I think it’s safe to say that hen party planning is an interesting (!) experience . No matter who you are planning the party for or how organised you are, there will always be challenges. We decided to hear what is was like to plan a hen do for a sister. When your sister is getting married, it’s always a strange experience as she will have her best friends on the bridesmaid panel too. Read on for the sister hen night planning experience!
Planning a hen party for a sister
I planned my sisters hen with FOUR other bridesmaids which was great fun and helped gain all perspectives of the brides likes and dislikes. I am almost 7 years older than my sister and although we are close, I would say that without the help of these, her closest buddies, it would have been difficult to gauge and put on the right party!
The Hen Party Location
We kept the whole thing a secret. The bride has enough to do organising the wedding besides organising the hen do too! Apart from gaining a list from her of folk to invite, we did the rest ourselves.
We chose Carlingford. We wanted it to be someplace the bride had not already been to, a place where we could all stay together and not cost too much. Ghan House ticked all the right boxes! We booked out the entire small hotel. They had a capacity for 25 so we filled it with the hen party!
When the girls arrived, we had personalised hen party cupcakes and prosecco on arrival. We issued a survival kit and did an afternoon of lovely girls. We opted for a DIY activity and had a theme of ‘lovely girls’ competition, from building towns of chipsticks, balloon humping, wheelbarrow race, a race with pints on trays, river dance and a ceili at the end. See ideas for more unique hen party games here.
The cost was €150 per person and this included arrival drinks (bottles and bottle of prosecco), cupcakes, 3 course dinner in the upmarket hotel dining room, pre dancing cocktails, overnight stay and breakfast. Everything was communicated with the girls via email. We requested a deposit in advance and the balance one month in advance of party.
The Hardest Part
Asking for money was definitely the hardest part of the hen party planning. I enjoyed all the small details like choosing themes and inventing games with the bridesmaids.
Everything went really well and everyone said how much they enjoyed it.
Relax, your brides friends will ultimately all have the same goal as you, giving her a good send off and a night to treasure forever.
Always have a money contingency, just in case. Spoil the bride and treat her to a blow dry, morning of. Club together as bridesmaids to make sure she doesn’t have to put her hand in her pocket for the hen. Make a memory book or some keepsake she can keep for afterwards. Take a zillion photos! It’s a rare night when someone’s nearest and dearest are all out together in one place. Be organised, the venue is half the battle, the theme will bring everything else together. I recommend one night, not two. Someone (hmm most folk!) will always over do it one night and not be able to enjoy the next!!
Have you organised a hen party for your sister or friend? What is your advice?