Hen/Stag Do

Hen Do’s and Don’ts

Hen Do’s and Don’ts

So, your best friend or sister is getting married, and as maid of honour or bridesmaid, you’ve been trusted with planning a once in a lifetime girly pre-wedding get together?! Don’t panic, planning a hen do doesn’t have to be a stressful uphill struggle. Whatever the style, be it a weekend away or a day out, here are 11 top tips to help you stay sane and on track, helping to make the whole hen-do planning experience run smoothly.

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Why the Cotswolds is the perfect destination for a luxe hen party 

Hen party in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is home to outstanding natural beauty, so much so that it’s understandable that the quaint area has becoming increasingly popular with an array of famous faces. The Cotswolds provides an excellent location for a luxe hen party thanks to its chic reputation. Full of picturesque villages and magnificent views, the Cotswolds is a luxurious and elegant destination favoured by many, including members of the royal family. With something for everyone, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities, dining and drinking. Hen parties bring together a variety of individuals from different backgrounds, all of which will have plenty to do and see in this charming location. Here are a few of the many reasons why the Cotswolds is the perfect hen party location.

Get together for an a-maze-ing hen or stag do outing!

Crystal maze hen or stag do

Whether you have been nominated to arrange the ultimate hen or stag do for someone that’s about to tie the knot or, if you’re planning your own final day of freedom, have you considered The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience?

Forget cheesy spa days, boozy nights and endless discussions about where to go, and try something a little different by taking on the hilariously funny, interactive experience based on the popular 90s TV show.

Based in Manchester and London*, The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience is the ideal spot for a bride or groom-to-be to bring seven of their closest friends and family together for a nostalgic, bonding trip down memory lane. 

Ultimate Girly Breaks at House of Daniel Thwaites Hotels

House of Daniel Thwaites Hotels interior

There is nothing better than a get together with girlfriends especially if you add a night away in a beautiful hotel with a fabulous spa.  Even if you are looking for a cosy girly night in, this can still be done with the House of Daniel Thwaites Hotel’s girls’ weekend packages.

Whether you want to combine the break with some great shopping in Portsmouth, Leeds and Bristol or wonderful walks in the Lake District these stunning four-star hotels offer a haven of tranquillity for some girly fun.

Ibiza named most Instagrammable hen party destination

Girls jumping in ocean in Ibiza

Party paradise island Ibiza has one more reason to celebrate – it’s just been named as the most Instagrammable destination for hens.

The sun-soaked resort is famous for world class nightlife and big-name DJs, but its stunning scenery also makes it a massive hit on social media for brides-to-be.

The results are part of new research which reveals Ibiza as the location with the most hen-related hashtags on Insta.

The Balaeric island came out on top with 6,431 hen-related hashtags, followed by the less exotic, but always exciting London on 2,623, while Bali, in Indonesia, was rated third with 1,961 hashtags.

The analysis was conducted by hen and stag party experts Red7 who report a rise in hen party bookings for warmer climes each winter.

Popworld Cha Cha Slides into the nation’s capital!

Popworld

London has welcome the nation’s favourite party with Popworld opening its glittery doors for the first time this month on 7th September – the perfect night for any hen party!

Since its humble beginnings in Southampton, the chain of pop-themed nightclubs has seen four years of incredible growth and has forged a legendary status throughout the UK by providing unforgettable nights out filled with fun and laughter. With the opening of their London club, there will now be 27 sites nationwide.

Fizzbox - The Ultimate Destination For Party Planning

Party Planning - hen party

The highly anticipated party planning tool  Fizzbox.com has finally arrived and is here to put the fun back into party planning.

Life is for living and creating memories with your favourite people and with this in mind  Fizzbox ensures that everyone can now celebrate with style and ease.  With a huge choice of fun handpicked activities and venues at your finger tips, this innovative group booking platform allows you to focus on organising your special event with minimum fuss, saving you time and most importantly money!

The hen party accessory that will be cherished

Hen Party Guest Book

PUT away your tacky sashes and 90s L-plates, if you want your hen to treasure her last night of freedom, luxury wedding stationers norma&dorothy have created the ultimate hen party accessory.

 

The Hen Party Guest Book is a beautifully crafted soft-back book personalised just for your hen, with her name, the party date and location emblazoned on the front.

 

Hen party accessoryInside 50 pages of crisp white paper await your memories, messages and mementoes of this most special rites of passage, ensuring this ultimate hen party accessory is truly cherished forever.

 

Find a hen or stag do with TripAdvisor

Amsterdam stag / hen do

Wedding season’s fast approaching and there’s a good chance you’re searching for ways to celebrate someone’s stag or hen do beforehand. Fortunately, TripAdvisor has you covered with where to go, activities, and even where to stay. With experiences ranging from brewery tours and canal cruises in Amsterdam, to football stadiums tours and cooking classes in Barcelona, TripAdvisor has activities sure to suit any style stag or hen!

Top places for a stag or hen do with TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor BrightonBRIGHTON

Brighton’s seaside location, jovial atmosphere and wealth of pubs and clubs have made it a major Stag and Hen destination.

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

i Heart wines

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.