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Alternative stag and hen party ideas


So you’re getting married. You’re ready to commit yourself to the person you love for the rest of your life. The wedding’s organised, the honeymoon’s booked and there’s just one more thing you need to do - celebrate your last night of freedom!

For some people this involves a night out dressed in outlandish costumes where they generally make a fool of themselves and don’t remember a lot of what happens.

However, if you’re someone who wants to do something a bit different or unusual then read our ideas for a stag or hen party to remember.

Tea at the Ritz

Perhaps not one for stags, but hens will enjoy dressing up and being waited on in the sophisticated tearoom at the Ritz. Feast on a gourmet afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, scones, cakes and tea (or coffee) or make it extra special with the champagne tea.

Dress to kill

If you want something classy but different, consider a murder mystery weekend. Various hotels around the country invite actors who mingle and chat with guests before and after the murder(s). You then have to work out whodunnit. Events vary in length but include food, entertainment and accommodation.

Get active

Popular among stags are the activity weekends where boys can be boys with all manner of extreme (and not so extreme) sports from kayaking to canyoning and zorbing to fishing. Find a weekend and rent a cottage, or embrace the outdoors and camp in a field.

Hats off

Growing in popularity with both stags and hens are days at the races. Put on your glad rags, visit a cash machine and get ready to have a flutter. Spend the day drinking Pimm’s, cheering on your horses and admiring people’s hats. Just don’t lose the wedding fund!

Feel festive

Music lovers can choose their favourite festival and spend the weekend dancing or moshing to their favourite artists. Lukewarm beer, dodgy burgers and (probably) torrential rain will no doubt make your last weekend of freedom a memorable experience.

Have a dirty weekend

If you’re an outdoorsy person, get your friends to pack their tent and wellies as you head off into the countryside. Make a den, play games, climb trees and avoid cowpats before finding a nice country pub, reviving old campfire songs and roasting marshmallows.

City break

Although Prague and Brighton remain popular destinations for stags and hens, choose a city you’ve never been to and make a weekend of it. Explore the historical wonders, sample the local cuisine and relax with your friends, before investigating what the city’s nightlife has to offer.

Get pampered

For real indulgence, visit a spa and drift away from wedding plans and stress. Relax in the Jacuzzi, have a massage or manicure, followed by a delicious lunch and wine. Hotels often offer weekend pamper packages, allowing you plenty of time for shopping, sightseeing and sashaying.

Sin City

If you want a party with a bang, heading to Las Vegas could be the answer. Hit the slots, take a helicopter over the Grand Canyon and visit the myriad bars, clubs and casinos along the Strip.

Hunt for treasure

Combine a weekend in Northern Ireland with a quirky treasure trail with clues, photographs and funny anecdotes about the stag and hen. If you want to make it even more interesting, stay on a boat and spend the weekend dressed
up as pirates.

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Although the stag or hen party is a chance for you to let your hair down after weeks and months of trying to organise a wedding, it’s never too late to take out Wedding Insurance.

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