How to plan the perfect stag or hen party

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How to plan the perfect stag or hen party

Have you been put in charge of organising the stag or hen party for an upcoming wedding? It can feel like an overwhelming responsibility, but there's no need to panic – just follow our top tips for an unforgettable do.

First, have a chat with the bride or groom-to-be about what is important to them in a celebration. Is there somewhere in particular they want to go, do they want a holiday in the sunshine, or would they be content with something simple closer to home. Some people want a big do, but make sure they understand that outlandish celebrations often exclude those on a tighter budget or those who cannot get time off work. If the important thing for them is to celebrate with as many people as possible, a shorter hen or stag do that doesn't cost a fortune could be the best option.

Short city breaks are a popular choice for many parties – if you're doing this, make sure that everything is organised early on so that flights and accommodation can be planned with no last minute panics. Websites like airbnb.com are great for finding whole houses and apartments to rent in major cities, while there are many specialist tour operators offering extreme sports, pamper weekends and more in stunning locations worldwide.

If you decide to celebrate closer to home, why not consider hiring a chauffeur-driven luxury vehicle for the occasion? Companies like weddingcarhire.com have a great range of limousines, sports cars, vintage vehicles and more available to hire for stag and hen parties, with an experienced driver to look after you so that you're free to relax and hit the champagne. Whether you're off to a fancy restaurant for the evening or hitting the bars and clubs of your favourite city, it's a great way to get around and adds a touch of glamour to the celebration.