Hen Party Planning and Ideas
Published on: 07/01/18
Are you tearing your hair out trying to plan a hen party?
Worrying about how to organise something fun and memorable for your best friend and all her nearest and dearest?
There’s so much you need to do -arrange activities, find somewhere to stay, and perhaps most importantly, make sure everyone has a good time. It goes without saying that you’re flattered to have been chosen as the Maid of Honour, but you’re also thinking of all the things on your to-do list and you don’t know where to start!
Well you can stop stressing, as the Hen Party Planning experts at Let’s Go Out are here to help. We’ve helped many Maids of Honour put together the perfect celebration for the soon-to-be blushing brides, and we can help you too.
Whether you just need some inspiration to get you going, or want to hand over all of the planning to us, we’ll take the pressure off so you can focus on the most important thing: making fantastic memories with your friends that you’ll treasure for years to come.
Why use Let’s Go Out for your Hen Party Planning and Activities
A quick Google search of ‘things to do on a hen party’ will give you a frankly overwhelming array of choices. But how can you be sure that the activities will be any good, that they will welcome hen parties, or that you won’t get overcharged?
Let’s Go Out is a national website that was built specifically to help people find things to do, and over the years we’ve built up an incredible resource of over 6000 activities all over the UK. We get to know the companies and venues that we work with, and make sure they are offering quality experiences so that everyone has a great time.
Because of our relationship with our venues and activity centres, we can negotiate the best prices for your hen do activity. We can also arrange awesome package deals to build a day out or a weekend to suit different personalities and budgets. After all, the reason the bride picked you as Maid of Honour is that you know her better than anyone, so we want to help you come up with a truly personalised event.
At Let’s Go Out we also understand that every hen party is different, and we can help you organise as much or as little as you want. If the burden of arranging transport, accommodation AND a hefty dose of fun lies heavily on your shoulders, you can hand all of that over to us. Or if you’re just looking for us to book the activities, we can do that too (and get you the best price)!
Traditional Hen Party Ideas
A lot of the traditional hen party activities tend to focus on pampering and relaxation, and there’s nothing wrong with that! Think spa days with massages and manicures, a civilized sit-down afternoon tea with gorgeous food in a country house, and of course glasses of champagne to accompany you wherever you go. If your bride is looking forward to this kind of hen party, you’ll be spoilt for choice for available venues in the UK. Another popular choice is some kind of tutored activity with an expert, such as a cocktail class or jewellery making session. These are all great ways of helping the group to bond and get to know each other before the wedding.
Novelty Hen Party Ideas
There’s nothing wrong with the traditional hen do activities, but to have a truly unforgettable time you need to think outside the box! Modern hen parties are opting for more adventurous activities, so why not try one of the following?
White Water Rafting is a surefire way of getting that adrenalin pumping! Luckily as we live on an island we’re surrounded by water, so plenty of opportunities for some watery adventures. Or if you’d rather keep your hair dry, how about a Zip Line course? There are specialist venues all over the country where you can fly down a zip wire and even race your friends down multi-wire descents over breathtaking scenery.
If you’re looking for something a little less physical, Escape Rooms are a hugely popular choice for hen parties. Every town in the UK now seems to have at least one Escape Room adventure ready and waiting, and there’s a mind-boggling range of themes to choose from. They all have one thing in common: the aim is to escape a locked room within 60 minutes by solving various clues and puzzles.
Hen Party Planning FAQs
What is a hen party?
If you’ve never been to a hen party before, you need to know what you’re getting yourself in for. It used to be that the stags had all the fun, which basically consisted of going to the nearest pub and getting drunk the night before the wedding (why did anyone ever think that was a good idea?)! Now stag parties have grown into a multi-million-pound industry, and hens want a piece of the action too. Destination parties in far-flung places, thousands of pounds spent over a single weekend, and adrenalin-fuelled activities; modern hen parties prove that anything boys can do, girls can do better!
But forget all the clichés, the sashes, and the penis-shaped straws. At Let’s Go Out we feel that a hen party should be suited to the individual. It’s not about blowing the budget or drinking yourself stupid. It all comes down to the personality of the hen and what they would enjoy; don’t forget, this party isn’t about what you want to do!
Where do you cover within the UK at Let's Go Out?
We work with companies all over the UK, so whether you’re looking for venues close to home or want to plan a fun weekend away, we’ve got you covered. We can also help you book transport and accommodation, which are two less things to worry about.
How much will it cost?
The cost of your hen do will vary depending on what you’re hoping to do and whether you’re staying away for a weekend or just out for the day. But don’t forget, it’s up to you to make sure the whole affair is affordable for everyone in the group, not just the ones with money to burn. This is when some knowledge about the people on the guest list comes in handy: are you all in the same boat financially or will someone struggle to do much more than a night out? If everyone’s ok with spending hundreds of pounds on a long weekend, great, but don’t start planning anything until you know roughly what everyone’s willing to spend.
Who should I invite to the hen?
Hen parties are usually a strange mix of school friends, family, and work colleagues, and it would be impossible for you to know who to invite without consulting the bride -to-be. The whole point of the party is to make sure that the bride has a good time, so best to leave the guest list up to them. But bear in mind how tricky it would be to keep track of a group of 30 ladies, or find suitable activities and accommodation, so keep an eye on numbers. The average number of people on a hen is 13, which seems a sensible number to us!
When should I start to plan the hen party?
The average length of time that couples are engaged before tying the knot is 20 months, which gives you plenty of time to organise the hen party.The first thing to do is confirm the date of the wedding! Then ask the bride when they’d like to hold the get-together and pick some dates for people in the group to check their availability. The key is not to give people too many options or you’ll be going back and forth for weeks! If you manage to find a date that everyone can attend, that’s great, but don’t be surprised if there’s a few people that are hard to please. Peak season for hen and stags is May – July, so bear that in mind when it comes to booking accommodation and activities. As with most events in life, it’s never too early to start planning.
What should I do next?
Get excited! You’re about to start planning a fantastic party for your best friend that she’ll remember for years to come. Being chosen to be someone’s Maid of Honour is hugely flattering – she’s trusting you to arrange a send-off to mark the end of her life as a single woman. But don’t feel like you have to plan the party to end all parties all by yourself! Make sure you ask for help when you need it.
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