How to Organise a Stag Do
By Anthony Page
As the organiser of the stag do you have a lot of planning ahead of you. It's important to gather all the wants and desires from the stag himself, because after all, it's his last bit of freedom before he crosses to the other side.
Of course, being the best man presents a double responsibility, not only are you in charge of organising a memorable stag weekend, but you will of course be his right hand man on the big day itself. Having organised an awesome stag weekend should help supply great material for that all important best man's speech too.
As mentioned before, unless you are going to completely surprise the Stag with a weekend, then the first thing you should do is take him down the pub for a few beers and get as much information from him as to what his expectations are for the stag celebrations. There is no reason why the stag shouldn't be involved in the planning process, so use him.
Having a frank discussion with him will help you ascertain the potential level of debauchery (if any). For instance, if he mentions the words 'strip bar' then you'll be planning something very different compared to if he just wants a weekend away staying in a remote country lodge. It's also important in the early stages of planning to find out what kind of activities he might like to do.
Once armed with the information from the stag, the serious job of planning the weekend can start.
Before you go any further, here are some things to also consider.
Try and not make it too expensive and and keep the costs down at every possible opportunity. Not everyone who is going to be invited will have deep pockets and you will risk people dropping out if you go mad with expensive activities etc. The weekend is going to be expensive anyway as the party will have to travel, be accommodated and then there is the beer money too!
On the subject of safety, try not to drink too much too early. Think of ways you can organise the weekend to keep the guys away from the temptations of alcohol. Of course drinking will likely play a big part in the weekend, but don't stress too much about drinking time because your group will be having some late nights anyway and they'll be plenty of time for Jager Bombs.
Consider safety and legal issues. Things can get seriously out of hand when a bunch of male friends are out drinking all day. You don't want anyone ending up in a police cell or the hospital.
Depending on the stag, be aware of the likely acceptable levels of depravity, and plan accordingly. Remember this is his last weekend of freedom so make it special for him and give him some good memories.
In terms of activities and things to do, again it's your responsibility to ensure the stag actually has fun. With this is mind try and plan something unique and personalised for him, something he'll remember.
There are so many companies out there now that provide unique group experiences that go way beyond the traditional clay pigeon shooting or go karting. One example is an outfit called Welsh Games who are based near the stag night hotspot Cardiff and provide multi activity 'games' in the style of former BBC TV show It's a Knockout.
Other examples of outdoor stag weekend activities for groups include blindfold driving weekends, zorb football, completing an assault course, canyoning, caving and coasteering.
Once you have a good idea of the activities that the stag might like, then you can go about considering a destination. If it's going to be a winter stag weekend then you'll probably be looking more at being based in a large city with plenty of indoor activities. Obviously in the summer time there will be many more options if you want to be in the great outdoors.
So to sum up here is your list of things to do to organise the perfect stag weekend.
Find out direct from the stag what he really wants from his weekend and then consider how far you can push things in terms of what surprises you might have lined up.
When should the stag do be held? If it's just a stag night then the golden rule is never on the night before the wedding! Otherwise you are asking for trouble.
Who is coming along to the weekend? Find out the numbers, try and get people to fully commit early on so you can book accommodation and activities.
Consider the location. Does that stag want to be closer to home or does he want fly off somewhere? Take into account the potential costs and try and keep things affordable.
Don't be too overwhelmed with all this planning. There are companies out there that will actually organise the whole thing for you, but the more you do yourself, the cheaper it will be for everyone.
Remember the most important thing is the stag himself. Mundane married life lurks around the corner so give him the awesome send off he deserves!