A huge number of stag and hen groups head overseas for their celebrations. From sunny Marbella and Benidorm, to the vibrant capitals of Amsterdam and Budapest – there’s plenty of choice when it comes to taking the party abroad. Stag and hen planning experts, Last Night of Freedom, have rounded up their top 10 tips for planning a stag or hen weekend abroad.
01. Plan, Plan, Plan – This is number one for a reason. Especially when heading abroad for a stag or hen party, it’s extremely important to plan everything in advance. Planning early will allow people to save the date and the cash, organise visas/health insurance if necessary and get beach body ready for those social media shots.
02. Research the Location – Choose your location wisely – and take cost, activities and temperature for the time of your trip into account. For instance, if the Bride or Groom-to-Be prefers immersing themselves in culture, take them on a city break. Whereas, if they’re more of a sun, sea and sand lover, visit a beach destination in the summer months. With over 65 locations to choose from, head to Last Night of Freedom for some destination inspiration.
03. Research the Group – It pays to find out about your group before you go. Not only for social purposes, but meeting/communicating with those invited will give them an opportunity to discuss any dietary requirements or health issues which may later become important.
04. Communicate – Set up a Whatsapp or Facebook group with all those invited. This is perfect for breaking the ice, discussing all aspects of the trip and ensuring no one is left out the loop. It’s also a great way to get in contact whilst you’re away, just in case anyone strays from the pack.
05. Create an Itinerary – Rather than just winging it once you get there, try to create an itinerary for your trip – including dates, approximate times and venues. Even easier than that, you can get stag and hen planning experts, Last Night of Freedom to put together a bespoke itinerary for you.
06. Create a Checklist – It’s so important that everyone packs the right things, which is why creating a list of everything you’ll need is really handy. Think of the essentials – passports, currency, sun cream etc – and message it round to people. This is also a good way to divvy out who’s taking what.
07. Learn the Lingo – We don’t expect you to become fluent in Spanish for a weekend in Marbs, but learning a few key phrases is a good idea before going away. Even if it’s just how to order a drink and asking the price of something – the locals will appreciate it and it’ll make your trip a whole lot easier.
08. Fancy Dress – Whether its fancy dress costumes or personalised T-shirts, uniting the troops in matching outfits will help identify you from the crowds, and will also be a fun talking point among the group (not forgetting those awesome selfie opportunities).
09. Budget – Set a budget early – you can even spread payments out with Last Night of Freedom’s online payment system. Also, no one wants to be a killjoy, but try to encourage a daily budget once you arrive. This will save any awkward “can I borrow some money?” conversations, and help people to pace themselves. Which brings us onto our final point…
10. Pace Yourselves – It’s easy to get carried away with cheap booze in the scorching summer sun, but try to take it easy. Sun stroke and peeling skin is not a good look – especially if the wedding is pretty soon after.
For more tips and advice on planning the ultimate stag and hen party, head to www.lastnightoffreedom.co.uk