If you have been put in charge of organising a stag weekend, one of the most difficult aspects is involving everyone.Stag dos usually bring together a variety of friendship groups - old school friends, uni mates, work colleagues and family – and thus it can be difficult to find something suitable for all. This is particularly true if you are hoping to surprise the groom-to-be and, thus, the key really is variety.
Below we have written a three point check-list to help you ensure that you can get the stags working (enjoying) as a team, and that your stag weekend is not too cliquey or exclusive.
Step One – Location
Location is an incredibly important aspect of organising a stag weekend. If you go somewhere too quaint and quiet, you will appeal to some, but not to others. On the flip side, if you go somewhere too raucous, again you risk disgruntling half of the group. There are many diverse locations, which have something for everyone and this is truly the way to go.
In the UK, cities like; Nottingham, Liverpool, Brighton, Cardiff and Edinburgh are prime examples. If you want to spread your wings a little and find a top European destination, then; Bratislava, Budapest, Krakow and Riga are just a few of the less common options available to you.
The most important thing when it comes to location is diversity. It is crucial to combine nightlife with daytime activities, and good clean fun with a little bit of mischief.
Step Two – Bonding
As these various friendship groups diverge, it is incredibly important to break the ice and kick things off with some kind of stag bonding session. A stag-do is incredibly reliant on everyone feeling free and at ease, and if you can’t create that vibe early on then you may struggle to capture it.
So, with that being said, it is good to kick off the weekend with some kind of team based activity. Such examples, include; 5-a-side football, paintballing, go-karting, parkour and laser-tag. It may also be worth following this up with a few beers to get everyone relaxed and ready for the night ahead.
Step Three – Combine Nightlife with Daytime Activities
If you are just doing a weekend, then, of course, you want it to be packed full with activities. If, on the other hand, you are planning a week, then this can involve a little more ‘down time’. Either way, however, although nightlife is crucial, it is also important to ensure that the day time activities are fun and diverse.
Remember, there may be those who don’t drink and, thus, you need to keep them entertained in the day time too. For those who are drinking, although maybe 7 am starts are out of the question, you do need to get them up and running relatively early and, if they complain, remind them that stags need stamina.
Also, once more it is important to cater for different tastes and diversify both nightlife and daytime activities. Below are some examples of both;
Nightlife Activities: Lap Dancing, VIP Nightclub, Casino, Comedy Club, Retro Disco, Bowling, Bar Crawl, Dinner, Curry Night etc.
Day Time Activities: Karting, Paintballing, Shooting, Golf, Gorge Scrambling, Football, Site seeing, Zorbing, Fishing, and also, of course, relaxed day-time drinking.
When organising a stag-weekend, or week, first try to find a location, which offers diversity, like those mentioned above. Then, when it comes to putting together an itinerary, make sure that there is something for everyone. A stag-do needs to be memorable and, thus, it is good for people to try new things, but too, they have to be comfortable in doing so. Create a positive vibe and remember - you are all in this together!