Let that glow wash over you for a few days because as soon as you get down to the nitty gritty of trying to assemble thirty odd people with varying tastes, personalities and budgets to agree on a place, things are going to get a lot harder. Regardless if it is a hen party or a stag party you are organising getting through the whole process without getting stressed is some feat!
My first tip for anyone in this position would be to decide on a location and stick with it. If you are keeping it a surprise from the bride/groom and you are the only best man/maid of honour then at least make sure you get together with a couple of his closest mates and run the idea past them. It doesn’t matter if you are organising a hen party or indeed a stag party – you need to take control fast!
As soon as you unleash the idea to the group you need to be nailed on that you have the destination sorted, otherwise you run the risk of receiving fifteen well meaning but annoying emails suggesting loads of other places. I know someone who opened the idea of destination out to the group and ended up trying to reply to about forty five different suggestions whilst running his own business and expecting a baby.I know, I know no one likes a dictator. That’s why you’re going to thoroughly do your homework before you even think about sending the first email out. It can be as simple as sitting down for a pint with the bride or groom and finding out what he actually wants from their hen party/stag party. Not everyone wants to wake up in Vegas with a tattoo of a Dolphin riding a segway on their inner thigh, some people would be happier with a night in the local beer garden as long as everybody they knew could come.
I’ve been to stags in Valencia, Barcelona and an amazing cottage in the Cotswolds with a hot tub, I’ve also been to hostels in Newquay, Weymouth and Newport. I enjoyed every single one of them and so did the stags. The most important thing with any social gathering is the people, get that right and you can’t go wrong.
It’s also worth reminding yourself that the bleaker the place you go to, the less the damage deposit will be. People like to party!