Hen/Stag Do

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

Book your hen party with The London Cabaret Club

The London Cabaret Club has been igniting iconic London venues such as The Collection, The Arts Club and One Mayfair in an explosion of sequins, feathers and exquisitely performed anthems for four years. Fans include Simon Cowell, Millie Mackintosh, Sinitta, Henry Cavill and Olivia Colman and its permanent home, the magnificent Bloomsbury Ballroom is the backdrop of two sold-out spectaculars; The Best of British Pop and London Never Dies. 

 

Over a quarter of Brits sacrifice their own holidays for stag and hen parties

Trave/slepp

• 28% of Brits are spending more money attending their friends’ parties than their own holidays

• A third of those invited have been expected to take annual leave

• The average amount spent on a stag or hen party is £507

 

Over a quarter of Brits are sacrificing their own holidays in order to attend stag and hen parties costing an average of £507 a time, new research shows.

Conducted by personalised clothing retailer Banana Moon clothing, the survey looked into British attitudes towards stag and hen parties as the traditional last night of freedom has evolved into a major event.

QHotels Girls Night In Package

QHotels

There’s no denying that a spa break makes for a fabulous, crowd-pleasing hen do. The combination of a relaxed atmosphere, gorgeous surroundings and comforting facilities will always have your hens leaving their troubles at the door and letting their hair down. Whereas some spas may be reluctant to host your booking as soon as you mention the word ‘hen’, QHotels, the UK’s four star hotel group, welcome girl groups with open arms. The brand new ‘Girls Night In’ package is created for groups of 8 or more who are looking to relax in a friendly, accommodating environment.

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

Like Mother, Like Daughter: 5 Bonding Fitness Breaks

Like Mother, Like Daughter: 5 Bonding Fitness Breaks

The mother-daughter bond can be strengthened through exercise; a bond so powerful it affects a woman’s health, self-esteem and all her other relationships. With this in mind, Health and Fitness Travel, the leading experts in tailor-made wellness holidays worldwide, shine the spotlight on their top 5 mother-daughter fitness breaks, which make for the perfect Mother’s Day gift. From high intensity training in Herefordshire to Nordic walking in Tenerife, strengthen your body and your bond on these female-friendly fitness breaks.
 
 
UK: Target Fitness Ladies Retreat
 

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.