The rise of the hag night and other stag and hen trends
This month Godwick’s resident wedding trend spotter looks into the world of stag and hen nights…So you’ve booked your wedding, (hopefully at Godwick, but if you haven’t hurry up as we are running out of dates fast!) and soon your mind will turn to organising the hen and stag night, probably with a mixture of trepidation and excitement.
Gone are the days of a simple glass of wine at a restaurant with our friends donning a pink feather boa. Nowadays the hen and stag event stretch into weekends or even weeks as an excuse for a pre-wedding party on a large scale.
One of our grooms this year confided in me that he managed to swing a second “mini stag”, carefully disguised as a booze run across the German border and back to Blighty.
Often though stags and hens are a good opportunity for several friendship groups to meld for the first time, and can really add to the build up of excitement before the wedding.
One big question is when? Although the tradition may have been the night before your wedding party, this has largely fallen by the wayside and generally it’s wise to organize your hen and stag event so there’s a bit of time to recover before your wedding.
A girl wants her beauty sleep, and guys, well, we don’t want any post drinking bruises still showing. However, too far ahead, and people may have forgotten the new found camaraderie that can form on a great night. So, perhaps one or two months ahead of your big date is a good choice.
Here are some trends that Godwick Unveiled has spotted and we think will be popular in 2014…
THE RISE OF THE ‘HAG’ NIGHT
In our modern world, many couples are forgetting the traditional sex boundaries of groups of girls and boys and opting for a joint celebration with their other halves. The ‘Hag’ night (Hen and Stag), is a great way for mixed groups of friends to meet, and often leads to a more ‘civilised’ outing.
We don’t want to blow our own trumpets, but we think Godwick Hall luxury B&B would be a wonderful venue for a Hag weekend, with maybe shooting for the boys and pampering for the girls during the day, and then the whole group meeting up for a lovely meal, with a personally designed menu, in our dining room in the evening.
THE OUTDOOR EVENT
Perhaps we spend too much time cooped up in offices these days, so the rise of the outdoor Hen and Stag weekend is growing. More commonly hens and stags are foregoing traditional drinking weekends to get a clean lungful of air or at least some activity to interrupt the drinking. If you fancy something a bit quirky and different near to Godwick, then Extreeme offer a challenging high ropes activity course where you can swing through the trees at 40ft.
THE CITY BREAK
Getting hammered in Ibiza is SO 2000! Nowadays Hens and Stags are choosing to go for niche retreats in unique places. The Louisium Hotel in Austria is a new ‘Wine Spa’ resort where guests can attend wine tasting, or for the ultimate in luxury spa treatments soak in a bath of wine and benefit from the detoxifying effects of the grapes.
THE HOLIDAY COTTAGE
For a relaxed group retreat you can’t beat a holiday cottage. The group can relax and create their own schedule and tailor activities to any budget. And how about making the house itself a real talking point? National company Sykes cottages specialize in quirky cottages and count a light house, log cabin and old chapel amongst their listings.
I hope that this is a little inspiration and an excuse to plan some fun experiences. And if you’re not getting married? Why not arrange a weekend away anyway? In fact, I’m off to book a hen night reunion, what a great excuse to get the girls together again.
Let us know by Facebook below either what you are planning for your stag/hen night or what you got up to way back when…
Next month – Festival weddings
Authored by Miranda Durrant