Do you want dinner and dancing, girls-only, to ogle some men, beauty treatments, a luxurious lunch or all-night rave? The key is to find somewhere that the bride and her fellow-hens will feel comfortable, can afford, can get to easily or that has convenient places to stay nearby. Look for all-inclusive deals from bars and restaurants to keep costs down and group leadership to a minimum! These places often have on-tap entertainment ranging from dancing, cabaret, strippers, drag shows, karaoke, cover bands and impersonators.
Other good places to try are comedy clubs, Greek restaurants for plate smashing and belly dancing, activity centres for go-karting, bowling, health and beauty spas and even bingo. Or you could totally regress to childhood by opting for a day of mad, exhilarating, adrenaline rides at Alton Towers, Margate, Blackpool, Chessington or even Disneyland Paris!
Sometimes you just cant beat a girlie night or day in washing your hair and looking gorgeous. Instead of hitting the town, invite girlfriends to either a day spa for luxury treatments and a few hours of pure bliss in the sauna, Jacuzzi and treatment rooms or to a nominated house instead. Put together your own home manicure and pedicure kits, make facial scrubs and masks from kitchen cupboard ingredients and tuck into your favourite finger food and drinks.
You could ask everyone to bring a dish or have a colour-theme such as a pink hen night with rose wine or pink champagne, prawns, pink cookies, pasta with a cream and tomato pink sauce and put the original Pink Ladies from Grease on the television. Whatever you do, its a good idea to invest in a couple of boxes of Kleenex and put on the best wedding-related videos. Our favourites include:
- Father Of The Bride
- My Best Friends Wedding
- Muriels Wedding
or other girl-power favourites like:
- Dirty Dancing
- Girls Just Want To Have Fun
- Thelma and Louise
Travel in Style
Equipped with a TV, stereo, bar, lots of seats and a dash of trashy chic, hiring a stretch limo is a great idea for a hen night. Decide whether you want to use it to drive you straight to your venue or indulge a little and use a couple of hours driving around as your cocktail or pre-dinner drinks time. For parties of six or more, it can work out cheaper than catching a taxi or train and visiting a few bars. Expect to pay between £35 and £100 for an hour. Some companies offer a free bottle of bubbly (or you can stock up on the way), flowers for the bride and even a little red carpet.
Party buses are becoming more and more popular as they take you on a night of adventure visiting various pubs and bars with on-board entertainment, decorations and lubrication. Expect to pay around £35-50 a head for all food, drink, entry to clubs and the bus travel itself.
Unlike American brides who have a bridal shower where they receive gifts from their girlfriends, it is not customary to receive gifts on a hen night. However, this is a good opportunity to collect small presents like a garter, or sentimental items like a favourite picture of you with the bride, a tape of the music you listened to as teenagers or even joke items from a sex shop. Great forumite suggestions for a marriage survival kit include:
- Various types of willies (chocolate, pasta, ice shapes, rubber)
- Sexy underwear
- A book of love poems
- Miniature bottle of her favourite drink
- Hangover tablets
- Wooden spoon
- Box of condoms
- Edible underwear
- Pen and paper
- Lip balm
- Chocolate kisses
- Hen night teddy bear
- Hen night party pack