Hen Party Planning Checklist
Are you in charge of the hen do?
Take some of the stress off your shoulders with our free hen party planning checklist, packed full of advice, tips and ideas. We've organised 1000’s of hen parties in the past, so we know a thing or two about them!
Whether you are planning your own hen party or the responsibility has been bestowed upon you as chief bridesmaid, this checklist is sure to help.
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- Meet up with the bride and get a list of all the names and contact details of the friends and family that she wants to invite on the hen party.
- Get a rough idea of how many people will be attending the hen party. This will help when working out costs for finding a suitable venue and date availability.
- Decide on the best date, the desired location and number of nights you will stay away.
- Decide on the type of activities you would like to do, and a hotel if you want to make a weekend of it.
- Find out what the bride wants! Does she like to rave all night? Or does she like a calmer evening or getting stuck into some sports?
- You need to decide on how long you want the hen party to last. You must take into account that some of the people may need to give notice to book time of work,
- If you decide to take a long break, the less likely people are to be able to come on the hen party.
- Do some quick research to get an idea of the price per person for every activity you want to do.
- Let everyone know about the activities, hotels and dates you have come up with. The earlier you let people know the better.
- Ask for a Yes or No by a certain date and a small deposit.
- If there's some expensive activities on the agenda, then it’s always a good idea to offer people the chance to opt in and out of certain activities. That way you can do everything the bride wants, without people feeling the pressure to have to join in with everything.
- Once you have a good idea of confirmed numbers then start to book everything.
- Ask everyone for their final balance to be paid for at least 6 weeks before the date.
- Once booked, then you can start to think about personalising the weekend for the bride to be. It’s always a nice touch to celebrate the bride’s last night of freedom in fancy dress.
- Alternatively you could make it completely about the bride by getting her face printed on a set of t-shirts or have t-shirts with lots of fun names on using our free t-shirt names list.
- Showcase the bride’s best, worst and downright embarrassing photos.
- Another fun way to start the hen party is to ask our Mr & Mrs Questions, which you can tease the bride with while having cocktails or afternoon tea.
- Purchase some hen party accessories and costumes. We’re talking ‘L’ plates, sashes, veils and novelty jewellery.
- However, if the bride prefers a low key affair, then sporting a simple badge or feather boa may be more her thing – sometimes less is more. A popular idea is that everyone in the group wears different colour tights or the same colour dresses.
- If you have not booked a hotel, it’s the perfect time to go all out and get the super long limo or humble mini-bus.
- If you need transport, try to get it booked in advance. If you’re relying on taxis, you might want to pre-book and go for the larger cabs.
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