Hi I'm James and I'm an American living in London. Last year I got married and invited my American friends to London and Scotland for my bachelor party. We had fun. I've also attended a British stag do. Allow me to point out some differences between the two celebrations.
1. Brits call it a "Stag Do."
2. In the UK, many stag dos wear matching costumes when they go out drinking.
Look at the level of commitment. It's admirable.
Seriously, it's so good.
3. British men on a stag do will chant and sing.
4. Stag Do's often travel out of the country.
5. Stag dos frequently force the groom to wear something skimpy or scandalous.
6. Stag Dos are sometimes multigenerational, with the father, grandfather, and even father-in-law tagging along.
7. The things guys do "for fun" on a stag do in the UK are completely twisted and vile.
I cannot stress this enough: the level of drunken depravity on a stag do is completely off the charts in comparison to American bachelor parties.
8. But the antics are not random. The fundamental purpose of the depravity is to humiliate the groom. This is your opportunity to subject a close friend to levels of torture usually reserved for acting military.
You might think these stunts are limited to lad culture — the most extreme alpha males. But witness below where I ask my colleagues at BuzzFeed for their stories. I can attest these guys are regular (dare I say "sensitive") guys — guys with wives, with children, with dreams.
9. What is perhaps most sinister about the pranking is the creativity and foresight that goes into it. These pranks don't just happen. They are meticulously planned.
In conclusion, if you take one thing away from this article, it should be this: bachelor parties look like 5th-grade birthday parties in comparison to stag dos.
Did I miss any important differences? How do you do stag dos or bachelor parties in your country?
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post contained a typo stating "The UK and Scotland" when Scotland is indeed a part of the UK.