Friday, 30 September 2016

Stag Don'ts

This blog is packed to the rafters with ideas, advice and help for what can be a tricky weekend to organise; the infamous stag do.

Over the years we have gained copious amounts of experience (well, we have been around since 2003 you know) from our own experiences and reading stacks of articles on problem stag dos, so we thought we would collate this information in to a post all about helping you keep your nose clean!

We are not trying to turn your stag do event in to a damp squid in anyway, we are actually trying to help you do quite the opposite!

Number 1 - Don't booze up before flying, unlike Red Bull and Vodka it seriously doesn't mix well

Keep off the booze if you're about to get on a flight. We are not saying don't have a few beers, just don't get larruped!

Too many stag parties this year alone have hit the headlines after being kicked off flights or worse still, landed halfway through the flight at the nearest airport and been arrested, this can also be seriously costly to you, definitely the best way to totally ruin a stag do!

Number 2 - Don't pay for the group in full, then expect them all to pay you back.

OK,  We know you want the best stag do for your mate, but picking up the tab because you’re the organiser of the stag do is certainly unwise, especially paying for people you don't know or trust in the group.

Within a time frame, typically 4 weeks of departure, most stag companies will not refund for cancelled places so don't pay for people unless they have paid you or you trust them explicitly. People are extremely fickle and will say "yes count me in" just to be apart of the conversation, you have been warned.

Number 3 - Don't forget to bring Your ID

If you look under 25 most venues these days will ask for ID, so don't leave it to chance bring your ID to the stag do, unless you have grey hair and have more bags under your eyes then my bag-for-life draw, actually you better bring ID to, you may of had a hard paper round.

Number 4 - Don't be rude

The last thing you want to do is p*ss people off in your hotel, at the activity site or restaurant/clubs, so be civil and enjoy your weekend. Getting kicked off site, or out of your digs halfway through the night is not cool. It's not just your time you will spoil it may be your mates as well.

Number 5 - Don’t get on it before your daytime activities 

If you plan to drink the entire stag weekend make sure you haven’t booked any activities which cannot be done under the influence. There have been cases were activity providers have refused groups to protect their and your safety.

So if you have an activity enjoy it and then get on it, not the other round.

Number 6 - Don't be gobby or go all social media 

'What goes on tour, stays on tour' and this old rule may sound crass, obnoxious, laddie or whatever you want to label it, it's a great rule to stick by, you maybe protecting your fellow staggers and others. 

Remember some people would rather not know. No one likes their bubble burst.

Number 7 - Don’t be a total Tw*t

Please note; fortunately this only applies to less than 1%

Don't be that tw*t in the group that urinates on a monument, shouts obscenities or exposes themselves because you think its funny, even if you have the body of Aiden Turner, you could be arrested, or worse still; just be a total liability to the other members of the group who will be wishing you’d drop down a crack in the pavement.

All joking aside do you really want to be the one remembered for all the wrong reasons?

We have endless other stag do advice and tips, plus even a 101 guide, explore our blog and have a brilliant stag do.

Good luck!

Thursday, 22 September 2016

10 Very Different Stag Do Ideas

Grooms and Best-Men these days are always on the look-out for unusual or different stag do ideas, what's unusual or different to them could be something that another group did last year, so keeping up with the Jones' is getting harder and harder.

So we thought we better get out there, scrambled across rocks, duck under waterfalls, fly through cyber space and find you 10 different stag do ideas which are both affordable and attainable, well 2 are a bit pricey, but 8 out of 10 isn't bad!

Trabant Driving Experience in Berlin

You have never driven on old banger like it, it has a 2 stroke engine (I don't know what that means) and driving it will take you back to the Cold War days. Imagine you and your group chugging away through the old Berlin Streets in these vintage machines, memorable and OK very different.

A Trabant Car

Currently we are selling this experience for £61.00 per person.

Climb Kilimanjaro

Extreme I know, but it will mean only a small stag group as most of his mates won't be up for it, but what a buzz, an experience never to be forgotten, or is it Everest next year?

Mount Kilimanjaro

Prices start from £2,001 per person including flights, you could include a stop off in Amsterdam on the way back, to do something completely stag related.

Mini Moto Racing - Bristol

If you want to look like you've just nicked a little boys scrambler (hippo on a small motorbike comes to mind) then racing these Mini Moto Racing bikes are the ideal stag activity. Racing around an indoor track you will have proper races in small engined bikes, loads of fun!

A mini moto with a lovely lady on it

Prices start from £41.00 per person

Bridge Swinging - Bratislava

OK, WTF is Bridge Swinging, alright don't get shirty and foul mouthed, it's got nothing to do with getting off with a bridge, just stepping off one, then swinging at breakneck speeds until you come to a halt. Adrenalin, last night's beers and that kebab you had on the way home will all come into effect the minute you step off that platform - ouch! But what a laugh...

A Man Bridge swinging in Bratislava

Prices are from £38.00 per person

Air Combat - Las Vegas

OK, this is a totally crazy activity, you are sat in the cockpit being chased or chasing your mate in another plane; like a proper dog fight. The only thing not real is the bullets and missiles, as apparently real missiles are "too dangerous". However, when you manage to get a hit on your opponents plane, smoke comes out the back of their plane, how cool is that!!

Air Combat, plane hit and smoking

Prices start from £1,020.00 per person

DTV Shredder - Chester or Liverpool

A completely weird contraption which can basically rip up and cope with any type of terrain you throw at it. A futuristic and slightly Mad Max looking vehicle which will give you copious amounts of fun.

A DTV Shredder

Price start from £66.00 per person

White Water Bugging - North Wales

Head first going down a white water river is a definite a no no, you speak to Bear Grylls, he will tell you "feet first, so you don't smash your head on a rock", OK good advice Bear but what about if you're on a white water bug? Take that Grylls, but great advice if you're not on a bug. They look great fun don't they?

A White water bug with man racing down river

Prices start from £56.00 per person

Cardboard Boat Challenge, Bath Tub Racing & Banana Ride - Reading

That's right people you build a boat out of cardboard before racing it across a lake, then race each other in motorised bath tubs and to cap it all off we will pull you round a lake by speedboat whilst you are hanging on to dear life to a inflatable banana. You wanted something different, and I think we've delivered.

a stag do in boats made of Cardboard racing across a lake in Reading

From £60.00 per person

Fire Eating Masterclass - London

If your groom is a bit of a circus fanatic or in his day could juggle, unicycle and smoke all at the same time then this activity is perfect for his stag do. You'll need to brave enough to lick a burning stick and juggle things which are on fire - brave or stupid - the jury's out!

A lady fire breathing

From £41.00 per person

Bushcraft Night - Swansea

Talking of fire, you will learn how to make a fire with just sticks, you will also learn how to build a shelter, get a chance to use big knives and axes properly, identify edible plants and also; learn how to cook on an open fire. There is also time to have a few beers around a camp fire, well it is a stag do after all.

How to make fire

From £186.00 per person (2 day course)
From £96.00 per person (1 Day course)

All the above price are correct when this post was published, for up to date prices and other unusual / different stag do ideas head over to our website and check them out.

Good luck....

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Huge Stag Do Tip - Book Early

According to the Daily Mail the average time between engagement and marriage is 2 years!

So in reality the stag will know who he will ask to be his best man within the first 6 months of proposing.

As best man or Groom, that's a long time to plan things, and when it comes to the stag do, I personally think that booking it a year in advance is a great idea.

There are many reasons why you should book early including:
  • You'll get the cheapest flights (if going abroad); booking flights late can result in higher fares particularly with Low Cost Airlines (Easyjet, Ryanair etc.)
  • Booking hotel rooms a year in advance usually means that you'll get this year's price for next year, as inevitably most hotels will put their prices up
  • The boys will then have plenty of time to plan and put the date in their diary, before the WAGS get there first!
  •  If you book with a stag company like DesignaVenture, you can pay off the stag do month by month if you wish, helping the lads budget for the big weekend
I think I have covered some important points there, however what about the negatives, will booking early mean you have to shed out loads of money?

This all depends on how and where you have booked your stag do.

A good example; if you book flights for everyone through a Low Cost Airline, they will want their fare up front (just remember you can save up to £200 booking early, so it's quite a big trade off).

Important note; do not pay for anyone you do not know or trust if you cannot get a refund if he pulls out.

What if people drop out?

That's a very good question which I imagine goes through every best man's mind when he books a stag do, well I can only speak for DesignaVenture's T&C's:

If you book a UK stag do or one of our non inclusive flight package abroad we allow people to drop out up until 4 weeks before you go, so that's plenty of time to cancel them off if they haven't paid you.

When booking early we also recommend you get people locked down, so after you have put down your initial £30 deposit we recommend you get a £30 deposit from every member of the group, that way, people will be financially committed to your weekend and it won't just be you and the stag because everyone else has forgotten about it!!

We also have a system where people can pay individually online or over the telephone, so you don't have to get your hands dirty, take a look at our How To Book page.

What if I have booked the wrong the date?

If you book UK or a package that doesn't include flights and want to change the date, this usually shouldn't cause any issues providing there is space for your new date, there may be a minimal admin fee but nothing to worry about.

What if I have booked the flights for the wrong date?

Well that's slightly different, Low Cost airlines these days will usually charge you an admin fee plus the difference in price, for example if you booked to go on the 07th and you have to change to the 14th, your charges would work out to be:

Price of the seat you paid for the 07th = £25.00
The price of the seat for your new date, the 14th = £32.00
Difference = £7.00

Plus, admin fee £25.00 (this is just an example)

So you would have to pay an extra £32.00 per seat to change the date.

Top Tip

Book early, get the date set in stone and plan away, the positives completely out weigh the negatives there are loads to plan for a wedding, this will be one less job to do.

If you have any questions or queries about booking early give us a call on 01432 830880, we love to chat.

Good luck.