Being tasked with throwing a hen party can seem daunting, especially if organisation isn’t your middle name. But all you have to do is break it down into manageable steps and keep your bride in mind at all times. Here are our top tips on throwing a hen party to remember.
Agree on a date
The earlier the better as the best places and activities often book up quick. Pick a date that isn’t too far away from the wedding and one which will allow the other hen party members enough time to plan for it. Avoid the day or weekend before the wedding, as the bride probably doesn’t envisage her wedding day look as hung-over-chic. Plus, she’ll likely have other things on her mind.
Alert the guests
The bride will usually supply you with a list of people she’d like to invite and hopefully she’ll pass on their email addresses or mobile numbers too. You need to then contact the guests and send them a ‘save the date’. Do this ASAP to minimise any diary conflicts.
Pick a venue
When picking a venue make sure you bear in mind the type of hen do the bride would enjoy. You might have your eyes on Las Vegas, but if the hen is craftier with scrapbooking than around a poker table, chances are it’s not for her.
You might know us at Lower Barns for our cosy, intimate weddings – but did you know we’re also pretty fond of hen dos, too? It’s a slice of hen heaven here! Our sumptuous rooms boast vibrant furnishings and luxurious bathrooms. Soak up the sun in our secluded gardens thanks to our south-facing position. It’s the perfect place to spend some quality time with your favourite people.
Pick your activities
As well as your hen’s preferences, think about the overall group dynamics too. Do you think great granny hen would relish a day of stand up paddle-boarding (hey – she very well might)? You can either suit the activities to everybody or adopt a ‘pick ‘n’ choose’ approach.
Whether you’re after a chilled-out break punctuated with champagne and pampering or an action-packed weekend in the countryside, we’ve got it all right here. We have all sorts of options for activities at Lower Barns. From vintage tea parties to foraging walks and jewellery-making to bunting workshops, we can arrange all manner of activities for the bride-to-be and the gang.
Keep everyone updated
Once you’ve worked out the costs for everything, send an email to your guest list letting them know what the money is being spent on. For example, you might have sections for travel, accommodation, activities, food etc. Once everything is planned and paid for, it’s just a case of keeping everyone in the loop. Don’t forget to let the bride know where she needs to be, too!
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