So your best friend is getting married, and you’ve been entrusted with planning the hen party. It doesn’t matter how creative and award-winning your ideas are. If you don’t know the basics of hen party planning, you will find yourself tripping at every turn.
Whether you are planning for a weekend getaway or a day out, there are logistics to consider and budgets to negotiate. Follow these do’s and don’ts to make the process a lot easier so you can have more fun and less stress.
DO CHECK WITH THE HEN
All your hard labour will go to waste if the soon-to-be-bride does not like the party you threw for her. Talk directly or learn from sources what the hen wants before you start planning and executing.
DON’T LEAVE OUT SURPRISES
We might have told you to check with the hen but don’t forget to throw in a bunch of surprises. Unless your soon-bride-to-be is a total control-freak, she wouldn’t like it if she knows everything you have in store for her. Add some pretty decorations or get everyone to wear a themed dress and of course, surprise her with her own outfit to make it more enjoyable.
DO ASK FOR ASSISTANCE
Planning a Hen party can be time-consuming and stressful. You can’t get everything done by yourself. Ask for help from your fellow bridesmaids or even from someone who is not included in the party guest list like a parent. Delegate tasks among the bridesmaids to ease the load for you.
DON’T LEAVE BOOKING UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE
If you know anything about hen parties, you know they’re expensive especially if it involves weekend getaways. If you’re planning on staying away for 3-4 days or more, you better get booking! When you book months or even a year in advance, you’ll get cheaper deals.
DO SET A BUDGET
The big elephant in the room, the least exciting part of the hen party planning! Usually, you can make a good guess on how much people are willing to pay by looking at the guest list. Create a WhatsApp group and send the overall cost so everyone can share their feedback.
DON’T FORGET THE LOGISTICS
A lot of people overlook the logistics because they give too much attention to the big fun stuff. Take care of crucial things like restaurant reservations, transport, shopping for drinks/grocery, and anything that you need to pack.
DO HAVE FUN ACTIVITIES PLANNED OUT
Hen party games are a must. It will break the ice and get everyone in the party mood. Some popular games are gin tasting, Dare Cards, Kiss the Stud, or even an escape room for some team bonding. Order some game props to make it more entertaining.
DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN
As Maid of Honour, you’re going to be busy until the wedding day. Things can get stressful for you. But remember, the whole idea behind having a hen party is not just for your soon-bride-to-be to have fun but for all of you to let your hair loose and relax. Make sure you enjoy yourself while planning the party.