Friday, 23 January 2015

Short Stag Do Guide To Edinburgh

If you have never visited the Scottish capital before (it's Edinburgh by the way, not Glasgow) then you are in for an incredible surprise, Edinburgh is truly awesome.

It's not huge, you can pretty much walk around the centre in a day, and the nightlife is infamous.

Quick guide to the areas:

The West End
Bars, clubs and pubs, good restaurants with a Bohemian atmosphere, becoming popular with stag parties looking for a more sophisticated night out.

You can find The West End, west of Prince's Street.

Prince's Street
Mainly shops, with old Georgian style roads going  North which have some great restaurants and pubs.

Very lively and to memory lots of student type bars and clubs, great places for pub crawling.

The Royal Mile
One of Edinburgh's most visited streets with fantastic late night pubs, cafe's and whiskey shops, if you fancy a late night tipple The Royal Mile is a great place to go.

Is Edinburgh Busy?

As the Americans would say, "you bet your asse it's busy."

Times to avoid when trying to book your stag do in Edinburgh, are whole of August (Edinburgh Tattoo and the famous Comedy Fringe Festival) and February and March when there's six nation matches at Murrayfield.

Also, New Year when Hogmanay is celebrated in Scotland, they actually get an extra bank holiday over New Year, and that's because they party so hard!

Where do you think the song Auld Lang Syne comes from?

What Can I do on my Stag in the Day?

Now you are talking, Edinburgh obviously has Paintball sites, indoor and outdoor karts, quads, rage buggies and all the popular stag activities known to man however, if you are prepared to travel an hour and a half into the highlands you have the best white water rafting in the UK. 

There are also other fantastic stag activities up in the highlands including cliff jumping, canyoning and if you fancy sticking on a kilt, Highland Games.

If you prefer to stay close to the Edinburgh book yourself on to a whiskey distillery tour, after 2 hours of tasting and seeing how it's made, the golden nectar will mean something completely different to you when you leave.

On the DesignaVenture website we offer loads of stag do ideas in Edinburgh including packages and activities, take a look.

Good luck and if you have ideas on what to do on a stag do to Edinburgh, fill in the comments boxes below, our readers would love to hear from you.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Top End Stag Do Ideas

So you have a bit of money to spend on a stag do and you're not looking for a "Kiss Me Quick" stag do in Blackpool (very 80's), it's a good look.

I have compiled some top end stag do ideas for the stag party that has some money to spend.

By the way, I'm not going as far as 10 nights on Necker Island or a week on the Space Station, just activities and ideas that you can actually book.

Let's start with Milton Keynes. not your usual top-end stag do destination however when you're racing Stock Cars around an oval track at top speed who cares where you are!

I do love Milton Keynes, I am not disrespecting the big MK, honest.

Book either an exclusive event for your group or join an open event, these racing machines are amazing to drive and the whole event will turn an ordinary stag do into an incredible one.

You want Barcelona, but you're sick of going cattle class, then book yourself a private jet!

It's going to put you back between £2,500 and £3,500 depending on when you go, where you stay and exactly how lavish you want your stag do. We booked (DesignaVenture) a similar stag do to Prague last year; private jet, limo from the airport etc and the the 7 man stag do paid just over £3k per person.

If you prefer the sea to the skies, grab a yacht and head out onto the Ocean, with a qualified skipper and a boat full of booze (responsible drinking, we don't want to hear "Man Overboard"), head to the Isle of Wight from Southampton.

Prince William did a similar stag do a couple of years ago, so you'll be in good company.

If sailing the open seas, makes you weak at the knees then stay on firm ground and book a lavish Manor House.

Create a weekend of dining like kings and get caterers in, enjoy croquet on the lawn, play pool and drink whisky until the cows start mooing.

I am sure someone will have a couple of decks and as your nearest neighbours are a ten minute drive away, turn up the base and kick back, to me this is a fantastic stag do!

Ibiza is where the celebrities well, celebrate, so book your flights to the beautiful white island.

A Villa with pool near San Antonio is the accommodation of choice and a visit to Pacha or Space should be on your itinerary. In July and August Ibiza is extremely busy and very expensive so booking early is a must.

There are loads of top end stag do ideas, I could literally go on for days, if you have a wish list or a fantastic 'top-end stag do idea', enter it below in the comments box and trump mine.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

5 Ways To Beat The Stag Do Stresses

It's all very well saying yes to being best man, because let's face it, it's quite an honour, however, your jobs don't just consist of carrying the ring and making sure the groom gets to the church on time, you also have the ultimate task, the task that tops all tasks, and thats arranging the stag do.

For any well seasoned holiday planner arranging 20 men to Prague or even Bournemouth is going to be a huge ball ache, guys are notorious to committing, forgetting and then demanding (hen parties are a whole different ball game so don't feel so bad on yourself for being a man!).

First of all you need to arm yourself with some solid stag do knowledge, which you must use from day one.

1. Communication

Whether you have just passed wind, or changed the karting from 1pm to 11am the whole group needs to know about it. Communication is key to arranging a successful stag do, if people have all the information they need before they go, then they'll leave you to enjoy the stag weekend as they have all the information you have!

Ideas on what to communicate:

  • Date of stag do (if it ever changes, everyone will need to know)
  • Payment deadlines
  • Addresses for hotel, activity venues etc.
  • Activity and hotel descriptions
  • What to wear (daytime activities, nightclubs, fancy dress themes etc.)
  • Dietary Requirements to the venue, if any
  • Any restrictions that may apply such as; age, weight, height etc.

"How do I communicate this information?"

2. Technology

We live in a world of amazing technology, everyone has a smart phone, most people have a twitter or facebook account, so blooming well use it, it's free!!!

Set up a facebook page (you can make it private if you wish) with all the information on, this can include plenty of banter between everyone and you can also get great ideas from the boys to stitch up the stag, talking about stag do pranks take a look at our top 10.

Alternatively, to keep it old school you can set up an email group which is not only great for banter but will give you ample opportunity to communicate all your information.

"That's all very good and that, but what about guys in the stag do that don't communicate back to me straight away?"

3. Allow Yourself Breathing Space

When arranging a stag do you will find yourself working to a few deadlines, for example:

  • Everyones names for flight bookings
  • API (airline passenger information) now a legal requirement before you travel all airlines want your passport information weeks before you fly
  • Payment deadlines
  • Rooming lists
  • Meal requirements
I could go on and on...

In order to give yourself breathing space as you will find getting information out of some people can be extremely difficult is to give everyone a fortnight date before your deadline date.

"OK, some of the groom's mates are not getting back to me at all even though I know they have received the details I have sent them out."

4. Get Tough

When you have tried your best to get people on board and some people just don't communicate or pay their way, then give them a deadline and if they don't work to it, forget about them, 9 times out of 10 they are time wasters.

This rules does not apply to the stag, by the way.

"Brilliant, OK where do I sign?"

5. Use a reputable stag do company 

Now I am not going to bang-on about how great DesignaVenture is, because reading this and many of our other articles and seeing our reviews on Trustpilot you will already know this, but I think using a stag do company like DesignaVenture will cut your stress in half, at least.

For example DesignaVenture and other reputable stag do companies can do the following:

  • Arrange the whole stag weekend for you saving you bundles of time
  • Stag do members can pay individually direct to the company via their website or over the phone
  • They will send you out an information pack (electronically) with all the details you need in so you can forward it on to the group
  • Not forgetting, helping you sort names for the flights, rooming lists, dietary requirements etc.
So, don't be a stress-head, follow these 5 simple steps and have a stress free stag do.