What Is A Sten Party? - Everything You Need To Know
Have you ever heard of a sten do, or a sten party? You may be asking yourself:
What Is A Sten Party?
A Sten party is a joint stag and hen party, i.e. a stag party combined with a hen party. That means the lads and lasses go out with a bang together, and it can be great.
Whether you call it a sten do or sten party, it all means the same thing, and it should all equal the same thing too...One hell of a good time.
Who Has A Sten Do?
Sten do's are increasing in popularity. Times are changing, and it was once where the lads and lasses would go out separately.
But more and more stag and hens are planning the activities together, getting both friendship groups involved and joining forces for the night of their lives.
It Is Just A Couples Night?
You may think that it will be a night where the bride and groom goes out and there's only other couples there, so what happens?
Yes, this can happen, but usually there will be plenty of other single people there too.
The Sten night is not usually billed as a couples night out, and rather the bride and her girlfriends along with the groom and his mates, all coming together as one.
There can be times where the other halves are invited, but if you don't have one, don't worry, because there's usually plenty of single people there so it's more comfortable.
Who Do You Invite To A Sten Do?
Make sure everyone is on the same page. Couples has been mentioned above, so if it's a couples thing, make sure everyone knows.
It's going to be no fun when there's 7 couples and 1 single girl or guy on their own.
At the same time, it could be uncomfortable with 9 single people and one couple. The group dynamic is important, so make sure that you get it right, so everyone has a good time.
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Sten Do Activities
There's plenty of activities you can do, from Mr And Mrs questions to other games, it will make it a great event.
Much of what you can do will be left to your own imagination, or what you're prepared to do with your future other half!
Another great idea are Dare cards, with the teams split up into boys and girls, it could make for some great fun!
What Are The Benefits To A Sten Party?
So you'll be wondering, what are the benefits of having a joint sten party rather than separate stag and hen dos.
There's plenty of reasons to have one big night or event than two separate ones.
If you're planning on spending money on a group event, it usually means the more of you there are, the cheap it gets.
If you combine the stag and hens, there'll be more people, so it should be cheaper.
You can invite friends of the opposite sex! Yes, men have female friends, and women have male friends!
Traditional stags are men only, and the same is said for hens being girls only, however if it's mixed, you can invite all of your friends, no matter what their gender.
It's a brilliant chance to get your single friends together too! When you get single lads and single ladies together, anything can happen.
It could be new friendships, it could be something fun, or you could be organising another sten party in the future for them!
What Are The Disadvantages Of A Sten Party?
The biggest disadvantage of a sten party is that it may not be liked by everyone.
Traditionally the stag and hen parties have been seen as the last night of freedom - Ladies might want a girls night out, and the lads want a boys night out.
A sten do is the exact opposite of that.
Another disadvantage could be the activity. Girls will not go to see female strippers, and lads don't want to see male strippers either.
The old school naughty things which men and women might get up to could be off limits with a mixed group.
Getting drunk in front of their friends - Whether you're the bride or groom, you might not want to get really drunk and hammered in from of their friends, especially if you don't know them.
First impressions really do last, and being overly drunk isn't usually a good one.
And there you have it! Now you know what a sten party is, will you be having a good old fashioned stag or hen do, or a joint sten party?
Whatever you decide, it will be a night to remember!
Take a look at all our stag do ideas if you're looking for advice or tips on planning or attending a stag party.