Planning a hen do? These days, a lot more goes into a bachelorette party than a few pink sashes and a night on the town. In fact, it takes much more organising than you might imagine, especially if you're planning a few days away. Stick to our dos and don'ts to ensure you avoid hen party hysteria!
This is especially true if you're looking to organise something in June, July or August, as these tend to be the busiest months in terms of people’s schedules and venues’ popularity. You don’t need to worry too much about smaller details months beforehand, but deciding on a date, the number of guests and your maximum budget are important. It’s also a good idea to draw up a shortlist of venues and to make a provisional booking at your top choice, so you don’t miss out.
You can’t please all the people all the time, as the saying goes. So, be prepared to put your foot down when it comes to group-based decisions like setting a date and choosing activities. Go with the majority and then prioritise if you have to. For example, ensuring the bride and her close family members are free on the chosen date is a good idea! Speaking of which…
Even though you’re planning a group event, don’t forget that the bride is the focus. So, make sure her likes and dislikes are first and foremost in your mind when you plan her weekend. If you’re planning your own hen weekend, don’t sacrifice your own preferences to suit your guests. After all, it’s your big day! Of course, the weekend should be fun for everyone, but make sure the bride remains the guest of honour.
While hen dos are often considered to be party, party, party, some brides-to-be prefer to have a few low-key activities on the weekend's schedule. An afternoon tea or sight-seeing can be good choices. A spa day or afternoon can also be the perfect option to break-up the weekend. Enjoy some treatments, followed by a light lunch, a yoga session and a dip in the pool. Perfect preparation for a night on the town, or the perfect chill-out after the night before! That being said…
A jam-packed hen do can feel like a bit of a whirlwind and quickly get very pricey. Allow for some down-time so everyone can relax (and perhaps even enjoy a glass of fizz!). Trying to pack in too many activities may leave you feeling rushed or stressed, so choose a select few to do as a group over the weekend. The vibe will be much more relaxed, and you'll save money, too.
Speaking of money, make sure you get a rough idea of everybody's budget from the outset. A hen weekend is always going to cost more than a day or night out, but you don't want anyone to be left out because of money. It's often a good idea to factor in a bit of a 'buffer' when talking costs, so there's a kitty for little extras like taxis, activities or tips that may crop up during the weekend. If you need to pay a deposit by a specific time, think about giving everyone an earlier deadline, so you’re not left having to make up the difference.
There are so many options when it comes to hen weekends and parties, it can be hard to know which to pick. Lots of spas now offer a hen party package that can include access to the facilities for a day, accommodation, treatments and other goodies. For example, the One Night Hen Party Break at The Malvern Spa in Worcestershire offers each guest two treatments for up to an hour. For an added touch of luxury, the Hen Party Spa Day at the Elfordleigh Hotel, Golf and Country Club in Plymouth offers a package that includes afternoon tea, a glass of bubbly and a treatment. If you can’t decide between an exciting city break or a relaxing country stay, venues such as the Hallmark Hotel Manchester give you the best of both.
If it all starts to get a bit stressful, don’t be afraid to ask for help. You could even delegate different tasks from the outset. For example, somebody could be in charge of picking a theme, while another could be in charge of arranging transport. Set up a WhatsApp or Facebook group, so everyone can chat and share their ideas, however…
If you’re planning a big group event, it can be a mistake to ask for everyone’s input. At some point, decisions have to be made and if you leave it up to a committee, you’ll still be planning it when the happy couple jet off on their honeymoon! By all means, take into account any special considerations, such as dates of availability, budget and travel issues (especially if people are expected to make their own way to the meeting point). However, at some point, you need to fix the plans and hope that everyone can make it.
Think about who you're planning for: a large group of twenty-somethings may want a night-out or party (perhaps on a lower budget), for example, while ladies in their thirties or forties may be more open to spending a little more on a variety of activities. If you have a mixed group, be sure to plan a few different options. That’s why a spa is a great idea – after all, who doesn’t love a facial, massage or manicure?
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