Hen/Stag Do

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

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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…

Invitations full of promise

Wedding reception gin and vodka cocktail recipes from the Dingle Distillery

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Dingle Original Gin and Dingle Distillery Vodka, the Irish artisan craft spirits, produced in The Dingle Distillery, County Kerry, Ireland both launched earlier this year in the UK, and they've proven to be the key ingredient in some delectable cocktails! 

They include some gin and vodka sharing cocktails, some twists on the classics and some slightly more unique options! ​Equally all could work for a hen party, and the slimline version is ideal for the bride to be who's watching her figure! 

The Dingle Mo-gin-to

Perfect parties for the hen and stag with Super Break!

perfect hen stag

As every bride and husband-to-be knows, one of the highlights of getting married is the celebrations with family and friends that come before the big day. But there’s more to Hen and Stag parties than a night on the town, and with the pressure to plan the perfect party, why not make it as memorable as possible by taking a weekend away? With everything from top-class theatre trips in the UK, to cocktail classes in Barcelona or brewery tours in Prague, short break specialist Super Break has a wealth of Hen and Stag breaks that will help make the occasion unforgettable.

Perfect getaways that will make the Hen happy

Fancy dress: 5 alternative ideas for your hen party

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Fancy dress is a great way to get into the party spirit during a hen do and give the group a sense of unity, but why not forgo the usual playboy bunnies, or saints and sinners, and go for a theme that’s a little different.

“Hen parties are getting more and more creative when it comes to their fancy dress theme, and the main objective is that the bride stands out,” says Emma Angel, Director of Fancy Dress at Angels (angelsfancydress.com). “Aside from the traditional ‘L’ plates, there are many innovative themes that will ensure the bride is the centre of attention.”

 

Batgirl and her Robins

Dublin - why you should choose it for your hen party...

dublin nightlife

Dublin is a hugely popular hen weekend location. The city boasts bars and pubs with unlimited live music and delicious drinks, as well as gorgeous Irish men with the world’s best accent… Stag and hen specialists, Last Night of Freedom, are big fans of the city – it’s their second busiest destination – and are rounding up why you should choose Dublin for your hen do.

The MacGuffin Project

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Located on Old Christchurch Road, at the site of the former Dusk till Dawn nightclub, The MacGuffin Project is the south coasts newest attraction everyone is talking about.

Bringing a slice of London magic to Bournemouth town centre, The MacGuffin Project offers people an escape from reality by immersing you into the dark but beautiful world of the long forgotten MacGuffin Carnival. It’s down to you and your team to work together, unravel the mysteries and overcome the challenges that unfold before you. Interact with machines, communicate with lost souls and piece together the past as you race against time to complete your missions.

Top relaxing retreats for stressed-out brides

Top relaxing retreats for stressed-out brides

If wedding admin is leaving you feeling frazzled, pre-wedding nerves are sneaking in, or you’re looking to relax after the stressful task of organising your wedding, it sounds like you are in need of a relaxing retreat. 

Well you’re in luck, as Health and Fitness Travel, the leading experts in tailor-made wellness holidays worldwide, share their top five health retreats for stressed out brides, where you can enjoy luxury spa pampering and wellness relaxation before stepping into the limelight on the big day, or winding down on your dream honeymoon. 

Hen do budgeting - five ways to get more from your travel money

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There’s no denying it - a hen do is an expensive affair! With a recent study by clothing retailer Banana Moon finding the average hen do now costs a staggering £507 per person*, it’s more vital than ever before to get a good deal on your ‘do and to budget accordingly.

Going abroad to celebrate your last few weeks as a single girl is becoming ever more popular, so whether you’re planning your own or just attending a friend’s, it’s important to convert that all important prosecco fund before you leave. But, with fluctuating foreign currency rates and the pound dropping against the Euro and the Dollar in recent months, how do you ensure you get the most out of your money?

Brightening up your hen party

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With all the wedding preparations underway and the highly anticipated Hen Party looming, the world is truly the bride-to-be’s oyster when choosing the perfect location in celebration of this occasion with her nearest and dearest.

A hen weekend away with the girls when the sun is radiating can be an absolute treat, especially in the UK, guaranteeing a memorable beginning to your celebrations. There are endless activities available to suit any type of bride that will now be explored to gain some essential inspiration.