Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Crazy Stag Do Viking Style

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Findlater CastleNow, when “the Groom” James told his best man he wanted an unusual stag do, his best man Dave Hunter, took this request to another level and created a crazy viking style stag do.

According to an article on The Sun’s website, Dave Hunter, 32 (I love the way they always quote an age) an oil worker from Scotland, arranged a stag do for ten of the groom’s best mates to dress up like Norse Warriors (Vikings, basically) and walk along the Banffshire coastline carrying tables, chairs, 40kg keg of beer, whiskey, food* and other materials to an old ruined castle called Findlater Castler.

Passing dog walkers who couldn’t believe their eyes, these crazy Vikings trekked 3 miles to get to their derelict stag do venue.

Once they arrived they set up camp inside the castle and enjoyed a banquet of  Venison, Chicken, Sausages, potatoes, beer and whiskey a true Viking meal*!

Cold and ready for their beds, this wild stag do lit their flaming torches out of old clothes (probably soaked in kerosene) and stumbled back to their hostel in Cullen.

However, the fun didn’t stop there, this very thoughtful group returned the next day to Findlater Castle to clean up and take their kit home.

After the wedding the stag pictures went viral with more than a quarter of million views on social media sites.

If you would like to do something unusual for your stag do, head over to our stag do homepage for ideas, inspiration and some unusual packages.

*We are not sure if Vikings made sausages but pretty sure they could get their hands on the rest maybe except whiskey but most definitely mead or beer.

Tattoo Stag Do Issue

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

You know what they say; whatever you do, do not come back from a stag do with a tattoo or a STD, this man clearly didn’t listen!

This poor fella, in his fifties returned from a stag do in Blackpool with a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses however these were no ordinary sunglasses, they were permanent tattooed sunglasses. These glasses also had Ray Ban put on the arms to make them look a little more classy??

For some incredible pictures, The Mirror has also covered this story.

This all happened two years ago on a boozy stag do to Blackpool, where he wasn’t even the stag!

This unnamed man from Swansea got to the point where he didn’t want to embarrass his close family when he went out with them, so he decided to get this tattoo lasered off and the results are astonishing!

In 2014 we also reported on a guy who went on a Stag Do to Majorca and he got a tattoo “Bodge Loves Car Boots”!

The moral of the story is don’t bring anything back from a Stag Do other than presents and souvenirs, anything else especially of the permanent regrettable variety should not be considered no matter how drunk you get!

Book For 2016, Pay 2015 Prices

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Hotel Sign in Blue Neon LightsThere are a few rumblings around the UK and beyond that 2016 hotel prices will be going up in a lot of popular stag and hen destinations,  after a bumper year for stag and hen parties in 2015 most hotels will capitalise on this and hike their prices up.

Although at DesignaVenture we will try our best to keep the prices as low as possible we do not have much of choice with some of the bigger hotel chains such as Marriotts, Hiltons, Holiday Inn etc. They will put their prices up across the board and we will have to lump it.

So our advice is to book your hen or stag do now and get this year’s price for a next year’s date, “we won’t tell them if you don’t.”

We’ll book your group in and they will honour this year’s price, that’s how it works, however you’ve got to be quick as some of these hotels have already brought out their prices for 2016.

We are always pipping on about booking your hen or stag do early:

  • You’ll get the best hotels at a better price
  • The best times for your activities
  • Cheaper airline seats (if applicable)
  • More availability all round

For all non-flight bookings we are just asking for a single £30 group deposit and a rough idea of numbers and then you have nothing to pay until next year, unless you are going in January or early February when we will need full payment 5 weeks before you travel.

So to conclude, book your 2016 hen or stag do now before they go up and we will honour this year’s prices, and all of this for just a £30 deposit, what else do you want? Jam on it?

1 Man, 16 Stag Dos, 3 Months

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Seth WilliamsonWill Stevenson is plastered all over the tabloids at the moment for attending 16 stag dos, travelling 31,000 miles in three months.

According to this article on the Daily Star, Will Stevenson first started in June by bidding and winning to go on a Stag Do to Budapest putting him back £460 all in.

This story was then picked up by Radio 1′s DJ Scott Mills who covered the whole Stag Do event.

Will then became the man for the job to fill spare vacancies on stag dos. Grooms from around the country got in touch with him via his twitter feed (@Willhasabadger) requesting him to fill any space vacancies they may have on their Stag Do.

£10,000 later, and having visited Budapest, Ibiza 3 times, Barcelona twice, Munich, Blackpool, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Magaluf, Madrid, Rome and Amsterdam and apparently, he is even scared of flying.

He also had a companion who didn’t need a passport however at the start made some fellas on the stag dos feel uncomfortable, a stuffed toy Badger called Seth.

Seth features in many of the photographs and can be seen being held up by loads of sexy ladies, chilling out by the pool and even driving himself to Ibiza airport.

What’s the future for this “The Wedding Ringer” type of guy?

Well according to his tweets, he looks to be starting a blog and is looking for more offers of stag trips in October.

So if you know any spare seats going on a Stag Do within the next few weeks you can contact him on his Twitter handle, @Willhasabadger.

£30 Single Group Deposit Is All We Need

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Group Jumping Up in the air at sunsetHere at DesignaVenture towers we understand that getting your Hen Party, Stag Do or Activity Break booked for 2016 is of high importance, however getting round to doing it can be a drag, so we have just made it easy.

For just £30*, you can kiss goodbye to being disorganised and say hello to being “The Bestest Best Man in the World” or even “The Chiefiest Chief Bridesmaid in the World”, you could even get one of those mugs made with the slogan on!

What are the advantages to booking early:

  • Get the best choice of hotels
  • Almost Guaranteed availability
  • Get the best choice of activities and times
  • Book the date so people can get it into their diaries
  • No need for definite numbers at this stage*
  • Don’t pay anything else until 2016**

Once booked you can go straight to your membership area invite everyone to the Stag Do or Hen Party and then sit back and watch people book on from the comfort of your armchair (you’ll obviously need a device which links to the internet like a tablet, smart phone or lap top an armchair simply won’t do it).

So whether you’re booking a package, activity only, or a break to Europe*, £30 is all you need to get the date and break booked. Phew, that’s a lot off your mind, now go grab yourself a beer or bottle of wine and celebrate with true smugness.

* Will not apply to flight inclusive packages

** Payment will be due 5 weeks before you travel, if you are travelling after the end of February we will need a £30 per person deposit by the end of January 2016, so you get commitment from the lads and/or ladies.

Danny Dyer’s 4 Letter Word Stag Night

Friday, August 14th, 2015

A Picture Of Danny DyerDanny Dyer the Katie Hopkins basher, the hard man from the East End is getting married to his childhood sweatheart next summer. According to an article in the Mirror, his best mate Kirk Norcross has spilled the beans on what he will arrange for Danny’s Stag Do, which apparently will be a night in with a Scrabble tournament.

Why must I mentioned Katie Hopkins? If you didn’t know, when Jo Mas proposed to Danny, Katie Hopkins tweeted “No woman should ever propose to a man. Certainly not one with a naff bum-fluff beard and dodgy squint.” which is completely an unprovoked attack, thinking about it, maybe the Hopkins was using a cunning angle for publicity, to stay in the public eye, more cunning then a fox with binoculars!

Danny tweeted back “@KTHopkins No I agree…especially when you look like ya face should be on the side of a gothic building..have a nice day ya daft sexist ya” – hilarious!

Anyway back to the Stag Do, Kirk I think you have this Stag Weekend all wrong, what Danny needs is a country house hotel with a fantastic restaurant, a late well-stocked bar and a lounge area for board games. Daytime activities should be effortless such as  Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery, Crossbows, Shooting Assault Rifles that sort of thing, something which involves shooting (well he is in Eastenders after all).

The evening should include a good meal, maybe some board games and then sitting up, all night, at the bar, putting the world to rights, the hotel also needs a sheltered smoking shed as apparently these boys smoke like tyres!

Kirk, if you any more advice just give us a call – 01432 830880.

Fancy A Greek Island As A Wedding Present?

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

A Island in the South China Sea, Near PhilippinesIf you’re Ronaldo’s* agent, you’re a lucky man, you have just woken up to an amazing wedding present; you’re star footballer has just bought you a Greek Island!

I mean c-mon, a fricking Greek Island! That would have put back Ronaldo by about 3+ million Euros, I mean that’s a whole month’s salary for the poor fella.

The Greek Islands are loved by Ronaldo who usually takes an annual holiday to the Island of Mykonos every year, so to share his love of this gorgeous part of the world he thought he would buy his agent a part of it.

You can purchase islands all over the world from loads of various websites, Private Islands Online is apparently where Ronaldo bought this lavish wedding present.

Now if you are stuck for a wedding present and don’t know what to get them, how about an island! You can buy an Island these days for less than £100,000, however, buying an Island and inhabiting an Island are two different dreams, you will need to get running water, get some sort of electricity (you don’t want to be living in the dark ages, do you?) and it must be easily accessible; have you not seen the Island with Bear Grylls on ITV?

If you don’t have the money for an Island you can always head over to Pinterest, where Men are pinning their whole dream wedding including their wedding presents on their boards, now apparently and I use the word “apparently” with great care here, some of these men have not even found a girlfriend yet. What kind of world are we living in, quick, I need to get to the 4th rock from the Sun and live a life of solitude there!

*If you didn’t know, Ronaldo is a famous Portuguese international footballer, who also plays for Real Madrid.

Stag Do Winter Deals Coming Up

Friday, July 10th, 2015

I know, I know.. the sun is blazing and already we are talking about the winter but hey, people book their stag and hen dos well in advance these days, and that’s not a bad thing, as trying to get a group of 14 people into a hotel can often be a difficult task.

“However” (said in a Jeremy Clarkson sort of way, I am still wearing my black arm band for the loss of Top Gear “as we know it”),  winter can be a little quiet in some hotels so they often sell at a very low rate and lucky for you, DesignaVenture don’t pocket this saving, they pass it on.

So if you need to arrange a Stag Do for November to February, DesignaVenture has some amazing deals, deals so good you’ll need a lie down after you have booked one!

For example

These are just some of our amazing deals all ready to be booked  for groups looking to celebrate in November 2015 to February 2016 (prices are correct at time of this article being published).

Arranging your Stag Do through DesignaVenture couldn’t be easier, once you have booked, we will set you up a membership so you can go online and share your booking with your group. Attendees can pay online, individually, saving you hours even days collecting money in, plus you also get the incredible infamous DesignaVenture customer service.

We look forward to looking after you.

Bristol Stag Do Place Goes for £1.21 On Ebay

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

2 members of a stag party doing West Country GamesA Stag Do going to Bristol had a last minute drop out so instead of a no show they decided to auction the place on eBay.

According to an article on the Bristol Post website, these plucky lads from Andover booked West Country Games, Indoor Crazy Golf, bar, club entry and 1 night’s accommodation for their Bristol Stag Do.

On their listing they included some advice for bidders saying that the person who agrees to go must be ready for the daytime activities dressed with trainers and socks for the West Country Games and must pay for their own food and drink all day. (Dressed in trainers and socks always makes me laugh!)

Apparently they had over a 1,000 views but the listing only went for £1.21 and was snapped up by a lady known as Josie. She couldn’t do the whole Stag Do so met them in town for the Crazy golf and a few drinks around town. One of the group said, “like them, she loved the idea of it and did it for a laugh”, however the group said the whole eBay stunt gave the weekend a great buzz.

Bristol is a fantastic UK stag destination and over the last couple of years has become extremely popular with stag and hen parties. With fantastic activities in the day and amazing nightlife, Bristol is possibly the busiest city for stags and hen travelling from other cities. For some  amazing stag packages get yourself over to the DesignaVenture bristol stag do section, where we have packages starting from £79.00 per person*, equally we also offer amazing hen party breaks starting from £95.00 per person*, you can view these packages here.

*Prices correct at time of publish

Stag Do Hold Up In Switzerland

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Switzerland landscape mountains & churchAccording to a hilarious article in the Evening Standard, a drunken Londoner swapped a Stag Do in Munich for a day out in Switzerland courtesy of lackadaisical driver.

Jordan Adams a 33 year old from London, stumbles out of a Munich club looking for a cab to take him back to his hotel, somehow manages to clamber into a luggage hold of a coach and falls asleep. 4 Hours later he’s woken up by an irate coach driver “effing and jeffing” no doubt wandering what this silly Englishman is doing in the luggage compartment of his coach!

Jordan a company director who was attending his Brother in Law’s Stag Do had to ring “her in doors”, to get her to call her brother and explain where he was (she was very happy as you can imagine). He then had to go and speak to the Swiss police as he had no money, passport or phone to help him out. The Swiss police very kindly stuck him on a train back to Munich! Wasn’t this a prank they used to on the stag, stick him on a slow ferry to Calais or similar?

If you have any funny stories, please send them though to plus any images you may have to back up your funny story.