8 Ways to Create a ‘Remember Forever’ Hen-Do (sufferers of alcohol forgetfulness excluded)
15 Sep 2015
Last Night of Freedom are the experts when it comes to planning your hen do, so who better to give these tops tips to the perfect night.
Planning a hen do? We feel for you. These days there’s a lot of pressure on the organisation of a fantastic last night of freedom. But fear not, help is at hand.
When it comes to hen dos, it’s fair to say us lot at LNOF have planned a few in our time. So we’ve put together a few simple, failsafe pointers for you. Follow these and you won’t go far wrong.
1. Tailor everything to your Hen
Hen dos don’t have to be all about male strippers and willy straws. Whether your hen is a bit of a wild child who’d love a good old knees-up abroad, or a more reserved lass who’d appreciate a spot of quintessentially British afternoon tea, it’s massively important to tailor the location, activities and accessories to her personal tastes. Do something that reflects her personality. Remember – this is her party.
2. Do your research
We can’t stress this point enough. She’s only going to have the one hen party, so make sure it’s the best it possibly could be. There is a huge wealth of hen party inspiration out there; location, themes, costumes, games, bars, restaurants, the lot – so make sure you do your research! Here at LNOF, we offer activities for all tastes, from the wild party animals to the pamper queens out there, in 51 locations across the globe - so there’s bound to be something to tickle your hen’s fancy!
3. Plan, plan, plan
For this weekend, and this weekend only, it is totally acceptable to turn into your mum regarding preparation. Write lists, keep a note of communications and plan activities that everyone can get something out of. As well as planning activities for evenings, you could consider some more relaxing activities for the morning after, where heads may be a little sore. Ladies, be practical. Remember to make a note of local taxi numbers, dietary requirements of the party, best local nightclubs etc. It’s much better to be over prepared than under prepared.
4. Communication is key
Get online. Utilise the magnificent tool that is social media, in order to keep everyone in the loop. Group messages on Facebook or email are a God send for such times. Ask the others for ideas too – there’s nothing worse than having to plan an entire event all on your own, so pick their brains (they’ll enjoy being included, trust us). You could even make a separate group without your hen, in order to plan a little surprise and show her just how much she means to you all.
We know it’s a special occasion, but try to work within a budget you think everyone can manage, or you could end up with the headache of people dropping out at the last minute. At LNOF, we offer an online payment system where everyone has their own login details and can make payments to suit their own situation – we find it takes all the awkwardness out of chasing people for their deposits and payments.
6. Invite the right bunch
This may seem like an obvious one, but it is a fact of life that not everyone gets along. And we hate to say it, but clashes in personality could ruin the do. So avoid any drama by choosing the right people to invite. Ask your hen beforehand who she would like to attend. If the bride has two groups of friends, consider planning two separate, hassle-free dos.
7. Ice Breakers
Chances are that not everyone invited will know each other. Your hen’s college mates probably won’t have ever met her work colleagues for example, but don’t panic, as this is not necessarily a bad thing. Plan little ice breaker games, and encourage all the girls to have a giggle when getting to know each other. With the right activities (and a little bit of alcohol), they’ll integrate and become the best of friends by the end of the night.
8. Remember what it’s all about
It’s easy to see how the potential stress of organising such an important event could sap the life out of the planner. So try not to lose sight of the end product; giving your gorgeous girl the fantastic send-off she deserves. Good luck, ladies!