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Our tips for organising a stag

Lads on a stag

Staging a stag 

There’s a lot to consider when planning a stag party – you don’t want to be the one who forgot to book a place to stay, or worse planned a boring party. So, we’ve come up with a simple list of tasks to make sure that you have a great weekend away with the lads. 

Cut straight to it

Planning a stag is the perfect excuse for beer and nibbles in the local. Bring a pen and paper – or add a notes section to your phone – and try to get as much information from the groom as possible. Talk about his availability, what type of weekend he’s expecting, how long he wants to be away and what budget would suit the rest of the gang. And make sure you get a full invite list with phone numbers.

Get active

Make sure you have at least one activity planned (preferably one that doesn’t involve alcohol) it’ll stop everyone falling asleep by 6pm and it can also encourage a bit of healthy competition and banter. Click here for some ideas

Keep it simple 

Make a list of dates and activity options and then message the boys to see what suits the majority but keep it simple and ask for a concrete yes or no. Creating a group on a messaging app is the simplest way to get everyone’s opinion and keep them updated.

Don’t forget the food

To keep your stamina up and enjoy the shenanigans it’s essential to include at least one big meal over the weekend. Finger food is not going to cut it for a bunch of guys on the lash for the weekend.

Get the tone right

If the stag’s future in-laws are on the list, it might not be a great idea to put a strip club on the itinerary. What happens on tour, doesn’t always stay on tour!

The sticky subject of money

Avoid any misunderstandings and the general hassle of collecting money by using an online payment system. has an individual pay option which allows all the guys to individually pay what they owe online. Simples!

Set the party mood 

Costumes are a fun way to get everyone in the party mood, but some venues don’t allow fancy dress or runners, so be sure to check in advance. Another way to set the atmosphere is to come up with nicknames – choose a theme like everyone’s favourite biscuits, food, animals, or if you really want to have a laugh at each other’s expense you could choose worst features. And finally, make sure transfers are arranged to bring you from activity to pub to club – nothing upsets the party mood more than trying to hail dozens of taxis or being late for an activity.