Hen and stag parties are back in business and bigger and better than ever before
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Thousands of weddings were postponed as a result of the pandemic and now the weddings industry is busier than ever as the rescheduled dates get underway. With a predicted 550,000 weddings in the pipeline*, a record 1,100,000 hen and stag parties are yet to take place.
Sharing the current trends for the year ahead, hen and stag party experience provider Fizzbox.com has revealed the rise of micro and multiple celebrations. Hens and stags are increasingly choosing a number of smaller events to celebrate with different friendship groups, while avoiding large numbers.
Sten dos (joint hen and stag parties) have also seen a surge, offering a way for the couple to keep the costs down. Tom Bourlet, marketing manager for Fizzbox.com, says: "For many couples their financial situation has changed since the pandemic with pay cuts from the furlough scheme or changing jobs due to redundancies. A Sten do is a more cost-effective way to celebrate. Our most popular Sten experiences include cocktail making, school sports day, go karting and bubble football."
The UK is still a preferred option for a pre-wedding getaway, with Liverpool, London and Brighton the three most favourable cities for a hen party on home soil, and Newcastle, Liverpool and Bristol the top three destinations for stags.
For those who are comfortable with foreign travel this year, Benidorm, Barcelona and Prague are the European hotspots that sit highest on the list.
While the hen and stag landscape has altered somewhat, it appears that the attitudes of brides, grooms and their wedding parties remain the same. Typical hen activities such as cocktail making, nude life drawing and male cabaret shows continue to prove popular, and for the men: bubble football, beer bikes and knockout games are still a hit.
Also proving popular is one of the latest launches to Fizzbox – a Squid Games-inspired activity, following the success of the cult Netflix show last year. Based in a Newcastle venue, the games-based activity sees a survival of the fittest, featuring a selection of team challenges such as Tug of War and Red Light, Green Light.
With these post-pandemic trends here to stay for the foreseeable, it appears there is more choice than ever with which to plan your send-off into married life.
Tom continues: "With the introduction of virtual experiences, traditional experiences and mobile experiences to enjoy at home, the hen and stag boom is officially here and we predict that it may be around for the next few years."
* UK Weddings Taskforce, ukweddings.org/key-facts