If you’ve been given the task of organising your friend’s stag do or hen do, you may be wondering where to start. We already have advice on the best places and events to choose, so now we’d like to help with the organisation.
Here’s some of our advice for making sure your best friend remembers the effort you put in to make their stag or hen do amazing.
You can never start planning too early so as soon as you’re given the task start making some lists, there are a lot of questions you need answering before you can crack on with the job.
You need definite answers on:The Budget – Is the hen or stag paying or are you all clubbing together as a treat, or will you each pay your own way? With many choosing weekends for stag and hen dos this should be sorted out quickly so you know just what you have to work with. Ask the bride and groom too, it would be a shame if your budget was too high for some of their friends to attend.
Set a Date – This is when early is good. It’s Murphy’s Law that as soon as you or a friend decide to get married, everyone’s at it and those weddings, hen and stag do’s and honeymoons for the bride and groom can take up a lot of weekends.
Involve the bride and groom as much as you can, then set a date and stick to it.
Get Details – Make sure you get all the details you need from your bride and groom so you can now make this as stress free as possible for them. This is usually easy if you use social networks!
Now’s the time to put your negotiation head on, to scour the internet for the best deals and to find ideal venues and activities so you can present your bride and groom with a list to choose from. Check our tips on the top five things to consider when choosing a location.
Send out your invitations with a clear RSVP!
Once you’ve worked out the cost per person, you need to bring the money in. This can be the worst task of all.
Make it clear when you need the money by, be a little OCD and set up an Excel Spread sheet so you can keep track. Let people know that if their cost isn’t paid by a date (2 weeks) they will not be booked a place.
Resist the urge to put it all on your own credit card, as although you may think this avoids conflict and gives people longer to pay, you’ll definitely fall out if you have to chase the money due to them dropping out.
It’s also a good idea to ask for a little extra per person just in case you need to pay for taxis or you encounter any problems (such as increased booking rate once you’ve got the money), if there is money left over this can be used to buy drinks on arrival!
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