Typically a bachelor party, also commonly known as a stag do is a male-only affair. Not because men wouldn’t value the company of their allegedly fairer sex (after all the groom is being married to a lady) but because it’s traditionally meant to be celebrated by the groom and his male friends shortly before he enters marriage.
However, recent analysis shows that there is an increase in the number of women attending a stag do weekends. This is attributed to the rising number of men and women having close friends of the opposite sex. Such stags are nicknamed sten do, or hag do.
Anecdotal evidence also suggests that there are a significant number of incidences where stags and hen parties have been combined in recent years. Some say that it’s more fun throwing an exciting stag do holiday in Valencia, Prague, Madrid, or Hamburg with a few female friends to maintain a positive vibe.
But is it allowed to combine hen parties and stags? Can women be part of a stag do weekend? Well, there is no rule of thumb as to who can and cannot be allowed to attend a stag night. Mostly it is up to the groom to decide, and it also depends on the group dynamics. However, changing the traditions does not work for everyone. Some men feel uncomfortable having female friends around during stags. Same way it would feel if men were to show up for a hen’s party.
Maybe the tradition that stags are just men-only affairs and hens are ladies-only affairs is just a very old-fashioned idea that could use few changes or perhaps at times it’s better to separate the ladies and the gents. Either way, it boils down to what you are comfortable with or the dynamics of your group.
But some of the questions you should ask yourself are, will my bride be comfortable with me spending my special event with females? Would I be ok if my bride suggests having male friends at her hen’s party? Would it feel different than her spending the night with her female friends?
What if my best man is female?
Some men have very close female best friends that they either grew up with or met ages ago. Unfortunately, it gets a bit confusing when the guy is ready for marriage. This brings the question: can a lady be his best man? And if yes can she attend the stag do?
A survey conducted on recently married couples shows that 6% of the men interviewed preferred having their sister as the best woman at their wedding and this number seems to increase every year. Therefore it’s not odd to have the best woman for your wedding. And yes if you want her to be present at your stag, then, by all means, you can have her around.
Jealousy can play a huge role when it comes to accommodating your female friends in your stag do, but your bride is bound to feel less threatened if you endorse her as your best woman. Besides, if your bride knows you well enough and also knows that you are the best of friends with a lady, then she won’t be surprised to hear that she attended your stag do holiday. In fact, she just might feel calmer because of it.
Wedding favors are a great way to express your thanks to friends and family who are by your side on an important occasion of your life. A thoughtful parting gift makes your guests feel welcome and lets them know that you actually spent time and energy looking for the perfect wedding favor.
If your wedding is round the corner or you’ve been entrusted the task of arranging the perfect favors for a friend’s upcoming wedding, here are eight gifting ideas that will help you pick something your guests will actually use.
If you’re getting married in winter, a throw or a small fleece blanket with a fun pattern, personalized with a cute little motif or a message from the newlyweds, can be a wonderful parting gift for your wedding guests. Choose colors that go with your wedding theme and pick a fabric that’s lush, soft and lint-proof, so that each time a loved one snuggles up, they will think of you with love.
Mini towels with a personal message or quote
If DYing, purchase high-quality tea or face towels and wrap them up in beautiful paper. If personalization is your thing, have a wedding gift company personalize the towels with a quotation or personal message for your guests. Better still, add a touch of artistry to your favors by getting a professional artist to paint or embroider the towels with a beautiful motif or quote.
Decorative towels make for a wonderful wedding favor that your guests would not want to stash away or pass on to someone else.
Seeds or miniature plants
Go green on your wedding and pass on the message to your invitees with a bag full of different kinds of garden seeds or a pretty little potted succulent that will remind them of you and your special day and make them think of you with love.
This idea is especially great for couples that love green living and want to share the message with people close to them. If having an outdoor wedding at a farm or garden, send your guests home with beautifully packed seasonal seeds or a lovely indoor plant that’s easy to grow and care for.
Miniature Champagne, Wine or Whiskey
These bottles make for cute little wedding favors your attendees will love to take home and use. A mini champagne or wine bottle will be easy on your budget while single malt will make for a perfect luxury gift. Use a personalized designer label or tag for a personal touch.
Yet another great wedding favor idea far better than the usual, run-of-the-mill sweet almonds or chocolate boxes. Handmade designer soaps are a beautiful gift for any occasion, more so for an outdoor or summer wedding.
Rather than going for a big brand, contact a local home-based or small business that makes personal care products using natural ingredients and no chemicals.
If you love cupcakes, it most certainly would have crossed your mind to somehow include them in your wedding. While you may treat your guests to a big designer wedding cake, you can still indulge your love for cupcakes by giving them as parting gifts.
With so many flavors to choose from, finding the right cupcake for a special occasion such as a wedding can be hard work. If you don’t want the usual stuff, go for margarita or whiskey cupcakes, or have your bakery design one around your favorite cocktails.
Alcohol-infused cupcakes in elegant liners make for a great wedding favor. Check out more wedding cupcake ideas at https://sunflourbakingcompany.com/wedding-cupcakes/.
A local handicraft
This wedding favor will keep your guests talking about your wedding long after they’ve gone home and you’ve left for your honeymoon. Delight your attendees with a local handmade artistic decorative or personal-use gift.
For instance, if you’re getting married on a tropical island, research the local handicrafts and look for an artisan or entrepreneur who can make a batch in your budget. If getting married on another continent altogether, source a locally made nonperishable specially product and gift it your guests as a souvenir.
Mini cocktail boxes
A couple that enjoys parting might want to pass on the same vibe to their guests. Cocktail kits placed in lovely little baskets or cardboard boxes with a ribbon on top serve as a fun and memorable parting gift that your friends and family will be compelled to use.
Personalize the favor by picking spirits and flavors that are popular locally or are your own personal favorites.