Organising a hen party is tricky business and many newly
appointed, especially first-time, bridesmaids find themselves panicking at the
mere idea of planning a hen party. Follow these top ten hen party tips from
start to finish of hen party planning and you will panic no more.

Tip 1: Speak to the
Early on in the planning stages have a conversation with the
bride-to-be about the hen party. Discuss things such as length of hen do,
budget, type of hen party (relaxing versus active), guest list and any ‘must
haves’ or ‘must not’s’.

Tip 2: Save the Date Plan
a suitable date with the bride-to-be and communicate the hen party date to the
guests well in advance of the actual hen do to give maximum notice. Remember to
consider the date of the wedding when planning the hen party and hold it
sufficiently in advance of the wedding.

Tip 3: Research A
great way to start the research is to have a think about theme ideas, such as a
vintage theme or an outdoor theme. Deciding on a theme can really help narrow
down the options when it comes to hen party activities. Once you have found the
activity, research into the other parts of the hen do such as restaurants for
dinner, night life for evening entertainment, accommodation, a venue for your
activity and catering options.

Tip 4: Communicate Send
an initial communication to the guests setting out basic details (including
potential location, dates and a rough idea of cost) and ask for commitment from
guests. Continually communicate important and relevant information, but do not
inundate the guests with emails.

Tip 5: Budget It
is important to keep track of the budget to ensure all guests know what is
expected of them in terms of payment and to avoid any nasty surprises or
disgruntled guests at the hen party, so be clear and open in your
communications. Try to give guests a clear breakdown of costs.

Tip 6: Prepare an
Prepare a clear hen party itinerary that you can send to the
guests (in good time ahead of the hen do) setting out timings, location,
requirements and any other useful ‘need to knows’ of the hen party, such as
attire (evening wear, swimwear, hen party fancy dress requirements) and advance
preparation needed for any games you have planned.

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Tip 7: Down Time Hen
Dos are full of catching up, socialising, activities and games. They can be
quite exhausting, so if you are opting for a longer hen party, make sure you
build in a little bit of down time for the guests, making for happy, vibrant

Tip 8: Thank the
Whether by email or ‘Facebook’ group, as soon as you can after the hen
party, communicate a huge thank you to the guests for their participation, good
humour and all round fantastic contributions. This is a great way to move the
focus forward to the wedding and seal the bond of new friends in advance of the
big day.

Tip 9: Prepare a
Keep the hen party memories alive for the bride-to-be by preparing
a keepsake after the hen party, such as a photo album of the best snaps from
the event, together with a lovely handwritten piece of marital bliss advice
from each of her guests or a DVD of photos and/ or video clips of the hen party
put to music.

Tip 10: HAVE FUN The
most important and the easiest of all the tips. Enjoy the planning,
implementing and aftermath of the hen party. You deserve it!
This article was
written by Lynne Beasant, a Co-Founder and Director at
A Hen
, a one-stop DIY hen party
planning website, where you will find more hen party tips, ideas and