I don’t know why I keep harping on about weekend party invitations. I’ve blogged twice about them already despite the fact that I have never once been to a weekend party where the invitation was anything other than an email. So I’ll give you a clue. Free weekend party invitations are what Facebook was invented to do.
Right, good, so that’s out of the way. What next? A fun and fabulous weekend you say. Well, that all depends on your definition of fun. Tell me, what do you like to do? What have you always wanted to do? These are the two questions that you should be asking yourself before you have even composed that Facebook invitation I just told you to write.
Because here is the number one secret of a successful bachelor party or hen party or whatever you want to call it this week. Plan the whole thing before you invite anyone, and then just tell them what is going on.
Why not? It saves so much to-ing and fro-ing. It’s the best way to guarantee that you get to do something you actually want to do. And it means you can control the budget too.
Money and fun don’t always go together in the way you think. In other words – something that costs a lot isn’t necessarily fun. Me, I feel physically ill if I spend too much money. So the key component of any weekend party plan is its final cost., You simply don’t get to have fun if you spend the whole time knowing that you now have to start saving up for your house deposit, or your wedding fund, all over again because you just spent it on beer and naked girls.
Not that beer and naked girls should be ruled out for a bachelor weekend party: just that you should only buy the quantity of beer and boobies that you can afford to drink and look at.
So you’ve worked out your budget and you know what you want to do. What next? Set the date. This is also easier than you might think. Just set it way in advance. Three months is ideal. That’s plenty of time for everyone you want to make sure they can come. No real friend will be incapable of clearing a weekend for you at that much notice. If there is something someone can’t cancel, he’s either not that bothered about your bachelor party or he genuinely has a more pressing engagement – in which case as his friend you shouldn’t mind that he isn’t there.
Right – you’ve got the budget, the activities or venue and the date set. What next? Pay for it all in advance. Get everyone’s money off them immediately. Give them six weeks to pay and then start hassling them mercilessly until they do. Your goal: to have everything you possibly can paid for in full before you even start to pack a case. That way when you get there you need minimal spending money and don’t have to worry about whether you have forgotten anything, or will suddenly find an unexpected massive expense cropping up in the middle of everything.
Advance payment is easily the best way for a large group of men who are going to be drinking heavily to keep control of their spending. You can even pay for meals and some drinks in advance. Try to get yourself to a stage where you really only have incidental drinking to cover, and your weekend will be fun, and cheap.
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