Hen Party Handbook
Extensive Hen Do Planning Guide
How to Plan a Hen Weekend...
Dream Big, Plan it Right
Making a plan without the right tools is like making spaghetti without a pot
Hen Party Planning Ideas
From the get-go, we know first-hand that beginning your hen party planning journey can be pretty daunting – but have no fear! To help you get off to a flying start, there’s a few things to consider before you dive into all things pink sashes and Ibiza cocktails.
With the arrival of gracious hen party organisers like ourselves, you have free roam to do as little or as much hen do planning as you like. If you’re in the mindset of “I dread hen do planning” then pass us all the hard bits, but if you’re all up to plan a hen party for your best friend then peruse some simple tips and tricks.
Planning is usually a lot more work than you think. From deciding what hen activities you want to include to organising which hotel - we take our hats off to the organisers! Whether you're after low key hen party ideas or something completely crazy, we can help you plan it all.
Things to Remember When Hen Party Planning for 2021:
When Are You Celebrating?
It is important to consider exactly when you are celebrating the hen party. Think about if some of the brides friends are teachers for example.
What’s Your Approx. Group Size?
It is important that you quickly put together an approx. group size so that you have an idea on exactly what you can do during the night.
What’s Your Destination?
Are you wanting to stay in the UK or go Abroad? Once you've figured out who's going you can decide what your destination is! We have a list of the best hen locations in the UK to give you some inspiration.
What About Activities!
Activities are the most important aspect of your hen planning. Finding the perfect hen party activity can make or break your weekend!
Don’t Forget Evening Entertainment
As well as activities it is important that you keep everyone busy into the evening. Whether that's with a meal or a show the choice is yours.
Do You Need Accommodation?
Depending on whether you are planning a whole weekend or just a day, accommodation is always a good idea!
5 Travel Advice Tips on Staying Safe
Whenever you’re travelling around the UK or jetting off for a hen weekend abroad, your national / international travel safety should always come first. We care as much as you do, and with years of experience we’ve learned a few essentials to make sure you can enjoy the hen do without worry. Find out how to stay safe on the hen party here.
1. Emergency Numbers
Especially important if you’re going abroad, knowing or keeping note of the emergency numbers that are for your country is really important in case you find yourself in a pickle.
2. Financial Protection
If you’re already in the midst of hen do planning, you already know that hen party packages can get pretty pricy.
With this in mind, make sure your money is protected in case anything goes wrong.
For example, all our packages, UK and abroad are fully protected by ABTA – and we highly suggest you don’t book without the ABTA bonded guarantee!
3. Stick Together!
The old saying ‘safety in numbers’ rings especially true if you’re a group of girls just trying to enjoy yourself. Us girls need to stick together, so make sure everyone gets to and from safely.
4. Passport Control
You’d be shocked by the amount of people who carry their passport with them around their chosen hen do destination or use it as ID on the last night of freedom. Keep your passport locked away!
5. Keep Up to Date
Before you jet off abroad, make sure you know the latest on your location from sites like travel aware. It’s nice to be clued up so you can focus on enjoying yourself.
Who Should Organise the Hen Do?
Having some fantastic ideas for the celebrations is one thing... but who's going to put in the legwork and do the organising? This is an age-old question that doesn't have a straightforward answer...
As the bride-to-be, most of your spare time on the lead up to the big day will be focused on planning and organising the details of the wedding, from the flower arrangements to the cake. So why not take some pressure off your own shoulders and hand over the role of hen planner to one of your best girls? A common choice among brides-to-be is to hand over the responsibility to the maid of honour.
Even if you like to be in control and make sure that each and every detail is spot on, it might be a good idea to allow somebody else to do the hen do planning so that you can focus on having a good time and other important things related to the wedding!
How Far In Advance Should You Plan A Hen Do?
This is a big question that you may be asking yourself, and we don't blame you! You may have set the date for the wedding quite a while ago, but when should you kick off the celebrations?
To make sure that each person has enough money to cover the cost of both the hen party and the wedding day itself, we recommend leaving at least 5 to 6 weeks before the wedding. This way, everybody has time to recover before the big day and give you as the bride-to-be more time to sort out the last minute details for the big ceremony!
A Step by Step Guide
Whether you are after help with arranging hen party games, finding funny Mr and Mrs questions or just need help with the overall planning. We’ve got you covered. There are so many different ways that you can make sure the weekend is personalised to your bride-to-be.
Especially with all of these free pages that we are waiting for you to explore! From classy hen party themes to wedding competitions to enter and everything in between. Use this page as the ultimate place to go for ideas, tips and inspiration for everything related.