While we can freely say that marriage is one of the most important decisions in life, what is a wedding without a good hen or buck party? It’s a party when we celebrate the last few free moments before the magic words “I do”, the last few moments to be crazy or ultra-stylish before the simplicity of marriage.
According to Wikipedia, a hen night (UK and Ireland) or bachelorette party (United States) is a party held for a woman who is about to get married. Despite its reputation as "a sodden farewell to maiden days" or "an evening of debauchery", these events can simply be parties given in honor of the bride-to-be, in the style that is common to that social circle.
There are different types of hen parties around the world depending on the culture of the origin country. The bridesmaid, maid of honour or a close friend to the bride usually organize the party. Whatever your background is, remember that every bride is different, so you have to plan a party for her liking.
Planning and organizing a party like this can be a big deal, especially if you’ve never organized or been on a hens night. As with any event organization, Spotfood is here to help.
We bring you a couple of hen party ideas for a memorable hen night.
Budget is certainly one of the most important things you need to determine. Once you know the amount of money at your disposal, only then you will be able to plan all the other items.
Weddedwonderland.com recently asked their audience how much they have paid for a hen party which includes any day, night or weekend festivities, and got a total of 85 responses. From these responses, prices ranged from $120 up to $3000, making the average cost approximately $614.
Although the bridesmaid is in charge of planning and organizing the hens’ party, it doesn’t mean that it is her responsibility to pay all the expenses. Arrange to share the costs with the girls attending the party. Set a budget, and divide the costs into equal parts. Since not everyone has the same monetary capabilities, you need to be careful with this step.
Every bride is unique. Even though you think you know her well, ask her about things you’re not sure about. It is the bride's day after all. The day when she needs to relax and have fun before the important day with her chosen one.
Get the bride to give you an accurate list of friends she wants at the hen party. That way you won’t forget to invite anyone. Also, you can omit people the bride doesn’t want with her that day. After all, no one wants a grumpy bride.
Also, find out how she wants to spend that day. Maybe she wants a quiet evening with the girls and a glass of wine, keeping her fresh for the wedding. Maybe she wants a crazy party with a bunch of booze or perhaps she wants a two-night party. She has chosen you to be her bridesmaid and it is your responsibility to make the bride-to-be enjoy the party and be as happy as she can be. Hence, involve her, and don’t forget that her big party is just around the corner.
As we have already mentioned, plan the budget and ask the bride. Depending on the budget and the bride’s wishes, you need to decide on the hen party location. The number of choices is endless. You could opt-in for something luxurious, classy, or something local, or even go to another county or city. Do not forget to book your place on time.
Another important thing is the transport from A to B. Don’t let everyone manage their transportation on their own. That way, not only the girls don’t have to worry about anything and there’s no risk of losing someone on the way, but also that way the girls will be together all the time, partying.
What will be most remembered from the party is the hen party theme. Once you’ve roughly found out what the bride-to-be wants, get down to work.
Customize everything, music, decorations, drinks, foods, clothes, or even costumes. Whether it’s a spa weekend, movie night, adrenaline activities, karaoke, a Great Gatsby party, or an evening at a classy restaurant. Be personal, but be realistic. Make sure everyone can and wants to participate in the hen party theme.
There are countless benefits to holding a hen party at home. You will save money, no one will have to travel far, there is no need to book anything upfront... And best of all, you can relax in the privacy of your home.
Just some of the ideas for a hens party at home are a backyard hen party, home dance class, makeup masterclass, hen party games (we bring you some of the suggestions), pajama party or cocktail making night with movies. Have fun and don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
And finally, some brides want a relaxing, simple celebration in the circle of closest friends, without crazy partying and booze. And that is perfectly fine.
The best place for complete relaxation is the spa. Fruit juices, slippers, fluffy robes, saunas, special treatments. Subsequently, go to a nearby restaurant or bar for a snack and some cocktails.
Low key hen party ideas can be some games, afternoon tea, a classy night with romantic movies, shopping in nice boutiques, craft workshops, classy drinks in an intimate cocktail bar.
Whatever you decide to celebrate a hen party, have fun. Keep in mind that the bride is the most important, but everyone else also wants to have a good time. And don't forget to try Spotfood to get everything you need for a great night.
Happy hen party!