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The pressure is on! Maybe you’re the maid of honour. Maybe you’re a member of the bride tribe and you’ve all been given the privilege of planning the hen party by committee. Either way, we’re assuming there are some nerves and many questions that need answering.
It’s the most important event in the lead up to the bride-to-be’s big day and we know you want to make it special and personal to her. We also know you want everything to go to plan and to leave no hen do ideas left unturned.
Definitely don’t panic – here at The Foxy Hen, we have your back! We’ve been planning heavenly hen parties for years and it’s our passion to help you create a perfect celebration for the bride-to-be. As our gift to you, we have built a comprehensive 8 step hen party planning guide to ensure everything goes as smoothly and as stress free as possible! Think of it as an essential hen checklist to refer back to during the key stages of planning a once-in-her-lifetime hen do.
The ideal first ingredient for planning a hen party is: time. Count out the time between now and the wedding and map out your initial hen do planning timeline. Picking a definite hen party date will come but, for now, just check to see if you’ll be calmly meandering your way to the hen night or if it’s going to be a mad dash.
Then it’s time to start brainstorming the next planning steps with your bride squad. To help make this super easy, we’ve created one for you! Here is our (well-practised) hen party planning checklist to help you ensure all your hen dreams go off without a hitch.
You’re planning this incredible hen party for the bride and you know her so well! But that doesn’t necessarily mean you know all of the most important women (or sten men) in her life. Creating your hen do invitation list may take a bit of research but it will be worth it to make sure the bride sees all of the smiling face she expects at the hen do.
Follow these steps to get the list just right:
Once you have your initial hen party invite list, you’ll need to choose the best way to stay in touch with everyone. This could be a Facebook Messenger group, a full Facebook Event, A WhatsApp group or even just an email list. It really depends where the bride’s friends and family spend their time online. You might end up with a main group chat and a smaller email list for some of the older family members - it’s really whatever suits your group’s needs best.
If you book your hen party with The Foxy Hen (it would be an honour),you’ll be able to stay in touch with your whole group through your VIP booking page. Copy the invite link into your group chat so everyone can log in. Everyone can see what was booked, when it starts, payment timelines and even message each other!
Of course the bride needs to be invited to her own hen do. But we recommend doing it with a bit of panache or with a really sweet gesture she’ll remember!
Our favourite ideas for inviting the hen to her hen party are:
Choosing a date for the hen party can be a bit of a headache. We recommend trying to keep it simple with these 4 easy steps:
And, voila! Hen do date chosen.
Choosing a hen party theme is a great way to make the event more unique and personalised to the bride. If she’s a bit vintage, go with a 20s flapper hen theme or, if she’s a HUGE Harry Potter fan, then sort yourselves into houses and get on your broomsticks...
A hen do theme also makes for some brilliant dress ups and hen party costumes that let your ladies show off their own tastes and style.
A hen party game is the perfect way to add some class, some cheek and some outright LOLs to your hen weekend with the girls. If you’ve booked your own hen house, you could take over the lounge for a round of your favourite hen do game. Or you could sort out a room in your hotel or local bar/pub so you can enjoy some bubbly and giggles during the game no matter where you are.
Some genuinely unique hen party games that you can personalise to the bride, and have some fun and warm ‘n’ fuzzies with include:
For some proper hen-ish game inspiration, check out:
We know you’re super honoured to be organising the hen party (kudos) but nailing down a trip budget can be a daunting task. Will it be a 5 star hotel or a simple hostel? 5 hen party activities in 1 day or a simple night out on the town with the girls?
It’s natural that people’s tastes and income will influence what they think is an appropriate amount to pay for a hen night or hen weekend away. We can help you work out your group’s budget with these stress-saving tips:
We’ll chat more about managing hen party payments later but we just wanted to let you know that, with The Foxy Hen, you can:
Picking your hen party destination is the fun part! You might be dreaming of a girly beach getaway, a city hen fling or a quiet country house with hen do games and good food. There are so many ways your hen group can go!
Our favourite UK hen do locations are Bath, Newcastle, Leeds, Brighton, Edinburgh and Cardiff. The most popular Irish destinations are definitely Galway, Carrick-on-Shannon, Westport, Carlingford and Kilkenny.
Your final hen location really comes down to the bride’s wishes (if you’re giving her a choice) and logistics. For some people, flying overseas isn’t financially possible, they can’t get time off work or they have family responsibilities. It’s important to be realistic, so that as many of the bride’s favourite ladies ones can join in the hen party trip as possible.
If you can take your flockin fabulous hen do overseas, go for it! If not, plan something in your favourite city closer to home and you can still make it super special.
If you’re hosting your hen party in your actual home, then you can gloat, chuckle and skip this section, caus you ain’t going nowhere!
If you’re travelling north or south within the UK or Ireland to your chosen hen party destination, then it’s worth considering:
Booking a whole hen party in for flights to your chosen hen destination abroad can be a bit tricky. To try and keep things as simple as possible, we recommend:
Hen party pro planner tip: Contact the airline ahead of your flight date and see if they might do something special for the bride in the air. Maybe a glass of bubbly or a message over the mic?
There are two ways you can book your hen party:
At The Foxy Hen, you can book in all your essential hen do accommodation, activities, meals and nightlife in the one place and with no upfront deposit. You can book a single item or a whole hen party package - whatever you need! We’ll contact each venue, make any changes you need, confirm final numbers and pay for everything in advance before the day.
All you have to do is choose what you’d like to do for this perfect hen party you’re planning, submit your free booking request through The Foxy Hen website and you’re done! We’ll check with your suppliers to see if everything is available and let you know asap.
Get some hen do ideas with our guide to accommodation, day activities, food and night time fun below and start building your hen party package in minutes.
Choosing the right hen party accommodation for your group depends on:
Since you should have your destination and budget roughly worked out by this stage in your hen do planning, your accommodation really comes down to the style and events you’ve planned for this hen weekend away.
We’ve created a pros and cons list of each hen do accommodation option to help you choose the type that’s best for your hen group.
We think choosing your hen party activities is the most fun part of organising a hen do. It’s like window shopping your bucket list!
Remember to factor in the budget, personalities, age groups and physical needs of your hen party group before choosing.
To help you find the perfect hen do activities for your girls, we’ve hand picked some of our favourite options for girls who like:
Hen party activities for the outdoorsy type:
Hen party activities for pampering and relaxing:
Hen party activities for hen groups who are a bit creative or theatrical:
A girl’s gotta eat and your hen party needs the energy to party hard for the hen night ahead or the whole hen weekend! The best way to keep your girls fueled and to share some quality time together is by booking in a fab hen party meal in your chosen destination.
If your hens are planning a meal at home or in your accommodation, you might only need a small snack in town to keep the energy flowing before your night out. Or you may have just finished a challenging outdoor hen day activity and need to refuel before dinner later.
If this is you, then finger food and platters make for the perfect hen do treat! Enjoy some tasty morsels in a central bar or pub before launching onto the town for whatever fun you have planned for your night time hen activities.
A hen party brunch is the perfect way to start the day with your group. Not only does it make for a fancy hen party dining experience but it also helps your girls recover from whatever shenanigans you got up to the night before.
You’ll find brunch options in most of our UK hen party destinations and some of our Irish hen destinations. You can even get a full Irish breakfast delivered to your hen self-catering house in Carlingford!
Sharing a meal with your best gal pals is the best way to start your hen party night out. Some quality food, a glass of wine and the bride’s favourite people can make for an extra special evening of chats, laughter and memories.
You could opt for a simple main meal or book a full 4 course feast for your hen do girls. We have options for Italian, Spanish, BBQs, Burgers and French-inspired cuisine, so you should be able to find the perfect dinner for your hen party in the UK, Ireland or abroad in Europe.
If you have your hen hearts set on a particular restaurant that we don’t offer, just reach out! We’ll reach out to them to help make your perfect hen party meal a reality.
The hen night is your group’s chance to really let loose and go have fun out on the town. For you, this could mean a full night of bubbly, a stripogram and clubbing til the wee hours. Or it could be as simple as cocktails at a classy bar or a karaoke session for your hen party ladies to belt out “I Need A Hero” or “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” til you can’t speak.
The point is to plan your hen party night out with activities that suit your bride-to-be and give all the ladies something they’ll remember for a long time to come.
To give you some hen nightlife inspiration, we’ve listed our best picks for fun hen things to do when the sun goes down.
If you’re planning a party-focused hen night out with clubs, bars and dancing, make sure to keep an eye out for:
If you book all of your hen party activities and accommodation yourself, collecting the money from the girls and chasing them can be a nightmare. And that’s a stress you don’t need with everything else special you’re planning for this incredible event.
So, if you do book your hen party trip with us here at The Foxy Hen, you can invite the girls into the booking and they can pay for themselves online for anything they want to take part in. No stress for you and an easy experience for them.
Once you’ve submitted your booking request through our website and we’ve confirmed everything is available, it’s time to invite your hen party group into the booking!
Simply log into your Foxy Hen account, go to your booking page and either:
They’ll be able to create their own account and log into check everything you chose for the hen party.
There are 3 ways your hen group can make payments to join the trip:
Remember that you can untick any items you don’t want to take part in before completing an online payment and pay a bit less if you need!
Ok, so this isn’t really a step in your hen party checklist but it’s certainly the last stop on your hen planning journey.
We hope this guide has helped to de-mystify and de-stress the steps to planning the perfect hen do. We’re sure yours is going to be beautiful and remembered by the bride and all the girls for a long time.
If you have any questions, you can chat with a Foxy Hen team member online or get in touch.
Now, go have fun! xx