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!
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.
Who needs to be there?
If you’re doing the hen party as a series of events with slightly different guest lists, this is especially important to get sorted early on. Make sure everyone the bride wants to spend the evening with gets their invitation in plenty of time and confirms they’ll be coming along.
What’s the budget going to be?
Usually all the guests will be contributing to the hen night, so it’s important to consider everyone, but basically this is another decision that should be under the bride’s control. An expensive event with all the trimmings could be a little overkill, but it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to really celebrate, so consider making it a little luxurious if everyone can stretch to it.
What will everyone wear?
Whether you’re going all-out in terms of tacky accessories, or keeping it relatively classy, make sure everyone gets the memo. Most importantly, the bride needs to be the one making the decision, as she might be a lot more comfortable with one approach or the other.