Brits sacrificing holidays for hen and stag dos

10 Apr 2017

New research has revealed that more and more Brits are choosing hen and stag celebrations over their own holiday plans

A recent study by personalised clothing retailer, Banana Moon, has found that more than a quarter of Brits are sacrificing their own holidays for stag and hen parties.

The survey, which looked into British attitudes towards stag and hen parties, found that 28% of respondents are spending more money attending their friends' celebrations than they are putting towards their own getaways.

Yet the cost is proving a concern for most, with four in five adults (80%) saying stag and hen dos are becoming too expensive and nearly half (46%) saying that they have felt pressured into attending a party that they couldn’t afford.

With an alarming average cost of £507 per stag/hen party, it is no wonder that invitees are feeling the pinch. Here is the cost breakdown:

  • £109 on travel
  • £90 on accommodation
  • £75 on alcohol
  • £50 on clothes
  • £63 on activities
  • £57 on food
  • £63 on pre-wedding gifts

Still, this hasn't put people off, with more than half (55%) saying that such celebrations are still an important part of the wedding and almost a third (32%) admitting that they had a better time attending their friend’s stag or hen party than the actual wedding. More than a fifth (23%) claimed that they had a better time at the party than they did going on holiday with a partner.

Alex Grace, managing director at Banana Moon Clothing, says: “Stag and hen parties have evolved over the last decade from a night in the local pub to extravagant trips to Las Vegas that not everyone can afford. There’s so much planning that goes into a stag or hen party - from personalised t-shirts to the activities when you get there - but it doesn’t have to cost the earth.”

“Whatever the budget, hen and stags are all about celebrating the lead up to your wedding," she continues. "It’s no longer about ‘the last night of freedom’ but spending time with loved ones and enjoying a few stress-free moments before the wedding.”

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