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Calling all bridesmaids! Want to give your bride-to-be the hen of her dreams? Then check out our ultimate list of class hen party ideas to suit every bride and budget. This is the ultimate list of hen party activities. But beware! It’s essential to know what she will really love before you start making plans. Think of all those poor girls you see on ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’ that get sent paintballing in high heels! So do your research and ASK what she doesn’t like. Listen to what she says about hens she has been on and take the hint. Every bride is different, and one gal’s relaxing spa day would be another GI Jane’s idea of hell! We’ve got everyone covered below for bridesmaids looking for some serious henspo.
1. The Boozy Bride
Every girl has her go-to tipple and there’s no shortage of ideas for boozy fun to suit every taste. Stay on-trend with a gin cruise or bottomless brunch. Tour a distillery, brewery or wine bar with samples galore or go for a classic cocktail making class or champagne tasting.
2. The Cover Girl
For the glamour girl, get her dolled up from head to toe. Give her a VIP day out with a makeover and photoshoot for the squad. Sip prosecco at a swish blow dry bar, learn to do your make-up like a pro at a masterclass, or nail your hen party with a trip to a shellac bar.
3. The Retro Bride
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Get the nostalgia flowing with some old-school entertainment. Why not organise a school sports day event, complete with sack races (much more interesting after a few glasses of bubbly!) Try some hula hooping and hold a contest. Get your skates on and head to the roller disco. Or organise a 90s dance class (Spice Girls costumes essential!) There’s also bowling and karaoke as fun, retro hen party ideas.
4. The Zen Bride
Book in for some bridal pampering in a spa hotel before the big day. Snap up a special for groups that includes treatments, food and plenty of time lounging in a sumptuous thermal suite. A nice touch would be to get the guest of honour a ‘Bride’ robe that she can rock again on her wedding morning. Another idea for a chilled bride is a private yoga class followed by some Champers to wash away any inkling of wedding stress.
5. The Gastronaut
Treat your fabulous foodie to a mouth-watering hen. For the girl with a sweet tooth, check out chocolate making or Bake-Off-style meringue making. Book a cookery class (maybe a Japanese or pizza theme) and enjoy your dish with some drinks afterwards. Check out a local guided food trail (tapas anyone?) or stick to a fancy French theme (macarons and cheese please).
6. The Festival Goddess
Channel Coachella, pack the prosecco and make the weekend a bridefest to remember. Take the bride glamping and get the outdoor buzz of camping … but with showers and phone chargers! Book in for a flower crown making workshop and make the bride the festival queen or set up an on-site glitter bar to get the gang decorated with festival sparkles.
7. The Badass
For the unconventional bride, why not arrange a day of (supervised!) axe throwing? Archery lessons or a clay-pigeon shooting are other great options for a wannabe warrior princess. Go on a ‘Game of Thrones’ tour and explore the real-life Westeros. Or discover your spray can skills with a graffiti workshop!
8. The Active/Competitive Bride
For the outdoorsy gal, hit the beach for some surfing, kayaking or kitesurfing and warm up afterwards with drinks in a cosy seaside pub. For a city location, check out SUP or wakeboarding lessons. Other options in the great outdoors include ziplining or an assault course adventure. Or, for some indoors competition, try out an escape room or an adventure room challenge (perfect for Crystal Maze fans). And make sure to organise some hentastic prizes for the winners!
9. The Five-Star Bride
Spoil the bride with an afternoon tea treat of delicious nibbles and plenty of bubbles in the luxurious surroundings of a five-star hotel. This is a great option if you want to include mothers/aunts/mothers-in-law/bosses etc earlier in the day. You could also book an evening at an exclusive cocktail bar, or, if the budget permits, check the bride into the hotel for the night.
10. The Crafty Fox
For all those make-and-do queens, there are lots of activities perfect for a hen party. You could check out headpiece making, jewellery and ring making or calligraphy workshops (a great skill to master for those wedding invitations). And there’s no rule against getting her creative juices flowing while enjoying a few beverages!
11. The Boogie Bride
If your bride-to-be is always first on the dancefloor, then a dance workshop should be top of your list. Try a routine based around the bride’s favourites (Beyoncé workshop you say?) Get schooled in some Strictly style skills or maybe burlesque or belly dancing. It will get everyone footloose and fancy free for the night ahead.
Stay tuned to thehenplanner.com for lots more henspo, tips and suggestions.
Happy henning ladies!