10 Dos and don’ts for an amazing hen party

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Are you that notorious maid-of-honour who is supposed to plan the most thrilling and fabulous hen do for your favourite girl? A hen’s party should be memorable, and the best night of the bride-to-be’s single life. I can feel your nerves! But, don’t worry, these easy suggestions will help you make sure the Hen Do is wild and a night to remember…


It’s all about the bride-to-be, the ‘Mother Hen’ of the group. As the maid-of-honour, you need to make sure that your girl feels special in her last party as a single woman. Make the party all about her by not giving much importance to any other person of the group. All the elements of the hen night should be designed to entertain the bride-to-be.


If you are organising it alone, make sure you don’t forget to invite any of her close friends because celebrating the hen do with all her girlfriends is at the top of her priority list. Ask her other friends if you’ve missed anyone off the invitation list, as you might not already know all of her friends. Consider colleagues, school pals and even family members.


A photographer at such a party is both a pro and a con, but it sure is inclined towards the former. A hen’s party is the last few moments of the bride-to-be’s single life, so she would love to have all her fun moments with her buddies captured beautifully. Either find out whether there’s an amateur photographer within the group of girls who can take on the task, or you can hire a professional photographer to do a photoshoot activity as part of the event. 


Make sure that you take care of all the booze-related arrangements because it is the only ingredient that will make the party crazier, and open up all the girlfriends to your entertainment options. Your hen do needs to be insanely entertaining, so make sure it happens right. You could book some butlers in the buff to serve up drinks and add to the wildness of the party. Organise all the other activities as per the desires of the bride-to-be: does she like crafting? Going to musicals? Baking? Make the activities memorable, crazy and fun for all!


One of the primary reasons that a hen do goes wrong is the fact that no one stays sober to the end! Make sure one of the group is responsible enough to take everyone home safely from the party venue, once they have had the time of their lives. Going too crazy can be trouble and a good ending is a must!


Plan the gifts with your girlfriends and make sure that the bride-to-be is surprised at the hen do with showers of beautiful gifts and moments of ultimate joy. It will make her feel loved unconditionally. You could gather together plenty of photos from all the invitees in advance and make your favourite girl an amazing, personalised hen do scrapbook.


Planning something grand without taking into consideration the number of people that needs to invited can cost you a fortune. Don’t forget to count the invitees before planning an amazing hen do and finalise everything as per the purses of your girlfriends.


A hen do is not a ‘party for all’. Don’t invite people that your favourite girl does not want at her special party.  Avoid inviting the two mothers as well, so that your hen can enjoy the wildest moments of her single life without any worries. If you’re not sure, you can always run the guest list by the bride before you send out the invitations.


Don’t allow anyone to go all out while having the best night of their lives because an alcohol binge will only end the night negatively. It should be a night of wild memories, not a night of terrible moments. Take care of everything that the bride-to-be does on her last night of freedom to prevent her from doing something that might embarrass her when she’s sober! Cork up the bottle if the party seems to be getting out of control and start to wind down the evening. Getting a bite to eat from a takeaway is a good idea at this point!


Avoid doing anything that the bride will not be comfortable with. Even though it’s the ‘last night of freedom’ for your girl, you all need to keep in mind that her wedding day is very near, and doing something that is unforgettable – or dangerous! – is the worst idea ever. By the way, butlers in the buff are a common entertainment option but make sure you don’t let anyone get a little too friendly with them to spare everyone’s blushes!

A hen do needs to be a little naughty, a little sweet, a little crazy and a lot entertaining! So get planning! Let me know your tips for hosting a memorable hen party in the comments below.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to ‘get the look for less’ so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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