Stag and hen parties are a traditional pre-wedding custom in many countries. Just as everyone is different, no two brides- and bridegrooms-to-be will have the same ideas and wishes for their hen or stag party. Some want a wild rave as a send-off for an equally wild youth, while others simply want to spend a memorable day with their best friends. However, some practices are now almost universal: the bride or groom can often expect games or challenges, frequently combined with a particular fancy dress theme.
Although a gaggle of shrieking young women or a band of intoxicated lads is something of a common cliché, it doesn’t have to be this way: more and more brides and grooms are looking for something different out of this “final fling” before settling down to married life. It has to be classy yet fun and ideally have the feel of a holiday. As it happens, the past few years have seen a growing trend towards stag and hen weekends, more and more of which are also being held abroad. Of course, it’s mainly about enjoying time spent with friends, but why do so somewhere you’ve never been all together before? As well as coming up with ideas for what to do, therefore, the organiser also needs to think about where to have the party in the first place. Here are some ideas for destinations in Switzerland and abroad that tick all the boxes if you really want to go to town with the hen or stag.
Partying in Switzerland
Why trek halfway round the world when the good stuff is so close at hand? Anyone wanting to big it up in the big city should try Zurich. Many Swiss are drawn to the city on the Limmat for their stag or hen party as it offers a great deal for both men and women. From pottery, cocktail and garland-making workshops through to food and wine tastings and thrilling scavenger hunts through the streets, Zurich has plenty of ideas for party activities. If you’d prefer something a bit more chilled out, you can plan something on the lake such as a private boat trip or book a table in one of Zurich’s many restaurants. With the trendiest bars and clubs around, Zurich is also a prime spot for partying the night away.
If you’d prefer to take your lads or ladies to Switzerland’s sunny south, you can also look forward to living la dolce vita for a while – or not, if you so choose. After all, Ascona and Lugano are also places for partying hard, eating exquisite food and, above all, enjoying the balmy weather. Get ready for that real holiday feeling in Ticino and for the locals’ relaxed attitude to life – which is sure to make the games you’ve got planned even more fun.
Stag and hen weekend abroad
Maybe the hen or stag doesn’t want to celebrate just round the corner? More and more brides- and grooms-to-be are now choosing to have their hen or stag weekend abroad. Aside from the fact that you can be more uninhibited when partying abroad, you also feel like you’re really on holiday when you’re a long way from home. And, thanks to cheap flights from easyJet and the rest, a stag or hen weekend abroad need not cost your group more than one in Switzerland. Popular destinations include Majorca, Amsterdam, Munich, Hamburg or Berlin – a firm favourite among lads keen to let off steam. Different cities offer different advantages depending on the season, be this Oktoberfest, a vibrant nightlife all year round or open-air bars in summer.
Women seem to prefer destinations that combine a beach with a city break, especially in the summer months. Popular locations for hen parties thus include Ibiza, Lisbon, Barcelona and Nice. Shopping, enjoying spa or beauty treatments, chilling on the beach and partying wildly in the hippest beach clubs: that sounds like the perfect hen weekend for many brides-to-be and their friends.
Tip for an unforgettable stag or hen weekend
As the best man or chief bridesmaid, you’re responsible for organising the stag or hen weekend. The activities are planned, the tickets are booked and the hotel is reserved. What a shame if you had to cancel the trip due to an emergency? Travel insurance from Baloise Insurance will cover the cancellation costs that you incur, either in Switzerland or abroad.
Take precautions and don’t let anything get in the way of this once-in-a-lifetime trip with your friends. Get a quote now with just a few clicks and take out your travel insurance easily online. If you have any questions about travel, rental car or baggage insurance, your adviser will be happy to help you with any travel-related matter.