Hen/Stag Do

Sorting hen and stag costs with Circle

Circle mobile app

When it comes to Wedding planning, it’s hard to know before you start the preparations just how much it’s going to cost everyone involved. From the in-laws and the bride and groom to that particularly devoted best friend/maid of honour. With Circle, it becomes easier to pay everyone back by requesting and sending money through their Groups feature and adding a note or gif to accompany it. This can help especially with hen and stag costs.

 

Organising the Hen and Stag nights out, can be very tricky, in fact - social payments app, Circle, has found that when it comes to hen and stag dos - a huge amount of organisers are left out of pocket following the celebrations.
 

A cocktail making hen party

Masterclasses are a great way to get your whole hen party engaged and breaks the ice for those that might not have met before. Plus, everybody loves a mighty, mixed drink! It's no secret that award-winning restaurant and bar group The New World Trading Company knows how to make a great cocktail.

With over 20 unique venues under the brands: The Oast House, The Botanist, The Smugglers Cove, The Trading House, The Club House and The Canal House and most recently The Florist. With venues across the country, there’s sure to be one close by and easy to get to for you and your hens.

Unusual hen night of chocolates or pizzas

Marco Pilloni

BRIDES looking for an unusual hen night and interesting activity to do with their bridesmaids and hens are invited to learn how to make chocolates or pizzas at a gastropub in Somerset this year (2018).

The White Hart in Weston In Gordano is offering brides the chance to book in for a masterclass on making truffles or an authentic Italian lunch in the pub’s garden tepee and open-air pizzeria. 

Alternative hen party ideas for crafty brides

Crafty hen party

SOMERSET brides-to-be can get crafty during a hen party with a difference at a shop in the county and learn the basics of chalk painting, so they can upcycle their own furniture at home.

The Emporium Somerset in Wellington says its chalk painting workshops are a great, crafty alternative for hen parties.

Cato Cooper, Co-owner of The Emporium Somerset on Mantle Street, which includes more than 50 different shops across three floors, selling thousands of home and gift items, said: “These days brides-to-be and their hens are looking for something a bit different to a night out on the town and we think our chalk painting workshops are a great idea for crafty brides and their bridesmaids, family and friends.

A Bridesmaid’s Guide to Hosting an Unforgettable Hen Party

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A hen party is a rite of passage for every bride-to-be - one last carefree and mischievous celebration with the girls before saying, ‘I do’! However, the humble hen do has come a long way since hot pink L plates, polyester veils and plastic tiaras. In fact, research shows that in the UK we now spend an astronomical £507 per hen party, as celebrations have become more extravagant than ever. 

Sound familiar?! Not to worry, with wedding season just around the corner, the experts at i heart Wines have created the ultimate DIY hen party guide to ensure you give the bride-to-be a night to remember – without breaking the bank!

A unique hen party of wine tasting and chocolate

Hen party Wine tasting Oxford Chet

Are you looking for that unique Hen party? Do you want to move away from the norm, a night out on the town, or day in a spa. Oxford Chelt Wine School offers you the chance of a unique day, filled with wine and chocolate or if your bride is gin a girl there's even a day just for that. Here we take a look at the different tasting lessons Oxford Chelt Wine has to offer for your hens.

 

Could This Be Prince Harry’s Stag night?

Stag Do

Like most, we woke up on the 27th of November to the news that Prince Harry will marry his girlfriend and Suits actress Meghan Markle. The couple have been dating for a year and a half and will tie the knot at Windsor Castle sometime next year. While many people’s first thought was wondering if we get a bank holiday and day off work to ‘celebrate’, The Stag Company decided to get in quick and throw in their hat to host Harry’s stag night. The Prince is renowned for his party antics and unsurprisingly the thought of a stag night for such a man has excited many. The Stag Company’s iteration is a weekend in both London and Prague with activities that are all related to the prince and royalty.

A truly indulgent hen party at The Verbena Spa

Feversham Arms

For bridal parties looking to relax, unwind and truly pamper themselves before the big day, The Verbena spa offers luxurious spa experiences with delicious lunches, fizz and bespoke treatments that ticks all the beauty boxes. The Feversham Arms, home to The Verbena Spa in North Yorkshire, welcomes your hen party throughout the year to treat themselves and prepare their mind and body for the special occasion ahead.

A hen do to get you in the Festive spirit

Christmas hen do train

What could be more romantic than celebrating your hen do during the Christmas period, the most magical time of the year? For hen’s really wanting to get in the festive spirit, The Train to Christmas Town is the ultimate way to celebrate your last weekend of freedom with the merry man himself – Father’s Christmas! This brand new experience, curated by the team behind the original THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, is launching in the UK this Christmas and tickets are selling fast! Hens can dress up in their best Christmas jumpers, cover themselves in festive glitter and join in with the joyous journey all the way to Christmas Town.

A guide to the perfect hen party or bridal shower

Hen party bridal shower

So, you’ve been put in charge of organising a hen party or bridal shower. No pressure! As you’ll know, there are a lot of plates to spin to ensure everyone, especially the bride-to-be, has the best possible experience.

Once you have booked the perfect venue, sourced or made all the decorations and stocked the fridge with plenty of bubbly it’s time to start thinking about some fun activities to keep everyone in the party mood.

Although it might be tempting to go into minute detail, we wouldn’t recommend over-planning as this can take away from the event’s spontaneity. On the other hand, when you’re in charge of entertaining a room full of people, it’s important to at least have a few activities in place.

A different destination for hen and stag weekends

hen and stag destination

There’s a world of options for hen and stag celebations, whether it’s thrill seeking, theatre or afternoon tea, Salford Quays: the home of MediaCityUK offers a contemporary destination that’s abuzz with restaurants, bars, hotels, and attractions to keep everyone entertained.

Salford Quays is Greater Manchester’s stunning waterfront destination and home to some of the most spectacular attractions and iconic buildings in the UK. It’s one of the Northwest’s best cultural, sporting and leisure destinations; housed within one square mile, all of its attractions are within easy walking distance, making it the ideal location to take the hen and stag.

Looking for an alternative, healthy hen experience?

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Escape to Green Farm Spa, for an alternative, healthy hen experience, surrounded by nature in the luscious Kent countryside. Relax in the outdoor hot tub and sauna in front of a roaring log fire, lounge around in a hammock in the tranquil walled garden, then take a stroll around the farm’s 50 acres of meadows, ancient woodland, wildlife and farm animals. The spa’s treatment menu offers face, body and holistic therapies by ESPA alongside a range of wellness packages. Whether you’re visiting for a day or overnight retreat enjoy your spa break alongside yoga and art classes in tranquil surroundings.

Healthy Hen spa package includes:

Magnificent Seven: Finalists Announced in Red7’s Hunt for Britain’s Best Best Man

Hunt for Britain’s Best Best Man

Leading stag and hen travel expert, Red7, has searched far and wide to find Britain’s best Best Man – and today the seven national finalists have been revealed. 

Dubbed the ‘Magnificent Seven’, the crop of finalists comprises the competition’s regional winners from across Great Britain and sets a very high bar for all future Best Men. 

Each Best Man had to prove he had gone the extra mile, from overcoming the adversity of a sudden family death, to sourcing two giant Aldabra tortoises as guests of honour at his tortoise-loving mate’s nuptials, and even adding a touch of Hollywood with a personalised message from ‘Anchorman’ star, Paul Rudd. 

Set the Hen Party Benchmark

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Being chosen for the enviable role of Bridesmaid is undoubtedly flattering. Chances are she considers you a trusted confidante and she values your ideas and style. Now, all you’ve got to do is prove her right with the hen party - yikes. 

Naturally you want to ace every element of the wedding planning and ceremony. So first up, as revealed by Sybil Wilmot-Smith, Head of Trends for curated online marketplace notonthehighstreet.com, here’s how to throw the hen party of the century…

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