Okay, so this post probably isn’t for the Bride, feel free to pass to your chief bridesmaid with suitable un-subtle hints on what you would like.
From talking to recent Brides, we are no longer limiting ourselves to one hen night, with wild nights with the girls AND spa days for the Mums.
What will you do? One thing is for sure, there is no shortage of choice out there.
Traditional Pub Crawl
For the party girls out there…co-ordinated T-shirts and headwear optional. The best I have been on was where the Bride’s sister set up a list of challenges, most of which cannot be repeated on here, but one of which was to write on a guys chest in red lipstick. Fortunately the Bride had a great sense of humour and ticked off everything on the list (and then some). I don’t remember much else…Great for the party girls, but maybe not so much for the Mums and Mum-in-Laws.
Holiday in the Sun
Pre the recession this was a very popular option, with the Bride’s best friends taking time out to have a week or weekend in the sun and let their hair down. Some friends of mine enjoyed a hen weekend so much that a girly city break in the sun still happens every year, in the absence of any hens as they are all married! The upside is you will have a great time, with better weather, but getting time off work and finding money for flights and hotels may mean that not everyone you would like to come along can be there.
An indulgent spa weekend could be good choice if you are not up for clubbing and could easily include Mum and Mum-in-law to be without you showing yourself up. If your budget doesn’t stretch to paying for a hotel, some beauty therapists and nail technicians can come to you if you want to have treatments over a few bottles of wine with friends in your own home.
Vintage Tea Party
With all things vintage being in vogue, how about a tea party, think afternoon tea with pretty china cups, bunting and traditional cakes and scones. If the weather picks up it could be in a garden or outside space. Very civilised…and again, very suitable for Mums. Sweet Pea Events offer beautiful styling for Vintage Style Hen Parties.
Learning a New Skill
One Bride I know INSISTED that she really wanted to learn how to Pole Dance over her Hen weekend. Absolutely hilarious I have to say, but one word of warning, it is very physical and the related bruises are in very unfortunate places. Not one to do immediately before the wedding. On the same weekend there was a brilliant cocktail making workshop, behind a working bar with the full on cocktail shakers, mexican elbows (lemon squeezers) and everything. Brilliant! I would highly, highly recommend it, and of course it would be rude to let the cocktails go to waste…
You could also go carting, paintballing, surfing, the only real limit is your imagination and the willingness of the group as a whole to join in.
What would be your ideal Hen Night? Have you been to one really good Hen night that you want to share?
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