Your Step-by-Step Guide to Planning a Brilliant Hen Party


If you are responsible for planning a hen party for the first time, then you know all too well that you are facing a real challenge. Where do you begin? From deciding on the guest list to deciding on the activities and location, you have a lot of tasks on your hands. But planning the best hen party need not be impossible if you know what to do and how to do it. What you simply need is a guide so you can be sure that you are going in the right direction and planning the perfect and most memorable hen party at the same time. Here is your step-by-step guide to planning a brilliant hen party.

  1. Choose the guests and the nights

First off, speak to the bride about the guest list; she may want to include some friends you have never met and various family members as well. Once you have a good idea of the number of guests, decide how many days (and nights) you want for the hen party; don’t forget to ask the bride for her preference, of course!

  1. Set the budget

When you have the details of the guest list and whether it’s going to be a hen day, night, or weekend, set the budget. Most overnight hen parties can go for about £150 per person, but this will also depend on the location and activities. If you want to get a discount, you can plan a hen party at special hen houses (there are lots of choices at, and you may even get bigger discounts for a two-night stay or big groups.

  1. Decide on the theme

Every brilliant hen party should have a particular theme, so it’s time to decide. Ask the bride if she has any particular ideas about a theme; there are lots of popular themes for hen parties nowadays, from a Great Gatsby theme to a bohemian, flower power theme to vintage hen parties and more.

  1. Select the location

As already mentioned, you can set a hen party at a special hen house just for the occasion, but you have to decide where everyone will feel most comfortable. Should you stay in your local area, or travel a bit further to places like Brighton? Check with everyone regarding their needs and preference as well, as some may find it hard to go overseas or travel to a place that’s too far.

  1. Think of the food

The food also matters, so make sure you plan this right as well. When planning your hen party, make sure you factor in snacks or lunch once you arrive, and factor in dinner. Check with everyone regarding specific requirements or food allergies so you can choose the food and book the appropriate restaurant.

  1. Mind the extras!

Now it’s time to mind the extras. And by extras, we mean the party favours, entertainment, games, and so on. Some of the best favours and extras include hen sashes, party bags, hampers, badges, balloons, tattoos, and scrapbooks. Don’t forget the games, either – this could really pick up the pace and make the event a memorable one. When it comes to entertainment, you can choose from a visit to a nightclub or a drag cabaret, a strip show, afternoon tea, a spa day, and more.

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