Hen Party Planning Tips
Rather unusually, this isn't a blog post for the brides, grooms or couples out there - it's for all our Head Hens, Maids of Honour, bridesmaids and Mothers Of The Bride! Planning a hen party is a major responsibility but also a great honour. Here's our tips to plan a hen party with minimal stress and maximum enjoyment:
- Think about your bride. I know, it seems obvious – and yet, there are so many unique brides out there that have the same cookie-cutter hen party, so somewhere along the lines some hens just aren’t giving it consideration! The more traditional idea of a hen party still absolutely bangs, but make sure you also consider some cool alternatives too. If your bride doesn’t really like tea, probably don’t take her for an afternoon of it – instead, why not go on a wine tasting afternoon? Or if she does really like tea but doesn’t particularly like cake or finger sandwiches, why not take her on a tea mixology workshop, and forego the sweet stuff?
- Do your research. There’s a whooooole (new) world out there, full of exciting possibilities. The hen party world has been blown wide open with the amount of skills that people are bursting to share or experience. CLUCK, the revolutionary hen party planners, are a perfect example of this: on their list of available hen party experiences, they have everything from clutchbag making and intensive yoga masterclasses to dodgeball and battle axe throwing. (Yes, battle axe throwing. You read it right.) Take a look through their workshop options, and see for yourself what you could treat your leading lady to!
- Take into account the probable range of income, availability, home responsibilities, and geographical location when assessing the hen activities. Try and make the celebration accessible to all those who would like to be there. Hens don't have to break the bank! This can be by making some elements an opt-in or opt-out basis, or by making it known that you’re happy to accept a more broken-up payment plan (but only if you are!)
- On this note, don’t automatically plan a trip abroad! If the bride is wanderlusting so much that she’s only going to be in town for her wedding, then a trip abroad may be the obvious choice – and it’ll also be a barrel of fun too, so it’s not necessarily a no. However, investigate your options at home as well – or, if not in your exact hometown, why not stay in the country and go to London or Manchester?
- Don’t feel everyone you’ve ever met has to be invited (this goes for the wedding too!). Only have your nearest and dearest indulging in the main hen party fun, and maximise your enjoyment. If there’s anyone else you’d like to celebrate with in a different way, why not organise a celebratory meal or lower-key night out?
- Go for treat, not tat. If she wants a phallus on her head, whack that bad boy on there. If she doesn’t, don’t force her into submission. Hen party accessories don’t have to be pink, fluffy or frankly terrifying – there’s so many tat-free ways of advertising it’s her last fling before the ring. We’re particular fans of Team Hen’s accessories, Oh Squirrel’s GORGEOUS sashes, and Threaded’s stunning sparkly clutch bags.
- Don't embarrass the bride. If she's up for a giggle, then traditional hen party activities may suffice (we're talking ice cubes and pinning things in places, here.) But if she wouldn't usually do this in a month of Sundays, don't make her do it for her month of Hendays.
- Remember, it’s supposed to be fun. Not just the party itself, but the planning too! It’s a responsibility the bride has asked you to take on because she hopes it’ll be an enjoyable experience that will make you feel (rightly) an involved part of the wedding planning process. If one of the hens is making ridiculous demands or making the whole process rather difficult, approach it in a diplomatic way. Alternatively, if the bride is kicking up a you-know-what-storm, let her know. Just because she’s the bride, doesn’t mean she’s untouchable. If she’s making it unpleasant or being unreasonable, gently let her know. Chances are she’ll be completely oblivious and would be mortified to know, so better to nip it in the bud, hey?
From Threaded, Oh Squirrel, and Team Hen