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Need to Read: How to Plan the Perfect Hen Party

There's nothing quite like the excitement of planning a hen party for your best friend. As a bridesmaid, it's your duty to make sure the bride-to-be has the time of her life before she says...

There's nothing quite like the excitement of planning a hen party for your best friend. As a bridesmaid, it's your duty to make sure the bride-to-be has the time of her life before she says "I do." But let's face it, organizing a hen party can be overwhelming, especially if you've never done it before. That's why we're here to provide you with the ultimate guide to planning the perfect hen party.

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Getting Started

1. When, oh, when?

First things first, decide on a date with the bride. It's best to plan the hen party 4-6 weeks in advance of the wedding. This gives the guests enough time to be comfortable financially and allows the bride to have some recovery time before the big day.

2. Give Plenty of Notice

Once you have a confirmed guest list, send out a "Save the Date" as early as possible. This will ensure that everyone can make the necessary arrangements and avoid any conflicts with other hens or weddings.

3. Bride Knows Best

Find out if the bride wants to be involved in the planning process. While some brides like to have a say in the details, others prefer to leave it all up to their best pals. However, it's always a good idea to ask the bride about her preferences and what she loved or hated about other hens. After all, you want to plan a party that will make her happy.

4. Know Your Audience

When planning a hen party, keep in mind that you'll have guests of different ages and backgrounds. Make sure to choose activities that will suit the entire group. It's important to consider everyone's comfort and ensure that no one feels left out.

5. Channel your inner Monica from Friends

As much as it's tempting to have a jam-packed schedule, it's essential to be realistic about the activities and timing. Give your guests enough time to rest and be prepared for each event. Remember, a more relaxed day is often the most enjoyable one.

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Sorting out the Sponds

6. Keep an Eye on Costs

Whether you're planning a local day of activities or a weekend getaway, it's crucial to consider the budget. Not everyone has unlimited funds, especially when they're attending multiple weddings. Keep costs in mind and ensure that your plans are affordable for everyone.

7. Offer Flexibility

Remember that not all guests will have the same circumstances. Some might have budget constraints or other commitments. Offer alternative options outside of the main plan to accommodate different needs. This way, everyone can join in the celebration without feeling left out.

8. Sort the Trains, Buses, and Taxis...

If you're heading away for the hen party, make sure to arrange transportation for all the guests. Whether it's taxis or minibuses, having a plan in place will ensure that everyone can travel together and reduce the risk of anyone getting lost along the way.

9. Build in some Contingency

It's always a good idea to have a little extra money set aside for unexpected expenses. Add a small cushion to everyone's costs, around €10, and let them know it's for any unforeseen extras. If it's not needed, you can always use the extra cash to treat everyone to a round of drinks.

10. Be Transparent

When you finalize the plan, be sure to email the guest list with a breakdown of costs. While it's nice to have some surprises, people want to know what they're paying for, especially if it's a significant amount. Transparency will ensure that everyone is on the same page.

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Hen's Honour - Be Prepared

11. Build Email Excitement but Don't Overdo it!

Email communication is essential for keeping everyone informed and excited about the upcoming hen party. However, make sure not to overwhelm the guests with an excessive number of emails. Strike a balance between keeping them in the loop and preventing their inboxes from overflowing.

12. Swimsuits or Sparkly Dresses?

A few weeks before the party, send out an email detailing what the guests need to bring. If there are outdoor activities planned, remind them to pack appropriate clothing and accessories. While you want to keep some surprises for the actual day, it's important for everyone to be prepared.

13. A Bit of Bridal Bonding

To create a memorable keepsake, ask the guests to send you a photograph of themselves with the bride-to-be. These photos can be used to create a memory book that tells the story of their friendship. It's a heartwarming gesture that will bring the group closer together.

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More To Come...

We hope these tips will help you plan a truly unforgettable hen party. This is just the first part of our two-part blog series. Next week, we'll share the Good Bridesmaid's Guide to Hosting the Hen Party, where we'll cover all the essential tasks you'll need to take care of on the night itself.

And remember, once all the planning is done, it's time to enjoy a well-deserved celebration with your fellow bridesmaids. If you're still looking for the perfect hen party ideas, be sure to check out our suggestions. From countryside trips to afternoon tea parties and vintage-themed fun, there's something for everyone.

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