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How To Pull Off The Perfect Hen Party


So you’re a first time bridesmaid? As well as helping with wedding planning, dress shopping, beautifying, relaxing and being a shoulder to cry on, you have another huge responsibility. The hen party!

This is your opportunity to take control and show your bestie a good time before the big day. The bride to be will have lots to organise already, so if the maids can take care of the hen party, it’s one less thing to do. It’s worth asking the bride how much involvement she would like to have with the hen party, and if there is anything she wouldn’t like to do.

We’ve pulled together a few top tips for new maids to help make the hen party planning process super simple.

Who’s on the list?

The guest list is super important, and one of the only parts of the hen party that the bride really needs to be involved in. You don’t want to invite the wrong people – or worse, forget someone important! Some people (me), love spreadsheets to organise, others like pen and paper lists. Whatever you choose, you should be able to share the guestlist with other maids and the bride using cloud servers like the Google Drive. You can all update and add information to help manage the guestlist. Facebook events with closed invite lists can also be a great place to share information.

Where will we go?

Try and choose hen party activities or locations that suit the bride, and the majority of the guests. It can be helpful to plan in some ‘free time’ for shopping or just a sit down, especially if you’re planning lots of activities. Great options like chocolate making workshops by Chocodelicious or cookery lessons by Orchard Acre Farm will suit groups with a big age range. If you’re going for dinner, some restaurants will have private dining rooms for hire, often with no extra charge. Set menus can help keep track of the costs, and depending on the size of your group, could be easier for the restaurant.

Another fun idea is being a tourist in your own town. We’re all guilty of overlooking the gems are on our own doorsteps, so maybe you could do an open top bus tour. If it’s good enough for Kim Catrall, it’s good enough for us!

Where will we stay?

Stylish hen party accomodation at The Morgan, Dublin

Lots of hen parties fly away for a few days in the sun, but that can be expensive. If you’re staying close to home, you could jump on the train for a day away. Start the day with a Champagne breakfast and you don’t need to worry about designated drivers!

For a taste of culture, you could take a trip to Dublin to see a show, then stay in one of the modern stylish hotels like The Morgan or The Beacon, or if you fancy something more laidback, you could go to a festival for the weekend. Latitude, Sea Sessions or Slane combine a great party with a few nights away from home. If the festival thing isn’t for you, you could still try glamping with Tea Pot Lane Glamping or Galway Glamping, or hire a whole house? Check out our accommodation section for great ideas!

What else do I need to know?

The most important thing about planning a hen party is to be organised – give the other hens all the information they need well in advance, especially if you’re going away for more than a night. Factor in enough time to chill out and get dressed or showered, and remember that it will take longer than you expect.

Keep an eye on the budget and bear in mind that each hen will have a different amount to spend. If you’re covering the costs as an ‘all inclusive’ package, it’s important to make sure this is fully paid in advance, and consider adding a £10 buffer for each hen. This will cover any extra costs, like last minute bottles of fizz. Factor in some flexible options for mums, pregnant hens or people on a tighter budget. Don’t forget that you’ll need to get a group of girls from one location to another, so if possible organise taxis or buses in advance (and add the cost to the overall budget).

Keep things as relaxed as possible, and don’t make more work for the bride to be!

Image Credit: The Morgan
Lorraine Anthony

Lorraine Anthony is a marketing and event management guru by day! She loves nothing more than getting crafty and is partial to tea and cake! She is currently planning her dream wedding!

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