Cheap Hen Night Ideas

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The hen party is one of the most important nights of your bride’s life, but that doesn’t mean it has to cost the Earth! Not with our cheap hen night ideas!

A Gaggle of hens

Firstly, if you’re planning on a budget, you need to know what’s really important to the bride and plan around that. Let’s face it, the number one thing that you need at a hen party is a whole gaggle of hens. That’s right – the people are more important than any of the fancy stuff.

Cheap night in

So, if you wanted to spend no money at all on the hen night, how’s this for an idea? Invite everyone over to yours, change into PJs, throw down a whole load of cushions on the floor and spend the night watching chick flicks, drinking wine and eating ice cream. You could even ask each hen to bring pampering stuff with them, and everyone could have face masks and give each other pedicures while watching. It won’t be fancy, but it’ll be a happy and memorable night for everyone involved!

Pampering at home

If you’ve got a bit more money to spend, you can ramp up the “pampering at home” idea by using a specialist company who will come to your house and do some treatments for you. It’s significantly cheaper than spa prices, and everyone can chat together while they’re having them done. One bride I know had home pampering, with two “treats” each plus a hot tub in the back yard – and it still only cost us £15 per person. That’s pretty cheap for spa-style indulgence!

Cheap accessories

What else can help you save money? Getting seriously creative on the bride’s accessories. You don’t need to buy a flashing veil – I fashioned six different hen do accessories out of stuff from the recycling, silver foil, sellotape and a waterproof mattress protector from the 99p shop. In fact, the same double mattress protector lasted me for two different hen dos – it was a train, a veil and an apron.  There’s a lot of material in a waterproof mattress protector!

Picnic Party

Summer hen parties are also a great way to keep costs low. Instead of lunch out in a restaurant, you can have a big picnic (with a bucket of pimms). Be aware that you’re at the mercy of the weather though – when I organised an entire hen party to take place in the park, it tipped it down all day without stopping. We sat under a tree, on bin bags, wearing waterproofs as we sipped our pimms.  So it’s a risky strategy.  Other outdoor ideas, like a treasure hunt around the woods or a bracing walk are also free, but you’re still depending on the weather!

Going out on a budget

There are tons of other ways to keep costs down.  If you’re going clubbing, look for a club that has free entry before 10PM or with a flyer. And make sure you get there on time! If you sign up to a club’s mailing list a few weeks in advance, you might be able to get some money-off vouchers for entry or drinks deals. Similarly, if you’re going out for dinner check groupon in advance and try and get a deal for the place you want to go to. Basically, it all comes down to doing your research in advance. If a whole group of you are stumbling around looking for a club to let you in, there’s a fair chance they’ll bump up their prices when they see you coming!

So, you can have a cosy night in for almost nothing, you can laze around the park, you can go clubbing on the cheap or have manicurists come to you. Which cheap hen night idea are you going to use?


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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