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Costumes and hen party themes add fun to any hen celebration. Having a dress code helps put everyone in a festive mood, highlights the trend and is great for fun hen party photos #SquadGoals. Most of all, wearing special outfits makes the event more memorable. It’s a time when you laugh together commenting on how awesome or silly everyone looks. Plus, those selfies will look amazingly fun.
With that in mind, below are some costume and hen party theme ideas that you and your fellow bridesmaids (or bridesalves) can consider if you’re organising a hen party.
Glitz and Glamour Hen Party
For a night of elegance and A-list vibes, you can channel the glamourous actresses from the past such as Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe to serve as your style icons. Fur coats, ornate hats, and statement accessories are the usual highlights for these outfits. Need help in determining how to dress like an actress from the Golden Age of Hollywood? Check out ‘6 Ideas for a Hollywood Glamour Hen Party Theme’ for an easy-to-follow guide to get a budget-friendly but stylish look.
Another gender-bending idea that you can try is to have every member of your hen party dress up in tuxedoes. One Fab Day states that you don’t necessarily need to purchase a full tux; you can simply wear a white shirt over black trousers, and then wear a bowtie to complete the look. The look above looks cool, fun and edgy.
Sex and the City
Nothing says fun and chic like a sex and the city hen party theme. Have the cosmos at the ready as a welcome drink and ask the girls to dress up in iconic Carrie Bradshaw-inspired midi tutus paired with simple tops and statement heels. Add some jewels for extra glamour. If you don’t want a room of Carrie’s, you could ask each of the guests to dress as their favourite SATC character. Bring this theme to life with some SATC inspired hen party games like charades or a quiz.
Pop Culture Icon Hen Party
Of course, you can always go with traditional hen party attire like the custom t-shirts, sashes, tiaras, and tutus with naughty accessories. BUT, if you want something a bit more fun but equally raunchy, you can dress up as your favourite racy fictional characters.
Take for instance Felicity Shagwell, the leading lady from one of the Austin Powers films who became a pop culture icon. The character is a 1960s-era CIA agent who uses her sexuality as a weapon. Hens who want to dress up as Felicity Shagwell have two options to choose from: a dark blue romper with thigh-high boots and a pink-and-orange crocheted dress.
Take a look at Poppy Delevingne’s hen party and her cool London pop dog hen do for inspiration.
Coachella Hen Party
Just because Coachella is celebrated on the other side of the Atlantic doesn’t mean that you can’t channel it. It’s the ultimate go to festival for cool style so a no brainer for inspiration for a henfest or henchella. Tap into your inner flower child by dressing up in boho-inspired outfits, complete with flower crowns! The Vow recommends organising a flower crown workshop as a pre-hen party activity to hype up everyone for the night out.
Superhero Hen Party
Do you feel like you can do anything by dressing up as a superhero? If so, one option is to portray your favourite characters and form your own superhero team comprised of the likes of Wonder Woman, Jean Grey, and Black Widow. For a more quirky twist though, you may try a gender-bending theme by dressing up as female versions of male superheroes. How does a female Wolverine sound? We found the above sashes on Etsy which add a fun, modern superhero twist without full on hen party costumes.
Historic or Vintage Hen Party
History is filled with many interesting female figures that you can mimic as well. There’s Cleopatra, the Queen of the Nile; Bettie Page, the pin-up legend; and Mata Hari, an exotic dancer who was secretly a spy during World War I.
Alternatively, you can go for a vintage theme, with Stag & Hen Weekend suggesting to extend it to things like a vintage service car, bar and all sorts of activities. In the same vein, a more particular motif would be the 1920s. You can watch The Great Gatsby to get some inspiration on how to pull off this look.