Hen/Stag Do

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

gin bouquet

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

flapper girl

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


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


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


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.

Hallmark hotel Flitwick Manor launches its  ‘flit-nic royal-tea’

royal tea party

Arriving at the Hallmark Hotel Flitwick Manor as newly appointed General Manager, and inspired by the hotel’s picturesque countryside setting, Thomas Burford is delighted to announce the launch of an alfresco twist on the English classic, as the hotel launches its ‘Flit-nic Royal-Tea,’ just in time for summer picnic season and hen summer getaways. 

The Hunt Is On For Britain’s Best Best Man!

The Hunt Is On For Britain’s Best Best Man!

Stag and hen experts Red7 are scouring the nation in search of Britain’s best Best Man.

Did your Best Man pull out all the stops on the stag do? Perhaps he delivered a tone-perfect speech at the wedding reception or peppered the wedding day with surprises à la Love Actually.

Whatever the reason, if your Best Man puts the others to shame, Red7 wants to know!


The company is the UK’s original specialist hen and stag party travel agent and celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. To mark two decades in the wedding industry, Red7 is asking couples up and down the country to nominate their Best Men with heart-warming tales of why they should be crowned the nation’s finest.

The State Of Hen Parties in 2017


Hen parties play a vital role nowadays in the whole wedding process. It is an opportunity to see out the brides final days as an unmarried woman, while also allowing those who might not be able to make it to the wedding itself celebrate with her. In the past these do’s were a simple single night out but they have now morphed into quite an impressive array of different parties.

Hens now travel abroad combining the celebration with an excuse for a holiday! Hens travel all over Europe and it is not just for the sun. Some of the destinations offer things to do you could only dream of in the UK.


What are the current trends?

10 Ideas For An Unforgettable Hen Do

Alice in wonderland

Make your hen party celebrations unforgettable with these unusual yet unique ideas. After all, no one wants to settle for average. From cocktail stations to candy stalls, your hen party could be the topic of conversation for a long time to come. To help inspire you here are 10 unusual hen party ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Bubbly Bar

Whether you are hosting the party at home or in the hotel room, a bubbly bar is a must. With a range of delicious champagnes to choose from along with fun mixers and toppings including sorbet, fruit and candyfloss, the girls will be drinking the night away in style. Why not include chic favours and tags to make your bubbly really shine bright.

Pimp Your Cupcake