HEN PARTY RULES
ASSEMBLE YOUR SQUAD AND GET SET FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE CENTURY…
1 ORGANISE IT YOURSELF (IF YOU WANT TO!)
If you have a clear idea of what you want or you just love organising stuff,
don’t be afraid to DIY. The upside of this is that you won’t get any nasty surprises – like a weekend camping in Newquay when you dreamt of a luxe hotel and spa. The downside is that you might not get any surprises, which could leave you a tad disappointed. For a happy medium, tell your maids exactly what you’d love to do, then place your trust in them to get the job done.
2 DON’T GET CAUGHT UP IN THE NUMBERS GAME
Awesome hen dos need a big crowd, right? Well, maybe. But don’t forget, the
more people you invite, the more people there are to manage and your venue choices will be more restricted. Table for 33, anyone? Don’t worry if your guest list is small – it’ll give your hen do a lovely, intimate feel.
3 THROW YOURSELF INTO IT
When all eyes are on you, it’s easy to let your nerves take over. And if you don’t know what’s on the agenda, you could waste your whole evening worrying about something that’s not even going to happen! Allow yourself to let go – who cares if you don’t look your best in every single photo? Save those for the wedding…
4 INVITE THE RIGHT PEOPLE
If you’re hoping for a wild weekend,
The Hangover-style, you need the right crowd to get that party vibe happening. Throw in a few extroverts to liven things up a bit, and leave the oldies at home – sorry mum. You can always have a more ‘sophisticated’ do with family members later.
5 DRAW THE LINE
Whether it’s naked antics or swimming in open water, some hen do activities are more likely to give you a panic attack than treasured memories. With ten of your besties shouting words of encouragement, it can be hard to say no, but if you’re really not comfortable doing it then don’t be afraid to speak up!
7 HAVE A STEN
Yes, it’s a thing! If you and your husband-to-be have the same friendship group (or if the whole hen/stag thing just fills you with anxiety), save everyone the cost of two dos and combine them into one awesome weekend.
8 TAKE THE STRESS OUT OF PAYMENTS
Tackling the money issue is one of our least favourite things about hen parties. If people pull out, the costs go up for everyone or when someone doesn’t pay on time, you’re left
6 DON’T TRY AND PACK TOO MUCH IN!
You only get one hen do, so it’s totally normal to want to squeeze as much fun as possible out of it. However, scheduling an ’80s dance lesson followed by wine tasting, sushi bar and a disco boat is going to be pretty costly, and exhausting! Keep it chilled – if everyone has some downtime they’ll enjoy it so much more. stumping up their share. Choose a super organised friend to deal with it and take deposits early on to ensure numbers, or use an online money pot service (lifesaver!).
9 PLAN AHEAD
Nothing can dampen those hen-do vibes like close friends not being able to make it. From April onwards, people’s diaries start filling up with holidays, christenings and weddings, so give as much notice as possible to ensure no one in your squad misses out. Create a Facebook group and send a save the date around six months before, then sort out the finer details later.
10 DON’T OVERTHINK IT
Worrying about your diet going out the window or the possibility of a three-day hangover will kill the fun, so tell that little voice in your head to ‘do one’! Now go party…
”WHAT DO YOU MEAN, I CAN’T DO V-FEST, A SPA BREAK AND A WILD NIGHT OUT?”