Does the groom pay for his own place on a stag do?

Groom being held up by best man on his stag weekend

Whether the groom should pay for his own place on a stag do depends on the preferences and arrangements made by the individuals in the group. There is no strict rule and practices can vary. Here are a few considerations:

Tradition and Custom

Traditionally, it's common for the groom not to pay for his own place on a stag do. The expenses are typically covered by the attendees, who may split the costs among themselves.

Group Decision

The decision on whether the groom pays for his own place often depends on the group dynamic and agreements. Some groups may choose to cover all expenses for the groom, while others might have the groom contribute to a portion or cover specific costs. So..... communicate if you are unsure. Some Best Men decide on behalf of the group or in minor cases pay for the stag themselves.


Clear communication is crucial. It's advisable for the best man, groom and the members of the stag party to discuss expectations and financial commitments in advance. This helps avoid misunderstandings and ensures that everyone is comfortable with the plan.

Budget Considerations

If the groom is willing and able to contribute to some expenses, it can be a considerate gesture. However, if the attendees are adamant about covering all costs, the groom should feel free to enjoy the celebration without worrying about expenses. Let's face it, the wedding is possibly going to cost him an eye watering sum so could probably do without the added costs of a stag do.

Black and white image of Groom and best man

Group Dynamics

Consider the financial situations and preferences of the group members. Some may be more comfortable covering the groom's expenses, while others may appreciate a more equitable distribution of costs such as; the groomsmen or family members paying more or all of the grooms place.

Groom with a cap and run sac being looked after by one of this Groomsmen

Ultimately, the key is open communication and consensus within the group. The most important aspect is to ensure that everyone, including the groom, is on the same page regarding financial contributions and expectations for the stag do.

Looking for advice, guides and ideas? Then look no further than the stag do wiki.

Whatever you get up to... have a good one!



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