Are you planning a hen party? Whether you’re a bride organising your own do or a maid of honour trying to juggle everyone’s needs and requests, planning a really special send off for the bride-to-be is an important part of any wedding. And whether she’s a dance floor diva or a real tom boy at heart, there are plenty of options to ensure it’s a party to remember.
Here is our guide to some of the top hen party ideas:
Organising a wedding can be really stressful and time-consuming, so why not treat the bride-to-be with some pampering in a luxury spa? There are plenty of locations around the country, and you can choose between an affordable afternoon visit or a blow-out weekend of indulgence.
European City Break
Want to combine culture, fine dining and nightlife? Why not plan a weekend away in one of Europe’s cosmopolitan cities? Destinations like Budapest, Prague and Bucharest offer great value for money, while places like Paris, Berlin and Barcelona are brimming with places to see and be seen.
VIP Nightclub Trip
If you and your hens only have time for a one night celebration, make it count with a VIP nightclub visit. Get in touch with the hottest club in your local town or city and see what packages they can offer you – then enjoy feeling like a celebrity all night with queue jumps, table service and more.
Another great option for busy hens that can’t spare a whole weekend is afternoon tea at a posh restaurant or hotel. Have a look in your local area to see what’s on offer – packages normally offer delicious treats like cakes, sandwiches and pastries accompanied by sparkling wine in a delightful vintage setting.
Like the idea of the great outdoors but not too sure about getting back to basics? Why not go glamping? Like traditional camping only with luxury tents, real beds with warm duvets, hot showers and more, glamping is available at hundreds of locations around the UK.
Country House Party
For a really classy hen party, why not indulge your love of all things Downton Abbey and Jane Austen with a house party break in a country house? There are dozens of big houses around the country available on an exclusive hire basis, so you and your friends can play at being ladies of the manor for the weekend.
Canal Boat Break
Want something a little different? Hiring a canal boat and taking your friends on an adventure around England’s waterways is becoming an increasingly popular hen party choice. Spend your days relaxing on deck and learning to operate lochs, then moor up at a canal-side pub for an evening of fun.
For all the tomboy hens out there, a weekend of Bushcraft could be just the thing. Have a look online for the nearest course to you – typically a day involves getting together in the countryside and learning essential life skills including shelter building, survival skills and fire building.
Another great way to enjoy the great outdoors on your hen party is to organise a walking holiday. You can go with a tour group who will transport your luggage for you to different destinations, or hire a cosy cottage in a popular walking destination and plan your trips to suit.
For the ultimate party weekend, why not descend upon your favourite UK music festival with all of your hens in tow? Most events will offer a glamping or luxury camping option, so you can enjoy festival accommodation that’s fitting for a bride to be while you rock out to some of the world’s top bands.