There are plenty of obstacles to encounter on the path to the altar.
Firstly, you have to meet someone you love so much, you can handle their gross habits, that weird friend of theirs and, yes, also their family .
That’s just for starters. There’s navigating your first holiday together, that very first argument as well as everything else life chooses to throw at you.
Although the notion of a stag or hen party may seem like fun, these too are obstacles sneakily in disguise.
All that alcohol and all those high spirits – it’s a miracle some brides and grooms-to-be don’t make signing a confidentiality agreement compulsory.
Luckily for us, stag and hen do survivors have taken to Reddit to share their experiences of what happens when these parties get out of hand. Or just a bit weird.
1. Break a leg
To be fair, this prank from DrGameSurgery is so elaborate, we are sort of in awe.
“Doctor here, one of my best friends from med school was getting married. During his stag party he got completely smashed and passed out.
“We thought it would be hilarious to put his leg in a plaster cast. When he woke up the next morning we told him he’d broken his leg and would be in a cast for six weeks.
“He ended up having his wedding and going on his honeymoon with his leg in plaster. He thought it was hilarious when he got back and we told him, his wife not so much…”
2. Why a stag or hen party the night before the wedding is a BAD idea
Khendron actually has a quite a sweet story. Does the couple who sleep in together, stay together?
“The night before their city hall wedding, the bride and groom had separate big parties and got so drunk they both slept through the wedding.
“They didn’t realise it until city hall called asking where they were, and they decided, f*** it, we’ll do it later. They did eventually get married, and still are as far as I know, over 20 years later.”
3. Bear necessities
No good stag or hen story is complete without a taxidermy animal, as TheLegendofCthulu’s story shows.
“Basically, I was at my best mate’s bachelor party, and let’s just say that we may have had a bit too much.
“What ended up happening is we decided to take a taxidermy bear for a ride on the top of my car.”
4. “Dad, is that you?”
yayova bumped into the last person he wanted to in a strip club on his stag do.
“So my friends threw me a stag party for my second marriage. I have four kids from my first marriage, a son and three daughters.
“We are at the strip club, just hanging out, drinking, getting lap dances, etc…and we hear ‘Dad, is that you?’.
“We all froze solid. The LAST thing you want to hear in a strip club is ‘Dad, is that you?’. I turn around and it’s my oldest daughter.
“She said she was there to check on a job offering for a bar-back (person who supports the bartender by cleaning glasses, filling ice, etc.) Heart stopping moment for sure.”
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5. This, which will strike fear into every groom-to-be’s heart
Luckily, the injury Volluben witnessed was not serious.
“I was at a stag party where the groom was put on stage and a stripper started undressing him.
“Once he got down to his boxer shorts, the stripper produced a pair of scissors and started cutting his boxers off. She slipped and cut his penis.
“Not a major cut, there was no severing or any major damage, but enough to draw blood. Party ended very quickly.”
6. This very unhappy ending
An anonymous user was at a hen party which had disastrous, and very sad results.
“Sister of the groom chatted with the sister of the bride. Just a casual conversation but it came to light that almost 100 per cent of what the bride had said besides her name was a complete lie.
“Sister of the groom calls him up and says he really needs to figure out if this is right. A few fights and some long thinking later the groom leaves her and leaves town.”
7. And finally
“During the stag party we had to stop at the hospital because the bride-to-be drank too much on the hen party and was being treated for alcohol poisoning.”
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