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What is a buck and doe event?

Wedding planning not only includes the ceremony but also pre-wedding events and activities. One of the most popular pre-wedding events is the Buck and Doe party, also known as a Stag and Doe party, Stag and Drag party, a Jack and Jill party, or a Wedding social. In this blog post, we will discuss what is a Buck and Doe event, its origin and history, its purpose, how it works, and some tips on how to plan a successful and enjoyable party.

Origin and History of Buck and Doe Event

The Buck and Doe party is a Canadian tradition that began in the province of Ontario. It was originally called a Stag and Doe party, but over time, the name evolved to include different variations with various names such as Stag and Drag party, Buck and Doe party, and Weddings Social. The intent originally behind the party was to help raise money for the couple to get started with their life together.

Purpose of Buck and Doe Event

The purpose of the Buck and Doe event is to raise funds for the engaged couple to help them finance their wedding and honeymoon or to cover the costs of the new life together. In the past, the guests were expected to bring gifts or money to help the couple set up their new home, but now the Buck and Doe party has become an event of its own, synonymous with a celebratory night of fun, games, and dancing.

How a Buck and Doe Event Works

The Buck and Doe party is held several weeks/months before the wedding day and is typically coordinated by the bridal party or immediate family members of the couple. The party is often held in a rented hall, community center, or the bride or groom’s family backyard.

Guests are welcomed and are often charged a small entrance fee, and sometimes additional fees for drinks, games, or food. There are often food and drinks available for purchase, ranging from snacks and finger foods to pizza, wings, and full meals.

The main event of the Buck & Doe party is fundraising through games of chance such as raffles, silent auctions, 50/50 draws, or games of skill, including cake walks, bottle drives, and many more. The most popular and lucrative game is the famous “Toonie Toss,” where guests purchase toonies and toss them onto a board in hopes of winning monetary prizes.

The other fun event is the crown raffle, a bachelor or bachelorette item auctioned off to the highest bidder, with the winner given the honor and responsibility of wearing a crown, escorting the bride or groom throughout the night or participating in various fun activities.

The Buck and Doe party is not exclusive to wedding guests but is open to anyone who wants to attend. The party is a great way for friends and family members who are unable to attend the wedding or those not on the guest list to celebrate and support the couple’s future together.

How to Plan a Buck and Doe Event

Planning a successful Buck and Doe party involves setting up a great fundraising atmosphere with a fun night of memories for guests. Here are some tips to make sure the planning is stress-free and enjoyable:

1. Set a Date and Venue: Choose a date that works for the couple and their family and friends. Consider rental costs, number of guests, and the size of the venue to avoid overcrowding or insufficient space.

2. Decide on a Budget: A Buck and Doe party can be as expensive or inexpensive as you want. Determine your budget carefully and stick to it. Don’t forget to consider the revenue that you want to raise to ensure you meet your fundraising goals.

3. Entertainments and Games: When planning the Buck and Doe event, research games, activities, and entertainment options that will interest and engage your guests. Think outside the box – you can create custom games that reflect the bride or groom’s favorite hobbies or interests.

4. Establish Rules and Expectations: Be clear with guests and those in charge of the Buck and Doe event. Set expectations regarding entrance fees, game fees, and ensure volunteers understand their duties and responsibilities.

5. Promote the Buck and Doe Party: Create a buzz and promote the event through social media, flyers, posters, and other media outlets available.

6. Safety First: Make sure you have enough staff/volunteers on the night to supervise the guests and ensure the safety of everyone. Have designated drivers available or arrange transportation to prevent guests from driving under the influence.


A Buck and Doe event is a critical fundraising event in the Canadian marriage tradition. It allows guests to come together to celebrate the upcoming marriage while helping set up the couple’s future lives and generate funding. Buck and Doe events are entertaining, fun, and often become unforgettable memories. If you are going to host a Buck and Doe event, ensure that the planning process follows safety guidelines and is stress-free, allowing the party and fundraising efforts to be a triumph for everyone involved.


What do you do at a buck and doe?

A buck and doe party, also known as a stag and doe party, is a pre-wedding celebration that is usually organized by the bride and groom’s friends or family. The main idea behind this event is to raise money to help offset the costs of the upcoming wedding. Typically, guests buy tickets or pay a cover charge at the door, which helps raise funds for the couple.

Once inside, guests are usually greeted by a variety of games of chance, like the classic ‘fishbowl’ game or raffles, where they can purchase tickets for a chance to win various prizes. The grand prize is usually the ‘door prize’, which can be anything from a large-screen TV, a weekend getaway, or even a cash prize.

The biggest attraction of the buck and doe party is the 50/50 draw, where half of the money raised from ticket sales is given away to the lucky winner. This is a popular feature, and guests will often buy multiple tickets in the hope of winning the jackpot.

The party will also usually have a cash bar, and guests can purchase drinks throughout the event. From beer and wine to pop and juice, there is usually a wide range of drinks available to suit all tastes.

At most buck and doe parties, once everyone has had a few drinks and socialized, the dance floor starts to fill up. The music will typically range from top 40 hits to classic party tunes, ensuring that everyone can find something to dance along to.

After all that dancing, guests generally work up an appetite, and so the organizers typically put out a spread of late-night snacks like sandwiches, chips, and Timbits. This helps keep the party going until the early hours of the morning, and provides guests with a delicious end to the night’s festivities.

A buck and doe party is a fun and festive way for friends and family to come together and celebrate the upcoming wedding while helping the couple raise funds to cover some of the costs. With games, drinks, dancing, and late-night snacks, there’s never a dull moment at this lively pre-wedding event.

What is the difference between a stag and a doe and a buck and doe?

The terms stag, doe, buck, and doe are commonly used to refer to different genders of deer. Stags are only male, whereas deer are both male and female. The term “deer” specifically refers to the members of the Cervidae family, which includes animals like elk, moose, caribou, mule deer, white-tailed deer, and others. While the term deer is an umbrella term that encompasses both males and females, the names stag, buck, doe, and fawn are used specifically to refer to one gender or another.

Male deer of all ages are called bucks. Bucks can range from young fawns to fully grown adults. They are generally larger and more muscular than female deer, and they have antlers. The antlers are used mainly for competing with other bucks during the breeding season. Bucks shed their antlers every year and grow new ones in their place.

On the other hand, female deer of all ages are called does. Does are usually smaller than bucks, and they do not have antlers. They are responsible for carrying and giving birth to the fawns, which are the offspring of both bucks and does. During the mating season, does may attract a mating partner by releasing pheromones, which signal their readiness to mate.

When people refer to a stag, they are talking specifically about a male deer. However, when people refer to a doe or a buck, they are talking about a female deer or a male deer respectively. The term deer is used as a general term for all animals in the Cervidae family, regardless of their gender. Knowing the difference between these terms can be helpful when discussing deer, whether in a scientific context or simply in casual conversation.

Can you invite someone to a stag do and not the wedding?

The topic of inviting someone to a stag do but not the wedding can be a sensitive issue for many. In most cases, close friends and family members are invited to both events, but there may be exceptions where some people are only invited to specific events. However, there creates a dilemma as inviting someone to the stag do and not the wedding can be perceived as rude, unfair or even hurtful.

Inviting someone to a stag do but not the wedding can be seen as a breach of etiquette. It implies that the person is not valued enough to be included in the wedding celebration, which is the most important and meaningful event for the groom and bride. The wedding is a life-changing event, while the stag do is a night of fun. Therefore, inviting someone to the former and not the latter is considered to be extremely rude.

There are some scenarios where inviting someone to a stag do but not the wedding is justified. For example, it might be that the stag do involves specific activities that the person may not be interested in, or the groom may only have a limited number of guests he can invite to the wedding due to venue capacity or other restrictions. However, the groom should communicate this clearly to anyone who is only invited to the stag do, to avoid any misunderstandings or hurt feelings.

Limiting someone’s invitation to only the stag do is also a violation of the unspoken social contract. It carries the implication that the person has to purchase a gift for the couple without the benefit of being able to attend the wedding. It’s also not uncommon for some people to feel used and exploited, or have the sense they are being invited to the stag party just to raise more funds.

The general rule is that if you attend the stag do, you should be invited to the wedding. But in certain scenarios where some people are only invited to specific events, it’s essential to communicate the reasons clearly and avoid any assumptions or judgments. Being transparent and open can prevent feelings being hurt and avoid any confusion.