Here are our top tips to guide you through the planning process for your perfect stag do.
1. Consult… your first step has to be talking to the stag, find out what he wants and then completely ignore it… NO only joking, incorporate all his wishes into the plans.
2. Who... to invite? If you’re thinking 'I know, I’ll contact all their friends on Facebook with the relevant details, job done', then it’s time for a rethink.
Drawing up the invitation list is the time to exercise a bit of care and attention. You’re looking for special friends who will be out to ensure that the stag has the best possible time. There’s nothing worse than a frosty atmosphere.
You’re looking for the friends that add a little sparkle, know how to have a good time and take everyone along with them.
TOP TIP: Consultation with the stag is essential. Make sure you also raise the question of family members, do they want their dad and in-laws involved?
3. When...to hold the party? It’s key to get this in everyone’s diary ASAP. Traditionally this has always been the weekend prior to the wedding. Of course, the stag night may need to be a little earlier – give his eyebrow time to grow back!
TOP TIP: Not too close to the big day
4. Where...to go? This may be determined by cost; obviously a long weekend in Budapest is not going to suit everyone’s pocket. First, decide with the stag whether he wants a weekend away, whether in the UK or abroad – of course choosing home soil makes it possible for a friend/family member to participate some and not all of the weekend – or if they’d prefer to stick to their home town (where you know exactly what’s on offer).
TOP TIP: Think about budget
5. How much... remember everyone has a different budget, it would be a travesty if his best man was priced out of the stag do. Provide options so guests can pick and choose which elements they participate in.
6. What... to do? Chilled out or action packed?
The options are now huge. You have determined the location, now find out what is available within budget.
TOP TIP: Don’t lose sight of what this party is all about... the stag. Remember at all times their personal likes and dislikes
7. Communicate with guests
Prepare to spend hours emailing! You need to write to all those included, extending an invitation. Outline the proposed itinerary, date, cost and location. Always insist on a RSVP by a set date.
8. Deposits… need collecting to place your bookings.
9. Make the bookings
Confirm all bookings, i.e. for accommodation, activities, transport, evening entertainment, food and send required deposits.
10. Confirmation with guests
Write back to all guests confirming arrangements. Outline where they need to be, at what time, what to pack, what to wear, and how much they still owe.
Remember any maps and any special little requirements.
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