Welcome to the ultimate guide for planning the perfect stag do! Whether you're the groom-to-be or the best man, navigating stag party planning can be a whirlwind of excitement and big decisions. But we've curated the essential stag do checklist to ensure every detail is flawlessly executed. So grab your notes, unleash your inner party planner, and let's create a celebration that's as unique and memorable as the groom himself! 

Plan the perfect stag party in 27 steps with our stag do checklist 

4-6 Months Out - Start Research & Planning

  • Consult the groom
  • Make a guest list (and a Group Chat)
  • Agree on the stag party budget
  • Pick a date and send save the dates
  • Get researching into themes and locations (especially if abroad) 


3 Months Out - Get Booking

  • Decide on the stag party type and theme
  • Draft a stag-do agenda
  • Book the venue and/or accommodation
  • Book group activities and reserve any restaurants/bars (don’t forget dietary requirements)
  • Arrange for catering and other services
  • Keep an eye on the price (make sure you cover the cost of the groom and leave contingency for any cancellations - any money left over can go on booze) 


2 Months Out – Polish the Plan

  • Check in with the guests and send the itinerary 
  • Confirm all the bookings (especially if some stags have to book transport themselves)
  • Take care of the booze
  • Organise the stag party decor using our stag party ideas
  • Collect a deposit from all of the stags and get a payment plan in place
  • Pick up the decor and sort out goodie bags for the stags


Two Weeks To Go – Almost There

  • Download our stag party playlist 
  • Collect the final balance of the money
  • Find some fun games to play in case you need to fill any gaps in time like our Mr & Mrs Quiz
  • Send out a reminder of dress codes and any must-have items 


One Week To Go – Get Ready to (Stag) Party

  • Pack the essentials
  • Don't forget to tell the groom where he needs to be and what he needs to bring
  • Reiterate meeting points, what times you’ll be eating etc.  


The Day Of - Tonight’s The Night

  • Have a good time (and make sure others do, too)
  • Set up the games, activities, food, decor 
  • Ensure the groom is relaxed and happy

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Does the groom pay for his own stag do?

It’s generally expected that the stag does not pay for himself and the other stags put in together to cover the cost. Although this depends on your friend group and the activity you’re planning. 

How do you make a stag do unforgettable?

Make a stag do special by choosing an activity that the groom loves or has always wanted to do. It’s also about upgrading run-of-the-mill activities like going to the pub by dressing up in something fun. Going golfing with a band that follows you around…get creative! 

How many people is too many for a stag do?

The average size of a stag do is generally between 12-16 people as anything over that can get complicated with planning logistics, especially if you need to book hotels. With that being said, it’s also entirely dependent on the size of the respective friend group and the activity you’re planning. If you’re planning a theme park trip, you might want to ensure you have even numbers. 

Should a stag do be a surprise?

If the groom likes surprises, then it’s a fun way to make the stag do special but at the same time, it’s also important to consult the groom and make sure the stag party activity is something that he wants to do. If the groom is a control freak, this might be something you avoid. 

How long before a wedding is a stag do? 

On average, a stag do is often as little as 2-6 weeks before the wedding. Whereas, hen parties are around 4-8 weeks before the wedding, this is because it’s usually the bride who organises the last-minute plans and details before the wedding as well as indulging in a few beauty treatments.

Become the best party planner with this downloadable stag do checklist

For the ultimate stag do, you need the tunes to match. That’s why we have put together a stag party playlist with 150+ songs to suit any stag do activity. Still undecided on what the stag do should be? Take a look at these 101 stag do ideas for some more inspiration! 

Leah Blundell

Written by Leah Blundell

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