Red7 Blogs , April 5, 2016
A bride’s hen do is meant to be one of the most memorable and special days of her life, obviously aside from the wedding. But there are many things that can go wrong. So here’s our list of top 10 dos and don’ts to remind everyone involved how to create a magical time for not only the bride but the entire hen party!
The bride might already have her dream hen destination chosen, but if things aren’t planned well in advance then there’s chance that you’ll miss out and be disappointed, especially when booking accommodation. If it’s partying that you’re after, make sure your entire group is on the guest list and check that they let in hen parties. It’s also a good idea to check dress codes. When booking food reservations make sure the venue can cater for the size of the party; restaurants will often have stipulations for large groups, so make sure you know all of these in advance to avoid any disappointing surprises!
The mother in law probably doesn’t want to go for a night out at a Naughty Cabaret show, in the same sense that the bride most likely isn’t going to want to go knitting. Keep it varied and take into consideration everyone in the group, that way everyone enjoys the day or weekend, and usually if the guests are happy so is the bride!
There is nothing worse than a guest feeling awkward or left behind because they can’t afford an activity. It’s much more fun to enjoy the day together as a whole group and in the future you can all reminisce together. And it’s another reason to book early – leaving things to the last minute often means less choice and higher price tags.
There will probably be headaches so pack some painkillers, Berocca and for those who really can’t hold their alcohol and are still being sick, stomach settlers are a must. Who knows how bad those hangovers are going to be!
Ultimately it’s about giving her what she wants and keeping her happy. No one wants bridezilla on their hands and you get to be the princess when it’s your turn.
For example, the groom’s ex. That’s definitely a no-no. When it comes to the mother-in-law, it’s probably a good idea to check that one with the bride. After all, not everyone gets on with the in-laws. Bad invite choices will create a negative atmosphere for the entire party and ultimately have everyone wishing they weren’t there. Similarly, you may not know all of the party so try to mingle and don’t stick with your bestie the whole day.
Everyone will be needing some recovery time from the hen shenanigans, especially the bride. The weekend before is 100% a no-go, especially as the bride will probably want a weekend to chill before the madness begins.
Think hen survival kits, outfits or themes; all of which Pinterest will be happy to help you with if you’re lacking in the inspiration stakes. Remember, it doesn’t have to be the usual phallic fancy dress. This is your chance to think outside the box. Maybe the bride wants a pink theme, or maybe she doesn’t want any of that. This will all be dependent on the personality of the group, so keep that in mind.
It’s not funny and nobody will be thanking you in the morning. Snap shots throughout the day are a lovely momentum for the bride. Half naked selfies at 4am as you’re falling drunkenly through a door way is just embarrassing for any self-respecting bride. Leave that behaviour to the single bridesmaid praying that the best men or groomsmen are going to be hot and similarly single.
If you’re up front from the beginning about costs and book things early, people can set aside money each month for the event. If you tell them on arrival that the hotel still hasn’t been paid in full, hens are likely to be frustrated, annoyed and if living nearby they may even opt to go home. Be honest from the start in order to keep from costings becoming an issue and you can all enjoy a hassle-free hen.