She’s your best friend in the world and you’re responsible for planning her last big celebration as a single lady. No pressure, right?Photo by Sara Kelly
Planning a hen party can be insanely stressful – especially when you want everything to be absolutely perfect for your friend’s huge send-off. Take a deep breath and calm down, however. If you’re organized and take things one step at a time, you’ll get through this and put together a hen do that everyone will be talking about for years to come.
- Pick the Perfect Location
First of all, you need to start thinking about where you’d like to have your hen party. This will involve coming up with a list of locations that are A: big enough to accommodate you and all of your friends and B: are happy for you to throw a weekend party there.
While this may sound problematic, sites like partyhouses.co.uk cater to groups who are planning large parties. From a beautiful barn set to accommodate 12 guests to a regal manor that’s ready for 48, you’ll be able to find the ideal hen do setting in no time.
- Talk with the Bride…Indirectly
As you start making your list of hen party weekend cottages and planning out a budget, make sure to talk to the bride. This party is for her, after all, so you want to make sure what you’re planning aligns with what she’d like. You don’t have to have a direct conversation that reveals your plans and spoils the surprise, but you should be able to get a general idea of the kinds of things she would like for her hen party.
- Plan the Dates
This can be tricky, but you’ve got to plan the hen party weekend when most of the people who are closest to the bride can attend. Do the best you can and remember that even if some guests can’t be there for the entire weekend, they may be able to drop in for either the Saturday or Sunday portion of the celebration. Whatever you do, resist the urge to hold the hen do right before the wedding itself; this is a recipe for disaster.
- Get Your Budget in Line
Either through talking with the bride or contacting each bridesmaid directly, you need to be able to get an idea of where the bridesmaids stand in terms of budget. This will better help you choose your location, as well as fill out all the exciting extras set to happen as the weekend progresses.
- Be Open to Ideas
Anyone who is invited to be a bridesmaid has been included because they’re a close friend or family member of the bride, so get in touch with them for ideas. They may think of things you hadn’t considered that will make the weekend one that’s full of unexpected surprises. Maybe tell them some of the things you’re already planning and see if they have ideas for details to accentuate those plans.
- Make Sure Everyone’s in the Loop
From the very beginning, create an email list, a text list, or (even better) a private Facebook group to ensure that everyone is receiving updates on important announcements, questions, and reservations that have been made. This will enable everyone to ask questions, talk amongst themselves, as well as have a single source to seek out if they need to find dates, access codes, confirmations, and so forth.
- Have Fun!
While you want to be highly organized, don’t let yourself get stressed out and overwhelmed as you plan your friend’s hen party. The name of the game is fun, and it’s sure to be an amazing party if you were having fun while you were planning it. Let loose, kick back, and let your imagination run wild!