Planning a hen night is always pretty exciting. Whether you’ve decided to take control of proceeding yourself, or you’re letting your bridesmaids to the organising, then there are certain things that you need to consider to make sure that everything goes according to plan, and you get the send-off from single life that you’ve been dreaming of.
With so many different considerations to make, it can be hard to know where to start. But stay calm. Don’t panic. We’re here to help! Here’s your complete step-by-step guide to planning a hen night that everyone loves…
SPEAK TO YOUR MAID OF HONOUR ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT
From the start, you need to know who has responsibility for what. You might be happy to let you maid of honour to all the organising, and let the details be a surprise. If that’s the case though, don’t leave things to chance. Make sure that you have a conversation about the kind of event that you have in mind, and any must-haves that are important to you. Even if you’ve been friends for years and you’re sure that she’ll plan something awesome, this will prevent any disappointments further down the line.
BE MINDFUL OF HOW MUCH YOU’RE ASKING PEOPLE TO SPEND
Hen nights can quickly become really expensive for your guests. There’s travel to consider, food, drinks, entertainments, outfits, and all of these can start to add up. To avoid making anyone feel uncomfortable, think about a budget from the start. Run it past everyone who you want to attend, and make sure that they’re happy with it. Remember that there’ll also be costs for them associated with attending your wedding, so it’s essential that you aren’t putting anyone under any financial pressure. If you’re looking for ways to improve your own finances ahead of the big day? Read our guide on how to make money for your wedding.
START A FACEBOOK OR WHATSAPP GROUP TO KEEP EVERYONE INFORMED
Communication is key to making sure that everyone turns up in the right place, on the right day, and at the right time. This might seem like common sense, but things can very quickly become confusing when you’ve got a big party to take care of! A Facebook or WhatsApp group is an ideal solution here. You’ll be able to brainstorm ideas, keep people abreast of the plans, and ensure that everyone is informed and involved. Thank god for the internet, because it really helps with planning a hen night!
CONSIDER THOSE WHO AREN’T PARTY ANIMALS
Hen nights traditionally involve a night out on the town with drinks and dancing. If that’s not your cup of tea, then it’s no big deal. There are plenty of other options, from a quiet night away in a countryside cottage, to afternoon tea in a boutique hotel. Need a bit more inspiration? Read about ten alternative hen night ideas from Wedding Ideas Mag. If you are going down the more traditional route though, be aware that it might not be to everyone’s taste. It could be a good idea to organise a quiet meal earlier in the evening for those who want to get home early, for example. This would also be ideal if you want to invite younger family members who are too young to hit bars and clubs.
BOOK THE LOCATION AND ACCOMMODATION
Venues that are popular with hen parties tend to get booked up months in advance. Don’t risk disappointment by leaving things to the last minute. In many cases, you’ll be able to confirm numbers and put down a deposit, then make decisions about the finer details closer to the time. You’ll also be planning your wedding day at the same time, so getting things done and dusted is going to help you to stay cool, calm, and collected.
SORT OUT THE ENTERTAINMENT
Party game. Cocktail making. Crafty sessions. When it comes to hen party entertainment, there’s no shortage of ideas. Again though, don’t leave this until the last minute. You may need to book with businesses, or get together a few supplies, and doing this in advance always makes sense. Remember too that a little free time on the hen night is always enjoyable, and your guests will be happy to chill out and enjoy each others’ company. You don’t need a jam packed agenda to have a good time.
Planning a wedding can be stressful, and part of that is planning a hen night. Your hen night should involve fun with your friends, and an opportunity to take a break from worrying about all the finer details. Give yourself the day off, have a pamper session beforehand, and let your hair down. You deserve it!
Have you started planning a hen night? How are you finding the process so far, and what are you doing to make it special?