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Planning a Hen Party in the UK

by Rob Harbord 25 Feb 2024 0 Comments

The Ultimate Guide to Planning the Perfect Hen Do


A hen do is a splendid opportunity to celebrate the bride-to-be's last moments of singlehood with her closest friends and family. It's a time for laughter, bonding, and maybe a little mischief. Planning the perfect hen do requires thought, creativity, and attention to detail. Here's how to get started.

1. Know the Bride

  • Preferences and Style: The hen do should reflect the bride's personality and interests. Is she more likely to enjoy a night out on the town, a serene spa day, or an adventurous outdoor activity?
  • No Surprises: Unless you're absolutely sure she loves surprises, involve the bride in the planning process to ensure the party meets her expectations.

2. Planning and Budgeting

  • Set a Date: Choose a date that works for everyone, ideally a few weeks before the wedding. Ensure it doesn't clash with any pre-wedding appointments or events.
  • Budget Considerations: Be clear about the budget from the beginning. Discuss openly with all attendees to set a realistic budget that everyone is comfortable with.

3. Choosing the Venue

  • Location, Location, Location: Depending on the chosen activities, you may opt for a local venue or a destination hen do. Consider ease of access, accommodation options, and the activities available in the area.
  • Booking in Advance: Popular venues and activities can book up quickly, especially in peak seasons, so secure your bookings as early as possible.

4. Activities and Entertainment

  • Daytime Fun: Think about what the bride loves. Options could include a craft workshop, a cookery class, wine tasting, outdoor adventures, or a relaxing spa day.
  • Evening Entertainment: For the evening, consider a private dinner, a cocktail-making class, a night out at a club, or a themed party. Remember to cater to the bride's taste and comfort level.

5. Personal Touches

  • Theming: Choose a theme for the party that suits the bride's interests. This can be as simple or as elaborate as you like, from a colour scheme to a full-on costume party.
  • Memorable Keepsakes: Think about incorporating personalised items such as T-shirts, sashes, or goodie bags. These not only make great photo props but also serve as mementos of the day.

6. Logistics and Communication

  • Transportation: If you're planning activities in different locations, consider how you'll get everyone from A to B. Hiring a minibus or arranging shared taxis can be a fun and practical solution.
  • Stay Connected: Create a group chat or email thread for all attendees to share updates, changes, and any other important information leading up to the event.

7. Health and Safety

  • Be Prepared: While hen dos are all about fun, it's essential to keep safety in mind. Ensure everyone knows where they're staying and how to get back. Consider any dietary requirements or allergies when planning meals and activities.
  • Emergency Contacts: Have a list of emergency contacts, including everyone's mobile numbers, the accommodation details, and local taxi companies.

8. Enjoy the Celebration

  • The Role of the Organiser: As the organiser, your job is to ensure everything runs smoothly, but don't forget to enjoy the celebration yourself. After all, it's a party!
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