6 Questions to Ask The Bride Before The Hen Party

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The central focus for any hen party has got to be the bride! Does this sound like we’re stating the obvious? Maybe you’ve not been to enough hen parties yet (and yes, maybe we’ve been to too many), but sometimes it’s not unheard of for the bridesmaids to get carried away and steal the spotlight a little.

The fact is, any really successful hen party should be entirely based around the lady herself and her personal preferences. Not positive what she would want? The only way to find out is to ask! Here are the six big questions you need to make sure you pop before you go ahead and organise a major pre-wedding event.

When does she want it?

The hen party is traditionally immediately before the wedding, but we all know that’s not necessarily a great idea if everyone’s going to be trashed. Even if your party doesn’t revolve around alcohol (how civilised!), you might need more time to enjoy it properly and relax. It’s all up to the bride herself.

How long should it last?

Similarly, the bride needs to be the one deciding whether this is going to be a long weekend or a short get-together. She might actually be quite limited in terms of times and dates depending on how much is left to do before the big day. Find out early on and plan accordingly.… Read the rest

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4 Alternative Stag Party Ideas

Not keen on the idea of a boring stag party down the local pub? Neither are we, especially when there are so many better options just a few clicks away. Some of the best ideas don’t even require that, although advance booking is a good idea for most of these trips. Here are just a few great ideas for an unforgettable stag party.

1) Escape to the sun

This can be much cheaper and simpler than you think at first. Just head off for two or three nights, get a highly-recommended cheap hotel (in almost any non-landlocked European country if it’s during summer) and enjoy! A bit of hot weather makes everything more fun and a cheap getaway can work for a small or even a large group.

2) Pub crawl with a twist

Want a bit of a switch-up on a more traditional UK stag party? Swap out your local bar crawl for a much more interesting one by travelling to somewhere in your region and choosing an interesting theme. We have an entire post dedicated to this on the way!… Read the rest

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Creative Hen Party Themes

A well-chosen theme can make a huge difference with a hen party, taking it from a standard night out to an unforgettable celebration. There are many options to choose from, some perhaps more original and creative than others, but a lot of the classics are still great options with good reason! Here are a few of our favourite ideas.

Flowers

A floral theme is completely classic and perfectly suited for pre-wedding celebrations. If you’re hosting the hen party, you can have a lot of fun decorating with colourful flowers, plus they can be incorporated into your outfits very easily. Creating your own flower crowns can even be a fun activity to do as part of the day’s events.

Nautical

Something a little more fun and suited for going out for a night on the town may be your own creative twist on a nautical theme. You can go for the more dressed-up sailor costume look, or be more casual with a blue colour scheme and a few accessories.

Glitter

A simple but really fun theme that can work with almost any kind of day or night out is a glitter theme! Get everyone to dress up and accessorise with glittery dresses, jewellery and anything else you can get hold of. This also makes getting ready part of the celebrations, plus it’s easy for everyone to join in – you can accessorise with glitter anywhere from your shoes to your hair!… Read the rest

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The 3 Ultimate Stag Party Destinations

If you’re supporting the happy couple by taking on the role of best man, one of your traditional duties is going to be organising the stag party. Of course there are all the basic essentials for your trip, from deciding on the ultimate guest list to getting your cheap holiday t shirts printed (a useful way of making sure everyone sticks together that also doubles as a lasting souvenir of the night!). Next on the list, though, is deciding where exactly you’re going to end up. If you want to leave the UK for your trip, here are some of the best destinations.

Prague – The Best Value Option

One of the best stag do locations in Europe without a doubt, Prague is perfect because it’s packed with activities, culture and vibrant nightlife, but it’s also one of the cheapest places to go out drinking. A beer will cost well under £1 so your budget can go an extremely long way. You can even head to the Prague Beer Museum – don’t worry, it’s actually just a pub with an amazing selection of pints on offer.… Read the rest

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Top 5 Hen Party Destinations

When planning a hen night that everyone in the bridal party is going to enjoy and remember (even if it is a bit of a blur), you’ll want to consider some ideas that are a cut above going to the local pub for a few bottles of wine. Booking a hen party away can be a great idea to make everything for exciting. The jet-setting Sex and the City style getaway might seem like a great idea, but it can be hard to narrow down all the choices available. Here are some of our favourite destinations for a hen party away from home.

1) Paris

It couldn’t be easier to get to, being less than an hour away by plane and only a little longer on the Eurostar. It’s also easy to find cheap accommodation that’s close to the centre of the cultural capital, or you could go for a higher end luxury hotel. It’s perfect whether you want to make use of the fashion outlets for shopping or a great night out at the many bars and restaurants on offer.… Read the rest

Hen Party Essentials

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If you’re in charge of organising a night out for the bride-to-be, there’s a lot to think about! Many people actually look forward to the hen night almost as much as the wedding itself, and if you’re the one tasked with organising the night you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed with options. Fortunately we have this definitive list of essential items that will see you through whatever the hen party turns into.

1) Costumes

It’s pretty much a given that a theme for your costumes will get everyone in the right mood, and give you a great excuse to spend time together getting ready and having fun before the night begins. Go as crazy as you’re comfortable with!

2) Accessories

As well as the classic L-plates, tiaras, sashes and veils for the bride, you need to make sure everyone is coordinated! Having matching hen t shirts, fancy dress costumes and facemasks are a must!.… Read the rest

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Unique Bar Crawl Ideas

One enduring classic when it comes to stag parties is the classic bar crawl. They’re always memorable (even if it’s for the wrong reasons) and if it all goes well you’ll wish you could repeat the experience – just be careful of doing it too many times. The same old route can get stale after a while and the parties blur into one. Maybe for your stag night, it’s worth getting a little more creative? Here are some theme ideas from across the UK to give you some inspiration.

Seven-legged bar crawl

An annual tradition among Nottingham University students, this bar crawl is a century-old tradition. A team of seven is required to play – one to get the drinks in at the bar, and the rest tied together by the legs into one long, sideways, increasingly inebriated conga line. Matching fancy dress costumes for the entire group are compulsory, and raising funds for charity in the process is encouraged. Ideal for a stag party!… Read the rest

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Top gift ideas for a stag night

Whether you’re organising a stag do, coming along for the ride or can’t actually make it in time for the party, it might be a good idea to come up with a stag night gift idea that’s original and sure to be appreciated. Luckily we have compiled this list of ideas based on the different categories of gifts you’ll probably come across in your search.

Ever noticed how the vast majority of guy-friendly gifts tend to focus around beer, or at least some form of alcohol? We’re not actually complaining or suggesting there isn’t a very good reason for this, but sometimes it can be exhausting looking through the same old stuff. If this is the ideal category for the stag in your case, however, there are some high class options to choose from online. Why not go for a personalised bottle of your friend’s favourite spirit, for example, with a professionally printed personalised label on a bottle of top quality vodka or gin?

You don’t have to actually buy drinks, but instead you might go for novelty gifts to do with drinking. If beer is more appropriate than spirits then personalised pint glasses are an excellent option, or even beer shot glasses which are available in a huge range of unique designs, from tiny pints to football boot shapes. You can find a broad range of creative presents based on drinking including beer-holding belts, drinking games, unique hip flasks and even novelty ice buckets in the shape of a traditional groom hat!… Read the rest

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Great hen night gift ideas

Whether you’re thinking of gifts for the bride-to-be that she can enjoy long after her wedding day, or novelty gifts that are more designed for the party itself, we have plenty of experience shopping around for the best hen party gift ideas. Here are some of our favourite options that are guaranteed to go down well at the hen party.

Personalised books of all kinds are normally a very good choice. If you want to get in early and give the future bride a useful gift to help out with her wedding plans, a great choice might be a personalised engagement notebook to help keep track of all the necessary arrangements. You can even buy personalised hen party guest books to record and keep messages from everyone who attends which will be a future treasured possession. After the night out you might want to put together a customised photo album documenting the party, too.… Read the rest

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6 Great Ideas For A Hen Party

Looking for a completely original idea for a hen party that’s a cut above crawling between local bars in a flashing headband and a wine-stained L-plate? We thought you might be, so we’ve compiled this list of six excellent, high class ideas that will add a modern twist to your fun before the big day.

1) Wedding Hat Making Class

This is really effective since you’re basically able to kill two birds with one stone! Cut out the hassle of buying a hat for the big day (on top of everything else the bride and the bridesmaids have to deal with) and make your own with the help of a designer hat making course, including celebratory drinks and snacks!

2) Themed Dance Class

Covering everything from Beyoncé’s music video choreography to routines from iconic musicals, there are studios around the UK offering excellent group dance classes that will give you the skills you need to show off as a group on the wedding dancefloor.

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The Origins of Hen (and Stag) Parties

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Hen and stag parties are extremely widespread in UK culture now, and it might seem strange if a couple were getting married and decided not to have either one to wish the bride and groom well on their respective last nights of freedom. However, nowadays these parties are often associated with getting drunk, partying hard and being as rebellious as possible. Does this sound like something that’s been going on for hundreds of years?

Well, surprisingly to most perhaps, the concept has actually been around for a very long time, and the names hen and stag have also been used to mean the bride-to-be and groom-to-be for almost as long. So where did these turns of phrase originate from?

In fact, although it may seem obscure now for the bride to be named after a female chicken, the word “hen” hasn’t referred to a particular species for very long. In fact, it would have been used a few hundred years ago in English to mean a female bird of any kind, or simply a female term for any person or animal. The same is true of the term “stag” which could previously have referred to male of any species and not just a deer.… Read the rest

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