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Weddings: planning a hen/stag party to suit all budgets

As the bridesmaid or best man, you will have the unenviable task of planning and organising the hen or stag party for the bride/groom, their parents, their future in-laws and all their closest friends.

It is a tough job and it can cause stress and arguments as you try to create the perfect day, night or weekend but it is not just the event which can be stressful, as for some the bill can be the most worrying aspect.

With so many people of varying ages and occupations attending hen and stag parties, it is easy to plan a party you and the bride/groom can afford but this can alienate others putting them in a position where they may not be able to attend for lack of money.

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So how do you ensure costs are low whilst delivering on what the bride/groom wants?

  • Always book early – The best way to ensure lower prices is to book early and grab the best deals before they go. This is a particularly good idea if you are planning on going abroad for the hen/stag party.
  • Ask people for their budgets – To make the event as affordable as possible, ask for people’s budgets as this provides you with a good idea of prices for events and activities. Consider making events optional too so people can opt out to save money if they like.
  • Share rooms – Planning on staying in a hotel? The more people you can put in each room, the better for the overall bill. Hostels are a great way of splitting the cost, if you book early you could book a 6 or 8 bed room for all, or a section, of your group.
  • Look for vouchers or discounts – Whether you are going to a spa, a restaurant or on an activity day, if there are vouchers/discounts available make use of them. This lowers the cost of the event so the overall spend for guests is lower.
  • Opt for no more than 2 nights – Two nights for a hen and stag party is plenty of time to ensure you get all planned activities done whilst reducing costs on everything from travel and accommodation to food and drink.

While the above can help you cut costs, here are some ideas for hen and stag parties that won’t break the bank.

  • Stay local – The best way to keep costs down is to go somewhere local by staying in your home city or by taking a short train ride to a neighbouring town or city. This way travel costs are smaller and people can go back to their own home at the end of the night so there are no accommodation costs to pay.
  • Go camping – If you are fan of the outdoors, then camping is an inexpensive way of getting everyone together for a party. Accommodation costs will be low, transport costs can be maintained and food costs will be lower, especially if you choose to cook and eat on site.
  • Host your own – Host your own party instead of paying for someone to do it for you because with everything the more you can do yourself, the less money you will spend.
  • Rent a cottage or villa – Instead of opting for a hotel, rent a cottage or villa between the group of you and you could end up saving money overall. If you are heading abroad or to the countryside then this is option to look into.
  • Opt for team building activities – Team building activities can end up cheaper and they get everyone in the group together to get to know each other if they don’t already. Also, there are usually regular discounts on team building activities, particularly sport based activities, so you could end up saving money this way too.

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