Tips for planning a hens party

Rumour has it that a very special lady in your life is about to get married. So, while you’re daydreaming of the magical wedding she’s about to have, it’s probably a good time to get your butt into gear and start thinking about planning her awesome hens party!

These days, the options are endless – but making sure you get it right is of utmost importance. That’s where we’re here to help. So, read on.

Tip # 1: Plan something the bride-to-be would want

First and foremost, the number one question you must ask yourself is – what would the bride-to-be want? After all, the event is and should be all about her.

What type of personality does she have? What things does she enjoy doing? Does she like the limelight or is she a little more reserved? Would she love being decked up in a tacky flashing penis necklace or would she prefer something a little more classy?

Either way, you should suss her out – ask her point blank what she’d like to do. If she says, “you choose”, at the very least, try to gauge what she liked / didn’t like from other hens parties she’s attended in the past. If you still don’t get a response, our advice is to play it safe. You can do no wrong then.

Tip # 2: Set the date for an appropriate time

We recommend that you have a chat to the bride-to-be about this one. If it’s a local wedding, the bride-to-be might prefer to hold the event several weeks before the wedding so that she can relax and have fun as opposed to being a frantic crazy person. If it’s a destination wedding, it’ll most likely be a day or two before the big day, once everyone has arrived.

Once the date has been set, grab the guest list and contact details from the bride-to-be and get those save the dates / invites out pronto.

Tip # 3: Choose activities that will suit everyone

Now that you know the guest list, you need to carefully consider what to do. If dear Aunt Lizzy, mothers, grandmothers or children are in attendance, it might not be the best occasion to have a ‘policeman’ stripper knocking on the door to do his thing.

An option, which is pretty popular these days, is to host more than one activity. For example, you could have a kitchen tea during the afternoon with everyone, and then a more select audience (bride-to-be and her besties) for dinner and drinks that night.

The main thing to remember here is to keep the bride-to-be in mind and steer clear of any awkwardness. Unless of course you know that everyone would be completely up for it!

Tip # 4: Keep the cost in mind

This is usually the toughest logistical nightmare of the hens party – but it doesn’t have to be. To tackle this issue, our advice is this:

  • Plan the event early
  • Be transparent with costs and communicate them within the invite
  • Think about hosting more than one activity if the main activity is a little on the pricey side. That way guests can choose if they come to one, all or none of the planned activities based on their financial situation / availability – but this way, at least you have tried to accommodate everyone.
Tip # 5: Don’t go overboard

Like many things in life, the KISS (keep it simple, stupid) principle also applies to hens parties. When planning the event, don’t go overboard! It often seems like you could add in an extra activity, game, etc. to fill in the time, but once everyone starts chatting, the time will fly by.

Be flexible with your plans, go with the flow and just incase everyone is socially inept (unlikely but hey, everything’s possible), have a backup incase you need something to break the ice and get the party started.

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Image: Brit + Co

Tip # 6: Buy the accessories / decorations early

Chances are, this will be the last thing on your mind, and you’ll be one of those people that are frantically trying to get your hands on something suitable in time for the party. Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered! Jump onto our online store and add your favourite products to your shopping cart. You’ll get them in no time. Problem sorted. The bride-to-be will love you for it! 🙂

Feature image: Katie Parra

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