Writing Your Perfect Wedding Vows

by Chris5. December 2014 10:28

There is something very special about writing your own wedding vows. These words are those that you will use to tell your beloved how you feel, to tell your family and friends what he means to you and of course there is an element of promise-making.

Where to Start

First decide whether you wish to say the more traditional Declaration of Intent first (these are the I Do parts) before doing your own vows or whether you wish to replace them. There is no right and wrong here, although many enjoy the formality of the traditional vows before the tear-jerking self-written ones.

Decide whether you want to make our own promises as part of your vows, whether you’ll include any amusing anecdotes or whether you’ll be going for the full make-up wash-out slushy type of vow speech, and then relax. Once you’ve made these decisions the fun may start.

What to Write About

A good way to structure your vows is to firstly talk about your other half and what they mean to you. Think back to your past, perhaps how you met and how you got together (there may be a funny story here or something quite sweet so do share it). Think of where you are now, what you are both doing, how life is so good and then think about your future together.

The future is a great place and time to write about. Tell your partner, and your guests what you plan and hope for the future, what your dreams are, where you see yourself in ten years etc.

Make Promises to your Beloved

This is the part where you promise to love, honour and obey or rather love, respect, support or remain forever faithful. What you put in your vows as part of this section will depend entirely on you and your partner.

Finishing Off Your Vows Properly

Finish off your vows by telling your groom how much you love him in your own special way. These vows are unique to you and offer an unrepeatable opportunity to really tell it as it is in whatever way you most want to.

And Relax

Writing the vows may seem a mammoth task, especially when faced with a blank piece of paper however once you get going you’ll soon find the words start to flow. Thankfully this is one of the only wedding-related jobs you’ll have to do entirely for yourself. Thankfully there are wedding experts on hand to ensure that you are supported in everything else, or in the case of your hen night that it is done for you.

Choose your dates, destination and from our many activities and accommodation choices and we’ll take care of the rest. We don’t write vow however we do promise a personalised and unforgettable hen weekend without any hassle.

Motor Mad Men on a Stag Weekend

by Chris12. November 2014 12:11

Motor Mad Stag Weekend

The roar of the engine, the screech of the tires and the unmistakable smell of motor oil; no we aren’t describing your first car, we are talking here about organising the ultimate motor mad stag weekend.

How motor mad the groom and his fellow stags are will help determine which of our many thrilling activities are going to be enjoyed. With many to choose from there is something here for everyone.

Even better, all of our UK stag weekends include two nights in suitable accommodation, food, VIP club tickets (dependant of the location) and more than that everything is taken care of well in advance and no time need be wasted looking for place to eat, drink or crash (as in fall asleep!).

Off Road Buggies

For those who aren’t afraid of a bit of mud our high speed off-road driving experience will have you fist pumping the air and feeling a champ. Driving 400cc Honda Pilots, skidding around corners and across the track the only thing you’ll have to worry about is clocking the slowest lap time and having to buy the first round in the pub!

Quad Biking

If talking on challenging obstacles such as the “Helter Skelter” or the renowned “Wall of Death” sounds like your idea of fun then our Oxford quad biking experience could be right up your street. Explore fifty acres of Oxfordshire countryside on a full-size automatic quad bike and don’t be afraid to let the throttle out and burn some rubber!

Rally School Taster

For the real rally car experience this taster session will have you and your stags driving the incredibly fast and responsive Peugeot 206 Super Cup Rally Car around a purpose-built stage. The ultimate thrilling ride you’ll be rewarded with certificates at the end of the day.

Safety First

No-one expects any of you to jump on these vehicles and go and so everyone is given proper instruction, safety advice, equipment and more before you are allowed to rev anything. Needless to say the aim of the day is to have the time of your life, not risk it so be assured that the professionals in charge will be looking out for you every step of the way.

It seems clear that if you are looking for some motor madness that you’ve come to the right place here. Enjoy browsing our many adventure packed activities and remember that with our bespoke packages you may now put together the perfect stag weekend to suit your needs.

Organise a Perfectly Personal Hen Weekend

by Chris24. October 2014 14:35

perfect hen weekend

When it comes to organising your own or your best friend’s or perhaps your sister’s hen weekend you basically have two choices, do it all yourself or get someone else to do the grunt work for you. Obviously the popular choice is the latter and it really couldn’t be easier to pick your favourite destination, activities, food choices, accommodations and more with us.

What About Making it Personal to the Bride

It might seem to some that when choosing one of our popular EscapeTrips hen weekends that you’ll be receiving a “one size fits all” service. The reality couldn’t be further removed. Not only do we offer a range of bespoke options so that you may personalise the packages to suit you we also foster close relationships with everyone we book with so that from accommodation to activities, if you are looking for something a little different we will help.

If you would like rose petals sprinkling on the bride’s bed in shape of a p… any shape at all, let us know. If the lovely lady has a preference about food let us know and we’ll see what we can do. We already pull out of the stops to ensure you get the very best hen weekend experience and going that extra mile means nothing to us if it means your party goes off with a perfectly planned bang.

Adding Your Own Personal Touches

The hen weekend is all about the bride and so needs to be packed pull of things she would love. If she is a sleepover kind of gal then why not book a Butler in the Buff and give each other makeovers back at the accommodation while listening to her favourite cheesy tunes?

If you’d love to have a surprise hen weekend cake why not speak to the accommodation in advance to see whether they are able to arrange this. If they can’t cater for it in-house the chances are they will have contact that will be happy to speak to you about putting an order together and possibly delivering it to the accommodation in advance to surprise the special lady. Indeed if you have anything (no horses, goats or any bizarre looking animals in the country house bedrooms please) you would like delivered in advance to form part of the weekend get in touch and we will do what we can to make sure that everything is in place ahead of time.

When All is Perfectly Planned Just Enjoy

Once the venue has been chosen, activities booked and the costumes have arrived all you and the other hens have to do is enjoy yourself. Our staff are on hand with any queries so that your bride will be able to enjoy a magical and unbelievably enjoyable hen weekend she’ll never forget.

Stag Weekends in Riga

by Chris14. October 2014 15:22

Riga Stag Weekends

Riga is the capital city of Latvia and is a renowned party destination. By day the fabulous views, picturesque walks and amazing architecture are quite the sight to behold and by night the action really does get started with gusto.

The beer is cheap, the clubs and bars infamous (for all the right reasons) and the local ladies are something else altogether.

As with all of our hen and stag weekend packages you may tweak your booking so that it is personal to your party. With the array of popular activities we offer for our Riga-bound stags the only problem you will have is narrowing down what you want and fitting everything in.

Riga Essentials

This really is the essential stag package as it offers the basic, yet far from boring, “must-have” stag experiences including airport transfers and drop offs, a guided pub crawl with two lovely looking English-speaking guides, a VIP club access and of course a visit to a very highly regarded local lap-dancing club.

This package, as with all of the Riga packages includes two nights’ accommodations in a three star hotel with breakfast included as standard. The hotel we use has been specifically chosen to ensure that you stags have everything you need from fabulous room views, a twenty four hour bar which offers food and drink, Sky Sports, Xbox 360 access and much more.

Sharp Shooters

This shooting stag package is similar to the Riga Essentials apart from the fact that you get to shoot things (targets that is!). Meet your instructor who will walk you through the shooting range, introduce you to the guns you will come to love including a Glock pistol, a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a Makarov and let you show off your gun-toting prowess.

At the end of the hour and a half session you get to keep your target to show off and full bragging rights for the best marksman are of-course included as standard.

Piss Up in a Brewery

This common phrase is normally used to indicate that someone couldn’t arrange a piss up in a brewery. We however most certainly can. This package comes with airport pick-ups and drop offs as standard, three star accommodation, a visit to an unforgettable lap dancing club and we’ve also handpicked a brewery tour and a casino night to complete your weekend in style.

As part of your brewery tour you’ll get to enjoy three fabulously flavoursome beers and an array of snacks to line your stomach. Learn about the brewery and how the Latvians produce their award-winning beverages while you and your stags enjoy a leisurely tour.

As for the casino night; you haven’t enjoyed a real casino experience until you’ve visited a Latvian casino. The casino opens early and closes late so you may choose how long you want to enjoy the buzz of the club for while hopefully making yourself some extra beer money. Whether you are a poker man, fancy your chances at the roulette wheel or are a Black Jack fan there is a game of chance waiting for you at this exclusive club. Riga is perhaps not the first place you would think of when looking to book a stag weekend abroad however this thriving city offers as much, if not more than many mainstream European cities and does so in style.

Choosing Your Best Man

by Chris30. September 2014 13:41

When it comes down to deciding who your best man is going to be you have to choose wisely. This is supposed to be one of the most important days of your life and so you really need someone solid, reliable and who knows you well standing by your side.

Unless you instantly know who you want your best man to be and he is certain to accept the decision choosing the right person is something which needs some careful thinking through.

Political Choices

Tom Smith asked you to be his best man last year so perhaps you should ask him? That said shouldn’t your eldest brother have the honour? What about your own best friend?

Weddings are a minefield when it comes to seating the right people together and ensuring everyone has a role that should have a role. Making choices based on other people’s feeling when it is your wedding however makes absolutely no sense. It is essential that you choose the best man for the job and that is the person you want the most and who ticks all of the skill boxes. Be honest and up-front about your choice, don’t leave others hanging and ensure that everyone knows where they stand as soon as possible to avoid any falling-out.

The Speech-Giver

Consider carefully your choice for best man. This individual will stand up in front of your family, your in-laws, the bride, friends and colleagues and give a speech about you. Will your top choice spin a wonderful tale of how you’ve grown since meeting your beloved, how you’ve almost become boring now you are no longer a bachelor and throw in a few jokes here and there? If on reflection your top choice is more likely to talk about that time you thought you’d caught an STD after a drink-fuelled holiday in Ibiza or the time you two-timed your college girlfriend (with her sister) then perhaps you might need to have a re-think.

The Stag Do

The most important job the best man has is to organise an absolutely fantastic stag weekend. Clearly if the best man-to-be has little interest in a stag weekend, thinks a mere couple of hours out at the local pub is a good idea or is someone who thinks a joint hen and stag night is a winner then you need to be looking elsewhere.

The stag weekend is about adventure, about celebrating your upcoming nuptials with your very favourite people, about having an absolute blast and making memories. Putting together the perfect stag weekend isn’t even all that difficult as all the best man has to do is search Escape Trips for the best location and packages for the groom and his stags. Whether a guided pub crawl, VIP club access and top food reservations are what you are looking for or whether shooting, white water rafting or a strip club ticks the boxes your ideal best man choice should know to come to us and make sure that all the boxes are ticked.

Your best man really should be the very best choice so consider these points carefully and make sure that you can depend on the person who promises to stand by you on your big day.

Planning the Perfect Outdoor Wedding

by Chris12. September 2014 13:52

The sun, the gentle swaying breeze, the heady scent of the floral arrangements during the day and the delicate glow of candles, lanterns and dancing under the stars at night are all great reasons for choosing an outdoor venue for your wedding ceremony and/or the reception. All the bride and groom should have to worry about on the big day is remembering their vows and planning in advance which takes care of all the “what if’s” will ensure that the day goes brilliantly, regardless of the weather or anything else which might threaten to throw a spanner in the works. To ensure that your outdoor wedding comes off as well as possible it is important to consider these three points.

1. Location, Location, Location

Finding the perfect location for an outdoor wedding depends on the size of the party, the theme of the day and of course there are a number of things which must also be considered, for example cost.

When searching for your perfect venue ensure that the area looks great, that there is adequate room for all of your guests, furniture and equipment, that the location is easy to access (an earthy ceremony in the middle of a forest sounds magical however is Great Aunt Maud has to walk three miles over uneven ground there could be some access issues) and also that you have the proper permissions to erect marques, serve alcohol and use the land you have your heart set on.

2. Weather-Proof Your Outdoor Venue

Putting together the perfect wedding is all about planning however even the most organised bride will have to admit that that the weather will do what it wants, when it wants. Rain doesn’t have to mean the end to a beautiful day, quite the opposite! By making sure that there is adequate shelter, that any power points and delicate decorations are “safe” and that umbrellas and proper flooring are available all should be fine. After all, all you need for a truly fabulous wedding is music, food, drink and of course to be surrounded by those you love.

3. DIY Decorations and Personal Touches

Whether you decide to go for an indoor wedding or an outdoor one there is a fabulous amount of scope for adding personalised table decorations, centrepieces and more which suit your individual style. Outdoor decorations however take on a whole new meaning as you may use your surroundings to enhance the look of your reception. Hanging lights from branches, using ivy from gardens as part of the table decorations and arranging local wildflowers all make for a truly unique display.

An outdoor event of any kind takes some planning and a lot of imagination however with a few extra tweaks there is no good reason an outdoor venue couldn’t be as magically as an indoor one, whatever the weather.

If you are the outdoorsy type, one who loves being out in the fresh air and someone who is rarely caught sitting still for long then we have a number of great hen weekend activities with your name on from white water rafting to our Wet and Wild package (which includes gorge walking).

If you consider yourself a true outdoorsy type have a look at our bespoke hen weekend packages where we take care of all of the organising leaving you and your hens to enjoy your action packed outdoor fun without any responsibility for arranging anything. We know how important it is for you to save your organising energy for the big day preparation.

Rude Food and Cheeky Drinks for Naughty Hens

by Chris3. September 2014 12:04

A large part of any get-together is of course the food. When organising a world glass hen night naughty nibbles are an absolute must. Whether you are planning an evening in with a Butler in the Buff or a midnight feast back at your accommodation we have some great ideas for you.

Naughty Nibbles

For fun food served by your own naked butler why not choose foods centred around fun novelties such as penis pasta, nougat nipples, amusingly put together banana splits and any other tasty yet imaginatively shaped foods?

Sushi is also incredibly popular and of course what could be more fun than a group of ladies making their own with their favourite party tunes in the background and wine at the ready. The great thing with sushi is that while it traditionally contains fish there are plenty of vegetarian versions available so there will be something for everyone. Could you be the master seaweed roller?

Eating Out

All of our packages include food with reservations for top restaurants and full breakfasts are available for the majority of accommodation venues. Tailor your package to ensure that you get the foodie bookings that suit the whole group. With tapas bars and formal dining and more to choose from you really can create the perfect hen weekend.

Cocktails

Even the name sounds naughty and we are sure that your weekend will be filled with a variety of screaming orgasms and plenty of sex on the beach. Many of our packages include a number of VIP club passes, pub tours and more and for the hardened cocktail drinker (or cocktail maker-wannabe) we offer an exclusive cocktail making session as part of our High Spirits package. Available in a variety of locations this session lasts 1.5 to 2 hours and your own Diageo-trained barman will walk you and your hens through a number of fabulous cocktails and show you how to put your own together.

The sessions will include fabulous platters of mouth-watering snacks, a certificate will presented to everyone taking part at the end of the session and there will be alcohol aplenty for all to enjoy, shaken of course, not stirred.

When it comes to organising food and drink for a hen weekend you know we have everything covered. If of course you are looking for something specific or need some help sourcing hen-night nibbles don’t hesitate to ask. Nothing much surprises our staff and everyone is on hand to make sure that your hen weekend is absolutely perfect.

Cocktail Homework for Hens

by Chris11. August 2014 12:36

Nothing screams party quite like a pitcher (or six) of exotic cocktails to enjoy with your fellow hens and the bride to be. Planning a hen do can be thirsty work too so we think a pre-hen weekend get together could be in order. In truth we organise everything for you but a night with the girls is a night with the girls. If you are going to be clubbing and pubbing it around a number of top locations it makes sense to try out some of the more common cocktails in advance, just to make sure you like them before the big weekend of course.

Why not get together and practice your shaken but not stirred routine in advance?

Some cocktails rely on tried and tested recipes however others are given a bit of extra “Va Va Voom” by bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts who like to play around with ingredients a little. Start with these three basic recipes and once you’ve perfected your technique perhaps add some tweaks of your own (if you are still standing).

The Manhattan

This suave recipe looks great in a cocktail glass served with a cherry and may be quite potent. Simply stir together three quarters of an ounce of sweet Martini Rosso, one and a half ounces of whisky (the better quality the whisky the better tasting the cocktail) and a dash of Angostura bitters.

Screaming Orgasm

We doubt any hen night involving cocktails has missed this one off the list. It may sound naughty however you can’t deny it tastes very nice. Mix in equal measures of three quarters of an ounce each of vodka, Bailey’s Irish cream, Amaretto Di Saronno and Kahlua. Serve over ice for a taste sensation that will blow your mind and for a “frigid” screaming orgasm mix with crushed ice.

The Flaming Sambuca

The ultimate hen night “dare” drink; this cocktail is bound to make quite the impression. Pour two parts Sambuca and add 6 drops of Blue Curacao. Cover the glass to allow the fumes to gather and when ready light the Sambuca. The idea is to down the drink flames and all however whether you want to do that (and how highly you value your eyebrows) is down to you. There are a number of fabulous cocktail recipes out there for you to try and you and your hens will no doubt come up with a few original concoctions yourselves. If cocktail making and drinking really is your thing then check out the cocktail making activity “High Spirits” available in many of our UK destinations.

Bratislava Uncovered

by Chris29. July 2014 21:41

Some see “Bratislava” and think it may possibly be a country featured in the Eurovision song contest however can’t say that they know much else about it. Bratislava is in fact the capital of Slovakia located in what was once known as Czechoslovakia. A stunningly beautiful area Bratislava is the perfect stag destination for a number of reasons.

Firstly, if you and your stag party are interested in fabulous scenic river views (Bratislava sits on the River Danube) and wish to enjoy examples of charming and historical Eastern European architecture then this would be the ideal location.

If of course you are also searching for a range of high end, fairly cheap bars and clubs and a number of top stag-do experiences in an area where the girls are hot and the beer is chilled to perfection then Bratislava has a lot to offer.

We spotted the potential in this thriving city straight away and so have a number of packages set up to ensure that you have everything you could possibly wish for, and perhaps more.

Would the AK47 Gun package Tickle Your Fancy

How does a package which includes airport taxis from Bratislava, a guided bar crawl (it wouldn’t do to miss out the best clubs and pubs), some lap dancing and two nights three star accommodation in a hotel which includes a hearty breakfast sound? The main feature if you like in this package is probably the AK47 Mayhem adventure.

Your guide will meet you at the hotel and escort you to the shooting range used by the renowned Slovakian armed forces. On arrival you will be enjoying the most intense shooting package we have dared put together, using weapons such as machine guns, hand guns and even shotguns. If that doesn’t get the adrenalin racing nothing will!

The Guided Bar Crawl

Bratislava is renowned for offering a fantastic night-life experience and we want to make sure that you don’t miss a thing. With traditional pubs, trendy clubs and strip clubs a-plenty you are bound to have a memorable time. Your guides will be able to translate (always good for the single stags and drink orders) and will keep you company for approximately five hours, if you last that long! Your two gorgeous Slovakian guides will guarantee you entrance into all of the best venues and make sure that your night out on the town is one to remember for a long time.

Lap Dancing

Did you hear the one about the Slovakian lap dancer? Of course you haven’t, because what happens in the lap dancing clubs stays in the lap dancing clubs. If we need to say more let it be that Bratislava offers her visitors the highest level of entertainment without exception.

If you are browsing stag party destinations don’t overlook Bratislava simply because the city isn’t as well-known as some of the others. If you do you’ll never know what you are missing out on.

The Soundtrack for a Top Hen Night

by Chris15. July 2014 12:34

All good events need a really good soundtrack and we’ve put together what we think is a top playlist for our hens, it doesn’t matter what activities you have planned, these tunes are classics.

We are Family by Sister Sledge

Hundreds of hens have bopped on the dance floor to this cool tune, toasting their gal pals in a show of sisterhood. Whether you enjoy our basics package with lots of dancing and clubbing included or indeed any of our weekends which end up in a pub or club this tune should be at the top of your list.

Grease Lightning

It doesn’t matter whether you are in your hotel and enjoying a Grease-style sleepover with a Butler in the Buff in attendance or enjoying our Summer Lovin’ Grease experience, there isn’t one song from Grease which won’t have you all singing along, sober or not so sober!

Look at me, I'm Sandra Dee

Lousy with virginity

Won't go to bed 'til I'm legally wed

I can't; I'm Sandra Dee

Dirty Dancing

Oh baby! We have a fabulous and very popular Dirty Dancing experience which enables you and your hens to enjoy the company of your own Jonny Castle while you learn the steps to all of the dances Baby learned inside the log cabin in this classic film. No-one will leave you or your girls in the corner and if you want to do the mashed potato around the local karaoke bar, then so be it! We know that with one of our hen weekend that you are bound to have the time of your lives.

Big Spender – Shirley Bassey

As soon as you walked in the joint…. We could tell that you were hens of distinction which is why we’ve put together so many combinations to make sure you classy ladies get the package you deserve.

Nothing Beats the 80’s Experience

Come on you karaoke queens and dancing divas, our Leeds 80’s Experience is known for miles around. Boogie on down to tracks from Fame, Footloose and more. A bottle of bubbly goes to the best performer and don’t forget your cone bra if Like a Virgin is your signature track.

Murder on the Dance Floor – Sophie Ellis Baxter

This is a top tune it its own right and is absolutely perfect for singing on the way to our popular Who Dunnit activity. Enjoy a suspense filled murder mystery weekend where you and your fellow friends search for clues, try not to get murdered yourself and hopefully weed out the elusive killer. Talented actors will co-ordinate the fun and a three-course dinner will be included. It sounds almost worth a knife in the back for.

It doesn’t matter what you choose to do for your hen night, you know we have the perfect song and the very best in memorable fun planned just for you.

About Escape

Escape is one of the original Stag & Hen Weekend agencies and since starting up in 2001 we have arranged weekend packages for thousands of happy customers. You can rest assured that you will receive the highest level of customer service and that your stag or hen weekend will be organised down to the last detail and offer great value for money.

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