Hen do(s) and don’ts
When you hear the words ‘hen’ and ‘party’ which images come to mind? Drinking bubbly in a stately home? Tearing through the streets with ‘L’ plates on, or enjoying a rejuvenating massage with your nearest and dearest?
Whichever it is you must not forget the big ‘P’ and no, that ‘P’ doesn’t stand for Prosecco! Planning, ladies! Boring yes, but just like with the wedding, if you’re not super organised then your hen do may fall apart before it’s even begun.
Clarity is key
Make confusion less likely by giving your hens lots of notice and make sure there are clear payment instructions as well as a deadline. Taking a deposit is essential. In the initial email you do not want to overload your hens but include all the important info: the date, the rough cost and the deposit required by a set date to secure attendance.
Share the load
Feeling super stressed with the wedding planning? Ask your chief bridesmaid to help you out and check she’s happy to do so. If you want to have some of the input that’s fine but make sure you both know where you stand. After all, two heads are better than one…
Get a spreadsheet on the go
Spreadsheets may sound dull but they are a perfect way of tracking who is coming and when they’ve paid. If you are booking through an agency make sure they have a payment facility as this means you don’t have to worry about the money; they will take care of that for you and will chase up any stragglers.
Don’t take it personally
Do not be offended if someone doesn’t want to come. Hen dos aren’t everyone’s cup of tea – especially if you’re thinking of hiking up the O2 or drinking for Britain! They can be expensive and this can be a major factor for some people. Try and get it in perspective. Is one weekend of your life worth falling out over?
Do your research
If you’re booking a big self-catering house or hotel make sure you know definite numbers beforehand. Making sure you know the T’s and C’s and the cancellation policy like the back of your hand. You do not want to be left footing the bill of a £3000 house! If you’re having a theme then make sure you are going somewhere that allows fancy dress.
Stick to your budget
Have a budget and stick to it. Hen dos (like weddings) can start to snowball quite quickly. If your budget is around £100 then be ruthless and stick to it. Remember – the higher the cost, the lower the potential numbers.
It’s the little things that count
If you’re a guest on a hen do then little touches will make the bride-to-be feel really special. These don’t have to break the bank but photo books, funny poems or little mementos of the hen do will all make the bride-to-be smile.
After Planning like a pro, pour yourself a large Prosecco and have fun!