A Holy Hen Party

August 19th, 2014

Chester CathedralMost hen parties take place in destinations of wild and raucous nights however in 2014 The Chester Cathedral hosts it’s first ever hen party in over 900 years.

According to the Chester First website, Hannah Lloyd has always wanted to climb the 216 steps up to the top of the Chester Cathedral and see for herself the stunning panoramic views of Chester.

It all came about when Hannah told her mate Anne Cody, she was getting married, now Anne knew Hannah wanted to climb the steps of the Cathedral and luckily she knew the Diocese of Chester.

So last Friday night Hannah Lloyd was the first ever hen to celebrate her hen party at Chester Cathedral on the strictest instructions that no alcohol was to be consumed on the tower tour, which is fair enough.

After the Cathedral tour she went into Chester for a few drinks, hen party business as usual then!

Hannah is set to marry Paul Jones on September 27th which she told reporters she was pretty sure he wasn’t going to celebrate his Stag Do in a church!

Joint Stag and Hen Do Disastrous For Katona

August 18th, 2014

According to the Irish Examiner Kerry Katona (from Atomic Kitten) had a huge bust up with her fiancé George Kay leaving all the members of their joint stag and hen do abandoned onboard a Thames luxury cruise liner.

Apparently the couple celebrated their pre nuptials together by having a spa day before having a disastrous argument in their hotel bedroom.

They planned to meet all the other stag and hen members onboard a luxury cruise member moored near the Hotel Verta in Battersea however Kerry refused to come down from her hotel bedroom.

45 minutes later the party was cancelled and everyone onboard was told to get off!

Apparently Liz McClarnon (another member from Atomic Kitten) valiantly tried to save the celebration and talk to both the stag and hen but apparently Kerry refused tom come down.

Joint hen and stag dos can go either way and unfortunately this celebration went the wrong way.

Find the full story here on the Irish Examiner.

BBC 2′s Stag Expected In 2015

August 15th, 2014

BBC 2 LogoA comedy for BBC 2 called ‘Stag’, written by George Kay and believed to be produced by the The Wrong Mans producer Jim Field Smith is set to hit our screens in 2015.

This six-part series is set in Scotland when a group on a Stag Do start to get mysteriously killed off, I know it doesn’t sound very funny but if it’s produced in the same way as The Wrong Mans we are in for a gripping and hilarious comedy series.

We love comedy at DesignaVenture and when it’s themed with something we love best ‘Stag Dos’ we are more excited than a puppy that’s just found it’s tail.

You can find more details about this new show ‘Stag’ on the British Comedy Guide website.

Our Brand New Pizza Making Activity

August 14th, 2014

Flipping Pizzas - Group Making Pizza

At DesignaVenture we are always on the look out for fantastic corporate activities or something to do on your stag or hen do.

We are quite chuffed with our new finding of pizza making.

I know it’s not like jumping off cliffs or racing 60mph karts but hey, some activities don’t have to include danger, unless you fall into the pizza oven that is!

Before you start your Pizza Making  have a seat, a glass of Prosecco and take in some facts on the origins of pizza and then how to get the best of your ingredients. Then it’s pinnies on and learn the art of ‘pizza flipping’ (tossing pizza dough in the air) before adding your own toppings.

To keep the group entertained to the end there’s a head to head competition before popping your pizza in the massive ovens.

You then get to sample your’s and everyone elses’ pizza with the chance of purchasing a couple of drinks – how cool is that?

A total unique Stag Do Idea, a fantastic hen party activity or an amazing corporate activity.

Tried and tested by the DesignaVenture team.

A Crazy Way To Fund Your Fancy Dress Wardrobe

August 12th, 2014

Man in fancy dress costume dressed like an old style burglarA man from Sowerby Bridge near Halifax stole £21,000 from a firm he worked for to purchase fancy dress items for a Stag Do, now this is how it first reads on the Halifax Courier website.

However, he obviously only used some of the £21,000 he stole to buy fancy dress items for a Stag Do he was going on, no one can spend £21,000 on fancy dress, surely?

Reading further on, this article actually states he only used some of the money to fund his fancy dress wardrobe, it doesn’t state what else he bought.

We we were wandering if the fancy dress items he bought included a stripy top, black trousers, a black balaclava and a bag with swag written?

The man in question (who now has a new job) went to court and received 275 hours community service and a 10-month suspended prison sentence from the judge, no comment!

Image courtesy of Jokers Masquerade

Hen Party, Sausage Festival & The Haguemeister

August 1st, 2014

You can’t write it, only in this country would you find a Hen Party at a Sausage Festival chatting with the Cabinet Minster William Hague.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the hen party was staying on a Glamping site in North Yorkshire where they were given free tickets to the local Sausage and Beer Festival.

The group spotted William Hague getting out of his car as he came to the Sausage and Beer Festival to judge the winner, he chatted with the hen party apparently complimenting them on their outfits and asking about the wedding and the hen do.

For this we are now calling William Hague the Haguemeister, most cabinet politicians would have shied away from these type of situations and wouldn’t want to be seen talking to a hen party however, he did quite the opposite, he even posed for a photograph with them – what a star.

We salute you The Haguemeister.

If You’re Going To Jump, Do It Properly!

July 30th, 2014

Canyoning Instructor giving the thumbs upAt 1.30am last Saturday morning in Manchester, a twenty two year old man, had been out on a Stag Do all day.

It was a very hot day and he decided to jump from 6 metres into the River Medlock and broke his ankle as the river was only three inches high.

Full story can be found here.

First of all, we are glad to hear he only broke his ankle and wish him the best for his recovery, secondly we would like to offer him and his stag group 10% off Canyoning, once his ankle gets better that is!

Not only will he be taught which parts of the river to jump into, he will also have a fantastic day of adrenalin and banter making it an amazing Stag Do memory.

Go to our Canyoning page for details, we offer this fantastic stag activity in North and South Wales and also up in Scotland.

On a hot sunny day and after a belly full of ale the last place you should be is jumping into a river, just keeping it real people.

Hen Plastered In Cardiff

July 28th, 2014

A hen party from Birmingham played an amazing prank on their hen (Sarah Molland) whilst on a hen night in Cardiff.

Shedding out £500, they paid to have a massive 24 foot by 12 foot billboard put up  stating “Forgetting Sarah Molland”, here comes the bride…. – which also includes a picture of her with the text “coming to Cardiff, 11th July”.

This brilliant bit of pranking was based on the Russell Brand film, Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Chief Bridesmaid, Rachel Coombs spent months planning this exceptional prank, swearing all the girls into secrecy and getting a prime position for this huge poster, right in the middle of Cardiff city centre, making no doubt that Sarah would spot herself whilst on a pub-crawl.

She told a Wales Online reporter that she couldn’t believe her eyes – “I know I would be getting plastered on my hen night but not like that!”

Cardiff is a fantastic destination to hold your hen night and the Welsh capital is where Sarah studied Criminology as a student making it the perfect destination for her celebration.

Sarah is due to marry Paul Jones next month and we would like to wish her the best of luck for the future.

To see this amazing prank and the full story visit the the Wales Online Website.

Check Out Our Stag Do Blog

July 25th, 2014

Image of the stag do blog homepageIt’s all very well being asked to be the Best Man however, this role comes with some responsibility and there is no bigger responsibility than arranging the Stag Do.

That’s where the DesignaVenture Stag Do Blog steps in, giving you more advice, tips, guidance and stag do ideas the you can shake a stick at.

You have more top 10′s then a Radio 1 DJ including Top 10 Stag Do Pranks, Top 10 Stag Do Games, Top 10 Stag Accessories… you get the picture.

You can also find a 101 guide to booking and going on a Stag Do, Stag Do Ideas for the older group and the incredibly popular post on “Should the Groom Pay for His Own Stag Do?” Take our poll, currently stag groups are saying no he shouldn’t.

And if that’s not enough how about Fancy Dress Ideas, Stag Do Challenges, Ideas for the Non-Drinker, the list goes on.

All this Stag Do Advice is free of charge and just a click away.

So, with out further delay get yourself over to our Stag Do Blog and become the BEST, Best Man, known to man (try and say that after a couple).

DesignaVenture, we are the Best Man’s Best Man.

Michelle Keegan Plans Two Hen Parties

July 22nd, 2014

Michelle Keegan & Mark WrightAccording to the Belfast Telegraph, the former Coronation Street star is planning two hen parties but there’s no rush as she is not getting married to Mark Wright until next year.

The big hen party will be abroad however she doesn’t mention where, and then she is planning on going on a spa weekend.

So as she describes it “a really mad one and then a simple, nice girlie one”

I know quite a few hen parties (as you can imagine) and this is pretty much the norm. Where there’s a raucous weekend for mainly best friends and friends of friends and then a more sedate chilled affair for the mothers, aunties and bridesmaids.

However I am not tarring all hen parties with one brush, some brides will have loads of celebrations and others will just have just the one.

The full article and a link to where you can listen to the full interview