It wouldn’t be fair, then, if we didn’t offer some tips for the boys too. So, if you’re in the midst of planning a weekend worth of celebrations for the lads, here are some suggestions to ensure it goes with a bang. Oh, and some things we wouldn’t advise doing. Read on…
Have you accepted the most prestigious title of ‘Best Man’ for a mate’s upcoming big day? If so, you’re probably in charge of organising the stag. Here are a few ideas to incorporate into the weekend’s events, courtesy of the Weddings by Lumi team. You’re welcome.
Keep it Simple
We’re going to go out on a limb here and say this: blokes may well prefer less of a fuss than us ladies when it comes to pre-wedding parties. For many a man, access to beer – and plenty of it – and somewhere from which to sit and catch up with mates is probably good enough when it comes to stag do must-haves.
Sure, you could throw in some more ideas for later in the evening (or during the day), but when it comes down to it, you know you’re bound to end up down your favourite boozer chatting to the locals you see week in, week out. It’d be wrong not to, wouldn’t it?!
Consult the Stag
While it’s usually up to the Best Man (or Best Men) to plan the stag (and not breathe a word of the upcoming plans to the stag himself), remember that some grooms-to-be will prefer to know at least a little about what they’re letting themselves in for. That way, they can plan what to pack (if you’re taking him abroad) and whatnot.
That said, it seems to be tradition to keep the stag in the dark, so if you think he’ll take your plans in good humour when they come around, go for it!
Consider the Guest List
One thing it’s definitely worth consulting the stag on is the prospective guest list. It’s no good inviting all and sundry only to find you’ve asked a mate or two along who the groom-to-be is no longer on speaking terms with.
If you really can’t reveal your plans to the soon-to-be groom, ask the other stags to chip in with their thoughts before you finalise the guest list.
Don’t want anything to go wrong on the stag? Here’s what not to do…
Don’t Leave Planning to the Last Minute
Whatever you do, don’t leave it too late to organise the bigger elements of the stag do – such as flights or accommodation.
You may be hanging on for a good deal, but you’ll be pretty miffed if half of your party makes it on one plane, while the rest have to book onto a later one. ‘Keeping it simple’ doesn’t mean flying by the seat of your pants (if you’ll excuse the pun); be prepared and you’ll all be turning up at the beach bar at the same time.
Don’t Forget to Take Pics
This is going to be one hell of a do, so you won’t want to miss out on documenting it. Get all the evidence you need, in photographic form, for the Best Man or Best Men’s speech. Just nothing too incriminating or offensive. Please.
Don’t Neglect the Finer Details
Considering a pre-stag gift for the lads
? Perhaps everyone’s chipping in to make it a weekend to remember – bespoke pressies included.
Or maybe you want to ensure everyone has a personalised tankard
to sup from. We’ve got you covered on both fronts at Weddings by Lumi, so take a peep here on our site and stock up.
Ladies: if your man is planning a pre-wedding boys’ get-together for his best pal, direct him to our dedicated page for all things stag dos.
If you’re the one in the stag do-organising hot seat, you’ll be glad of these suggestions
for party props and pressies, too.
Until next time…