If you’ve been charged with the job of planning your sister or best friend’s hen party, you’re probably anxious about getting it right and keeping an entire bride tribe happy at the same time. Every maid of honor wants to give the blushing bride the hen of her dreams, and one way to pull off this mission is to embrace the art of personalization.
If you’re in the midst of putting together the weekend to end all weekends, here are some tips to make your celebration as personal as possible.
Choosing a theme
Many brides choose to have a theme for their wedding, and they’re bound to have passions and interests that will give you some tips when selecting one for the hen. Think about what they love to do in their spare time and what they spend their money on. Channel the theme of the wedding, and go for something that matches their unique style and personality rather than what everyone else is doing.
Decorating the venue and goody bags
If you’ve rented a house for the weekend or you’re staying in a hotel, arrive a couple of hours before the bride is due to land and put up some personalized decorations. You can order customized bunting, balloons, and banners online, and you can also get fun novelty items like face masks of the bride or groom for everyone to wear. Give each hen a goody bag with the bride’s face on the front, and fill it with fun items that may come in useful over the weekend like games and cards, funky shot glasses or weird and wonderful fancy dress accessories.
Putting together an outfit
When you’re communicating with the hens before the main event, make sure everyone is clear on the dress code and the outfits they’ll need for the weekend. If you’re doing black and white, for example, ask everyone to bring a black dress, and then put together an outfit for the bride-to-be. Choose a dress that will compliment her figure, and don’t forget the accessories. She’ll need shoes and a bag to hold her essentials. If you want to buy a gift, a piece of jewelry is a great idea. You don’t need to spend a fortune and buy something to rival her rock from the Verragio engagement rings collection, but a simple necklace, an initialed ring, or a bangle will be a lovely token that she can wear that night, and keep forever. For that extra personal touch, hang her outfit on a bespoke named hanger.
Commemorating the occasion
Every bride wants to look her back on her hen weekend, and smile and laugh about it for years to come. Ask the hens to send in photographs and messages, and make a book or an album for your bride to keep. You could leave the second part of the book blank, and then fill it up with snaps from the hen and scrawlings about what happened on the night out and inside-jokes.
If you’re in charge of the hen party, take these tips on board to plan a fun, unique and special weekend the bride-to-be will never forget.
Editor’s Note: A hen party is the same in the U.K. and Australia, as a bachelorette party in the United States. This is a sponsored post.
What do you think of these tips? What things would you do to make the celebration a touch more personal? Tell us in the comments.