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Newbie August 2020 Ontario

Who has had a stag and doe?

Julie, on February 13, 2020 at 13:01 Posted in Before the wedding 0 5

Hi everyone! I want to hear from people who have had stag and does - were yours successful? Is there anything you would have changed? Any tips on how to ensure we make the most money possible? Thanks!


Latest activity by Ashley, on February 25, 2020 at 11:54
  • Ashley
    VIP August 2020 Ontario
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    Ive heard horror stories where the bride and groom end up spending more than what is brought in. so dont go over board on decor, gifts, food, booze, cake, hall etc. it adds up

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  • Kelly
    Expert September 2019 Manitoba
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    Like Tori, I had a wedding social.

    It was successful in that we made about $5,000, but it was a serious amount of stress, and I was very happy to be on the other side of it.

    Buy prizes on sale (summer things in September, winter things in may, black friday and boxing day sales, hit up the outlet mall).

    We had ours on a holiday (NYE) so it kinda gave people an event to attend on a day where people are already looking for something to do. I really wish we had done a Halloween one with a costume contest though, but it would have had to have been a full year before the wedding.

    You don't make money on alcohol sales. You make money on the raffle and the 50/50. Focus your energy there. People dont want a basket full of dollar store fillers.

    Make ticket "packages":

    $40 - 40 regular prize tickets, 2 grand prize tickets

    $60 - 80 regular prize pickets, 4 grand

    $80 - 100 reg, 6 grand get the idea...the more money they spend, they better the deal is. Also....dont be stingy with the amount of tickets you put in the packages. At the end of the day, you're selling them paper...

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  • Rayanne
    Master June 2022 Ontario
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    I didnt have one for my wedding but I helped with 3 of them for friends and relatives. Never do 50/50 just sell tickets for bottles or prizes, you're not there for people to make money. There are a lot of great games that are really cheap to set up. I think the fan favourite was "the great Canadian whack off" you just need a slab of wood nails and a hammer. You start a nail and the person able to drive it in with the least amount of whacks by the end of the night is the winner. You'll need a board to write name and how many whacks.... if you have a tie then you need a whack off redo lol. You can have a prize for men and one for women. Twonie toss is a good one. People throw their own twonies at a bottle and closest person wins. Just make sure everyone goes one person at a time. Pick up twonies after each toss only leaving the one closest to it in its spot. Lots of people love raffle tables. Try to get as many donations as possibly. We had packages premade. One package was $20-25 dollars. It gave you tickets for raffle table, some for a game, a couple of drink tickets. If you have them all ready in sets we had most people wanting something all done that they could just lay their money down for. Made the line at beginning way more manageable. Each game can have it's own cost too. Drunk people seem to love their jello shots too.... Good luck. If you think of anything you can always send me a message if we came across it and I can help let me know.
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  • Amelia
    Master October 2020 New Brunswick
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    I had never heard of them before wedding wire. They're not popular on the east coast.

    I think it's a really cool way to make a little cash, as long as you're up for adding another party to your planning.
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  • Tori
    Top October 2019 Manitoba
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    I had a Wedding Social (almost the same thing if you are unfamiliar with them), and yes, yes, here we go!

    Successful - yes. We ended up profiting just about $10,000 (after paying DJ, venue, etc.)

    Change things - yes. Would have bought more Gin, and delegated more to the Wedding Party since I was running around so much that I was sober by the end of the night Smiley tongue

    1. Make raffle prizes based off of what donations you get

    2. Cheap drinks keep people there and not lame

    3. Don't forget to sell support tickets

    4. 50/50 and texas mickey are basically free money because they always do well

    5. Look around for refreshments to find the best price. We found one we thought was great but we would have had to cut the pickles ourselves, arrange the food on platters ourselves, etc. and decided to see if we could find somewhere that does that for us even if it would be more expensive - found a place that would do that AND was cheaper!

    6. Make sure the way you sell tickets make it most worth it to buy the more expensive bag of tickets

    7. DJ just has to play music, don't worry about getting a really good one if they are going to cost more than the next guy willing to do it

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