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The secret to planning a stag or hen party
Been asked to organise a stag or hen party? If you get it wrong, you may never be forgiven so make sure you follow our tips so that you organise something truly memorable…in the right way of course!
Here are our top tips to creating a party to remember:
1. Ask the
boss bride or groom
First things first, have a chat with the bride or groom and see what they have in mind to celebrate their last days of singledom. They may have something specific in mind, or they could want a surprise on the day - so always consult them first! Whatever you do, just make sure that your main focus is to throw something that is personal to them.
2. Set a budget
Research* conducted on our behalf has found that the average cost of attending a stag or hen do is around £250, which is a lot of money to ask people for. So, speak to the bride or groom about the guest list, and the said guests’ budgets. They should be able to give you a good idea of what their friends and family members can afford.
Try to come up with a figure that will allow the greatest number of people to attend. Once you have a budget, stick to it, as you’ll get no thanks for saying it’ll cost £100 when actually the final bill reaches £200!
3. Be organised
Get your invites out as early as possible as people lead busy lives and soon get booked up! Also, to keep track of everything – spreadsheets need to become your new best friend – keep track of who you’ve invited, who can attend and who’s paid what. It’ll be your point of reference for everything!
4. Don’t collect cash
Ahh…the bit everyone dreads when asked to organise something! There’s nothing worse than having to collect money from people that you barely even know, so get around this by setting up a secure payment link like PayPal. This lets you receive the money without any cash having to exchange hands.
You might have to do a bit of pestering to chase the money. If you’ve already paid the deposit then you can’t afford for people not to pay up, so be persistent but keep it polite!
5. Have fun!
Although organising a stag or hen party can be stressful, you need to remember that the main point of the party is to have fun and give your friend or relative a good send-off. If you do feel the pressure, ask some of the other bridesmaids or groomsmen to help out. Just make sure that the final result is full of fun activities and special surprises that will make the event memorable – not just for the bride or groom, but for everyone involved!
*OnePoll questioned a nationally representative sample of 2,000 adults aged 18 and over between 21st November and 28th November 2014, of whom 640 were Scottish residents.