IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!
As I am nearing the end of my engagement (10 MORE DAYS), I thought it would be fun to share some more details and experiences about our wedding planning process – starting/continuing with our Stag & Doe!
I will be sharing some Stag and Doe planning tips, games and prize ideas and in NO WAY am I saying you should host a Stag & Doe of your own and/or do exactly as I did – this is just what we did and what worked for us. So take from this what you will, and I hope it inspires and provides you with some ideas for your next big party!
PLANNING A STAG & DOE:
A Stag & Doe can get really pricey… especially when it comes to the type of prizes you are giving away! Before you do anything, write a detailed budget, just like you would for a wedding. Include your projected ticket sales and estimate that if you sell 100 tickets, about 60 people will show up (60%). From those guests, use a typical average of 4 drinks per head to count your alcohol sales. Add another ten percent onto your final figure for gaming and draw sales… again, this is just an estimate, but be realistic with your numbers!
PICK YOUR VENUE
When looking at halls keep in mind that some halls will not allow you to collect the revenue from drink sales. So make sure you ask questions and inform them of what you are looking at doing as far as selling and costing. Sometimes choosing a Friday over a Saturday may lighten the price of the hall and the DJ, but be careful not to lower your attendance by choosing a Friday. Check to see if you are allowed gambling and 50-50 draws. Some halls are free if you purchase food from them, so check!!! Remember if a hall holds 200 you should be ok with selling 250 tickets to people, as many will only stay 2-3 hours and some may not come at all.
ASSIGN DUTIES & FIND HELP
Do you know how to plan a Stag & Doe? If not, find someone who does and who can help you! Having someone help you can save you time and money in the long run when you already have the knowledge of what works and what doesn’t. Ask your wedding party to help plan the games, the music playlist, prizes, food preparation, decorations, to run the front door, the bar, set up and take down… the list goes on and on. There are SO many things to do for this event that you can’t and shouldn’t put it all on yourself to do!
If you want 200 people to show up, you need to sell about 300 tickets as I found that a lot of people will just buy a ticket to help support the couple and won’t show up at all (their lose, right?!) One thing I heard constantly from experienced party guests was: Do not count on people showing up at the door — and they were SO RIGHT! Pre-ticket sales is where you can make the most money, so make sure you sell as much as you can before the day of! The best ticket sellers are those who are comfortable talking to people and work in the public.
GAMES & PRIZES:
Other than supporting the couple, having prizes will entice people into coming to the party and will keep people at the party longer (depending on when the prize winners are drawn and announced). We had a variety of prizes at our stag & doe (watch youtube vlog *HERE* to see more prizes as we didn’t take many photos) – our prizes ranged from sports jerseys, home appliances, alcohol, gift certificates, chocolate, car products, makeup and spa products, etc – there was something for everyone!
- GAMES:Crazy Jokers: We had this game set up at our entrance to entice our guests to play as soon as they got there. On a bristol board, we taped 52 cards face down. Guests purchased a guess for $2 and wrote their name on the card they believe is the Joker. When all cards are purchased, you then turn each one over. The individuals possessing the Joker(s) win a prize!
- Toonie or Loonie Toss: We had this game set up in the middle of the room, for about an hour during our event. The prize for this game was a HUGE bottle of Crown Royal Whiskey. There are different ways of playing this game, however, the way we played it was that everyone can slide as many toonies as they’d like until they are the closet toonie to the prize (Crown Royal Whiskey). This game can get pretty competitive, so make sure you have a few helpers to keep the game rolling and the toonies coming!
- Plinko Board: This is a typical game playing at most Stag parties… and it was a huge hit at our Stag & Doe! Guests paid for 3 plinko chips to drop into the board in order to reach the highest score. The guest who gains the highest score won a prize – in our case, it was a generous collection of various liquors!
DRINKS & FOOD:
We had a bar at our Stag & Doe and I think it is so important to have the standard liquor and beers available to your guests. Drink prices vary, but we sold drink packages – 5 for $20! We also made Jell-O shooters and sold them throughout the nice – they were very popular and went so quick!
For our food, we decided to go hot buffet style and had various options! Our buffet consisted of pizzas, assorted smoked meats, vegetable trays, pasta, bean salad, green salad, roasted chicken, pork cutlets, schnitzels, etc. Having a buffet style meal made everything easier and I feel gives people a sense of value on what they are paying for!
Are you having a Stag & Doe soon? Have you ever planned one before? I would love to hear about your experiences!!! Leave me a comment down below! XOXO