only did he not make his wedding, the bride was so annoyed she called the whole thing off.

I read on a forum this line, which is short and sweet - My mate was in the RAF and put the poor hammered stag on a flight to the Falklands, ouch!