For the most part a stag do is simply a group of friends getting together to celebrate a friend’s impending wedding and help him to say goodbye to the single life. It might seem on the face of it that not much can go wrong, and if it is just a simple night out then perhaps not much can. However, when the stag do starts to get more complicated things can go wrong. It is a good idea to think about a few pitfalls in advance.
Drinking and fun
Okay, this might be one of the things that everyone attending is looking forward to the most, but it does have a downside. Everyone in the group will have a different threshold for alcohol and at some point in the evening you will find that there are one or two people who are suddenly unable to walk and talk! This might seem funny at the time but when you have to carry them from place to place it will start to get a bit wearing. The good news is that as a group of friends, you should be able to pinpoint who this will affect, so you can make plans to take care of them or send them home when it all starts to get a bit too much.
Drinking games such as pub golf are popular on the stag night and will not help those who can’t hold as much alcohol as the others. Try to counter this by altering the rules of the game slightly. The great thing about pub golf is that you can adapt it to your needs. On a pub crawl, it can be one ‘hole’ per pub, or if you are staying in the same place it can be one drink per hole. Take it easy by choosing beer instead of hard liquor. You can find pubs with Self Serve Beer machines that will make things more convenient for you. If you prefer non-alcoholic options, you can also opt for them.
Traditional stag night stunts
The groom is going to be expecting his friends to fasten him naked to a lamppost at some point so he is going to be prepared for this. It has become popular for the stunts to become more outlandish in recent years though and this can lead to other problems. Dumping the groom in a strange place and expecting him to make his own way home is not a good idea as it may not make you popular with him the next day. Carry out the stunt but make sure that everyone gets home safely at the end of the night if you want to stay friends for many years to come.
Avoiding the traditional stag night stunt is one of the reasons that activities have become popular as an alternative. Things like clay pigeon shooting, white water rafting and off-road driving are all options so find out if the groom would prefer something like this before you organise a pub crawl. These things can still be fun and you still get to have a drink at the end of the day.