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Planning The Perfect Hen Do

Planning The Perfect Hen Do

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The day you have been waiting for has just arrived, your best friend has asked you to be her maid of honour! It’s an exciting time, and you can’t wait to go dress shopping with her, and help her with all the exciting wedding arrangements. But there is one important job that falls solely on you – the hen party! Lucky then that you have been secretly planning this since the first time you met the husband to be.

Step 1
The first thing you have to do is create a guest list. It’s important that you consult with the bride to make sure you don’t miss anyone out, or include anyone that she doesn’t really want. This can be the perfect opportunity to break the ice with the new in-laws, so make sure you don’t forget to invite them.

Step 2
Next, choose the date. Make a list of possible dates as it’s likely that not everyone will be able to attend the first one you suggest. By giving them a range of options, you sure to find a time that will suit them all. If you are deciding this before booking anywhere, give yourself plenty of time before the event, to avoid disappointment if the activity you wanted is now unavailable. Also, make sure that it is well in advance of her wedding. I’m guessing bleary eyed bride is probably not the look she was going for on her wedding day.

Step 3
Decide on the theme. This is where your years of friendship and expert knowledge of the bride will be put to the test. Have a think about what she will actually want for her hen do. Or, better yet, ask her if there is anything specific she has in mind. If she loves to go out and party, a quiet afternoon tea is probably not the best idea and vice versa.

Step 4
Plan the activity. Whether it’s a spa day, a weekend in St. Tropez or a cocktail making class, there are plenty of activities to choose from. The important thing here is to pick something that your bride will love but is also suitable for all of the guests. It would be awful if, on the day, certain party members were unable to participate. You can get all dolled up for a glamorous evening, or choose from a range of more Xtreme events, like disco dodgeball.

Step 5
Send the invitations. Now that you have the event planned out, it’s time to send the invitations. You have already sorted the date, so everyone should be able to make it, but people need to know details. They will need plenty of time to prepare their outfits, pack if you are going anywhere overnight, arrange childcare etc. This is also a great opportunity to set the theme of the night.

Step 6
The little details. Remember to organise everything down to the tiniest detail to ensure that your hen party goes smoothly. So, don’t forget transport for everyone, there and back (especially if you have had one too many cocktails). Decorations, such as balloons, sashes, crowns, will make the day feel really special. And party games are a must. Finally, always make sure that wherever you are going knows it is a hen party, as they can refuse you.

Once all of that planning is done, make sure you remember to enjoy the night yourself! And take a camera, to capture all the special moments.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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