Organising The Ultimate Hen Party: Checklist
Here is a step by step guide on how to plan a hen party.
Whether you are planning your own hen party or organising it on behalf of your best girlfriend, here is the ultimate checklist for an unforgettable bridal shower.
12 Months Before
☑ Preparation is key, so start planning as early as possible to give yourself plenty of time. It also gives everyone a chance to save up for the big weekend.
☑ Ask the bride what she wants from the event- what’s her perfect hen party? Try to find out who she’d like to do and where she’d like to go, as well as activities she DOES NOT like.
☑ If the whole event is going to be a surprise for the hen, make sure you inform everyone in advance to keep schtum and book the dates off with her boss at work!
☑ Location, location. Search for potential locations, activities and package deals via our site to get a general price estimate. Be realistic in your budget, as there may be guests attending who have children or other financial commitments.
☑ After you have decided on what you’re doing, find a date that is suitable for the bride-to-be’s friends and family. You won’t be able to please everyone, so go with the majority vote.
☑ Put down a deposit! Don’t worry about having to collect money from everyone straight away. HenParties.com let you book your hen party package from as little as £20. It may be worthwhile creating a budget planner to keep track of all the outgoings including accommodation, travel, fancy dress etc.
☑ Who are you inviting? Create a guest list of attendees and send out invites. You just need to find out a rough idea of how many people are going in order to obtain estimates.
☑ Set up a group email or Facebook group to keep everyone attending informed of the latest updates. Here you can send information on the accommodation, activities planned as well as ask for ideas/get feedback from the whole group.
2 Months Before
☑ Start to collect money from all those attending. If you have booked with us, we have an online booking database system that allows each member of the hen party to pay individual payments. This can save a lot of time and stress and no cash even has to exchange hands!
☑ Get confirmation of all the details of what you have booked with the tour operator as well as the hen party.
☑ Create an itinerary for the weekend’s plan of action. An organised hen party that has some ‘free time’ will be much more efficient and fun but try not to plan in too much as not everyone goes according to plan. Guests will want to know who needs to be where and when, what they need to bring and they’ll want to know what they’ll be doing.
☑ Everyone loves a bit of fancy dress. Be creative in your theme but bare in mind those attending will come from all walks of life and have different body shapes, sizes, and ages.
☑ Get special t-shirts made for the travel down together with your nicknames and date of the hen party- http://www.stagandhentshirts.com.
☑ What fun games do you have planned for the hen? You can find various types of hen kits that feature dares and silly games to play whilst you’re getting ready for the night’s antics including sashes, garter, veil and badges.
1-2 Days Before
☑ Get packing
☑ If the bride is being surprised on where you’re going and what you’re doing, you may want to give her some clues to help her pack and to encourage her to look forward to her hen party/put her mind at ease.
☑ Charge your phone and camera battery.
☑ Why not buy a special keepsake such as guest album to put pictures of the event in afterwards and get everyone to write a little message in it wishing the bride-to-be lots of luck and happiness!
☑ After you have recovered from an EPIC hen do, don’t forget to email/message the guests to thank them for coming.
☑ Now relax and chill out and look forward to doing it all again at the wedding!