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Published January 2nd 2012
Stag / Buck's Night Ideas in Sydney
I'm not going to exert any sort of value judgement on the idea of paying for naked ladies or even discourage it because people do whatever they want to do at the end of the day.
There are two reasons behind me touching on this topic but avoiding it for the most part. One is in fact because I assume that most people don't seriously believe that their stag night is their "last night of freedom" because realistically, from the moment you decided that your relationship was monogamous – that was it. When you gave your freedom away and embarked on your relationship, I'm sure you weren't thinking "Oh, that's okay - I'll be tied up for several years until my stag night where I'll arbitrarily be free to do what I want".
The other is that boys – what are you, thirteen? The strippers surely aren't as exciting when you're at the age of marriage as they were in your teens. I personally don't understand the whole idea that there need to be strippers at a stag night or bachelor party; I know that there is a lot of societal pressure on many guys about them but not everyone wants them. Some fiancées are great about them and others aren't as understanding and it's all very individual.
Additionally, given that WeekendNotes is a family oriented website, I won't be posting links to those particular services. If you want them, you're going to have to look elsewhere. This article is about fantastic ideas that are more exciting than what you imagined as the coolest thing in your teenage years. I'm sure that the hustle and bustle of planning a wedding has done a lot to the stag emotionally and he'll appreciate some time with mates. This, my darlings - is what a stag night should actually be about; a night to remember with your friends.
Believe it or not, I've been to all kinds of stag nights, even as a girl because I tend to quite easily engage in platonic relationships with males. I've been asked to monitor the progress of the night and try to ensure that it stays innocent, that things don't get too out of hand with inappropriate entertainment by both the bride and groom before.
The best stag nights I've been to were funnily enough the less "traditional" and more appropriate ones, and there was little to explain to anyone afterwards. That's not to say that the others weren't fun, some of them were great too but I was eighteen at the time and had hardly ever been to those kinds of establishments at the time. As time went on, the idea got old and anything other than a night with scantily clad ladies became superior.
5 Important Administration Considerations for the Stag Party
Some important things to consider with a bucks party are those which are basic common sense to most of us, except in those pressurised moments of our lives. If you're the best man and you're planning this party, you need to remember the following. You're planning for a fun night out, not one where anyone will be arrested or be unsafe.
1. Do everything in advance
Plan and book everything at least a month beforehand, especially if your group is large. This means inviting everyone in advance and checking to ensure that they can perform the activities. If you're doing something adventurously sporty, check with everyone that they can actually do this.
2. Hire a driver for one of your cars or book a limo An important factor to consider is driving. You should probably hire a car or a limousine of some kind because even if you designate a driver, chances are they will want "one drink". One drink can turn into two and it'd be unfair to that person to expect them to stay sober when everyone else is drunk on that night. You can hire a driver for the evening to avoid all of these problems and this way, you'll have less of a chance of legal troubles.
3. Go shopping before the party Whether or not you're planning for some sort of a themed party, you'll need to buy an assortment of items such as booze and everything else an awesome stag night needs. Tell people in advance and take the boys out shopping together. Order whatever you need online if you can, such as props in order to find cheaper items but remember to do this much before the day. You might find that there won't be enough stuff in stock if you do it all in the last minute, as it often is with Murphy's Law.
If you have an itinerary, chances are your party will run smoothly. Perhaps a priority list would work better than a strict timing itinerary except for the items that are on appointment such as a paintball time. Remember to give the stag the option of opting in and out of planned activities.
5. Consult the fiancée, her friends or family if you're unsure about something
If you're unsure about an activity – such as whether the stag will enjoy skiing or not, or maybe if he has a specific dream or idea of what he wants, consulting someone who could genuinely assist you with it could really help. I suggest the fiancée as it would also reassure her that you're genuinely trying to give your friend an awesome night out that he will enjoy, whilst also possibly smoothing over any dramatic or paranoid feelings she might have about this night. If you want to be on the safe side, running every idea by her will ensure that your buddy remains happily in his relationship and progress to married life. After all, it's about your friend's happiness isn't it?
Now that's out of the way, we can get onto some seriously fun stag night ideas.
Outdoor & Extreme Stag Adventure Ideas
Take a few cases of beer, the boys and the stag for a camping trip. There are a few venues for such an activity surprisingly close to the city if you wanted. Some of them let you hire tents or stay in a cabin if you wish. The Lane Cove River Caravan Tourist Park is only 10km from the city. It has ensuite cabins, family cabins, caravan sites, camper van sites, camping and tent sites. If you're more looking to escape the city, you might wish to consider something like Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park. Alternatively, you could try the Royal National Park in Bonnie Vale, which would be useful if you're down south.
A day out whitewater rafting could be a really fun and adventurous activity for you and your stag friend. This excellent article details the possibility of rafting in Penrith for a man-made course and south of Sydney in the Shoalhaven River for a more "natural" option.
A couple of hours from Sydney near Canberra are the Perisher Ski Fields where you guys can have an excellent little getaway in the snow. You could also go to Thredbo if you wanted.
For an extreme adventure with go-karts, you can't go wrong with Eastern Kreek Karts or Fast Lane Karting, which has special buck's party packages. Kartatak in Arncliffe/Wolli Creek and Villawood also has indoor go-karting.
Abseiling and/or rock-climbing
A great way to combat a fear of heights is by rock-climbing, abseiling or both. The Blue Mountains Adventure Company offers both. The combo tour is priced at $180 per person. If you're interested in something closer to the city, you can try the Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym at St Peters or Villawood.Wetherill Park's Evolution Climbing & Training might also be an option for you, with group bookings available.
Paintball & Shooting Ranges
For an adventurous day out at paintball, read this article for your information. If you're not into the idea of paintball but like guns, visiting a Sydney shooting range could be the right activity.
Whatever your extreme fantasy, it's possible to organise for a stag party – just remember to try and book in advance.
Fancy dress theme parties
You could always host a silly fancy dress party. Given that for some reason many of us love to embarrass our friends, you could always make the party have a really embarrassing theme.
Gaming, sports, gambling & other fun stuff
You could play board games, poker, video games, karaoke and drinking games – anything you want in the safety and comfort of your own home with the boys. Alternatively, you could take everyone out to a sporting event – perhaps to a game of the stag's favourite team, if you can snag the tickets. You could also give the local casino a visit or arrange to actually play a sports game with the boys.
Combine with the bachelorette/hen's party at the end
I've been to several parties where this was really effective and fun. The groom's friends went out, the bride's friends went out and then everyone met at the end of the night for a massive party. Some of these parties were themed house parties, others at hotels and some just went on a huge pub crawl. Either way, this has never failed to be fun in my experiences.
Stag Night Sustenance
Food, especially for a big group of people, is something that you should definitely think about. There are several ways that you can approach food for a stag party.
Take your mates out for an unbelievable Sydney city fine dining experience. If you're looking for something a bit more affordable, perhaps try reading this article about the Best Cheap Eats in Sydney. Just remember that at the fancier establishments, you often need to book way in advance, so really do take my advice about planning these things out early.
If you have the money, you might be interested in using a catering service for the stag party. Surprisingly, there are options from as low as $5 per person available. This way, you don't have to worry about food at your venue - someone else does it for you.
Provided that the group doesn't mostly consist of vegetarians, you can pretty safely go to your local supermarket and pick up as much steak and bacon as you like. You probably don't want to go quite as extreme as the boys do on Epic Mealtime, but they're great inspiration anyway.
Remember to have fun with the food preparation if you're making it yourself and get all the boys involved. Make sure to look up the recipes beforehand and buy every non-perishable in advance. Some other fun additions to the party can include cigars, assorted beer and wine tasting activities.
Once you've planned, booked and prepared everything you need for this party, remember to have fun. A good attitude almost always makes for a good night, no matter what happens.