The organisation of the stag and hen do is, traditionally speaking, the responsibility of the Best Man and Chief Bridesmaid respectively. The transition of events is usually kept secret from the Bride and Groom in order to maximise the enjoyment and retain an element of surprise.
Over recent years, the American custom of a ‘bridal shower’ has been introduced into the British wedding culture whereby friends of the Bride would gather together and present gifts to her. Many brides-to-be nowadays enjoy incorporating this ‘Bridal Shower’ element into their celebrations as it offers a slightly ‘tamer’ alternative for ‘Grandma’ and ‘Great Aunty Sue’ to be involved.
Organising any sort of holiday or event can be stressful if you’re not properly prepared – add twenty extra guys or gals to the mix and it can be a complete nightmare. Although you want to keep everyone happy and make sure that you’re all going to have a good time, the ultimate goal is to ensure the Bride or Groom will have fun and remember the night for the rest of their lives… no pressure!
Avoid asking for everyone’s opinion on the matter. You’ve been given the role as ‘head organsier’ for a reason, probably because you know the Bride or Groom best out of everyone there. Obviously asking for help from a few others and providing a couple ‘budget-friendly’ options is a good move, but the more people you ask, the longer it will take you to decide on what you’re actually doing.
If you’re planning on using a company who specialises in Stags and Hens, makes sure you check out their reviews and communicate directly with them. Don’t be afraid to ask awkward questions.
And finally… don’t wait until the last minute! Set the date early on and stick to it!