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Advice - Booking Flights For Your Stag Weekend

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When you were asked to be best man, I expect that there was a moment of sheer pride, your best mate has asked YOU to basically give him away!

Your next thoughts will be speech and then the stag do (not necessarily in that order).

THE SPEECH, you're going to need balls and a course in public speakingTHE STAG, you're going to need a lot of advice
We have done a stag do glossary which is a window of advice and help for your stag do.


Advice When Booking Your Stag Party Flights
You have 2 options; book though an ATOL bonded stag do company like DesignaVenture, or book them yourself.

Here's an interesting post on Booking a flight inclusive package vs booking your own flights separately.
KILLER ADVICE ON BOOKING YOUR OWN FLIGHTS FIRST OF ALL, GET THE MONEY OFF THE BOYS If your flights are non refundable, like most low cost airlines*, do not pay for anyone you do not 100% trust or know. If these airfare blaggers drop out, you will lose your money, unless you can find a replacement, b…

Stag Do Ideas For 2020

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Booking a stag do for 2020? Look no further Monsieur or even Madam, this incredible stag do ideas guide will help. In 2020, stag weekends will be Lively, Stylish and Adventurous.
2020, THE YEAR OF THE STAG WEEKEND STAYCATION? Recent years have been scorchers in the UK, more and more stag groups are booking to celebrate on this beautiful island we call Great Britain.

Lively UK Stag Destinations For 2020
Bournemouth, Newquay, Brighton, Bristol, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Cardiff and York.

These lively stag destinations in the UK will not let you down, blazing bars, exceptional clubs with an atmosphere to boot.

2020 UK Stag Weekend Destinations Full Of Adventure
North Wales, Hereford, Cardiff, The Lakes, The Highlands Of Scotland & Chester.

At the above adventurous UK destinations you will find Canyoning, The Fastest Zip Wire In The World (North Wales), White Water Rafting, Climbing as well as the firm favourites such as; racing dirt buggies / Rage buggies, paintball and super qu…

Stag Do Destination Guide: Benidorm

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Benidorm is a stag do favourite and, if possible, getting more and more popular each year with groups wanting 3,4 or 5 nights away in the sun.

Before we get knee deep in why you should choose Benidorm for your stag weekend, lets have some no one cares facts:

Population: 67,558 (2018), however 11 million people currently visit each year!Av. Max Temperatures: May 24℃, June 28℃, July 30℃ & August 31℃ Rainfall: 548mm annual rainfall (rainiest month is September, all the rest very low) Sky Living: Benidorm is home to over 300 skyscrapers all with their own leisure space so they don't feel all crammed in. Beaches: The sandy beaches of Benidorm are 100% natural and contrary to rumour the sand has not been imported. The sea is one of the cleanest in Europe and did you know (possibly not) Benidorm was the first resort in Spain to allow Bikinis? Nightlife: Benidorm offers over 1,000 bars and 200 nightclubs so you'll need to come for a month, not a weekend! Do The TripAdvisor Top 10 Bar …

11 Of The Best UK Stag Weekend Destinations For 2020

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2020 is just around the corner and is likely to be with us quicker than Usain Bolt at an all-you-can-eat chicken nugget buffet, so I would say booking your 2020 stag weekend now is a good shout.

We've done a little investigating and found that 2020 in the wedding industry is going to be extremely busy, all the signals are there from our colleagues at various wedding venues, outlets and websites. Your stag weekend is part of this industry so booking early is a must as it's going to be one hell of a busy year!

If you've decided on the UK for your stag do but you don't know where, well luckily the DesignaVenture stag do blog is here to help you decide.

In no particular order here are 11 of the best stag weekend destinations in the UK we think will be incredible in 2020:
NEWCASTLE Whatever you say about the Geordies they are damn friendly and sure know how to party, that's why Newcastle is an extremely friendly stag do destination and makes it into our top 11. River cr…

Your Stag Do Glossary For 2020

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Arranging a stag do can be very difficult, arranging 20 lads to pay, attend and enjoy a weekend isn't a walk in the park.

In my mind, you'll need to live by the 7 p's of planning*, making sure your best mate's stag do goes to plan.

*7 p's of planning = Proper Planning & Preparation, Prevents Piss Poor Performance

This stag do glossary for 2020 will help you book the best stag weekend known to man making you the very BEST best man.
SO PLANNING Make sure you plan your stag do properly, so you'll need to read this 101 The Ultimate Stag Do Guide, remember proper planning.

You will also need help planning your stag weekend.
PROPER PLANNING You have to try and think of everything, make sure everyone knows where they are going and what they're doing, so proper planning includes communicating information to the stag party.
Everyone has a smart phone and most people are on WhatsApp, so a WhatsApp group should be your communicating tool of choice, it's easy t…

Best Stag Do Destinations In April

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Believe it or not April is an extremely busy month for stag dos.
Why? The average time between the stag weekend and the wedding is getting nearer 2 months.

No longer is it the night before. Many people choose stag weekends rather than stag nights, so the night before the wedding is no longer feasible.
April and May is going to busy, so where is the best stag do destinations in April? OK, so it depends on what you are looking for...

SUNSHINE

In April, you are not guaranteed sunshine in the Med, I know that's a bit of a shock but I've been to Majorca in April and it rained for the whole week and it was actually warmer in Blighty, the friggin cheek of it!

So you'll need to go further a field for guaranteed sunshine such as the Tenerife or Las Vegas! But to be honest you don't go to Las Vegas to sunbathe!

CHEAP EUROPEAN CITIES If you are looking for a cheap stag weekend abroad then look no further than Prague, Bratislava or Riga. You can get a decent pint in Prague for les…

When Was The Stag Night Invented?

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When was the humble stag night invented?

Well how far do you want to go back? Vikings, Henry VIII?

It's been written that the Vikings, before a wedding ceremony, would go out and party but what's new about that? Vikings always went out and partied.

In Tudor times Henry VIII would have had 6 stag parties. He practically invented stag activities, which usually included blood sports or archery, plus drinking copious amounts of mead.
Modern Times  The 1960s was when the UK started to change. With mini skirts, sexual liberty and expressive music becoming popular, giving the late teens and early twenties more freedom than the last generation.

NOTE: In the 1960s, the average age of a groom was 22 and 20 for the bride.

So you'd have to say the modern day stag do really stemmed from the 1960s.

The stag party then started to become a customary celebration in the 1970s & 1980s, tied to the sexual revolution of the 1960s.

Back then, the average stag party would be an office party a…

Who Organises The Stag Do?

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Who organises the stag do? Really, is that the question? It's simple, the best man, right?

Or is it....

There may be a number of reasons why it's not a good idea for the best man to organise the stag weekend:
The Best Man is your dad and doesn't share your view on a fantastic stag doThe Best Man is Under 18 (your son)The Best Man is your dogThe Best Man couldn't organise a stripper in a lap dancing club Whatever the reason why the best man can't organise the stag weekend it'll still need to be organised.

Does the groom need to take the bull by the horns and organise it himself? The Groom Organising It This isn't such a bad idea, he'll know what he wants to do. He'll also know who to invite and who definitely NEEDS to be there.

Speaking to some of the staff at DesignaVenture, they sometimes find that the groom will get it all organised and then pass on the role to the best man to complete.

Some grooms would actually prefer to take control of the whole…

Stag Do Destination Guide: Edinburgh

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The Scottish capital of Edinburgh is no stranger to stag parties and has been one of the most popular stag do destinations since, well forever!

You'll understand why once you get there, the Scottish sure know how to party.

But before we get knee deep into why Edinburgh is such a fantastic stag do destination lets have some very uninteresting, but secretly interesting, facts about this incredible city.

Population: 489,000 (estimated)Temperatures: June 17℃, July 19℃ & August 18℃Rainfall: 750mm per yearThe Festival Month: Unless you're going to attend the Edinburgh Fringe Festival or The Tattoo I would try to avoid August for your stag weekend  (see Festival Month below) A Writer's Paradise: JK Rowling actually wrote some of Harry Potter in a cafe called The Elephant, taking inspiration from the landscape.Extinct Volcano: The Edinburgh Castle sits on an extinct volcano which last erupted 200 million years ago - I expect it's going to go off when your stag party gets t…

Cheap Stag Weekend Ideas Abroad

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Getting to your abroad stag do destination is going to cost more than if you're going on a stag do in the UK, so you'll need a cheap package to make up for it.

There are two major factors when deciding on your cheap stag weekend abroad, and that is;

How much the package will put you backHow much it will cost to party whilst on tour

Below each package I have put together a simple scoring system based on the cost of partying* in that destination:

1 = Expensive
10 = Cheap

The cost of pints in Europe, taken from our post: Where is the cheapest stag destination to get a pint.



PRAGUE BASICS - From £99 per person Prague is the go-to destination if you are looking for very good value for money as it's cheap to stay there and cheap to party.

This popular Prague stag package includes; airport transfers, 2 nights in an apartment in Prague central and a guided bar crawl with shots!

Cost To Party: 10 (Cheap as chips)
Cost of a pint: £1.17

MORE DETAILS

RIGA PARTY ON - From £73pp Riga was onc…

Stag Weekends Play-Off - North Wales Vs South Wales

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With the Women's World Cup Finals coming to a close I thought we at the Stag Do Blog would have a playoff of our own, between the mighty North Wales and the incredible South Wales (Cardiff & Swansea).
Which destination would you choose for your one and only stag weekend? FIRST GOAL - STAG DO ACTIVITIES If you're looking to fill your stag weekend with epic adventures, activities so good you'll need a week in your bedroom to recover, Wales HAS to be your stag do destination of choice.
From the fastest Zip Line in the WORLD to the brilliant white water rafting sites, gorgeous gorges for canyoning and fast and furious motorised activities, Wales has it all.
However there must be a winner, and quite frankly North Wales thrashes South Wales in the stag do activity stakes! 
North Wales is home to the fastest Zip Wire in the world (yes the WORLD), the longest zip line in Europe, incredible natural white water rafting sites, brilliant rage buggy tracks and when it comes to qua…

When Is the Best Time To Have a Stag Do?

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When is the best time to have your stag party?

Night before? 2 weeks before? A month before? - Hang on, let's take a look...

Have Your Stag Party The Night Before The Wedding?WHAT! Are you crazy? 
Unless you're going to have a very chilled affair, where you barely drink and stag do pranks are totally off the menu then yes, the night before is fine. However if you don't trust your mates or after one drink you need more... then no, the night before the wedding is a big no no.

Our Verdict: A BIG No No



A Week Before The Wedding? If you have friends like mine, having your stag do a week before the wedding is definitely not a good idea.

Remember, you'll need to have a clear head running up to the wedding as there'll be lots to organise and do, so give yourself a good chance of being at your best and don't do it.
Our Verdict: Too close

2 Weeks Before The Wedding? OK now we're starting to get into the realms of acceptability, however money wise you're going to sp…

Why Use A Stag Do Organiser?

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The question on every best man's or groom's lips when arranging a stag party; "should I use a stag do organiser or do it myself?"

If your answer is YES to any of the following questions you should consider using a stag do organiser:

Are you short of time?Are you bad at organising things?Do you need someone else to do it all for you?Are you poor at communicating?Are you bad with money?
What is a stag do organiser? A stag do organiser is a company which can book you practically every part of your stag do. These days, most reputable stag do organising websites also have the facilities for: Online paymentsSending invites to your mates (so they can book on to the stag and pay)Sending you essential information packs so you don't have to think



Question In an age when you can just go online and practically find everything on Google why would you need a stag do organiser?
Answer The answer is easy, it's all about saving time and money. Why spend hours searching when you c…

Best Stag Do Destinations For 2020

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2020 is the year to get married, it's got a kind of ring to it (pardon the pun). So you'll need to know the Best Stag Do Destinations for this incredible year.

In no particular order, because let's be honest, everyone is different, here are the best stag destinations for 2020:
1. PRAGUE

The best city in Europe to have your stag weekend, and in my mind Prague is becoming more liberal than Amsterdam, now that's saying something.

Prague is also top of the charts for our Cheapest Stag Destination To Get A Pint In, so not only will your stag party be everything you ever wanted it to be, it'll also be lighter on your pocket.

This capital city is incredibly beautiful and has some awesome stag activities, so altogether a brilliant all rounder.

2. BRISTOL

Bristol makes it easily in to the best stag destinations for 2020 because it's just such an amazing city.

Bristol has some of the best stag do activities available throughout the day and by night you have a huge playgro…