The thought of planning a hen party in the same postal code makes me break out in a cold sweat. Imagine managing a girls gone wild tour complete with sun, sea, sand and bottomless cocktails. My idea of a nightmare! One wrong move and the whole weekend could be thrown into chaos.
If you’re a newbie to the planning scene, these six tips should help get you started. And Breathe.
Notice Of Travel
Opting for a destination hen party requires a lot more organisation than a jaunt down the road.
Giving plenty of notice is key here. This will allow people to book flights and grab some good deals if they are savvy enough. When choosing a date, take into consideration the proximity of the wedding and if there are any other events happening within your circle of friends around this time.
The Price Is Right
Not everyone will have the same budget to work with. Try to find a happy-medium that will suit everyone on your hen weekend. Whether it’s budget accommodation, eating from a set menu or booking via a package, every little helps.
While you might like to live it up in 5 star luxury, be mindful that weddings are a huge expense. In just a short few weeks, your guests will be forking out on a wedding gift, a new outfit and possibly overnight accommodation for your big day too.
It’s also wise to break down costs to show everyone what the funds are going towards. Your gals will appreciate this honesty after saving their hard-earned cash in advance to join in your celebrations.
Pack The Essentials
- Sun lotion
- Change currency if necessary
- Hen party accessories, decor and printed tees
- Swimwear & towels
- Emergency kit – painkillers, plasters, hydrating drinks
- Hand sanitizer & wipes
- Appropriate night attire
There’s a hella lotta politics involved in managing a large group of ladies. You’re more than likely going to have a variety of age groups, so be realistic when choosing activities. The mother-of-the bride and her pals may not take to kindly to a night of heavy drinking and men in the buff. Use your judgement wisely and ask the bride-to-be for some advice before booking.
With bigger hen parties, chances are some people won’t know each other. Try to be accommodating with sleeping arrangements by pairing similar personalities together. Setting up a messenger group before you jet off and starting the getaway with a few games are nice ice-breakers.
Have A Plan In Place
It’s all well and good to strut down the steps of the plane after a few cheeky vinos. Sunglasses on fleek and the hot breeze blowing through your hair.
But, if you haven’t prepared your trip timetable in advance, then basically the whole posse is fudged.
Don’t forget to put in place the necessary arrangements. We’re talking airport transfers, giving every attendee a copy of your accommodation’s address, researching directions and local transport, book appropriate insurance and in case of emergency, check on arrival where the nearest medical centre is located.
Book your activities and evening meals in advance to keep disruption to the weekend at a minimum.
Let Your Hair Down
When the fear has finally settled, be sure to knock back a Pina Colada and enjoy yourself. Cheers to that!
Image Credits: via The Overwhelmed Bride.