Your guide to planning a stag or hen party

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AFTER all the commotion surrounding Christmas engagements, now comes the time to sit down get serious about planning one of the biggest parts of the wedding. The stag and hen parties, of course.

Organising a stag and hen party takes a lot of time, so be sure that you have planned everything well in advance and using all that is available to you.

Leaving plenty of time to finalise your plans will ensure that you are not running around at the last minute booking accommodation, travel and activities.

The first thing to do is set a date so it gives everyone the chance to pencil it into their diary and gives an idea of how many people will be attending.

When you know how many will be going then it’s time to start thinking about destinations and what people can really afford in these financially straining times.

Be sure to accommodate for everyone, and don’t get over adventurous as things could get very expensive which may mean a few people are left out. Not a good start to the wedding.

If a few of the stags or hens don’t really know many others then it’s a great idea to get matching T-shirts or fancy dress which instantly gets everyone on the same bandwagon and prevents cliques from forming.

Whatever fun and exciting ideas you have for the stag/hen party, be sure to phone in advance and confirm with the business or company that they accommodate for these types of parties.

Ask the stag or hen what they would like to do for their last night of freedom, don’t just plan the party how you would want it, as this night is all about the bride or groom.

Make sure you have transport sorted too, try and get everyone together at the start of the night so there aren’t any stragglers left behind.

If you plan well in advance then you shouldn’t go wrong. As the saying goes if you fail to plan then plan to fail.