Planning a Hen Party for the First Time?


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Planning a Hen Party for the First Time?


One of your nearest and dearest is tying the knot. It's time to step up your best friend duties and start planning a hen party. Here's how to throw your friend's single life a send-off to remember!

Weddings are exciting events, full of joy, love and celebration. However, it takes a heck of a lot of planning and organisation to ensure they run smoothly. If a wedding planner isn't hired, this is something that can tire a bride and groom out for months, even years. The hen party is an opportunity for a bride to sit back and leave all the hard work to someone else. If that person is you, but you've never done this before, fear not! Planning a hen party your friend will never forget doesn't have to be as daunting as it sounds. With these tips, you'll be planning hen parties with your eyes closed and your hands behind your back.

What Does the Bride Love?

The first thing you should be thinking about when planning a hen party is the bride herself. This event is supposed to be all about her, so what does she love? If you're in the driving seat when it comes to planning, you probably know her pretty well.

Is she an adventurer, who can't sit still? Or is she someone who loves to be pampered and relax the days away? A spa day followed by a raucous night out might sound a little clichéd for a hen party. But, if it ain't broke, why fix it? Don't be tempted to shy away from something like this for the sake of avoiding an obvious choice.

Who Will Be There?

Is it going to be a "close friends only" situation, or will aunties, grandparents and parents be in attendance? The people on the guest list will heavily dictate what might be deemed as appropriate activities for a hen party. You might want to swap out the phallic pasta and chocolates for treasured family photo albums...

When Is the Hen Party?

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. In the UK, it's difficult to predict the weather at any time of year, but when the hen party is set to take place will force some plans out the window. Nobody wants to lie on a Cornish beach all day in the middle of February!

Also, will the hen party take place weeks before the wedding, or the day before? Think carefully about whether a hungover bridezilla is something you can handle.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

If this is your first time planning a hen party, don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Picking the brains of your fellow hen party attendees is a great way to gain a different perspective. Relationships differ from person to person, so you may learn something about your soon-to-be-wed friend you didn't know before.

Hen Party Accessories

When we think of hen party accessories, our minds tend to go to the same place. It's all very pink, fluffy, inflatable, kitsch and bold. Accessories at a hen party are a must, but it doesn't have to be L plates and miniature vales.

Depending on the type of affair the party will be, you can help set the tone with the accessories. Adult party bags, balloons, personalised drinks glasses are all a great place to start. If you're planning a hen party to remember, using accessories that double up as gift-able mementos will help you on your mission.
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Completely agree that teamwork makes the dream work! I love meeting all the other people that are important to the bride at hen parties. Getting these people involved in the planning can be so helpful! 🥳 Great post!