Embracing a theme for your hen night or stag do seems to be an integral part of the planning process and the trends are ever evolving, from head boppers and stag antlers to opting for full-on fancy dress.
A dozen or more girls dressed up as policewomen/angels/nurses tottering around from one bar to the next is a common sight in most town centres on a Saturday night. Any casual observer would immediately think Hen Party.
Going with the fancy dress approach gives the group an immediate bond and identity. It's often the case that not all those party goers know each other very well and so it plays a vital role as ice-breaker - let's face it how funny to compare outfits, accessories etc, this soon gets everyone talking, laughing, joking and in the party spirit. You'll be instantly recognisable and will find each other in a busy bar or club no problem.
It need not prove expensive either. Not everyone has to go to the extent of using a costly fancy dress hire shop, sometimes the best ideas are the simplest. Homemade sashes or decorated t-shirts shouldn't break the bank.
Sophie enjoyed a Freedom hen night in Nottingham and wanted some sort of theme to give her group of 20 identity, she said "I was conscious already that my friends were forking out for the weekend away, so didn't want to add to the cost by imposing an expensive fancy dress rule, Freedom supplied us with a few inexpensive hen party t-shirts and we looked brilliant."
Popular hen party fancy dress choices:
Naughty Devils and St Trinians
Popular stag party fancy dress choices:
Cavemen and the Mankini
Stag night themes have become very popular and there's nothing better than seeing people's faces as 20 Elvis' walk into the pub AND you'll get a lot of attention from the ladies.
If you don't opt for full costume, accessories can work well and you can whip them off if a Bouncer is being awkward and has lost his sense of humour - very common!
Fancy dress can be compared to marmite, love it or hate it - you decide.