The great outdoors offers plenty of food for thought during the wedding planning process. Couples are increasingly using nature to inspire their décor, menus, wedding entertainment and wider timeline in the most wonderful way to put every inch of the indoor and outdoor space on offer at their chosen wedding venues to great use.
The outdoors can also be the perfect setting for hen and stag celebrations. Whether you want to indulge your outdoorsy bride or groom with a quirky activity or are keen to make the most of this beautiful season, the following hen and stag party ideas are made for outdoor lovers.
Hit the waterways
The UK has many beautiful watery settings that make the perfect locations for outdoorsy hen and stag celebrations. Rather than embrace the quiet of these picturesque scenes, however, hit the water and try an activity like raft building.
As well as being a great team-building activity – ideal for hens and stags that aren’t so well acquainted – it is really good fun. You could even finish your thrill-seeking activity with a relaxing picnic or a spot of sun lounging at the water’s edge.
Host your own Olympics
If you have a very competitive bride- or groom-to-be in your ranks, hosting your very own Olympic event offers a great opportunity to indulge their competitive streak. Think sports day but bigger and better!
Do you have a couple of days to play with? A joint hen and stag Olympics will make for one epic weekend.
Dine alfresco this summer
If an active outdoor activity isn’t your bride or groom’s idea of a good time, why not give them a dining experience with a difference?
Nothing says summer like a good, old-fashioned BBQ! Whether you’re hiring a professional to do the cooking or manning the grill yourself, enjoying some great food in great company is guaranteed to entertain the bride- or groom-to-be at the centre of the celebrations.
HenorStag offers some great advice for planning a hen or stag cookout with all the trimmings:
“When it comes to a BBQ hen party, it is vital that you provide a generous selection of tasty options to ensure everyone’s taste buds are tingling! Of course, the obvious choices are steak burgers, hot dogs, and chicken kebabs, but be sure to include vegetarian options including grilled Caprese kebabs, mushroom skewers, and Mexican corn salad!”
Up the party atmosphere by incorporating a DIY bar into your BBQ party. There are also plenty of fun hen and stag party games that are well worth adding to your itinerary.
Team up with some feathered friends
If you want something quirky and outdoorsy, duck herding is a hen or stag party activity that delivers on both fronts. Duck herding is an out-of-the-box activity that is certain to produce some hilarious results, and it’s much more difficult than you think…
Challenge yourself, your bride or groom, and your fellow hens or stags with a little help from some cute and often devious feathered friends.
Hire a hot tub at home
A bit of relaxation will certainly be appreciated by stressed-out brides and grooms. Create a spa-like experience in your own backyard by hiring a hot tub. Just add champagne to enjoy a classically calming hen or stag experience at home.