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Five of the Best: Celebrity Stag Dos

A recent report found that groups of Brits are now spending a collective £2.5bn on hen and stag dos each year, with the increasingly luxurious nature of many events being inspired by people wanting to emulate the pre-wedding parties of their favourite celebs.

There have been various famous celebrity stag do choices over the years, so we thought we’d put together a short list of our favourite celebrity stag party events.

Wayne Rooney’s Ibiza Antics

Known for his scoring both on and (reportedly) off the pitch, a young Wayne Rooney paid for him and 16 of his friends and family to jet off to Ibiza, a trip for which he told them to “leave their wallets at home.”

Setting his group up in a fancy £20,000-a-week villa, Wayne (who was on £110k a week back in 2008 at the time of this celebrity stag do) also paid out £185 per head for a day trip on a 60ft yacht, as well as spending another £2,500 to get a DJ and full stocked bar on board.

Add in a more than healthy supply of food and drink throughout the trip, and some estimates suggest he may have spent up to £250,000 for the four-day party, making it one of the most expensive celebrity stag party bills in history.

The Las Vegas Pool Party

We couldn’t limit this celebrity stag do option to just one celeb, with famous names including Justin Bieber, Mark Wright and Marvin Humes all venturing to the party capital for their stag parties in recent years.

What followed usually keeps to a similar theme; gambling, pool parties, champagne, five-star dinners, but we only know so much – such as the fact that Humes spent an entire day handcuffed to a dwarf named ‘5 cent’ – because as we all know, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

George Clooney’s Venice Feast

Hollywood superstar George Clooney enjoyed a slap-up meal with five close friends at one of the most sought-after restaurants in Italy, the picturesque Ristorante da Ivo.

It was his final meal out as a single man, happening ten hours before the wedding and consisting of seven courses to the tune of £3,000. The party enjoyed several bottles of £250 wine as well as a five-course meal and two puddings.

Ahead of his wedding to lawyer Amal Alamuddin in Venice, George gave his friend – and manager of Ristorante da Ivo – Giovanni Fracassi, just ten minutes before turning up to the restaurant with a party of six. Most of us would be turned away, but then again we’re not George Clooney!

Fracassi lifted the lid on the group’s eating habits, revealing “for a man getting married ten hours later, he was really eating a lot. He sent back for seconds of risotto, both times wiping his plate clean with chunks of bread. I gave him mint and chocolate ice creams. He really likes them. He ate three and took three to his room.”

At the end of all this, the meal didn’t cost Clooney a thing! While the bill totalled in excess of £3,000, the manager waived the cost for his famous customer, saying “He didn’t pay for his night, I didn’t want him to.” While the pre-wedding meal may qualify as an extravagant celebrity stag party, the wedding itself – a ten-minute service to British barrister Alamuddin – cost just €600.

James Corden’s Football Fantasy

Many of us dream of running out at the hallowed turf our boyhood club, but when you’re a celeb, you can not only make that happen, but also get footballers thrown into the bargain!

Famous funnyman Corden – a lifelong West Ham fan – got to play a match with stag-mates including fellow comedians Jimmy Carr and John Bishop, as well as ex-footballer Jamie Redknapp and current West Ham captain Mark Noble.

Dec’s London Oktoberfest

As one half of the UK’s most popular comedy duo – albeit after a recent ‘hiccup’ or two – Declan Donnelly brought a taste of German beer to London at the popular Oktoberfest pub.

The group, including Ant and fellow entertainer Paddy McGuinness, partied through the night and into the next morning.