Stage 8: Party time!

Obviously you can’t have a wedding without a stag and hen do! Well, of course you could… but where’s the fun in that? The timing of this time-honoured tradition is up to you – in days gone by it was the night before the wedding, but after one too many groom got himself into trouble, it became the week before the wedding… but in the case of many destination weddings, the parties take place about a month before so as not to get in the way of all the planning and finer details.

But here’s the thing about an Ibiza wedding. It’s Ibiza. The party capital of the world. And it’s just so tempting to have you stag do or hen party in one of the amazing nightclubs, in a gorgeous restaurant, on a super slick yacht or in a luxurious spa. The choice is yours. Many opt for a double act, incorporating a pre-Ibiza party (great for those friends who may not be able to make it abroad for the wedding) and another on-island event.

Here in Ibiza, we think you can’t go past an amazing day out on a boat with your nearest and dearest (plus a fridge full of beer or champagne), zipping in and out of secret coves, cruising the Mediterranean in style. New for 2012 is the Mamboats ‘Stag and Hen Island’ packages, specifically designed with your pre-wedding bash in mind and with a guarantee that no two parties will ever be alike.

Your captain will create the perfect full day itinerary to suit your style – whether an action packed wakeboarding adventure, jumping off secret cliffs and crazy party games on board, or a deluxe sushi and champagne sunset cruise, swimming and sunbathing in style. For those couples who dare, you could even hire two boats in tandem and see what the other half get up to!

Our top tip: Spice up your party by adding some props… and we’re not talking about the tacky kind. Dress Up Box Ibiza will deliver a box chock full of eclectic, outrageous dressing up goodness – we’re talking sparkle, feathers, catsuits, masks, onesies, super cool shades, kooky hats, vintage delights and playful props and much more than you could even dream of – direct to your villa or hotel door (or even your boat, should you choose the option above), guaranteed to bring even the shyest of best men or bridesmaids out of their shell. It’s the most fun you can have wearing clothes – honest!

Photography by Maria Simon for Marnosuite