Hen Party No Nos
HEN PARTY NO NOs
Being responsible for a hen party is a hell of a task! Trying to coordinate a bunch of women is like herding cats...you wouldn’t dream of bringing together all of your friends, family and colleagues on any other weekend as they’re so different, but now you’re going to throw them all together and hope for the best. God help you....So here’s our top tips on how to make the perfect weekend for everyone without losing your friends, family or job.
The Groom's Ex-Girlfriend and The Boss...
This one seems simple enough but some people just don't get it. If you want to ensure the party is a success, then don't do it. That's all. Simple.
There’s no reason why you shouldn’t invite your boss. However only if you're close and your boss doesn't already look for reasons to not like you. Do not sit the boss next to that one person who knows the most embarrassing stories about you. Similarly do not get stuck into the shots while your boss is still around. This is your party and you should be able to let your hair down without talking shop or worrying about what you said...
Not So Fancy Dress
Fancy dress isn’t for everyone, done well it can be brilliant and a great way to create togetherness. Done badly everyone can end up feeling awkward and uncomfortable all night. Choose any fancy dress idea wisely.
Come Now, Pay Later
Money is always a downer when it comes to splitting the bill. Some people are pregnant and did't drink, others had salads while some had oysters and steak. This can make for such an awkward situation, especially if one person is left chasing everyone else for money. Book your hen weekend with a hen weekend provider that allows everyone to pay separately, the company and not your chief bridesmaid will then act as debt collector if anyone still hasn’t coughed up.
“Who charged 3 bottles of vodka and a two-hour telephone call to London from their hotel room?!?”
It’s My Party!
Yes it is. You should certainly have the weekend you want and not be forced to do everything to suit everyone else. But equally remember these are your guests and to create a truly brilliant atmosphere it’s best to pick activities that everyone can really throw themselves into.
Make it Rain
Not everyone has such big purses or pockets and not everyone has as much free cash to make it rain. Set your budget to suit everyone as no one wants to dread the weekend for fear they have to sell a kidney to pay for it when they get home.
Be My Guest
Wedding guest lists are a minefield often littered with people you feel duty bound to invite. But your hen party is different and should purely be a collection of the people you want to be there. Don’t bow down to pressure, this is your big weekend so include those like-minded few who will help make it a weekend to remember.
Set The Tone
You don’t want any nasty surprises so make sure you have set clear ground rules with whoever is in charge of planning the hen do. If you don’t want to be forced into drinking shots, doing extreme/life threatening sports, or face a fake fireman whipping out his hose, etc then be clear beforehand.
“…. and I definitely DO want a stripper. In fact get two just in case.”
Most of all have fun. It’s a party you’ll get to share with all your nearest and dearest friends and family so dance like no one is watching, sing like no one is listening and hope that nobody uploads it to Facebook.