Hen/Stag Do

The Day of your Wildest Dreams: Bespoke Weddings at Cliff Barns Ranch in Norfolk

 Cliff Barns Ranch in Norfolk

Deluxe country ranch, Cliff Barns is Norfolk’s ultimate escape for the most unforgettable, day of your life. Tailoring your big day to every individual idea and unique wish, say “I do”and celebrate in style in the cool surrounds of Cliff Barns, designed by Shaun Clarksonand set across four acres of unspoilt Norfolk countryside.

The inspired eccentric English country home clearly displays the vision of the incomparable interior designer Shaun Clarkson and set designer Russell Hall, think wild taxidermy, cowhide sofas, Aztec rugs, tartan and vintage floral fabrics and river rock fireplaces offset with tee-pees and wooden wagon-wheel chandeliers. 

The Ceremony

5 quirky hen do ideas

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re planning your hen do. However, it’s important to remember the whole point of having one: your friends and family are coming to celebrate you. Therefore, it’s important that your party reflects who you are and what you like to do. So, if the thought of dancing around town wearing L plates makes you cringe, you need to opt for something that’s quirkier and tailored to you. 

Here are five alternative hen do ideas that have been tried and tested. We’re sure you’ll find one you love. 

A murder mystery night

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What not to do when planning a hen do

planning a hen do

So, your best friend has asked you to be her chief bridesmaid, and you’re starting to think about planning her hen do. This isn’t an easy task, as you have to organise a celebration that the bride-to-be will love, while also considering what her entire party — some of whom you might have never met — will enjoy.

We’ve already written a range of hen do guides that cover the steps you should take to ensure you plan the best hen do possible. So, this time we’re going to outline some of the common mistakes you should avoid making to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.

Don’t make it too expensive

5 Ideas For A Classy Winter Hen Party

Hen Party

Murder She Wrote

If butler in the buffs and pink stetsons aren’t your idea of a great night out, then look no further. Michelle Clarke knows a thing or two about a classy hen do. In the colder months, an intimate indoor location is key. Throw in some fab activities and you’re onto a winning winter hen party…

A murder mystery evening might seem an obvious one but it’s a great way to bring the hen party together and bring out the guests theatrical sides! Plus it’s an event that can be held almost anywhere. Choose a theme to suit your bride to be, her favourite Dickens novel, movie characters, or Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatters.

A Spa Weekend

Your essential hen party survival guide

Essential Hen Party Survival Guide infographic

Whether you’re throwing an unusual themed soiree or a traditional hen, a destination event or an arts and crafts hen party, there are numerous components to party throwing that are common throughout – regardless of the theme. Examples of these common components include: the location, guest list, itinerary and budget of the hen party. Therefore there are some essential organisational steps relating to these components that need to be addressed. 

Immerse yourself in a tranquil world of total relaxation

Fisherbeck Management Oxleys Health Spas for a tranquil world of total relaxation

Visit Oxley Health Spas and immerse yourself in a tranquil world of total relaxation, inspired by the natural beauty and peaceful ambience of the stunning Lake District, where wellbeing is at the heart of all we do. With two day spas to choose from, Oxley’s at Ambleside in the heart of the town or Oxley’s at Underscar, near Keswick, on the slopes of the majestic Skiddaw Fell, you can be assured of a first class health spa experience guaranteed to renew mind, body and soul.

Allow our professional team of spa therapists and hair stylists to pamper and replenish you with treatments using only the finest product ranges, including Decleor, Jessica, Redken, as well as Jane Iredale Mineral Make Up and Alterna.


What goes on at Murder Mystery Party?

What goes on at Murder Mystery Party?

What can be a more unique and unusual birthday present than a murder mystery weekend?

Imagine attending a social dinner where a fictional murder occurs. One moment, people are enjoying the food and interactions, the next moment they are caught up in a murder mystery party.

These events have grown in popularity over the years and can provide entertainment and suspense for people of all ages. Guests and attendees all become part of the show as the story unfolds around their dinner table and the premises.


Hen Parties in the New Forest

rightmans place new forest living hen parties

Hen parties are one of the most fun parts of organising a wedding. It’s a chance to gather the girls together for a special event to mark the occasion. Many brides and their hens are choosing to bypass the traditional one night out and instead head off for an entire weekend away.

The New Forest is an outstanding area of natural beauty and the ideal spot for a hen weekend. Easily accessed by train or car, but a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s got something to suit all tastes.


TASTE TRADITIONAL BRITISH HOSPITALITY AT THE TEA PARLOUR

Taste Traditional British Hospitality at the Tea Parlour

PARTY planners can now offer their guests a traditional British tea service as part of their celebrations thanks to one of Merseyside’s most unique venues.

The Tea Parlour, Mathew Street, Liverpool, which offers vintage afternoon tea in a traditional British setting, is available for private hire for a whole host of occasions. The Grade II listed venue is offering its facilities and catering to those looking for a venue with a difference for special events, such as hen dos, weddings, birthdays and baby showers.

Top Tips for Planning a Hen Do

Top Tips for Planning a Hen Do - Poll with photo

Hen do season is fast approaching, and if you are lucky enough to be named maid of honour you now have a lot of planning to do.

But there are so many potential pitfalls; inviting the right person, negotiating the budget, picking the perfect date and venue – keeping the bride and an entire friendship group happy can often be as much work as organising the wedding itself.

Below are a few top tips to help you avoid disaster while planning the brides-to-be’s perfect send of celebration.


From Hen or Stag Do to ‘I do’ – Pre-wedding Parties

After weeks (of often stressful) wedding planning both brides and grooms are often in need of some rest and relaxation away from the mood-boards and wedding checklists. Hen and stag parties have certainly changed, from the days when a quick drink down their local pubic house the night before the wedding to huge big budget overseas blowouts.

But as with your wedding day, the pre-wedding party should be your choice and you certainly shouldn’t feel forced into an elaborate night out that doesn’t suit you. Hen and stag party experts GoHen.com and StagWeb.co.uk give us a quick insight of what’s trending in the world of pre-wedding parties.