It doesn’t matter if you’re the best man or the groom-to-be–if you’ve never organized or thrown a stag party before, it’s natural to feel a bit overwhelmed. Before you do anything, take a deep breath and remember your goal: to raise money for the wedding. Don’t fret–accomplishing that goal is easier than you think. All you have to do is have the right plan to work with. Today we’ll outline a plan that works.
Step 1: Choose A Centrally Located Venue
Since your goal is to encourage as many men to attend as possible, you should choose a venue that is centrally located and enticing. Preferably, the stag venue should have a stage, a bar, and food. If you live in Connecticut, consider The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station. The Riverhouse is a premiere banquet facility that specializes in hosting private parties. Check it out–you won’t be disappointed.
Step 2: Purchase Enticing Raffle Prizes
Most men come to stag parties for the food, beer, and prizes. If you picked the right venue, then food and beer will be taken care of. If you really want a packed house, then you need to offer prizes that men actually want. Here’s a few great options:
- A Drone
- A Ps4 or Xbox One
- Sports Tickets
- Concert Tickets
- Bowflex Adjustable Dumbbells
- A Cooler Backpack
- Golf Clubs
- A Comprehensive Tool Set
- Fishing Gear
- Hiking Gear
Now you might be thinking: what about gift cards? While people certainly do appreciate Amazon and Visa cards, they can get that anywhere. By all means, sprinkle them in, but if you want to really drive people to your stag, you need to offer some tangible, usable items.
Step 3: Spread The Word With Mass Texts & Social Media
Once you’ve picked the right venue and purchased some great raffle prizes, it’s time to spread the word! Start a dedicated Facebook event page and get all the groomsmen to send mass texts out to their male friends and family members. Make sure that everyone involved in this marketing phase lets prospective donors know that there will be plenty of food, booze, and awesome prizes. To widen your net even more, encourage everyone you invite to spread the word to their own circle of friends and family.
Step 4: Have Fun!
Work with the venue to set up a fun environment with lights and décor. Make your guests feel welcome, thank them profusely, and HAVE A BLAST.