Cost of stag and hen dos abroad reaches new heights with guests spending over £1,500 each

Guests are typically shelling out £376 on travel and flights, £362 on activities, £385 on accommodation, and £396 on food and drink. Those attending a celebration in the UK anticipate spending £854 - £200 on travel, £235 on accommodation, £211 on activities and £208 on food and beverages.

Interestingly, 51 per cent would be willing to spend more if they were offered the opportunity to participate in more cultured activities. However, 43 per cent confess that if they were organising a stag or hen party, keeping costs down would be a top priority.

The survey, which involved 3,000 adults, was commissioned by international money app Wise. The company has launched a helpline led by actor Joe Thomas, known for his role as Simon in the popular comedy show The Inbetweeners, to provide advice on planning cultured stag or hen events without breaking the bank.

Thomas will be assisting brides and grooms-to-be with their pre-wedding party concerns, including how to avoid a 'sten' do - where the stag and hen parties are combined - and how to gracefully exit the inevitable WhatsApp group after the event.

Arun Tharmarajah, director of European payments at the app, commented: "Stag and hen parties have definitely had an 'upgrade' in recent years but this can come at a cost - plus throw up all kinds of dilemmas. It's particularly tricky for older best men, bridesmaids and guests who are organising and attending these more 'grown up' events."

"Joe will answer all kinds of questions from 'how do I convert my pounds to euros and split that between 18 people? ' to 'what's the best destination for a more suave and sophisticated stag? '".

"Our research shows that as you get older and particularly when you're in that sweet spot of stags, between 25-44, when everyone seems to get married your tastes in these events do change."

The study also identified what those polled would look to do on a stag or hen do of their own. Almost a fifth (17 per cent) would opt for a 'traditional' affair featuring exotic dancers and fancy dress, while 39 per cent would choose something slightly more cultured.

Joe Thomas fronts the Wise Stag & Hen Helpline, helping Brits elevate their stag and hen do’s abroad.
Joe Thomas fronts the Wise Stag & Hen Helpline, helping Brits elevate their stag and hen do’s abroad. -Credit:PinPep

While 23 per cent of those aged 35-44 would be keen for a completely sober stag or hen so they could remember it better. When it comes to top foreign destinations, Barcelona, Ibiza, Berlin, Amsterdam and Santorini topped the wish list.

But 35 per cent reckon expectations for these trips have gone up massively in recent years, with those aged 45 and above most likely to feel this way.

And while 71 per cent of over 55s consider stag or hen dos an activity for younger people, only 34 per cent of under 35s feel the same way, according to the OnePoll data.

The poll also found setting a budget that suits everyone was the top struggle for 30 per cent of those who have had to organise a stag or hen party in the past. While 28 per cent had difficulty finding a date that worked for everyone invited.

Joe Thomas, from the Wise stag and hen helpline, will be offering advice to anyone organising a pre-wedding event. The helpline will be open on Friday 31st May from 1-2pm. You can reach them by phone on 0800 6990 002 or text on 07537410154.

Joe commented: "Organising a stag or hen party is a fairly thankless task, with someone almost always likely to be left upset about something."

"The key is to make sure that it's something that the person being celebrated actually wants to do, if they want willy straws and strippers, then that's what they should get. But if they'd rather do a walking tour of baroque architecture in Prague, that needs to be considered too I know which one I'd prefer."

Here are the top 20 struggles of organising a stag or hen party:

  1. Setting a budget that suits everyone.

  2. Finding a date that works for everyone.

  3. Picking activities that suit everyone.

  4. Finding a location and venue in the UK that everyone was happy with.

  5. Trying to balance what others want with what you think the stag or hen will enjoy.

  6. Organising events.

  7. Getting people to pay their share of expenses on time.

  8. Managing group communications, such as on a Whatsapp group chat.

  9. Planning surprise events.

  10. Dealing with that one person who is more difficult than everyone else.

  11. Whether the stag/hen's share should be paid for by the group if it's in the UK.

  12. Working around friendship tensions.

  13. Choosing a destination abroad everyone was happy with.

  14. Working out who should be on the guest list.

  15. Calculating the cost of items when dealing with a foreign currency.

  16. Considering if there should be some activities that don't involve alcohol.

  17. Figuring out how to divide the accommodation costs.

  18. Deciding if the stag/hen's share should be covered for an overseas event.

  19. Balancing alcohol consumption with planned activities.

  20. Arranging fancy dress outfits.