If I say the words ‘hen party’ to you, what image comes to mind?
I’m guessing it’s a large group of ladies in screen printed t-shirts, sporting ‘L’ plates and plastic tiaras.
Groups of this kind can be spotted in every city centre on a Saturday night, and even as far afield as Prague, Barcelona or Ibiza, and they usually look like they’re having a lot of fun!
The hen party is a rite of passage for every bride, and many love the opportunity to go out partying with a big group of friends. For others, however, the thought of the traditional hen party is horrifying!
If the matching t-shirt and ‘L’ plates aren’t quite your style, don’t worry. Lots of brides are opting to go down a different route, and there are so many alternatives on offer.
Here’s some inspiration:
1. A Spa Day
A spa day is the perfect option if you’re looking for an intimate, chilled celebration with a few key ladies. If you’re trying to keep costs down, look out for spa deals online. This could be a much more affordable option than you think!
2. Champagne Afternoon Tea
What could be better than cake, champagne and an excuse to get all dressed up? Champagne afternoon teas are all the rage at the moment, and many hotels and tearooms offer luxurious events with pink champagne and a delicious range of sandwiches and cakes.
3. Cultural City Break
This may be a bit of a budget buster, but a city break with friends can be great fun. It doesn’t all need to be about the booze, either. Why not plan a schedule of top restaurants, museums and shopping? If you’re more suited to the country life, you could choose a relaxing countryside retreat instead.
4. Crafting Party
A group of friends, a bottle of wine, and a crafty challenge can be the makings of a fab evening. There is a growing group of companies who are helping to organise crafting parties like these, and you can even get your friends making favours or decorations to use at the wedding!
5. Cocktail Class
Learning a new skill is great fun, and what better to learn than cocktail mixology? Many cocktail bars run special classes for big groups, and most packages include a drink or two. ‘L’ plates and plastic tiaras are optional!
Hen parties are about celebrating all that was great about life before marriage. How you choose to do the celebrating is up to you! With so many great options available, there’s really no excuse for not doing something fabulous. Gather your bridesmaids together and plan a hen party that perfectly suits you.
What do you think? Did you do something different for your hen party? Let us know in the comments!