Unusual Hen Party Ideas

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Do you flick through bridal magazines and hen party websites and just think “zzzzz”? So many of the ideas out there seem to be so similar when it comes to hen nights. What if you want some unusual hen party ideas?

Ideas for Hen Dos

Idea 1

Well, I’m here to help. With a wealth of unique hens night ideas, I’m sure I’ll find something that suits you and your bride. Take this scenario for example – your bride isn’t a “girly girl”. She hates pink, is rarely seen in a dress outside other people’s weddings and likes outdoor pursuits like cycling and playing women’s football. True story – I was Best Woman for a bride just like this, and between difficult dress shopping trips (“All this shiny material is just not me!”) I had to organise a hen do for her. It was certainly unique – for a start, I invited all her male friends too, except her fiancé. I called the male hens “mens” and they turned out to be quite useful! Then I planned the day – not night – out in Hyde Park, where we went boating on the lake, picnicked under a tree and drank pimms out a bucket. Yes, it rained but the “mens” handily erected a gazebo for us. Then the bride had to complete a “henathlon” where she had to run and cycle through the park in her homemade hen accessories before diving into the Serpentine. Outdoors fun in the heart of London!

Idea 2

Or take a surprise I arranged for another friend. She was keen on having a burlesque class as part of her hen do, so we did that and then in the evening, we took her to see a show by “La Clique” – a kind of rock ‘n’ roll burlesque circus. It topped the day off perfectly, and she was so excited about seeing some real burlesque after practising it earlier. Another hen party I know went to a clubnight called “Shake, Rattle and Bowl” with vintage bowling lanes, retro music, karaoke booths and a 50s diner. They had a blast! And it was a far cry from the clichéd hen night clubbing experience.

Idea 3

So, those are a few city-based unusual hen party ideas – take it out into the countryside and there are a whole lot more ideas waiting to be discovered! Would you consider going paintballing for a hen weekend? It might sound more like a stag do activity, but it’s catching on with hens too. Just make sure that you use plenty of concealer at the wedding to cover up those “o” shaped bruises (yes, this has happened to me too.)

Idea 4

Another unusual idea is a boating weekend – take a canal boat through the Norfolk Broads, or kayak through the New Forest. You’ll see beautiful countryside in a way you normally wouldn’t, and there is lots of opportunity to bond as you move along the water. If you get a canal boat, you can also open a bottle of wine and play some games. Probably best not to drink if you’re steering the boat though!

Idea 5

But what if none of these ideas are right for your bride? Well, it’s over to you! Think about what your bride loves best and work around that. Is she a beach lover? Get a load of sand and a paddling pool and create a beach in your back garden. A Top Gear fan? Take her for a track day at Silverstone. A music lover? Go to a festival all together. The possibilities are endless, but think hard about who your bride is and the perfect idea will hit you before you know it.

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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