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A stag do isn’t complete without a few games, hilarious pranks and a bit of healthy competition between you and the lads. Of course, it’s also a great time to play some classic drinking games to get the party started. But what about the hilarious games that don’t involve alcohol? Yes, not only do they exist, but they can be just as fun and mischievous—if you pick the right ones. Play a few of these in between the booze and debauchery, and you and the boys will be in stitches throughout the big weekend.
A classic truth game which, although usually played when the Mrs in question is around, can actually be more fun without. Top tip: don’t tell her that. The groom almost always loses when playing the Mr and Mrs Quiz, letting you find out just how much—or little—he knows about his bride-to-be.
To play, pick a selection of relevant questions about the couple, such as ‘Where was your first kiss?’, ‘What would your partner say about your worst habits?’, or “What’s her favourite movie?”. There’s plenty of lists online if you’re stuck for questions to ask.
Then, secretly ask the bride-to-be for her answers prior to the stag weekend, and keep these safely hidden in your wallet until you’re off the plane and ready to party. Gather everyone around, sit the groom down in the middle of the room and fire your chosen questions at him. If his answers don’t match his partner’s, then he must face a forfeit, such as having to wear an outrageous fancy dress outfit next time you hit the town, or being taped to a tree or lamppost with gaffa tape. The groom will gain a point for every right answer and lose a point for each wrong one. If at the end of the question round he has more wrong than right, you get to pick an even harsher forfeit. This quiz can be humiliating for the groom if he gets too many answers wrong, but hilarious for the rest of you!
Send To All might sound like a harsh game, but it’s that harshness that makes it fun. The basis of the game is to see how long everyone can go without using their phones. The first stag to be found with their phone will face the consequences—and boy will they wish they’d stayed off it! After all, you’re on a stag do to celebrate and drink away your groom’s last few days of freedom before marriage, so you shouldn’t spend the whole weekend on your phone anyway.
The phone in question will then be passed to the groom, who is allowed to construct a text message and send it to the victim’s entire contact list— yes, that probably includes their mum, sister and boss. That might not seem too bad at first, but unfortunately for the victim, they’re not allowed to see the text before it’s sent, so it could say anything. So let’s hope the recipients have a light-hearted sense of humour, and don’t take too much offence.
If one of your stag friends is a bit of a bore, or simply terrible at keeping up with the rest of you when it comes to putting away the booze, this game is the perfect one. While extremely painful for the victim, it’s a riot for everyone else. The rules of Wax Attack are pretty simple: if you notice at any point throughout the weekend that a member of the stag do party fails a challenge, dare or something of the like, another group member will ask a girl nearby to place a wax strip anywhere on the victim’s body. The best part is they don’t have a say in where the wax strip is placed—it could be their legs, chest, or even their eyebrows!
A simple yet fun game to play wherever you are, although, it can be especially funny in public when you attract the attention of strangers and receive some confused looks. Whenever the best man raises a finger to his ear, like he’s receiving intelligent information through an earpiece, all stags must shout ‘Mr President’ and jump on the groom to save him from assassins. Remember, always keep a close eye on the best man!
One final game to play is Knickers, which unsurprisingly involves a pair of female underwear, or for a bit of extra fun, and perhaps humiliation on the groom’s part, a pair of the bride-to-be’s. To play this game, each stag puts a coin in their hand, and as soon as the best man says ‘knickers!’, everyone must reveal their coin. The best man will then count who has heads, and who has tails. If you’re amongst the majority, you’re still in the game—for instance, if seven heads are revealed and four tails, then those with heads are safe. The game goes again until there’s only one player left. That last man standing will then have to don the pair of knickers over their trousers as you head to the next bar—this is a photograph you don’t want your girlfriend to see.