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Being tasked with planning a stag do is a massive privilege (congrats), but it can be tough organising such an important event. That’s why we’ve put together our top 11 tips for planning a stag do. Follow our simple steps and we can guarantee your best mate will have a stag do to remember.


Choose the Guest List

This is a tricky one, but make sure to think long and hard about who to invite. Would the stag really want his future Father-in-Law and Will from Accounts sharing his last night of freedom? Better to find out first than have a really awkward weekend. The best way to do this is to head to the pub (any excuse) and go through everyone that stag knows with the stag himself. Once you come up with a definitive list, then comes the next step.

An illustration of three men on the stag do guestlist

Communicate with the Group

Once the guests have been chosen, it’s down to you to get the ball rolling. Make the most of group chats on Facebook, e-mail and WhatsApp, so that you’re not swamped in confusing phone calls and texts from individual group members. This is a great way to break the ice between group members who may not know each other, but also chat about important information like dates people can make, what to pack, food allergies, disabilities etc.

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Set a Budget

Budget is massively important when planning a stag do. Openly discussing exactly how much each person is willing to spend will avoid dropouts and will help you choose a realistic destination. Some things to consider when it comes to budget: location, length of trip, what others can afford, activities, surprises for the stag, spending money. It’s also common for the group members to pay for the stag, so remember to factor this extra cost in when planning. If you’re booking through a company, make sure they protect all client funds, so that you’re covered if anything goes wrong.

An illustration of a wallet with money in it

Gather The Funds

One of the biggest dramas when it comes to planning a stag do is the issue of collecting cash from each member of the group. However, we at Last Night of Freedom have you covered with our easy online payments. When you book, we ask for names of group members and set up an account which lets you to see who owes what and allows each member pay directly to us. Letting you can focus your efforts on more pressing matters, like which embarrassing costume to dress the stag in.

An illustration of a piggy bank with money going in to it.

Personalise the Stag Do to the Stag Himself

It sounds simple, but it’s important to have the stag’s interests at the front of your mind when planning. For example, if he prefers blow-the-budget all-nighters in mega-clubs, don’t take him on a real ale pub crawl, or if he can’t swim, don’t take him white water rafting. You’ll also need to sort your personalised stag do T-shirts, stag do hoodies or stag do costume to unite the pack – it’s a stag do rite of passage.

An illustration of some personalised stag do T-shirts

Have a Stag Do Itinerary for the Weekend

Before setting off on your ventures - whether you’re jetting off to a far flung abroad location, or staying within the UK – make sure you’ve got an itinerary of activities plotted out. You might be deemed ‘the boring one’, but they’ll thank you when everything goes like clockwork. When booking with Last Night of Freedom, we send you a travel pack, making sure you know exactly where to be and when.

An illustration of a stag do itinerary

Make a Checklist of What to Pack

Just as important as the itinerary, make sure you have a simple checklist of everything you need to pack for your weekend. For instance, if you’re going abroad, your tick list should include passports, boarding details, visas if necessary, currency, insurance details, sun cream and EHIC cards. The good thing about making a list like this is that you can use it as a checklist when you’re packing up to come home, making sure you don’t leave anything in the hotel room.

An illustration of a stag do checklist

Organise Some Drinking Games

Have a few stag do drinking games up your sleeve – it’ll break the ice between group members once you get there and get that booze flowing. Dare cards, beer pong and fuzzy duck are stag do standards. However there are a few games we seriously do recommend playing such as the “assume the position” game, Arrogance and Roxanne. Check out even more funny stag do drinking games or take a look at what we stock when it comes to stag games.

An illustration of a stag do drinking game, beer pong

Plan a Few Surprises

Withhold certain information about the trip from the stag - like embarrassing fancy dress, booking strippers and planning pranks – to give him the ultimate surprise when they do happen. You could even get him fake arrested or get him to mud wrestle a roly poly stripper… As well as hilarious memories, it’ll give you some ammo for your Best Man speech. Bonus.

An illustration of handcuffs and a whip

Prep for the Morning After

Don’t just spend the morning after wallowing in self-pity, trying to piece together events of the night before. Organise a greasy fry up and an adrenaline-pumping activity like paintballing or karting, to blow away those cobwebs from the night before. Or simply locate the nearest Wetherspoon’s for a nice greasy fry-up. Make sure they all get something in them before your planned daily antics. The lads will SERIOUSLY thank you.

An illustration of a full English breakfast and some vitamin C, as a hangover cure

Make a Stag Do Pact

After a memorable weekend there will no doubt be some embarrassing stories that others may not want others to know. Even some things are too serious to be mentioned in the best-man’s speech. So get the lads together and agree on a pact that what happens on the stag do, stag on the stag do…unless it makes great content for the speech.

An illustration of two hands making a pact

How to Plan a Stag Do

  1. Choose a guest list
  2. Communicate with the group
  3. Set a budget
  4. Gather the funds
  5. Personalise the stag do to the stag himself
  6. Have a stag do itinerary for the weekend
  7. Make a checklist of what to pack
  8. Organise some drinking games
  9. Plan a few surprises
  10. Prep for the morning after
  11. Make a stag do pact

About the Author

Starting her career at LNOF, Hannah knows the ins and outs of the stag and hen world. Having visited 11 (and counting) LNOF destinations, Hannah is passionate about travelling and partying hard- the pinnacles of a stag or hen do. Her first year as part of Team LNOF, Hannah completed her Level 3 Digital Marketing Apprenticeship with a distinction. Meaning she learnt how to write and advertise for Stags and Hens before anything else.

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