5 Tips For Planning An Amazing Hen Party

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I’m really passionate about Hen Party Games. I’m also passionate about making the hen party the best night of a girl’s life (excluding maybe the wedding night itself).

Here at Hen Party Games we think the notion of Stags and Hens is slightly outdated in this day and age. The idea of the strong virile stag and the weak-willed clucking hen don’t sit that well in this era of girl power! So nowadays we have to adapt the time honoured traditions associated with Hen Parties and cater them for the individual.

If you’re organising the hen do you’re probably not the bride who will have very little say over the actual proceedings. Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning the event.

1, How Well Do You Know The Bride?

It’s all very well asking long lost cousin Mabel to be your chief bridesmaid but if she hasn’t spent any real time with the bride since they were in nappies, she’s probably not the best person to come up with ideas for the hen do. I don’t think the bride-to-be should feel in any way obliged to ask a family member to organise her hen party. She should put her trust in someone who knows her and her tastes inside out. Are you that person?

2, Cater For Her Taste Not Yours

It might be your idea of bliss to go salsa dancing, but if the bride-to-be has two left feet and no rhythm then it’s probably not the best option for her big night. Put yourself in her shoes and really think about what she would enjoy. When considering hen night themes think about her favourite movies, songs and things to do. When considering Hen Party Games think about whether she’d be more likely to enjoy the naughty games or the more sophisticated low key ones.

3, Don’t Necessarily Have The Hen Do Close To The Wedding Day Itself

Now I’m not suggesting you hold the hen do a year in advance but the age old custom of getting absolutely bladdered the night before the wedding day isn’t exactly practical for anyone involved. Be sensible and give the bride a reasonable amount of time to recover if she’s likely to enjoy a bevvie or five on the hen night! Check out my post When Is The Best Time To Hold The Hen Party? 

4, Use Your Discretion With The Guest List

Make sure she’s not going to feel uncomfortable on her own hen do. Are you organising some raunchy entertainment? If so, choose the guests wisely. Don’t put the bride in the position of having to lick whipped cream off the stripper’s bum in front of her Great Aunt Ethel if this is going to be mortifying for her.

5, Think Carefully About Budget

If the big day itself has a bigger price tag than Katie Price’s last Hello wedding then be careful with the budget for the hen do. In recent years the idea of Hen Weekends at luxury spas or even a mini break abroad have become very popular. Don’t get me wrong, if you have the cash then these can be incredible (in fact I’ll be sharing with you some extravagant ideas in a later blog post). But why put unnecessary financial strain on all involved, when all you really need is great company and a few well organised activities or Hen Party Games (most of which can be free)? Consider what everyone involved will feel comfortable spending.

Check out some of my suggestions for activities in the Hen Party Games Category Archive. There’s plenty to cater for all tastes.

Happy Henning!

Gaynor x

About the author

Hiya. I’m Gaynor – Hen Party planner extraordinaire.

A few years ago my best mate Sally asked me to be her bridesmaid. With that came the responsibility of organising the Hen Do which was an exciting but slightly daunting prospect. I had a reputation as a bit of a party girl so the expectations were high. The challenge was the budget – there wasn’t one! But with a bit of improvisation and a lot of imagination I managed to pull it off.

The success of the night was mainly due to the unique and fun Hen Party Games I’d organised to get everyone interacting and laughing. On this site I’ll share some of the best ones I’ve discovered over the years.

Enjoy x

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