The First Time Bridesmaids Guide to Hosting a Fabulous Hen Party
Planning a hen party can be a daunting task. Between deciding on staying local or traveling away, picking the perfect theme, making sure everyone is getting along and most importantly…. keeping the bride happy - a lot of first timers simply don’t know where to begin. Well, the lovely ladies from The Elbowroom Escape have got you covered and have listed their top tips that will bring you from baffled bridesmaid to hostess with the mostess!
We at Elbowroom Escapes have seen many hen party gatherings and worked with many wonderful bridesmaids. We know planning and budgeting for this special weekend can be time consuming and at times a little hot under the collar …. that's why we have many options and packages to help you plan the best alternative hen weekend. We always, always suggest to keep it simple and easy with these top tips. For the bridesmaid that has no clue and it’s your first time, we share with you some advice.
1. Be a Budget Qween
After you’ve agreed on an initial budget and pricing for the group, make sure to keep an eye on all the last minute costs leading up to the hen. It’s so easy to get excited and carried away. Try to avoid overspending when adding in the pretty details. Be a budget qween, know your costs!
2. Don’t Over Plan
While it’s important to have a plan in place, don’t forget that your guests are adults and don’t have to be entertained every minute of the day with back to back activities. Remember to leave a little room in the day plan for some chill time.
3. The wheels on the bus
Transport! Make sure you think about your feet. It’s a long day in heels. We suggest organising transport from destination to destination in advance. Include this in the original costs to avoid last minute changes. “ I only have card, ” headaches can be avoided with good planning!
4. We are Family
Most brides have at least 2-3 bridesmaids, so divide and conquer. Work as a team on the day or weekend so that everyone has a role to play.
5. Pre Hen Nerves
We don’t know if it just us, but sometimes hens can be daunting. To get everyone comfortable, we suggest an ice breaker. Greet guests with a funny name badge, or theme the party so everyone has to dress up or bring along a funny prop. It’s all just pure giddy fun, but you will be surprised how quickly this will bond your group together.
6. Last but no least - HAVE FUN!!!
Yes, we know you will be in the midst of planning and ensuring all is going swimmingly well. Which it will. So, don't forget to have fun! Your bride wants to laugh with you. Remember, don’t sweat the details. With good planning and a solid team around you, you should all be relaxing and having fun. Making memories is the best part of any hen!