They say that ‘what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas’. But what if you got to Bath or Blackpool? Do the same rules apply? In fact, where are hens going? What are stags up to? Or shouldn’t we ask?
Here’s a breakdown of the top hen and stag party statistics 2017.
Results drawn from StagWeb.co.uk & GoHen.com
Do groups have more disposable income despite the worries of Brexit and the falling pound? While groups are getting smaller it would appear that individually we’re spending more on our accommodation, nightlife and activities while away.
Average Spend Per Group
• On average stag groups spent 50% more in 2017 than 2013.
• Hen parties are spending 28% more per group in 2017 compared to 2013.
There’s also a growing gap between the amount stags and hens spend individually.
Average Spend Per Person
(figures do not include food and drink)
Hey Big Spender!
The biggest rollers StagWeb and GoHen saw this year were a group of 16 stags who spent £1,200+ per person on a trip to Las Vegas. This doesn’t include food, drinks and extras during the weekend. The most penny-wise group were a team of hens who spent just £15 per person enjoying a treasure hunt in fun loving Brum.
Las Vegas = £1,200+ per person
Birmingham = £15 per person
Size Does Matter
It’s not the size of your hen party, it’s what you do with it. Although recent trends suggest pre-wedding parties are getting smaller, with less guests attending in 2017.
Average Group Size
• Stags – 13
• Hens – 13
Where to guv’nor?
Stags and hens are heading to similar destinations. The South West is popular for both parties while Liverpool is the combined most popular party city.
Top 10 UK Destinations
|1. Bristol||1. Bath|
|2. Bournemouth||2. Liverpool|
|3. Liverpool||3. London|
|4. Newcastle||4. Brighton|
|5. Cardiff||5. Cheltenham|
|6. Manchester||6. Cardiff|
|7. Bath||7. Manchester|
|8. Brighton||8. Bristol|
|9. London||9. Bournemouth|
|10. Birmingham||10. Cambridge|
Brexit hasn’t bitten. The number of stag and hen parties heading overseas haven’t been affected by the weakening of the pound. When heading abroad the important factor seems to be, hens like it hot. The bride and her gang are more likely to head to a sunny/beach destination. International stag parties tend to be swayed by the activities on offer.
Top 10 International Destinations
|1. Barcelona||1. Barcelona|
|2. Berlin||2. Marbella|
|3. Hamburg||3. Dublin|
|4. Dublin||4. Benidorm|
|5. Budapest||5. Valencia|
|6. Prague||6. Amsterdam|
|7. Amsterdam||7. Budapest|
|8. Lisbon||8. Madrid|
|9. Krakow||9. Albufeira|
|10. Benidorm||10. Paris|
Hen are more than twice as likely as stags to ask for entertainment involving nudity.
A Matter of Taste
The biggest difference between stags and hens is their choice of activities. Stags are far more competitive and all the top five activities were competitive sports. 2017 hen parties focused far more on food and fitness, drinking cocktails, eating cakes, Dance Classes and Bubble Mayhen, essentially hens were either burning off or taking on calories. Hens are also more likely to ask for clothes to come off, with 141% more requests for adult entertainment from hen parties than stag groups.
Top 5 Activities
|1. Bubble Football||1. Dance Class|
|2. Paintball||2. Cocktail Mixing|
|3. Go Karting||3. Life Drawing|
|4. Quad Biking||4. Afternoon Tea|
|5. Clay Pigeon Shooting||5. Bubble Mayhen|
Top 3 Nights
|1. Guest List Nightclub Entry||1. Guest List Nightclub Entry|
|2. Gentleman’s Club||2. Male Strip Show|
|3. Guided Bar Crawl||3. Butlers in the Buff|
Getting Away With It
The most popular month to get away for both stags and hens is May.
Women who aren’t currently in the throws of arranging a wedding and the biggest day of their life have said their dream hen destination would be;
• New York – 26.6%
• Las Vegas – 19.4%
• Rome – 9%
• Dublin – 8%
• Dubai – 8%
• Paris – 8%
• Ibiza – 8%
• Venice – 4%
• Other – 9%
And hens consider the best thing about a hen weekend to be;
• Meeting up with friends – 71%
• Having a few drinks – 11%
• Going somewhere new – 10%
• Doing a new activity – 5%
• Playing funny games – 3%
Stag and hen parties come in all shapes and sizes, they also cover a fair spectrum of… (*ahem*), weird and wonderful. Here are a few of the stranger requests we received from groups in 2017.
• A naked dwarf for a Life Drawing class. (stags)
• One very polite group of stags asked if it was ok if they force the groom to wear a gimp mask during an afternoon of paintball.
• A Boy George tribute act on canal boat in Amsterdam. (hens)
• A stag party asked if they could send the groom down a zipline. Naked.
• A stripper with a “tiny tiddler because the groom has a massive schlong so it would be funny if it was the opposite” (their words, not ours).
• And the stag group organiser who booked a paintball session for all the guys. Then had to ask what paintball is.