May 2013 | Ideal Bride Magazine
Help & Advice
From the day he gets engaged the groom will begin to think about his stag party and what his mates will plan for him! His mates will be coming up with all sorts of ideas how to embarrass and humiliate the stag. The Stag Company have shared with Ideal Bride Magazine readers their best tips & advice when planning a stag party. Here is what they had to say...
Timing : It is crucial that you give yourself plenty of time to plan the stag weekend, the earlier you book it the better the deals you will get on flights, hotels etc. If you leave it until last minute there is a possibility that there wont be any flights, train tickets, packages left. In an ideal world you should look at getting in early (at least 4 months in advance if possible).
Get a list of everyone attending & contact details : Make sure the stag gives you contact details for everyone that he would like to come, this is essential during the run up of the stag do and also really handy during the weekend; just in case anyone goes missing. The best way to start, once you have a list of the lads, is to organise a night somewhere convenient for you and the stag to discuss exactly what he would like to do.
The initial stag do meeting : The initial stag do meeting usually takes place in a pub or drinking establishment, this has been known for years as a bit of a ritual. This is a great time to find out what sort of things the stag would like to do for his last night of freedom and also is a great excuse to go out and spend some male bonding time and of course have a beverage or two.
Booking the stag weekend : After discussing with the stag what he would like to do, it is now left in your capable hands to give him a weekend that he will never forget, so we would suggest doing lots of research into reputable stag weekend providers and what they offer. At this stage it is advised that you are clear on where you would like to go on the stag, the budget (be realistic with this as this will influence who will be able to attend, remember to include transportation in this) and the activities.
If you're on a weekend do, chances are there's an activity planned for the day time. Some of the most popular activities you can expect are:
With overalls and safety head gear you'll head out into the battle field with a paint gun and ammo and fight it out in teams trying to hit your opponents and avoid being hit. This is the most popular activity, Paintballing experiences start from £20 and are available in a number of destinations.
Speed, adrenaline, but with less bumps than the above. Fight it out for top position with your mates around the track. This is another favourite and karting experiences start at £49.
Less painful than paintballing but just as much fun. Hop on a quad bike and prepare to get muddy as you trudge through muddy trenches and ditches on these beasts of fun. Quad biking activities start from £49.
A bit more civilised but no less competitive these activities are a great way to save energy for the night ahead. 1 night golf packages start from £83 per person and include accommodation, 18 holes of golf, one night pre paid nightclub entry, detailed stag itinerary and a personal event organiser.
Now onto another very important part of the weekend; what to do in the evening? This will definitely involve a lot of drinking so we advise that you do not peak to early and end up with no recollection of the weekends events, here are some suggestions of what to do after dark:
A bar crawl is a great way to start the evening, map out the most popular bars and pubs. Double check all bars & pubs on your crawl are all male party group policy as some popular stag weekend destinations are quite strict and do not allow entry. Large party's may need to call in advance and reserve an area.
Another great start to the evening, a table at a comedy club will ease your way into the night, but will provide a memorable last evening; just try not to be seated to close to the front as we can guarantee the comedians will definitely include you in there act!
Most stag dos end up somewhere where the music's loud, the girls are dressed up and shapes can be thrown on the floor. Don't be fooled into thinking that this marks the beginning of the end of the night; this is really just the beginning.
this is one of the most popular demands from groups of stags on their weekend. If you've never been then there are just a few things you need to know. You will see mostly if not fully naked women, they will dance and they will dance just for you if you pay them. Unfortunately it's a look only affair!
most are open till about 7am so the casino is a perfect venue to spill into after the clubs kick out. Whether you feel like a flutter on the black jack table or just late night drinks this is another great way to end the evening.
Some unique alternative stag weekend activities that The Stag Company offer, include more extreme adrenalin-fueled activities: Beer keg racing, Blind driving, Extreme dodgems, Human table football, Shark fishing, Tank driving and Zorbing; for more details on the activities and costs visit www.thestagcompany.com
Marbella is the latest offering in the Stag Company armoury for sun-soaked stag weekend adventures for you and your boys. A playground of the rich and famous, Marbella has quality running right through it with golden beaches, all-year sun and enough scantily-clad eye candy to blow the competition away. With the warm waters of the Mediterranean sea lapping at your feet, a beer in hand and a pair of sunglasses perched on your nose, you'll feel the absolute man for arranging a Marbella stag do, meaning it's always your mate's round on this one.
Even though the Stag Do is the time when your best mate has a proper blow-out before he gets married, it will mean even more to him if you give him one last night out, just you and him, after the stag do, before the wedding, just to calm his nerves. Or just to laugh about what happened on the stag do. The Stag Company will give you that night out for FREE! If you book your Stag weekend before 30th June 2012, you'll get a FREE night out, for you and 1 friend, in any of our offered cities below. They will organise for you to get guest list entry to a top night spot the centre of town, send you to a casino, get you in our favourite lap dancing club and also put you in a top nighclub with full VIP entry All for free!!
Cities To Choose From: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Reading and Sheffield
Terms and Conditions 'Free Night Out' refers to free Friday or Saturday guest list entry to our favourite bars, clubs, lap dancing clubs and casinos only, in any of our listed towns and cities. Free Night Out is offered for you and one guest. Any accommodation or additional guests can be arranged and is chargeable. Free Night Out must be redeemed within 2 months of return from your Stag Weekend. Not in conjunction with any other offer.
This offer is brought to you by The Stag Company, all details were correct at time of publishing, to take advantage of this offer and for further information please contact The Stag Company directly.
Once you have decided who, where and what you will be doing the next step is to get in touch with The Stag Company and let them know what you want the expert party planners will put 100% effort into providing it for you. Call 01273 225 070 or visit thestagcompany.com.
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