Bridesmaid duties: how to organise an unforgettable hen do
18 Mar 2016
You've got the job, now where to start in organising the best hen do for the bride-to-be? Bridesmaid duties can be tiring and time-consuming, but with this guide from Last Night of Freedom, hen party organisation can be a breeze.
Congratulations, being selected as a bridesmaid is a huge honour. As a bridesmaid, your main duties on your best friend or family member's big day include time management, maintaining a calm and serene influence throughout the day and, of course, standing there armed with a Kleenex for when the bubbly kicks in.
But aside from these responsibilities – the planning of the biggest and best hen party is down to you. Last Night of Freedom have rounded up everything you’ll need to remember, to make sure the head hen gets the send-off she deserves.
First and foremost, you must decide on a location to base the hen party antics. Whether it’s a stunningly chic UK city such as London, Bath or Dublin - or a sun-drenched paradise abroad, like Marbella, Lisbon or Barcelona – choose a spot that will have something for everyone in your group. And, remember to book up early to avoid disappointment.
Amidst all the glamorous cocktails, cheesy dancing and cheeky flirting – there’s a whole range of fabulous activities to keep the girls occupied. From fast paced, action packed activities like husky sledding, to cupcake and chocolate making workshops, to a striptease from the famous Dreamboys, Adonis Cabaret or Forbidden Nights – tailor the hen party activities to the group’s preferences.
We all know that no hen party is complete without every hen wearing a personalised t-shirt to mark the occasion. How else are the general public going to distinguish you from a run-of-the-mill holiday maker? Not only are these t-shirts super stylish and fun, but they’re a fantastic talking point - good luck explaining exactly how you got that nickname.
As a bridesmaid, it’s your responsibility to make sure everyone has a good time on this hen do. Bearing in mind that not everyone will know each other, and that there could be a range of age groups attending – games are a perfect ice breaker. From novelty drinking games, such as tic tac toe shots and bachelorette roulette, to more risqué options like penis piñata, or Never Have I Ever – a good old game will get the girls giggling before you know it.
Whilst partying in your chosen location, it is hen do law that you must let everyone know why you’re celebrating – and, who the lucky bride-to-be is. Dressing as sexy sailors, beautiful Baywatch babes or red hot air hostesses is sure to get you noticed. Or, if you’re feeling particularly brave, you could even don a 'carry me' costume, and sit atop the shoulders of a clown, gnome, horse, or even gorilla all night.
Last but not least, you must ensure that your best friend’s send-off is accessorised to the max. Willy straws, head boppers and L plates are essential hen do wear. You could also throw in some pretty bunting, confetti and brightly coloured balloons (adorned with willies, of course).