Hen do, or Hen party is a classy name for a typical bachelorette party. What would one expect in a hen party? Close your windows, shut your doors before you read about the crazy activities going on in a hen do; shots, strippers, wild dances and even some sexual confessions from the bride-to-be herself.
You have the basics in your hands; now you know how to fill the details. There are steps you need to consider if you want to give the perfect send-off before your friend or sister becomes a Mrs.
TALK TO THE BRIDE
Her availability and preferences will matter a lot; in fact, the party will be based on that alone. Talk to the bride about the best dates, whether she want strippers or not, whether drinks are permissible or if she prefers a sober party. She may love the idea of a party located abroad, or a daring skydiving activity. Whatever it is, take notes on her interests and fears.
MAKE A LIST OF GUESTS
Again you will need the bride’s nod on the guest list. You will have an idea of the headcount and the important people she wants to invite. Give plenty of time for notice to make sure the guests are available on that day/night.
SET YOUR BUDGET
Budget is vital here. It is going to determine the location, number of guests, type of activities and the extra fun you are planning. On an average, a hen party expense runs between £150pp to £200pp mark.
CHOOSE A THEME
Choices of activities and accommodation can really depend on the theme if that is what you decide. Themes may not be your style but bear in mind that they make events more memorable than the usual parties.
CREATE A PLATFORM OF COMMUNICATION
Since you cannot text or mail everyone on the guest list individually to save the date, creating group chats or group page in Facebook is practical. Announce the dates and indicate the budget, and leave for them to decide if they will attend or not.
FINALISE ON THE LOCATION
With the final decision on the location, start researching on the accommodation. While hotels are convenient, the options for self-service or self-catering can bring more intimacy to the party.
PLAN ON THE ACTIVITIES
Whatever you gathered from the bride has now given you ample ideas for the kinds of activities. While planning, keep the bride as well as the guests in mind. The possible limitations on any guests may affect your activities.
CONFIRM THE GUEST LIST AND START BOOKING
Some guests may eliminate themselves from the invitation list after you have decided on the date. Start booking after you have finalised on the headcount, on account of their confirmed assurance to come.
ASSEMBLE THE MONEY
Let all the hens know the share of budget they owe. Use your credit card for booking in case of late payments from anyone.
SEND INFORMATION TO ALL HENS
A week before the party, send an overview of the date, time, location and contact details for emergencies.
You have practically taken care of every detail, and now it is up to you to improvise on the recreation. Have fun with the bride-to-be and all the other hens. You deserve it.