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I'm Organising a Stag Do! Where the hell do I start?

So there were laughs, lagers and high fives all round when your mate asked you to be best man - after all the best man is often the first choice of the cute, single bridesmaids - but now you've got that ol'time sinking feeling because there are at least a dozen guys waiting for you to put on the show of a lifetime by way of the greatest stag do in living memory.

You're anxious. You've got the integrity of one of man's proudest traditions at stake, so you'd better get it right on the night or your cred will fall faster than Kerry Katona's pop career.

Don't panic a moment longer because help is at hand. We've gone on more stag dos than Peter Andre's had comebacks, and we've had a good laugh at all the worst disastrous mistakes and worked out the best ways to avoid them.

So if you're interested in getting that little bit extra from your stag do pull up a chair, take notes and get ready to collect truck loads of praise.

Take a deep breath and start at the top:
Before you get carried away with racing karts, paintball ambushes and lovely ladies getting jiggy with bottles of beer, you've got to get a whole lot of logistics, numbers and money together while working to a deadline.

So first, the earlier you book the better your choices. Simple.
* Get the date of the wedding, burn it on your skull and remember it no matter what. We reckon that between 3 and 4 months is enough time to sort out a great stag do. If you've already left it later than this: do not jump of a cliff - we've been known to pull off miracles - give us a call, you never know.
* There are a limited number of hotels in each city centre that accept stags and we've got allocations and great deals with all the best ones. So another advantage of booking early is securing accommodation in the city centre and being within spitting distance of the night life rather than out in the middle of nowhere forking out all your money on cabs, or donkeys as the case may be.
* Send out emails to your potential stag crew and put strict deadlines for responses. Then book with your definite numbers. It's about a billion times easier to add a few to your crew than wait and book a big group at late notice.

It's all very well to book early, but how do I book if I've no idea where I'm going?
* Good point. This is why the smart people use agents. They've been there, done that and bought the t-shirt at so many locations and activities that they're pretty much walking stag do' encyclopaedias. Want to know where to do the most extreme quad biking, how lap dancers compare between Bratislava and Bristol, or the best way to maximise your hard earned cash? Chillisauce will tell you.
* We've also got mountains of feedback from people just like you so we know which activity combinations make the most legendary stag dos. In many ways an agent takes the gamble out of your choice, we've been there so we'll give you the low down.
* Now the best thing to remember is the whole point of a stag do is for the groom's best mates to gather round him before the most important day of his life. The point isn't to pressure those mates into a 3 day no expenses spared extravaganza.
* So get key people closest friends, the stag himself and the guy who is deemed the most fun to decide how much money you're likely to have and how to make it stretch into the most fun possible. This will determine which locations will give you the best value for money.

So you've sorted dates and locations? Now get them to show you the money!
* Now this is probably the worst part of the job but also the most important. Again give strict - and even punishable deadlines. The words pay up or die' written in HP sauce is also an effective way of rallying the funds.
* Some of the more organised stag crews even set up a kitty for when they're out on the weekend. We like the sound of that. You'll like the sound if it too as it means that you'll never get stuck with a hundred pound round no matter how trollied you get!

If you're heading overseas for your stag do, don't forget to take photocopies of your passport with you and even leave a photocopy in the U.K. After all losing your passport is not like losing your keys. Go prepared.

You're a bunch of guys on a stag do, remember plenty of people and places love you but plenty hate you too:

* We know it's difficult to believe but it's true. Some people just don't dig stag groups. So take our advice and spend your cash in places that welcome the stag do' vibe.
* It's always a bad move to rock up to a club without VIP or guest list entry or at the very least pre-paid entry. A group of a dozen guys on a stag do without a booking is the best way to invite serious bouncer attitude. Chillisauce has great relationships with the hottest, most stag friendly clubs. Why take chances?
* Always, always, always find out the dress code before heading out. If donning a collared shirt is all it takes to drink and dance the night away with your mates, then for the love of god just wear the friggin' shirt.

Choose your Activities like your friends:
* Unfortunately not all activity centres were born equal. There are some places that offer high octane activities with wicked facilities in great locations. There are others that simply exist to rip off people just like you. We know, we've been on some grim activities that make watching Celebrity Big Brother' seem like a wild Saturday night. Chillisauce don't waste time sending people on rubbish activities we source the cream of the crop in every city and send you there.

And finally..Choose your agent like you'd choose your future wife
* Cheesy but true. When choosing the agent who will handle your stag do, you will want people who really care that you'll have the best possible stag do. You'll want to deal with people who'll listen to your needs and make valuable suggestions based on a wealth of experience. But most importantly you'll want an agent who's a member of a relevant associated body so you and your hard earned funds are 100% protected.

We want to make sure your travels are as enjoyable and safe as possible, and with that in mind we recommend you check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for the latest travel tips and information. This will cover vital information such as insurance, vaccinations and any local laws that you need to be aware of before you travel. By following their advice you could be saving yourself a lot of hassle later on!

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