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Stag Do Blog ImageDid you know that we have a dedicated Stag Do Blog?

Since March 2011 this blog has been lovingly created with ideas, tips and advice for the best man or the main stag do organiser (not always the same person).

If you are in the process of arranging a stag do or need help in arranging one, this blog will give you inspiration, ideas, advice and most importantly, a good laugh.

Popular Posts include:

Top 10 Stag Do Games

Should The Groom Pay For His Own Stag

Stag Do Ideas For Older Men

101 Guide

To name but a few.

Arranging a stag do can be extremely daunting especially for the first time, or for a large group, you need as much help as possible.

This blog covers advice and useful tips across the board and we have tried to make it as neutral as possible not banging on about DesignaVenture’s products every 5 lines.

You can also get involved add your comments or take part in the Survey on Should The Groom Pay For HIs Own Stag Do (link above).

So if you’re in need of help, advice or simply needs ideas and inspiration pop over to our Stag Do Blog and let yourself loose, there are over 190 posts to catch up on, over half a million readers can’t be wrong!

Why Book With DesignaVenture

There are plenty of companies out there where you can book your stag or hen do, you can even do it yourself (“state the bleeding obvious” badge goes to me) however this is an important weekend, it must go to plan.

You need a solid wingman, someone you can trust to make sure everything goes off without any issues, well that’s where DesignaVenture step in and take that place.

Arranging hen parties and stag dos since 2003, DesignaVenture know how to get it right, we have won the “Getting It Right” Competition since 2003 and we will never rest on our laurels. We will always strive to make sure the only hitch will be on the wedding day and not your special celebratory weekend.

Not only can you use the DesignaVenture website to book online, pay individually, view your booking, invite people onto the weekend; you will also see that we advertise prices, unlike quite a few of our competitors. You can even Build your own stag do, or hen party without having to give us an ounce of your personal details, unless you want to that is. Not one of our other competitors allows you to do that!

We pride ourselves on outstanding customer service, we have 9.2 out of 10 on our Trustpilot score and the way we see it, is; we make friends, not customers.

Once booked, the loving doesn’t stop there, you will have a group of dedicated staff at your beck and call and whilst on your weekend we have an out of hours phone number just in case you need some extra help.

So to square all this off, to summaries, to come to some sort of conclusion if you are looking to book a stag do or hen party you are definitely in the right place, however if you’re looking for a Vacuum Cleaner how the hell did you get here?

Good luck and we look forward to hearing from you.

Wales Matches At The Euros

Girl with Wales Flag face paintAfter writing about England’s matches at the Euros in our last post I thought it would only be fair to include details on all the Wales matches.

So if you love the Valleys, the beautiful Brecon Beacons, the amazing Snowdonia Mountains and you like to eat Carmarthen Cheese with a love spoon, this is for you.

Wales Confirmed Matches are:

Saturday 11th June 2016 – Wales Vs Slovakia at 5.00pm

Thursday 16th June 2016 – Wales Vs England at 2pm

Monday 20th June 2016 – Wales Vs Russia at 8pm

Knockout stages:

Wales win the group

Saturday 25th June 2016 at 5pm

Friday 01st July 2016 at 8pm (Quarter Final)

Wednesday 06th July 2016 at 8pm (Semi Final)

Sunday 10th July 2016 at 8pm (Final)

If Wales come 2nd in the group

Monday 27th June 2016 at 8pm

Sunday 3rd July 2016 at 8pm (Quarter Final)

Thursday 7th July 2016 at 8pm (Semi Final)

Sunday 10th July 2016 at 8pm (Final)

If Wales Come Third In The Group

There are two options to consider if Wales come third with a high score and big goal difference:

Saturday 25th June 2016 at 8pm

Thursday 30th June 2016 at 8pm (Quarter Final)

Wednesday 06th July 2016 at 8pm (Semi Final)

Sunday 10th July 2016 at 8pm (Final)

Or

Sunday 26th June 2016 at 5pm

Saturday 02nd July 2016 at 8pm

Thursday 7th July 2016 at 8pm (Semi Final)

Sunday 10th July 2016 at 8pm (Final)

My next step is to take on the Northern Ireland games, which will be in my next post.

DesignaVenture is not responsible for any changes, all times or dates are subject to change.

England’s Fixtures For Euros 2016

Lady dressed as a refereeRoy Hodgson has just released the names for the England Squad and most stag parties will be wandering, will our stag do in June or July clash with an England game?

Luckily for you, below we have put together a little list of games for you to refer to, so if your stag do clashes with an England game you will have a plan in your itinerary.

If you are booked with us and need help with finding a venue to watch any of the games, give our customer services team a call on 01432 830880.

Alternatively go to Match Pint, pop in your destination and before you know it you’ll be supping ale with fellow football supporters over a pint or two.

England Confirmed Matches are:

Saturday 11th June 2016 – England Vs Russia at 8pm

Thursday 16th June 2016 – England Vs Wales at 2pm

Monday 20th June 2016 – Slovakia Vs England at 8pm

Knockout stages:

England win the group

Saturday 25th June 2016 at 5pm

Friday 01st July 2016 at 8pm (Quarter Final)

Wednesday 06th July 2016 at 8pm (Semi Final)

Sunday 10th July 2016 at 8pm (Final)

If England come 2nd in the group

Monday 27th June 2016 at 8pm

Sunday 3rd July 2016 at 8pm (Quarter Final)

Thursday 7th July 2016 at 8pm (Semi Final)

Sunday 10th July 2016 at 8pm (Final)

If England Come Third In The Group

Now this becomes a little tricky, if England come third in the group and have more points or better goal differences than other teams they may still go through to the knockouts and there will be two options to consider:

Saturday 25th June 2016 at 8pm

Thursday 30th June 2016 at 8pm (Quarter Final)

Wednesday 06th July 2016 at 8pm (Semi Final)

Sunday 10th July 2016 at 8pm (Final)

Or

Sunday 26th June 2016 at 5pm

Saturday 02nd July 2016 at 8pm

Thursday 7th July 2016 at 8pm (Semi Final)

Sunday 10th July 2016 at 8pm (Final)

DesignaVenture is not responsible for any changes, all times or dates are subject to change.

 

Vardy’s Fiancee’s Hen Party Prank

Picture of a hen party wearing Jamie Vardy masksJamie Vardy is currently all over the press at the moment being the leading scorer at Leicester who have almost won the Premier League, it’s inevitable, isn’t it?

There are also reports on his imminent wedding to a former nightclub promoter, Becky Nicholson.

Well Becky had her hen party at the weekend in Liverpool and she was greeted by 19 Jamie Vardy’s!!!

Well I say 19 Jamie Vardy’s I mean Jamie Vardy’s masks, which she tweeted afterwards saying “Thank god I only have to deal with one in real life!”

Bad luck non-footie fans, football is going to be all over TV and press over the next couple months with the Premier League not being dominate by one of the giant teams, 2 British teams may feature in both European cups and then the Euros, which England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland all in with a chance of winning.

If you want to include football in your forthcoming stag do, head over to our football stag activities or our very popular Bubble / Zorb Football.

If you are already on a stag do with us over the Euros and want to know where you can watch that all important match give us a call and we can either book you into a bar or give you information on where you can watch the game.

Good luck!

£6k For A Chihuahua Hen Party

A ChihuahuaBritain is a dog loving nation and dog owners like to spoil their pooches as much as they can however, a pet owner from Burnley has lifted the bar so high I think it will be decades before any other dog owner will come even close!

OK, how can I put this, a dog owner has shelled out £6,000 on a hen party for her Chihuahua! £6,000!!!

According to this article on the Daily Mirror’s website, this barking mad (well the pun had to be done) dog owner paid for:

  • A huge pink Limo
  • A naked butler
  • Human and dog food (canapés, drinks + dog treats)
  • Fancy dress for the humans and the pooches
  • Decorations – Balloons, L Plates etc.
  • Photographer
  • Spa treatments for dogs
  • A Party Planner
  • 4* Hotel with travel
The dog is called Chi Chi and has apparently fallen in love with her best mates dog called Harvey which is a Pomeranian.
Helen Turner (the dog owner) is not stopping there, she is planning a wedding for her little pampered pooch and is looking at spending about £24,000 on the ceremony, which is pretty much how much the average person spends on a normal human wedding.
Maybe she could have booked the pooches hen party through Designaventure and paid a little less. She could have sent this pampered pooch quad biking, coasteering or even a night at the dogs in Bournemouth.

Ten Facts About Stag & Hen Weekends

2 people sitting at a desk behind the DesignaVenture sign with thinking caps onBelow are 10 facts for you to digest over the Eater Bank Holiday Weekend about a very special British tradition; the hen and stag do.

Right let’s not waste anymore time jibber jabbering:

Fact 1

Not many stag and hen parties choose the Easter Weekend to celebrate – this is obviously down to group members having family commitments – try and explain to the kids that you are going on a stag do when the Easter Bunny is coming!

Fact 2

The average hen party pays £157 per person for their night / weekend and a stag pays £153 per person, back in 2008 the average spend for a stag do was just £91 per person!

Fact 3

The average age of a man when he takes the plunge into married life is 29 years old and a woman is 27 years old – why is the woman always younger? I suppose because women mature quicker then men, some men don’t mature at all, like me! In 1990 when tying the know the average man was 26 years old and the average woman was 23 years old.

Fact 5

The average amount we spend whilst on a hen or stag do is approximately £100 however some of our stags have told us that they can spend anything up to £500 depending on where they go and how long they go for, just to confirm this is spending money and doesn’t include activities or accommodation.

Fact 6

The average speed of a Rage Buggy is 58mph, the average speed of the old dirt buggies back in the 90’s was 25mph!!!

Fact 7

Reading is the top choice for parties who don’t want to travel too far. Groups who choose to celebrate their hen or stag do in Reading will drive less miles to get there then any other destination in the UK.

Fact 8

The furthest city from London where you can spend a stag or hen do in is Auckland, New Zealand – 18,326km away (based on cities of a million plus people).

Fact 9

A recent survey conducted by Go Euro have stated that the most cheapest place for a Beer is Krakow in Poland which costs £1.07, the most expensive on average is Geneva at £4.08.

Fact 10

Peak season is between May and July when half of all stag and hen weekends throughout the year are taken.

 

 

Prague, The Safest Hen & Stag Destination

Prague at Night lots of fireworksAccording to an article on The Week’s website, the Czech Republic is the tenth most safest country in the world. The capital of the Czech Republic is Prague, a very popular hen and especially stag do destination.

The safest country in the world is Iceland, with New Zealand, Denmark and Austria all included in this peaceful top ten.

How did they get to this conclusion?

Well, there is a measurement called GPI (Global Peace Index) which is measured by looking at each individual country’s statistical factors such as; murder and criminality rates plus how much the the government spends on international and internal conflicts. There are obviously other measurements involved but it’s too boring to go into, I explained it to myself earlier and found myself reaching for Katie Price’s latest book, that’s how bored I was!

The most dangerous countries in the world according to this article and the Global Peace Index is Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, South Sudan, North Korea and Central African Republic, so we don’t recommend you celebrate your stag do there.

Prague is a very popular stag destination and has incredible nightlife with a fantastic atmosphere to boot. Need something to do in the day? Prague also has a multitude of incredible stag do activities to keep the boys out the bars in the day including white water rafting, shooting AK 47’s and  Jelly Wrestling!

For more details on the Global Peace Index go to the Wikipedia website, as I am sure you are riveted.

You’re Never Too Old For Strippers

4 Old Ladies wearing sunglasses - dressing up for a hen nightIf you ever thought that once you’ve reached the dizzy heights of OAP status, then you’ll be too far over the hill for a traditional stag and hen night, think again!

According to this incredible article on the Mirror’s website, Cliff Hayes (79) and Marina Canter (80) are engaged to marry this week. Before getting married they both decided on having a traditional hen and stag do.

Back story on the happy couple; Marina was married before however became a widow 10 years ago, Cliff has been a lifelong bachelor!

They met on a coaching holiday to Newquay. Marina said Cliff was a little slow on the uptake and she had to ask him to dance. They got on so well that Cliff moved in 4 months later and then he proposed at Christmas. They are getting married next week on Cliff’s 80th Birthday.

Now back to the story…

So Cliff, with 20 of his friends, aged between 75 and 86, organised a stag night at a local pub with a stripper, whilst Marina and her friends held an Ann Summers party on the same night at her home. From this I would say that their celebrations are based on traditional stag and hen nights from the 1980’s!

Now I am not taking anything away from Cliff’s stag night and good on him, I bet he had an incredible night however, a night down the pub with a stripper is not how the stag parties rock these days.

These days a Generation X or Millennials* traditional hen and stag night or weekend usually includes at least one activity, accommodation and a whole load of shenanigans!

Traditional daytime stag activities usually include Racing Rage Buggies, Whisky tasting, Quad Biking, Paintball, Bubble Football, Foot-golf, White Water Rafting and so on, with night time activities include a visit to a Comedy Club, lap dancing club or nightclub , dog racing, casinos, restaurants, bar tours etc.

Staying over is a must and these days most hotels don’t back away when you mention stag or hen party, from bunk accommodation to 5 star hotels, cottages, country retreats, log cabins anything goes.

*Gerneration X born from 1964 to 1984 – Millennials born from the 1982 to 2002

 

 

Stag Tonight on BBC 2

stag party with the stag dressed up in a onesieIf you are at home tonight and fancy watching a dark comedy about a stag party being killed off one by one, then BBC 2 at 9pm tonight  is the place for you.

It’s about a group going on a stag do to Scotland on a hunting trip when they turn from hunters to the hunted.

Directed by Jim Field Smith, who also directed the Wrong Mans, this 3 part series will hopefully have you crying with laughter and also hiding behind the sofa as the stag party gets ripped apart, literally.

Think of the worst stag party you have ever been on, with people you barely know or care about even after the weekend, this is one hundred times worst than that, however you may spot similarities!

If it’s anything like the Wrong Mans we are in for a treat. If you are reading this late, there is always iplayer.

For further details and clips on the show head over to the BBC website – BBC Blogs – Stag.