Hen Do Top 10 Tips

For the Bride and Bridesmaids; when planning the hen party it’s never too soon to be directing your thoughts and energies to the key hen party areas outlined below.

Your first move should be to approach the VIP and find out what they want from this party. Hen parties have gone ahead with the bride kept completely in the dark as to the hen night ideas and events and have gone screamingly well. However, in many cases, this has not been the case.

The Bride and key Bridesmaids should decide what form the celebrations are to take and come up with some fun hen night ideas, e.g. cocktail making, life drawing, party night, luxury hotel etc. Think about: timescale, activities, food, accommodation and alcohol.

Traditionally, this has always been the weekend prior to the wedding. With hen parties, this is particularly lovely if the activities include some form of pampering it's the perfect prelude to the big day.

Get the key personnel committed to one date as soon as possible.

Only the bride can help you with this one. However, to help you in your task you need to know key factors such as:

  • The must haves… the family… the possibles and the OMG no ways

  • how many

  • where they live

  • who knows who

  • special requirements, i.e. vegetarian, teetotaller

  • Always remember that you’ll have a variety of budgets to cater for. It is all too easy to get over-enthusiastic only to find that the bride's closest friend can’t afford to join you. We have a fantastic tool called MyFreedom. You can invite guests online, manage your activities, download your tickets BUT best of all everyone can pay individually online… pure bliss.

    A hasty word of warning, this area may very well cause you the biggest headache.

    Allow yourself extra time when deliberating location. Also bear in mind that very often the bride wishes to be away from home territory making your task harder due to unfamiliarity. With us you could have your party in one of 29 UK locations, or opt for Abroad with our 17 choices of destination.

    The cries of "BUNGEE" ring out loud and clear but the volunteers are not forthcoming. The options are now so extensive from pot-holing to pot-making. You have to do the research. You have determined the location, now find out what is available - remember the budget. Take a Freedom personality questionnaire and we can recommend some winning activities.

    We do all the hard work for you with our MyFreedom function. Everyone needs to know all the essentials: date, location, activities and accommodation option. Remember to tell guests that they can pick and choose which elements of the party they want to participate in.

    Whatever plans you have made, deposits will be required from the guests. This also helps to cut down the knock-on effect of the inevitable "non-attendees". We all know the girl - she's keen, wants to join in everything, all ready to party... then the night before her in-growing toenail causes her too much pain.

    Confirm all bookings, i.e. for accommodation, activities, transport, evening entertainment, food and send required deposits. If you decide to book with Freedom then we only need your best guess on numbers and a £50 deposit to secure the whole event.

    Outline where they need to be, at what time, what to pack, an idea of what to wear, and how much they still owe. Again all this is taken care of for you, each guest can login and download the ticket itinerary and maps.

    Remember any maps and any special little requirements, i.e. those "naughty" little gifts for the bride.

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