Hen Party Planning

We explain how to plan a hen party in a simple step by step method taking away the hassle and saving you a lot of time. As a hen party planner, we know a thing or two about planning hen weekends. You’ll find tips and advice on deciding where to go, who to invite, budget planning and all those little extras that make it memorable. 

Hen Party Fancy Dress Do's and Don'ts

Hen Party Fancy Dress Do's and Don'ts

Is your group choosing to have a fancy dress hen party to make it that little bit more exciting and fun? If so, there are definitely a few dos and don’ts you need to consider before hitting the town...

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 to plan my hen do” then pass us all the hard bits, but if you’re all up for organising a hen do for your best friends then peruse some simple tips and tricks. Whether you're after low key hen party ideas or something completely crazy, we can help you plan it all.

Things to Remember When Planning a Hen Do

What Date?

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 hen night

Where Do Want To Go?

Are you wanting to stay in the UK or would a sunny beach trip be best? Once you've figured out who's going you can decide what your destination is! We have a list of the best hen do destinations to give you some inspiration.

Which Activities!

Activities are the most important aspect of weekend. Finding the perfect hen party activity can make or break your weekend!

Don’t Forget Evening Enter­ta­inment

Book a nice restaurant, organise a bar or two with spirits and private booths. Maybe a comedy club or a nightclub to finish the night.  Either way, make sure you book something in advance.

Do You Need Accom­moda­tion?

If you are travelling some distance, then it might be cheaper to stay in some accom­moda­tion.­  Most UK hen parties stay over for 1-2 nights, but when travelling to Europe the stay is 2-3 nights.

Plan to Stay 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?

The chief bridesmaid traditi­onally organises the celeb­ra­tions. However more bride to be's are taking it upon themselves to arrange it.

However, as the bride-to-be will be focused on planning and organising the details of the wedding, we still think her best friend should organise it.

How Far In Advance Should You Plan the Hen Do?


Ideally 6-9 months.­ This will give you the best amount of options, availability and give friends the chance to book it off work.

We would also recommend leaving about 5-6 weeks between the hen weekend and the wedding so everyone can recover.


Need more help?

We are an ABTA travel member offering over 1000's of hen do activities across the best hen do locations in Europe & the UK.  Speak to our party planners for free advice.