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Planning A Hen Party: The Basics

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Are you a bridesmaid who has been tasked with planning your bride’s hen party? You have come to the right place today! We’ve got a list of everything you need to organize to have the best hen party ever, plus some extra special little details.

the basics

Being asked to plan a hen party can seem like a mammoth task. With so many people’s calendars to work with, budgets to consider, and all those little details, it can seem like a lot. The best way to move forward is to take it easy, one step at a time…

1. Talk to the bride – who does she want to invite, does she have any preferences on number of nights (if any), distance to travel etc.

2. Set a date – The sooner you set a date, the better and easier it will be for everyone to keep that date free.

3. Invite the Chickens – A WhatsApp group, or similar group messaging system is the easiest way for everyone to get in touch and have all the details and answers in one place.

4. Decide on a budget per person – Make sure you discuss the cost with your bride and a few key guests to make sure it’s achievable for everyone invited.

5. Research options and consult with chickens – While it’s good to keep everyone in the loop with ideas, try to keep the group small, lots of cooks and all that!

6. Set payment deadlines – not so fun but essential! Keep a record of everyone paying how much and when.

7. Book accommodation – You’ll need a certain number before this step, so stick to those girls to keep the plan simple.

8. Book Activities – We’re just inspired for ideas – Hen and Stag Parties in Ireland

Book 9. food and drink book.

10. Organize the decorations.

11. Party!

When should you get the chicken done?

A lot of this depends on what kind of hen party you are planning. If it’s a party weekend type give as much notice as possible to save your hens abroad and pay for it. It’s a good idea to aim for 6-10 weeks before the wedding as it’s still time for the hen to rest but not so far away that the excitement of the day fades.

If you’re planning a low-key hen dinner type then it’s perfectly fine to have it close to the wedding date.

Budget for a little extra…

While it can be tempting to go overboard on personalized decorations, remember to factor this cost into the overall budget so all hens can contribute.

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