A Best Man’s Guide to Planning an Awesome Stag Night



Choosing to be the best man at any wedding is an honor than a man just cannot turn down. However, the role does come with a lot of responsibilities which can seem daunting to those who have never been one.

Though the role of being a groom’s best man comes with responsibilities, it can actually be a lot of fun. What is the role of a best man? First of all, the best man is the person in charge of making sure that the groom gets to have the best night of his life with an awesome stag night. Second, the best man is in charge of creating that wedding speech.

Having a sense of humor will usually make that speech part a lot easier. Else, anyone that watched the most recent season of Sherlock can get an idea about how weird or awkward that speech can be especially if the best man isn’t really keen on public speaking. Writing the speech beforehand is a good idea just take note of the things one should write and should not write about.

Writing a speech may not seem that much fun for some, but planning for the groom’s stag do is definitely something worth looking forward to. Its main purpose is to give one last hurrah for the groom to enjoy the life of being single before he finally ties the knot.

Stag Do Pranks

A man’s last night of freedom should always be memorable and that is why stag party pranks tend to be part of the mix. Stag party pranks can be good for laughs as long as the best man keeps the safety and sanity of the groom in mind.

Remember, not all stags are created equal and not all of them will be “game” to try more humiliating and embarrassing pranks. Even so, there’s fun to be had with a little creativity even if, most of the time, it is at the expense of the celebrant.

Pranks to pull off:

  • By hook or by crook, get the groom to wear the Mankini.
  • After an evening of excess, before the groom wakes up, cast his leg and make up a story about how he broke it.
  • Get the stag drunk and remove all his clothes, but leave enough money for a taxi.
  • Cuff the stag to a dwarf for the evening like what Niall Horan did for his bro’s stag do.
  • Kidnap the stag, but make sure the neighbors or passersby aren’t alarmed that they’d call the police.


Day and Night Activities

Aside from pranks, the stag night can also include activities that the groom and his best mates enjoy. There are so many activities to choose from that the selection process might be the most difficult part. How long will the celebration last? Will it last for a night, the whole day, or a weekend? There should be activities lined up to make sure that no time is wasted and everyone is constantly having fun.

Of course, the groom does not enjoy drinking or partaking in other stag party activities, a more quiet celebration is called for. There’s nothing wrong with playing a game of football or just having dinner and good conversation with friends that he hasn’t seen in a while.

Need more stag party ideas? Here are some of the more popular activities to choose from.

Day Activities:

  • Paintball
  • 4×4 driving
  • Clay shooting
  • Buggy racing
  • Go karting
  • Quading

Night Activities:

  • Casino
  • Comedy Club
  • Strip Club
  • Bar Crawl

In any case, the best man should know best. If the best activity for the celebration isn’t in that list, just go with what you think the celebrant will appreciate.

Stag Weekend

Nowadays, a lot of best men think that a day is not enough to celebrate a man’s last night of freedom, let alone one night. That’s why stag weekends became a trend. Come to think of it, a weekend in another location does seem ideal as it means spending more time and enjoying more activities with one’s closest friends.

For those that are thinking about going out of town for that special weekend, here are five of the most popular stag weekend locations in the Emerald Isle.


  • Carrick on Shannon
  • Galway
  • Kilkenny
  • Cork
  • Dublin

As an added note, groups of men tend to get rowdy especially once everyone is intoxicated. For that reason, there are establishments that are not as welcoming as the others. In choosing a venue for the party, make sure the establishment is stag friendly.

Those are just some ideas that can help any best man plan for an awesome stag party. Choose the right activities, venues, and include some pranks, for sure, with all those elements, the party will be something worth remembering for the groom and his friends!

Sabrina Mable is an author and recognized authority on planning hen parties. She currently works for the Stagit Group of Companies and specializes in creating hen party packages for fun and memorable hen parties in Ireland. She has succumbed and joined the world of social media. Find her on Twitter & Google+.