Man who went on 56 stag dos in 18 months spent £50,000 because he couldn’t say no
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This bloke ended up going on 56 stag dos in 18 months, costing him £50,000 all because he just couldn’t say no.
Even though he’s still paying off the credit card bill, Will Stevenson says it was ‘worth it for the memories’.
And this all started not because he was an initial invite to a do, but actually because the 43-year-old was filling in for someone who couldn’t go.
But the stag do legend got hooked. Within the first three months, Stevenson had been to 16 events.
A household name of the stag do world, it quickly got round that he’d fill in for no shows and became high in demand.
Stevenson was getting global invites; from the lights of Blackpool to cities in Australia.
But the party animal’s basically retired from the parties now, as he’s happily married, has a three-year-old and another on the way.
Years on, he’s still paying for it – financially anyway. After splashing out £50k in those golden days, he’s only been on a handful of stagdos in recent years.
But obviously he couldn’t quite do it half measure, he had three for himself.
Stevenson said: "Things are a lot calmer nowadays. When I proposed to my wife Abigail I told her I would stop doing stag dos apart from my own.
"That didn't stick - I did go on a few more - but they're not often any more. I keep in touch with more or less all the friends I made though!"
The car salesman’s first taste of stag do legend began when he bid online for a place on a stranger’s do in June 2015 – landing him in Budapest with 22 lads.
And after coverage on a BBC radio show, Stevenson was barraged with requests from grooms with a space on their do.
Even if he was with strangers, the bloke claims he made lifelong pals.
He said: "There was a time I was going to so many that I felt bad ever saying no."
Proposing to Abigal in 2016, he decided to have his three stag dos in Blackpool, Brighton and Magaluf.
The pair married in August 2021 and he had to tone it down for good, with a second kid due in February 2024.
Reflecting on those wild 18 months, Stevenson added: “It was always an adrenaline rush. I did need about three months of not drinking after them all though."