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Dos and Don'ts for Organising a Hen Spa Party

With the summer season of weddings well and truly upon us, along with all the joyous romantic occasions come a lot of hen parties and unusual hen weekends are all the rage this year! Long gone are the days when the only way to celebrate a hen party was to go wild for a night of debauchery on the town, while hanging L-plates around your neck and dancing ‘til dawn.

If you are looking for unusual hen party ideas, then why not take your girlfriends to a spa? There’s no better way to mark your special occasion than to take some time out to relax in a spa with your besties.

There are a few dos and don’ts when it comes to organising a spa hen party, so let’s take a look at some handy hen do ideas to help you put together a pampering spa day for a bride-to-be.

Don’t leave it to the last minute 

Spas are always popular. After all, who doesn’t love to indulge in some precious me-time?

It’s worth noting that spas are especially busy in the summer months, when everyone is frantically trying to get holiday-ready with perfectly-painted nails and relaxing massages. As hen parties are often made up of a large group of gal pals, it can take some time to find a spa that will have space to accommodate lots of people at one time, so booking in advance is advisable.

Enjoy a hen party that is different from the usual painting-the-town-red shenanigans and book an unusual hen do with one of the many spas found on the SpaSeekers website. 


Do make an evening out of it 

It’s easy to assume that a hen spa party should be enjoyed in the daytime. However, many spas are open in the evening, so it can be nice to book your session for after the sun has set if you fancy organising an unusual hen do.

A terrific way to celebrate your upcoming nuptials is with a tasty meal, followed by some cheeky cocktails in a hot tub and some spa treatments! Begin the event with a nice meal, then you can move onto the spa to enjoy a few hours of girly chit-chat, while getting pampered with anything from massages to pedicures. Many spas will supply you with some bubbly on request, which inevitably makes for the perfect end to a chilled-out pamper session. 


Don’t forget to book as a large group 

There are a few reasons why you need to know the number of people who will be attending the spa day before you book, including:

  • Some spas offer discounts when you book as a large group, so don’t be afraid to ask if you can get a reduction in the regular cost if you book for many people
  • You can request to book the treatments as a group, so several of your party can enjoy being spoiled at the same time
  • The ideal number of people at a hen party in a spa is between six and 12, as any more than this can be hard to manage

Manicure and pedicure stations are usually easy to put together, so pairs of friends can bond while getting beautified. Many spas also offer rooms where they can perform couples massages, which makes it easy for two girlfriends to enjoy their massages in the same room while having a good gossip!

Spa Tip: Some spas may be too small to host a large group, so make sure you research before you book your spa party to ensure that the spa can accommodate everyone attending the hen party to avoid a tight squeeze.  

Do put someone in charge 

The key to putting together a memorable hen party is in the organisation, so make sure there is someone at the helm to put the event together. Hen party planning is not for the faint hearted!

Planning a hen do will take some time, careful preparation and requires a leader who has strong organisational skills.

They will need to consider all of the following:

  • Who is attending
  • What treatments everyone wants
  • What time the different treatments are booked for
  • Who is paying for what, how they are paying and when they are paying
  • What time dinner and cocktails are booked, whether they will happen before or after the spa event and ensure there is enough time to enjoy everything without rushing

Hen party planning also requires you to pencil-in some relaxing time before the spa treatments begin, to get everyone in the mood for some indulgence.

Don’t get too noisy & wild 

While a hen party is often a time to get rowdy with your friends, your spa session should be a time for everyone to sit back and chill out. It is possible that the spa will host other guests at the same time as your party, who are looking to enjoy a quiet pamper day so don’t spoil it for anyone who isn’t part of the hen do.

You can save the embarrassing stories, hen party games, Tequila shots and unruly humour for after the spa. Alternatively, if you know your group of girls is particularly hard to tame, you can ask the spa in advance if they have a private area you can use for the day, so you don’t have to worry about the disturbance!

Do make sure you enjoy quality spa time 

Choosing a spa with a communal area is a fantastic way to ensure everyone gets to enjoy some quality girl-time. You can ask the spa to put on some yummy nibbles, provide soft or harder drinks and allow you all to have access to the jacuzzi, sauna or swimming pool as a group before peeling off for treatments.

Don’t Forget: Switch off your mobile phones, tablets and laptops, so you can all enjoy being ladies of leisure with zero interruptions!

And lastly… don’t forget to spoil the bride! 

Just like her wedding, a hen party is all about the bride and you should leave her out of the organising as much as possible. It’s also polite girl-code to have all the guests cover the cost of the bride’s treatments, so get everyone to club together prior to the gathering.

A spa hen party should be all about bonding with friends and family members. So, don’t involve the bride in the chaos of organising, as she will be crazy-busy finalising the details of her upcoming wedding. Spoil her with an unusual hen do with a day at the spa, where she can leave behind all the stresses of putting her big day together – if only for one day!

What would you like to do at your dream hen spa party? 


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