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Friday, November 21, 2014

7 Dos and Don’ts for a Perfect STEN Do

Larry’s NOTE: What’s a “STEN do,” you ask? It is a combo party for stags and hens (a combo bachelor and bachelorette party). Traditionally the “last night of freedom,” hen and stag do’s are now basically an excuse to go and have a good time, in whatever format that might take. A STEN do is a joint celebration where they all party together. STEN do parties see couples embarking on adventurous group outings with their friends to celebrate their last night as singletons together, with one party planning company seeing a 100% increase in the last three years.

WED-STEN-DoPopular activities include paintball, whitewater rafting, highland games, as well as less adventurous activities such as recording a pop song or recreating an iconic music video to play at the wedding reception. Consider whether the friends of the bride and groom gel well together or not.

While the idea of having a joint hen and stag party may raise some eyebrows at first, there are some great advantages to having a STEN do; 1. You can save on money by having one party instead of two and 2. It’s a great ice breaker for the hens and stags to get to know each other a bit better (hopefully not too much! 😉 ) before the wedding. A combination of thoughtful planning and fun games is sure to make a hearty party to be cherished forever.

Wedding Ideas Magazine, Guest Author

An increasing amount of people are booking ‘STEN dos’. Although it might not be for everyone, people are seeing the benefits of throwing a joint hen and stag do party. We asked hen and stag do specialists Chillisauce.co.uk for the dos and don’ts on how to throw a Sten that will please everyone.

The Benefits

It’s just fact these days that most couples are spending longer together before they are married. Which renders the ‘last night of freedom’ concept as rather dead. Their single status and lifestyle has long since passed and some couple’s feel inclined to celebrate their hen and stag do together, seeing it as an extra opportunity to spend some special time together…

Keeping in mind the busy lifestyles most of us lead, it is becoming more common to find couples sharing hobbies and activities to get that quality time together. If this is the case, indulging in your same passions could offer you the chance to save money, or combine both budgets to go bigger and better.

A sten party can also benefit your family and friends! If you have been together for a long time, chances are you have a large group of mutual friends. A sten do means everyone can stick together and enjoy the evening. If, on the other hand, your friends have never had the chance to spend a lot of time together, this is the perfect opportunity for everyone to come together and mingle before the big day.

What can you do?

Couples usually separate during the day and enjoy different activities, and then meet up for an evening meal, drinks or night out. Or the other way round…

There are plenty of day-time activities you can do – whether you and your party are the adventurous type, the explorer type, or the cheesy-fun type. From paintballing and watersports, to a weekend on the slopes, to a more relaxed craft session, you’re bound to find something that everyone would enjoy.

And for the night-time? Well… the list is almost endless. It could be a wild night out for your sten party to enjoy together, a fancy three-course meal, an evening at a comedy club or the chance to take in a casino. Or if you are a music lover, why not all go to a gig of your favourite band?

Dos and Don’ts

• Do it for the right reasons, and not because of trust issues. It should be to double the fun and definitely not just to keep an eye on your partner.
• Do make sure it’s something you both really want. If one of you is pushing the other one, it will only end up in resentment.
• Do ensure that planning is a priority. Joining forces often means a large group, and spontaneity just gos right out the window.
• Do take into consideration the other hens and stags expectations when you make your decision. Will your maid of honour be upset at not being able to make the plans and surprise you? Will your H2B’s friends just want a lads’ night out?
• Don’t get excited too early on with the idea of a joint party. Will you regret not spending that special bonding time with just you and the girls? If you don’t get to see them as much as you used to, it might be the right time to.
• Do make sure it’s fair and balance. You want to avoid any bust ups or arguments so your sten do doesn’t end up like an Eastenders-style drama.
• Do think about the dynamics of the group. Make sure there are no awkward situations between a hen and a stag, and maybe no relationships when they get on a bit too well and slope off early.

Larry’s NOTE: STEN do parties have also been referred to as “Hag do” parties. Definition of a Hag: a witch, especially one in the form of an ugly old woman (often used as a term of disparagement for a woman). NEVER a good idea! 😉

BONUS Articles: Rise of the STEN party!
Joint Hen and Stag Dos – The Rules

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

How to Host a Unique Bachelor Party

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Andrea Boley, Guest Author

You’re tying the knot and the days of bachelorhood are coming to a close. Commemorating these days is usually capped off with a bachelor party consisting of booze and bimbos. What about something less traditional and a little more you to celebrate your send off into the world of wedded bliss?

Sporting Events

A sports enthusiast would appreciate an outing with all his pals to watch the match of his choice. From baseball to tennis to NASCAR, the options are almost endless. Buy tickets for everyone and arrange seating together at the event. Maybe have the groom’s name and the occasion announced over the loudspeaker or displayed on the scoreboard. Depending on the sporting event, you could follow up the game with a tailgate party or a night cap at a neighborhood sports bar.

Guys-gone-crazyFor those who want to get their hands dirty, staging a game or tournament might be the perfect send off. T-shirts in different colors to designate teams could also commemorate the event. A barbeque and a keg could follow the game and you could even toss in a trophy for the winning team. This makes for a warm, casual get together

The Great Outdoors

Bachelor parties don’t have to be restricted to one night. They can be weekend getaways. We’re not talking about lost weekends in Vegas like the movie “Bachelor Party.” These are weekends spent doing something you enjoy with your friends. A camp out that focuses on fishing, hiking or white water rafting might be the perfect getaway and put the groom in a relaxed frame of mind.

Other activities that work well with this plan are horseback trail rides, motorcycle getaways and rock climbing and repelling adventures. Pick the date, tell guys and pack your gear. Then set off for your bachelor getaway that promotes bonding and solidarity. It’s you, your friends and the elements.

Arts and Entertainment

For those whose pastimes don’t pertain to sports and physical activities, there are a whole host of other options. Take in a play at the theater and follow it with a late night supper at a bistro. Take the gang to a concert given by your favorite musician and make a night of it. Score some backstage passes and the evening could be a real memory maker.

bachelorpartySchedule a day at a museum to see an exhibit you’ve been longing to see. Think out of the box. You could visit the Burlingame Pez Museum in California, the UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell, New Mexico or the firefighting Hall of Flame in Phoenix, AZ. These may be out of town trips for you but what a great way to celebrate.

Wineries and microbreweries are all the rage. You could arrange a tour for you and your friends. Hire a limo or a luxury bus with a driver so no one has to worry about driving. Set up a list of wineries or breweries to visit in the geographic location of your choice and spend the day sampling the fine wares of these establishments. Many serve food so you can take breaks to eat lunch and dinner. Some offer nightly entertainment and even cabin or bed and breakfast style accommodations where you can sleep off the day’s activities. Many are situates in scenic locations where you can enjoy breathtaking views while you indulge yourself.

Larry’s Note: Traditionally, a guy’s bachelor party is his one last chance to get out, hit the town and act carefree before the wedding. CAUTION: Throwing a stereotypical bachelor party involving boobs and tons of booze no longer cuts it these days. It should NEVER be a night of drunken debauchery at a strip club followed by a long night praying to the porcelain god. 😉 I’m not saying you shouldn’t have fun, however activities of the groom should be things that he would never be ashamed to tell his future wife. Starting a marriage by keeping secrets from your future wife is a very bad idea! Andrea’s suggestions are far better than having naked women be a part of your bachelor party. If there will be drinking, hire a Limo or party bus so everyone will be able to make it to the wedding rather than sitting in the slammer with a DUI charge looming over their heads.

BONUS Article: 7 Dos and Don’ts for a Perfect STEN Do

Copyright © 2011 by Andrea Boley. Andrea Boley is a writer and blogger with http://www.storkie.com. She has been writing articles and blogging for over 10 years and is always happy to share her passion for life and experiences through her work. Her educational backgrounds in psychology and journalism have given her a solid foundation from which to draw experience and expertise in an array of topics.

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