For many brides, the hen do is just as memorable as the wedding itself. If you’ve ever seen the movie Bridesmaids starring Kirsten Wig, you will be fully aware of what can go wrong during a hen do! Even if you don’t take inspiration from the movie, you can tune in to give yourself a good laugh as you plan your best friend’s special day. But how do you make sure the hen do is just how you all imagined it would be when you were growing up? Let’s find out.
Check-in with the bride
Although we all love a good surprise, it’s important to get the bride on board with your plans. If you don’t get the bride’s consent and start planning something that she doesn’t appreciate, you will have your work cut out from the start. So, keep the bride in the loop and update her as the plans develop – you can always include an exciting surprise, but don’t leave the entire trip up to chance.
It’s impossible to plan a hen do overnight as there’s so much to think about. So, the sooner you get your pen, paper, and planner out, the easier it will be in the long run. Also, if you’re planning a hen do during peak seasons, remember that venues, flights, and hotels fill up quickly, so get in early to avoid disappointment.
Stick to the budget
Once you’ve put together a budget for the hen do, try and stick to it. Not everyone can afford to splash out, so try and consider everyone when you’re putting the plans in motion. If you’re struggling to find somewhere abroad that fits the bill, you can always look a little closer to home and still have a great time.
Get your game on
One of the best things about the hen do is the games that you can play throughout. You can set your gaming intentions at pre-drinks then you all get together for the first time. If you’re together for a few days, think of some games that go the distance. It’s a great way to break the ice and keep everyone on top form throughout the trip.
Plan the playlist
For the ultimate hen party, you need a classic playlist. Include legendary tunes from your childhood and songs you can all resonate with. Make sure your chosen tunes are upbeat and maintain the party mood. There will be time for slow tracks at the wedding!
Even if they’re not all appropriate for the Gram, don’t forget to take lots of snaps throughout the trip. Chat to all the girls about it beforehand and set up a WhatsApp group to share the photos. The hen do snaps will create lifetime memories and allow you to look back on the wonderful trip with fondness!
Add some personal touches
When you’re looking online for inspiration for your best friend’s hen do, it can be tempting to take ideas from those that have gone before you. While it’s okay to pinch an idea or two, the more personal you make the trip, the better it will be. So, wherever possible, add personal touches to the celebrations, and the bride-to-be will be ecstatic with your efforts.
Nail your outfit
Last but not least, make sure you have the perfect dresses for the hen do. Whether it’s a little black dress for a cocktail party or a bodycon that is bursting in colour for Sunday brunch, choosing the right outfit for the hen do will ensure you have the best time.
You’re now all set to plan your best friend’s pre-wedding celebrations. Whether you’re jetting off to Europe or celebrating closer to home, these top tips will help you arrange a hen do that you will remember for all the right reasons.