So you’ve been tasked with planning the hen party, here’s our top tips to help you plan a stress free hen party that the Bride will love!
#1 Discuss details with the Bride
First and foremost, ask the bride who she wants to attend her hen party. The last thing you want to do is invite someone who she really doesn’t want there. Ask which day is convenient for her and if she has any ideas in mind of what she would like (or wouldn’t like) to do. She may have a location in mind which she’s always wanted to visit and now might be the time to turn her dream into a reality.
#2 Know what the Bride likes / dislikes
If the Bride is not a big drinker, then chances are she’ll hate a boozy weekend away so whatever you decide to do, make sure it’s something that the Bride considers fun. There are so many hen party options to choose from such as cocktail making classes, spa days, sightseeing, you name it!
#3 Don’t put it off
If the bride to be isn’t getting married for another 8 months, don’t delay planning the hen party. The sooner you start planning, the better! It’s better to get it done early so you can relax on the run up to it than having to run around like a headless chicken trying to organize everything last minute.
#4 Write up the guest list
Before you cement the date, you’ll want to work with the Bride to get an idea of any necessary information you might need. For example, you may have guests who have an intolerance to Gluten and so if you’re planning an afternoon tea, you’ll want to make sure they have a Gluten Free menu or if there’s a couple of elderly or pregnant members of the group, you may decide to do something a bit more closer to home. If you’re planning a weekend away, you’ll also want to know how many people will stay for the whole duration as some people may not want to stay and will therefore not need accommodation.
#5 Set a budget
Talk with the other bridesmaids and get their thoughts on how big or small the budget should be. The last thing you want is to get carried away with booking weekends away and activities, only to find that the majority can’t afford to join you.
#6 Don’t book in endless activities
Although the idea of having countless things to do sounds exciting, it’s also nice for the hens to relax over dinner or a few drinks so try not to go overboard when it comes to booking in the activities. The hens will have a better weekend with just one or two activities booked in.
#7 Set the date as soon as possible
Once you’ve finalized all the details and set a budget, you’ll want to get a date in the diary as soon as you possibly can to give guests enough time to RSVP. Giving plenty of notice will also give the guests time to start saving well in advance.
#8 Include a RSVP when sending out the invites
Including a RSVP allows you to know the exact number of people who’ll be attending which makes your life easier when you come to book everything. Make sure when you send your invites, you include as much information as you can for example, where they need to be, what time, what to pack and how much they’re expected to pay.
#9 Book early
Make sure you book well in advance to avoid disappointment and prior to the official date, make sure you confirm the details for all bookings whether that be the transport, activities, food or accomodation. You don’t want to leave anything to chance.
#10 Keep everyone up to date
If there’s a change to the itinerary or you’ve added in a new activity, make sure you let everyone know. It’s a good idea to get a group chat going so you can let all the hens know via one text.
#11 Ask for deposits
If you’re in charge of planning a hen party, no doubt you’ll have to ask people to provide deposits. Don’t be afraid to ask them for deposits as it will prevent people from dropping out later on down the line.
#12 Ask for help
Planning a hen party can sometimes be stressful. Everyone will have their own opinions on how much you should be spending and how far you should travel and it’s an arduous task pleasing everyone. If the stresses of planning the hen are all too much, don’t be afraid to ask the other bridesmaids for help.
#13 Remember to pack anything you think will be of benefit
Perhaps you’re visiting a new city, then maybe a map will prevent you from getting lost? Although GPS is probably more the rage these days in which case, make sure you have all the postcodes to hand so you can easily get to place to place. Pack snacks for the journey to keep everyone’s energy levels up and pack any gifts for the bride.
#14 Think of ways to break the ice
If you have a lot of guests attending who don’t necessarily know each other, it’s a great idea to think of some fun ice breakers. You can find plenty of ideas by doing a quick google search.
#15 Have fun!
After all the stresses of planning a hen party, you’ll want to sit back, relax and watch the chaos ensue!