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Who to Invite to your Hen Party


You may have seen the recent viral internet story about Julie, a bride-to-be from Newcastle who accidentally made a Facebook event for her hen party completely public – and ended up with over 16,000 strangers inviting themselves! 

While it can be a real struggle to host a hen party that includes everyone, you probably don’t want every Tom, Dick and Harry turning up! Here are a few tips to help make sure you have the best time possible with all your favourite people, whilst keeping your guest-list under control.

Best of Both Worlds


If you’re torn between a girls night out with a few too many cocktails or a quiet day in the spa with your future mother in law, it might be best to double up and have two hen do's!

By having two hen parties, you can enjoy one with a wider group of extended friends and family, and another smaller celebration with your nearest and dearest. This can also be a great option if you want to hold your hen party further afield.

Why not have a larger hen party with all your favourite people and then a special trip away with your best buds? Splitting your hen party in two is a great way to make sure nobody is left out while suiting all your hens’ needs!

Universal Appeal

If splitting your hen party isn’t an option, you could look into hosting a hen party that will suit all of your hens, from your great gran to your best mate!

The hen party directory has a whole host of ideas that are suitable for everyone, from spa days and glamping to nightclubs or cocktail making classes!

Including everyone in your hen party can also be a great way to introduce all your friends, family, acquaintances and soon to be in-laws so they’ll be already be familiar on your wedding day!

Narrow it Down

If you feel your guest-list is getting a little out of hand, it might be helpful to simply get everyone who comes to mind down on paper or tablet. Create columns for those who are a definite ‘yes’ or ‘maybe’ and narrow down your list from there.

Be sure to go with your gut and remember that, at the end of the day, you want to have the best time possible! Inviting someone you’re not very close to or who doesn’t know anyone else at your hen party could possibly create an awkward atmosphere!

Be Tactful

While it might be best not to invite someone you don’t know very well or someone who could cause friction, it’s also important to be sensitive and tactful in sending out your invites to your hen party.

While you may not happen to be ‘besties' with your soon to be sister-in-law, she may be expecting an invite. This could be the case for many of your possible invitees, so it’s vital to keep in mind other’s expectations and be careful not to offend. If push comes to shove, it’s best to explain that you want to keep your hen party circle small to avoid any upsets!

Honesty is the Best Policy


If you’re really struggling with cutting people from the list or telling your great aunt Vera that she can’t come along to your hen weekend in Ibiza, remember that honesty is always the best policy.

Trying to hide your hen party from people who didn’t make the cut will never work out, and they’ll most definitely understand if you can only host one celebration, which perhaps wouldn’t be their scene (sorry, aunty Vera!).

Most importantly, make sure you enjoy your special night or day surrounded by all the people you most want to share it with, spending it exactly how you want to. As long as you’re having the best time with the best people, everything else will fall into place...and remember not to make the Facebook event public!
Una McHugh

Una loves spending her time keeping up to date with social media, pop culture and the latest trends!

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