Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Stag Do Advice - 5 Top Tips

Your best mate is about to get married and he has put all his faith in you, wanting you to stand by him at the alter and theoretically, give him away.

However, before you get to the church, before you hear those wedding bells ring out there's that age old tradition of arranging the stag do and yes, that's down to you.

I have put together 5 top tips that should help you arrange, what's possibly, the most important weekend you have ever organised.

1 - The Price is Right

Before you can decide on anything you need a budget. You need to find out from the stag how much his mates are willing to spend. One of the biggest crimes, and we know this, is organising a stag do or weekend that none of his mates can afford, we have had many stag dos cancelled or need drastic changes due to the best man over pricing the stag do.

I am not saying we are expensive, on the contrary, I am stating that the best man with all good intentions,  wants to arrange the best stag do known to man.

However booking; 5 nights in a hotel with 7 daytime activities, 4 meals, 3 bar crawls, nightclub and lap dancing clubs every night can sometime blow the budget!

There's no point organising a lavish weekend when it's just you and the stag that goes!

Equally, don't book hostel accommodation when all his mates are used to staying in 5 star hotels, again you might find it will be just you and the stag staying in a 20 bed dorm!

So price your stag do right, communicate with your mates via a private Facebook page, WhatsApp, Twitter... whatever means you choose to communicate, you must communicate, as communication is 75% of organisation.

2 - Don't Peak Too Soon

It's that age old cliche when on the stag do everyone is leathered by 4pm and the night was a right-off. That's not a memorable weekend for the stag, he isn't going to look back on and say what a weekend that was, he might but all for the wrong reasons.

So organise something for the day, even if it's just a game of footie or cricket on the beach, put a break between the pints, keep it fairly civil so the night can be thoroughly enjoyable.

There are loads of activity ideas on our website, go and have a gander and get up to speed on what's on offer.

3 - Stag Kitty

The stag night can be damaging enough and not only to your liver, but also to your wallet, so don't get into a pickle, organise a stag kitty.

Put an end to; "well I bought the last round" or "Dave always slopes off to bed when it's his round!"

So, put all this trouble behind you, get everyone to stick in £30 at the start of the night and then have a designated drink buyer or take it in turns to take the stag kitty to the bar - it makes sense.

4 - At Night, Don't get Hung Out To Dry

Most stag groups are 10+ blokes, so seeing a burley group of lads half-cut rock up to a venue can be fairly daunting for the door security or a bar owner.

Make sure you have your night planned out, with your group booked in to clubs and bars (where possible) prior to arrival. Booking through a stag do organiser like DesignaVenture who will be able to take care of this however if you decide to go DIY, make sure you have spoken to the venues you intend to visit and get your group booked in.

Also, if you have booked yourselves in but haven't paid anything have a Plan B, as there is still no guarantee of getting in and door security can sometimes be very unreasonable.

5 - Look After The Stag

You are now on the home straight, everything's sorted you're on the stag do with a few beers onboard,  the banter is flying around like an Australian wild fire and some of the guys have mentioned the prank word or let's shave the stag or whatever they have in mind.

Now you agreed to be best-man, his wingman, and you need to step up to the mark and make sure nothing bad happens to the stag, especially if it jeopardises the wedding photos resulting in the bride giving you the cold shoulder for the rest of your life - so look after him, he is your best mate after all.

Are you in a quandary about whether the stag should pay for his stag do, we have a post all about this topic and a survey.

We also have put together a post on the ultimate 101 guide to arranging a stag do.

Good luck.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Adventurous Stag Do Ideas

Picture this; your stag is more adventurous than Bear Grylls, he would squeeze elephant dung for a thirst quenching drink, he'd climb a mountain just in his nicky nacky noos and swim the channel just to show you, he could.

Well, if you have to organise a stag weekend for this beast of a man which activities would do? How do you feed his appetite for adrenalin?

I am not too sure how wild he'd want his activities and remember there's got to be a limit otherwise people won't go, so here are some adventurous stag weekend activity ideas:

When we were kids a large part of Coasteering, which is basically chucking yourself off rocks into the sea, we called tomb-stoning.  However very rarely did we go as high as 60ft, in fact I think we never did, if you're coasteering 60ft is one of the mid range jumps.

Coasteering isn't just about chucking yourself off cliffs, it's also about exploring the rugged coastline where you'll find caves, beautiful coves and sheer cliff faces which you have to traverse to get from A to B - it's called free climbing and if you fall expect a splash and luckily not a splat!

Our Favourite stag destinations for this activity:

Flying down an Olympic standard ice race track like a Torpedo, if this doesn't make your stag smile, nothing will!

Usually there are 4 people per bobsleigh and you get to hurtle down the track twice, the winning team will obviously get to the bottom the quickest. Would you prefer the heavier boys in your team or is there an advantage to having the lightest team?

The only drag is you have to travel to Riga, "oh what a drag travelling to a country where in some bars the pints are less than a quid and the nightlife is so electric you can charge your phone off of it."

Our Favourite stag destinationfor this activity:

Bushcraft Weekend
I have now gone to the other part of adventure where it sides on the art of survival rather than exhilaration.

On a Bushcraft Weekend you will not die of starvation and drinking booze won't be an issue however, you will learn a huge amount of survival techniques and should Armageddon come, wouldn't it be funny if you had to explain to people when you were gutting a rabbit or starting a fire from nothing but wood or building a shelter that you learnt these skills on a stag do!

There is one thing wrong with the last paragraph, mainly Armageddon wouldn't be funny.

Bushcraft days and weekends are great fun and are not too serious, you could always spend one night in the survival field and then one night in a 4 star hotel in Swansea, I am sure that's what Bear Grylls or Ray Mears would do.

Our Favourite stag destination for this activity:

Slightly similar to Coasteering where you're chucking yourself off high ledges into deep pools however you walking up a gorge and taking in the stunning scenery.

You also get to walk behind waterfalls (amazing), abseil down waterfalls (what are you the new Dairy Milk man?), slide down smooth rocks into deep pools and in some locations slide down zip wires from hair-raising heights!

Canyoning features in our video at the bottom of this post.

Our Favourite stag destinations for this activity:
North Wales
Brecon Beacons (servicing Bristol, Cardiff or Hereford)

White Water Rafting
No adventure filled stag do should be complete without a proper dunking and White Water Rafting will give you that and more.

Experience frothing and furious water trying to get somewhere fast and taking you along for the ride. Add a group of stags clinging onto the boat and trying to stay afloat and you have yourself an awesome activity.

Our Favourite stag destinations for this activity:
North Wales

For more details watch the video below: