5 Must-Know Tips for Planning a Hen Party
Updated: Nov 18
Planning a hen party can be stressful, as there are so many things to consider. There's a lot to think about from choosing the perfect destination to arranging accommodation and activities. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be as nerve-wracking as it sounds. If you’re considering organising a hen party for the bride, or perhaps you are the bride? Take some inspiration from our events team and read on for our top tips for planning a hen party:
Make a budget and stick to it
One of the first things to do when planning a hen party is to make a budget. This way, you’ll know exactly how much you need to spend, and you’ll be able to stick to your budget as closely as possible. Discuss this with the bridesmaids and get a consensus on what people are comfortable with. You may need to adjust your plans a little if your budget is particularly small, but every hen party should be a memorable occasion, so it’s important to have enough money to make it special for your friends.
Decide where you want to go
Whether you want to go to an exotic location abroad or stay in the UK, plenty of options are available. It’s worth considering what kind of hen party you want to have before making a decision. If you want to go abroad, you may need to organise things like flights and visas a little earlier than you would if you were planning a hen party in the UK. It’s worth checking that you have enough time to organise everything and ensure that your friends have enough time to book time off. There are plenty of options if you’re planning a hen party in the UK. You can opt for a city break, a country break or a beach break, or you can do a bit of everything at Neverland!
Book accommodation and activities early
Once you’ve decided where you want to go, you’ll need to book your accommodation and activities. It’s important to book accommodation early, as some places get booked up months in advance due to their popularity. If you’re planning a hen party in the UK, booking a venue can be a bit easier, but you still need to ensure that you don’t leave it too late. We would recommend about six weeks (minimum) in advance.
Send out invitations as soon as you can
It’s worth inviting people as soon as possible. This way, you won’t forget and have plenty of time to create a plan B if anyone can’t make it. It’s best to send invitations by email or start a WhatsApp group as it’s easier to track who’s responded and it means that people can let you know they can’t make it without speaking to anyone.
Don't forget the safety element
Whether you’re planning a hen party in the UK or abroad, it’s crucial to remember the safety element. Going abroad? You mustn’t leave yourself open to risk. Make sure you have the right travel insurance and don’t forget to let your bank know where you’re going so they can flag fraudulent transactions.
If you’re planning a hen party in the UK, staying safe is still important. Even if you’re staying in a city, you don’t want to put yourself at risk by going out too drunk, so make sure that you look after your friends and don’t let them put themselves at risk, and vice versa. Most bars in London train their staff to ensure they all know about "Ask for Angela".
Don't forget the packages
Many venues have special hen-party packages. If you book a package, ensure you have all the important details, such as what you get on the day and what you need to bring (like a cake or decorations). Hen parties are a great time for you and your friends to relax and enjoy yourselves, so make sure that you have everything you need booked, so you don’t have to worry about anything. If you are going away and staying in a hotel, make sure you book a group booking to get the best rate possible.
Booking accommodation, activities, and entertainment at least a few months in advance will help you get the best deals and ensure you have everything you need. If you are booking hotels or accommodation near the venue of any activities, make sure you have a reliable taxi number. It’s also a good idea to set aside a kitty of spending money so you don't have to keep a tab of who has spent what. Ideally, the package will include everything you need. Having everything arranged early for the hen party is key so that you and your friends can relax and have a good time. xx