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When Should I Book The Stag Do?

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This is possibly the first question most Best Men ask themselves as soon as they have been asked by the groom to to be the best man, "when should I book the stag do?". Well it's an easy one really, as soon as you can.

Right that's this post finished, my work is done!

OK, OK that's a bit of a cop out, why do you need to book the stag do as early as you can? What happens if people drop out? Of course; you don't want to loose any money.

These are perfectly good reasons to putting off booking the stag do, however, you will still need to do it, if you put it off it will never happen, so grab the horn by the bulls, I mean grab the bull by the horns and get your mind round it.

Booking early is always best, take it from me - you will get the best hotel, activities, cheaper flight, you will also give the group plenty of time to sort themselves out money wise and time off from work and their spouses.

Here's a little cheeky plug, booking early with a stag do compan…

Stag Do Ideas For February

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February is a funny time of year to have a stag do, you have just got over the hangover of Christmas and it's time to spend some more money on partying, ah well you only live once (or YOLO as some trendy, out there people may say, I don't, because I am neither!).

Below are a list of killer ideas for your stag do in February:

Budget

Christmas is over, however you're still paying for your Mum's bread maker, and you're girlfriend's underwear (hopefully it's not the other way round, or you're in trouble); in this case you don't have an awful amount of cash to spare.

There is no better place to party then the UK with Bournemouth being the number one destination.

As Bournemouth is a Uni town, the bars and clubs are busy most of the year round and in February would you believe Bournemouth heats up nicely with a fantastic party atmosphere.

We have quite a few packages on our Bournemouth section of our website, full of great prices and deals for February.

Bi…

Stag Do Ideas For 2016

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Has your best mate just asked you to be his best man and more importantly asked you to arrange his stag do for year?

2016 is knocking at the door people, it's ringing the doorbell, shouting through your letterbox; within a month and a bit you will be celebrating a New Year, so if you haven't started looking and you're in desperate need of some awesome stag do ideas, you have come to the right place.

DesignaVenture has been in business since 2003 and what we don't know about stag dos ain't worth knowing, or in some cases some of the stuff we do know, shouldn't be worth knowing, what goes on tour, stays on tour and all that!

Sunshine

So if the stag has requested sunshine, sangria and stupidly late nights with copious amounts of beer then look no further than Spain.

Within 2 and 3 hours you can be soaking up the sun, with a pint of San Miguel and the warm Mediterranean sea lapping at your toes.

Popular stag destinations such as Benidorm, Marbella, Majorca, Ibiza all…

Domino Stagging

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What is Domino Stagging?

Basically, in your group of friends, one man will announce he is going to get married and has a stag do to arrange, all of a sudden the boys will start falling down like dominos and the marriage bug will affect all and sundry, it's totally infectious.

It happened to my group of friends and if it hasn't happened to you yet, just wait, it's going to!

So how do I prepare for Domino Stagging?

First of all you will need to get drinking fit, you might need a personal trainer, someone who is going to take you out every night and get you good and drunk, because you'll need to be able to stand up after 5 shots of Sambuca!

Luckily in your twenties and thirties, university life, going out and holidays with the lads etc. most of you will already be drinking fit.

You will need a passport, one with plenty of validity on it. Get a passport cover if you wish, pimp it up, do what ever it takes, but make sure you have one.

Deep pockets, you will also need pockets …

Why On Earth Should We Stag In Tenerife?

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First and foremost, Tenerife is an awesome stag do destination with extremely lively nightlife and fantastic weather all year round.

Where on Earth is Tenerife?

To be precise, Tenerife is; 28.2686° N, 16.6056° W - I think that's a bit too precise Sorry. 

It's just off the coast of North Africa, west of Morocco's most southernly tip and in line with the Western Sahara desert, got it?

So that's why it can boast 365 days of sunshine, roughly around 80° F for most days of the year.

As Tenerife is an island (the largest and busiest of the Canary Islands) as your on a stag do you'll need to know where to party.

Playa De Las Americas or Las Americas is the liveliest resort with 100's of bars and clubs, a sandy beach and an atmosphere at night so cool, you could brush your teeth with it!


The famous Veronicas Strip is a no nonsense, get your head down and party area of Las Americas and it pretends to be nothing else. You will find plenty of bars and clubs to keep even the l…

Stag Do Traditions

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In the UK a stag do is a tradition, a time when a man calls for all his best mates and friends to get together and celebrate his single life before he gets married.

In France they call it "enterrement de vie de garçon" which basically translates to "burial of the life as a boy or bachelor".

Back to the UK, usually the 'stag or groom to be', nominates one, two or even three best men who will then take on the task of organising the stag.

They will not only organise the it but also arrange what's going to happen on the stag, The Traditions.

People think that traditions are hundreds of years old, but in my mind a tradition is something which has passed on from stag to stag.

What are these traditions I hear you ask?

I'm just getting to that...


The Right To Humiliate The Stag

Humiliating the stag is a good one to start with, these humiliation rituals are done on different levels of the embarrassment spectrum.

The worst I saw was when a stag, who remains nameless …

Festival and Event Ideas For Your 2016 Stag Do

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2016 is railroading towards us and there is nothing we can do, unless we have a DeLorean and a crazy scientist called Doc we are basically screwed, so best get organised then!

If you have a stag do to organise and you are thinking about including a festival or an event to proceedings get yourself sorted as tickets go fast.

I have put together some top festivals and events for you to consider.

Say the stag loves Formula 1, music or even has a fetish for tomatoes there should be a festival or event that suits.

Let's get started, with an event where you'll need to dress up as you're about to meet the Queen, yes it's Royal Ascot.

At DesignaVenture we have sold loads of Royal Ascot Horse Racing weekends to stag parties, it's such a fantastic weekend and Royal Ascot is famous all over the world. It's an event the stag will remember for the rest of his life, and that's the whole point of a stag weekend right?

If the stag loves speed (we're not talking about t…

Ideas For A Winter Stag Do

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Currently we are having a very nice end to September and maybe a warm start to October, but let's not kid ourselves people, winter will be on us like a randy dog finding a kennel full of bitches, pre op!

Wether it's a Christmas wedding, a Valentine's day wedding or just a winter wedding; winter is a fantastic time to have a stag do, for a start it's usually cheaper and muddier, what more do you want, jam on it?

THE UK

The UK is a fantastic choice, that's why it's called Great Britain (I'm more cheesy than than a packet of Wotsits).

If you are feeling really brave and want to beast the lads book Canyoning or White Water Rafting, honestly this will be memorable, we have some incredible stag do packages in North Wales with these activities in.

If you prefer a more indoor affair, the UK has some incredible facilities and activities. From indoor karting and Bubble Football for the active groups, cider and whisky tasting for the groups looking to keep warm and dr…

Booking Flights For Your 2016 Stag Party

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If you are thinking of going abroad next year for your stag do then read on people as important news is in.

Easyjet and Ryanair have released their flights all the way up to June 2016.

"So why is this big news?"

Good question my laddie, most stag parties use Ryanair and Easyjet as their prices are low and they offer loads of routes.

The norm with flight seats especially low cost and scheduled airlines is they sell their cheapest seats first:

For example:

The first 1 -  20 seats = £25.00 per seat
20 - 49 seats = £35.00 per seat
 50 - 75 seats = £75.00 per seat

and so on...

We also currently have a very strong pound bringing down continental airport taxes which will also help bring down your ticket.

All this contributes to low seat prices, so booking your stag do early really down make sense.

The only downside is that you need to book and pay in full for all your flight seats, so that means you will need everyone's first and surnames all spelt correctly (matches their passp…

Best Man Duties

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This is your 'Best Man Duties'... how it really is, so pull up a chair digest and get excited about the big day, after all you are one of the main members of the wedding congregation!

First Of All organise The Stag Do
You will quickly discover that people say one thing but actually mean another, ‘yes’ means ‘maybe’ and ‘no’ means ‘I might change my mind’. Spreadsheets will become the bane of your life and you will probably question why your mate has some very annoying flakey friends!

That’s where DesignaVenture can help relieve the pressure, on this amazing website (we are a little biased) you can book online, view your booking online, send people invites, get them to pay individually (online or over the telephone), see who has paid at any time and on top of all that you have the incredible DesignaVenture customer service, which is second to none.

At The Church

Assisting The Groom On His Wedding Day
First and foremost you will need to provide him with mints to hide the smell of …

Book Your Stag Do Early

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We are always banging on about booking early, it really is the best route when arranging a stag do, well you know what they say; "the early bird catches the worm" and "the second mouse get's the cheese!"

I know it's Autumn (officially, Autumn starts on the 22nd September at 10:29pm if you're interested, I am sure you're not), but booking your stag do for next summer is a good call.

I feel you need reasons why you should book early:

If you are booking flights, booking your seats early doors will save you a whole pile of money, depending on where you wish to fly to, you could save up to £200 per person (I might as well stop there, I feel saving a whopping £200 per person is evidence enough, however I will prevail).You should get your first choice of accommodationBooking early will also mean activity slots will be empty ready for your group to grabYou'll get your first choice of activities and times There are also more practical reasons to book earl…

Hilarious Jokes Your Best Man's Speech Needs

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As best man you will need to be funny, hilarious, you have to bring the house down, so no pressure!

Lucky for you there is help out there, this incredible post will give you loads of free best man jokes, plus other jokes which you may be able to slip into your set, I mean speech.

First of all lets try and cover the funniest best man jokes (in our opinion, other jokes may be funnier):

Best Man Funnies

The groom has told me that they are going to Wales for their Honeymoon, well his exact words to me was "as soon as we're married, I'm going to Bangor for a week".

A best man's speech should be like a mini-skirt, short enough to keep everyone's attention, longer enough to cover the essentials.

The groom, he's witty, good looking, caring, thoughtful, honest, char...char..ming, sorry I can't read his writing.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it's been an incredible day, everything has gone amazingly well, the bride looks draw droopingly beautiful "I am speechles…

Attention Stags: Bournemouth Is Calling!

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Have you been passed the privilege of being the best man? As well as delivering a cracking speech, top of your agenda is planning an epic stag do that will go down in the history books.
There’s plenty of stag do destinations to choose from, but none like the unique coastal party town of Bournemouth.
This cosmopolitan party town has everything you need for a stag do set for success.
This epic town has it all: miles of golden beaches, a buzzing atmosphere and amazing nightlife.
There’s plenty to see and do in this beachside fun spot, so to help you and your stag group get the absolute most out of your weekend, we’ve put together The Ultimate Bournemouth Stag Do Survival Guide
When it comes to organising a stag do, maximum fun and minimum planning is the key. Our survival guide tells you all you need to know to make for a stag weekend to remember.
With everything from the need to know, from packing your Bournemouth backpack to daytime activities, nightlife and getting around, the Bo…

It's Just Plane Safety Boys

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You've just arrived by coach with the lads into Gatwick airport. As it's a stag do, the beers have been flowing like the water fountains in Rome, so it's a quick check in / bag drop off before hitting the bar in the departure lounge, right?

Before you know it, getting to your seat on the plane is quite the struggle, you're the last ones to get on the plane and your creating quite a stir.

You may remember a plane journey like this, I certainly did a few like this when I was younger, however the airline industry as a whole are clamping down on passengers getting too squiffy before getting on a flight ("squiffy?" makes me sound a bit like Boris Johnson!).

Ryanair have even gone one step further and stopped passengers taking any duty free booze onboard flights from the UK to Ibiza! So if you have bought duty free booze it will have to be surrendered at the gate, put into a suitable item of cabin luggage, tagged and put into the hold free of charge. If you only h…

Bubble Football Inflates

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If you have never heard of Bubble Football also known as Zorb Football before, then I have a question for you, where on earth have you been?

Since early last year when an Italian Bubble Football video went viral (see below), this activity became the next must do stag activity.


The idea is to run as fast as you can at your opponent, knock him off his feet, steal the ball and score a goal; easier said then done!

Bubble football is loads of fun, it's not always easy to knock someone over but it's loads of fun trying. I had a knack of getting people to bounce, which helped me win a few games especially 'last man standing', if you would like to know my secret knack, ask me via my comments box below.

"Why is it such a fantastic stag do activity then?"

I am just getting to that, Bubble Football is a fantastic stag do activity because it combines football, competition, mucking about with your mates, can be done almost anywhere and the whole group can get involved - wi…

UK Stag Do Ideas On The Beach

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It's the first day in July and apparently it's going to be the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures hitting 33 degrees celsius.

Wimbledon is on, it's the third day and apparently if it get's too hot the ladies tennis players are allowed a 10 minute break between sets, but not the same ruling for the men, sexual equality at it's best their lads!

However all this nonsense doesn't fix the fact that you still have a last minute stag do to arrange and need a beach and the sea to cool off in.

Lucky for you then I have compiled some fantastic UK destinations popular with stag dos.

Lets start with the South and move upwards, Newquay is a popular spot for stag and hen parties and is the perfect destination to start things off.

Whether you are after a full on stag weekend with jet ski-ing, coasteering, surfing and quad biking or a more chilled out affair with a packet of John Smiths and a beach towel, Newquay can sort you out big time. The beaches are fanta…

Top 10 Stag Do Ideas That'll Need A Towel

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The UK is about to heat up like a Pizza Oven and there is no better way to keep the boys cool on a stag do then to get them wet, whether it's water, foam or whipped cream you will never regret bringing that towel from home.

I have put together a Top10 of stag do ideas for groups looking to a soaking, with a curve ball which really shouldn't be there but couldn't resist it!

At Number 10 - It's a Knockout

Now available in most popular stag do destinations including Birmingham, Bristol, Nottingham and London, It's a knockout is a mixture of crazy games that involve massive fancy dress costumes, huge inflatables and enough foam to even keep Timmy Mallot happy.


9 - Banana Boat Ride

This activity is so much fun you will pee your pants, literally! Guaranteed to give your group a proper soaking, no one ever gets to stay on, whether you're on a stag do in the Balearics or the UK, this is a great activity for the whole group.



8 - Cardboard Boat Challenge

We actually combine…