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You’ve been given the ultimate best friend accolade, your longest and best friend wants you to be his best man at his up and coming wedding. As well as making a speech in front of his future in-laws, you need to plan his last weekend of freedom, his stag-do. Our step by step guide will help you give the future groom a great send-off into married life.

The first thing you want to consider is the budget for the weekend. Discuss the budget with the best man considering each stag member’s probable budget. Most men will jump at the opportunity to have a fun filled weekend away from the family but others will balk at what it’s costing them.

With considerations to the budget the next step is the stag weekend’s location. Do you want it to stay in the UK or do you want to go further a field?

The most popular locations in the UK include Geordie Shore’s Newcastle and the Scouse city of Liverpool. Other popular stag destinations in the UK are Nottingham, Newquay and Cardiff.

If you want to take your stag weekend to the next level you may want to consider grabbing your passport and a suitcase. Jetting off to European cities and popular stag locations such as Amsterdam, Prague and Marbella have become more cost effective thanks to low budget airlines. Just remember that some airlines won’t let you on with printed nicknames on the back of t-shirts, put them in your suitcase ready for the night out.

After finalising the location you will need to book accommodation. You can either embrace the stag way of things with a budget hotel or you could take it to the level of the Hangover film and go for most expensive overnight stay. The main thing about the location is that it’s well within your budget and is not too far from the nightlife.

Once the location and accommodation is decided you want to consider the activity. A stag activity is a perfect way of bonding with other members of the party who you may not already know. Get the adrenalin pumping with activities such as go-karting, paintball and quad biking. Make sure you consider getting to the activity in time and the recovery time needed, paintballing starts to hurt after getting shot numerous times especially when wearing personalised t-shirts.

The part you’ve all been waiting for, the biggest appeal of a stag weekend, the nightlife. It’s the last time your stag will get the opportunity to get truly drunk with his best and closest friends. Depending on the venue you could get some bargain priced drinks and entertainment, some venues also have stag weekend packages with discounts and q-jumps.

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