Friday, 8 August 2014

Hen Do’s and Don’ts: Advice for the Hen Do Organiser!

If you’ve been put in charge of organising a hen do – whether it’s for your best mate or a family member – it’s your responsibility to make it as memorable as possible. You’re not going to get tears of joy from something that has been put together in a matter of hours, so it’s up to you to plan the time that you have wisely to ensure that what the bride-to-be gets is nothing short of a hen do dream come true.

This doesn’t mean that you have to spend a fortune, because you don’t. Hen parties on a budget are just as unforgettable as those that aren’t; it’s all down to what you do with the time that you have! Here are some of the hen do’s and don’ts that you should consider during the planning process, so that you can ensure everything will run smoothly, without a hitch.

DO speak to the bride about her wishes and desires. Remember that it’s not your hen do, it’s hers, so make sure that what you plan reflects her personality. Is she the sort of person who would thrive in a pair of hen do head boppers and a bright pink sash? Or would she prefer to have a more sober evening, enjoying a nice meal with friends?

DON’T listen to her completely, though. Even if she says she doesn’t want any fuss, chances are she’d like a little bit of fuss, she just doesn’t want to say that. Bear in mind her desires and, if she’s completely anti something, then obviously don’t include it. That being said, hen do’s are all about the FUN, aren’t they?

DO give guests a dress code. This is particularly important if you’re hoping to incorporate a theme into the evening. Let all of the guests know (including the bride), in advance, what the dress code is so that they can plan their outfit. Is it fancy dress? Or can the guests shop for occasion dresses from George at ASDA to be as girly and feminine as possible? 





DO consider who will be coming to the hen do. If she wants her mum and her gran to be there, perhaps a stripper or a naked butler wouldn’t be the best way to go. That is, of course, unless they aren’t prude in the slightest and would grab the opportunity with both hands…

DON’T stretch the budget if you can help it. The bride will want her guests to be able to attend, and if that means cutting the budget because everyone will be able to come if it’s that little bit cheaper, then do it. Book things in advance and ask guests for their contributions as and when you need it. That way, you won’t be out of pocket and nobody will have to worry about funding things on the day.

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remember the personal touches. The little additions to the hen party, or weekend, that will let the bride know just how much you care will make her hen do special. Perhaps you could ask the guests to write a little note to her, in a guest book, that she can look back on in years to come?


Give yourself plenty of time to organise everything and be sure not to wing it – the more planning and organisation you do, the smoother the hen do will run!

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30 comments:

  1. Such a great post for those planning one. I love the last tip! Personal touches can make or break the night. Plus they create great memories for the future! x

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  2. Planning a hen do is such a responsibility, so you have some great tips here. The personal touches make all the difference too, I agree!
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    1. Thanks hun, I think they would also make the difference too x

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  3. I have forwarded this on to my bridesmaids!!! HAHA! xx

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  4. Great tips, never planned one for anyone else x

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  5. Ah great tips, I think personal touches make all the difference x

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  6. I am so pleased that I haven't ever been in charge of a hen do, I think it would be terrifying!

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  7. I never had, and have never been to a "Hen" do! Actually, come to think of it I have only been to one wedding - mine! Quite relieved I haven't ever had to organise one!

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  8. Despite living in Brighton, home of the hen dos, I've never ever been to one. Never had one of my own or been invited to anybody else's. Quite relieved really, they sound terrifying.

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  9. Good post especially for me as I'm planning a hen do! :)

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  10. So pleased I have never had to organised a hen do. Great tips

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  11. I didn't have a hen-do! My sister is currently organising her besties hen do! Its not until March but she is getting it organised now! xx

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  12. I think I'm well beyond hen dos now but definitely agree with the first one - I have heard of people completely ignoring the bride and going for a tacky theme that the bride really didn't want. I was really lucky with mine.

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  13. Some good ideas, yeh so glad I have my best mate doing mine .

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  14. Great tips. Always good to remember its about her and not you!!

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  15. Great post I have to admit I wouldn't have any idea where to start on orgnasixing a hun do. x

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  16. Haven't been on a hen do in years!

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  17. Some very good advice! I have never organised one yet but have been to a few where the bride to be wasn't too happy or things didn't turn out right! Mind you - it is the stag do organisers who need more advice as they can plan some pretty scary stuff and are more likely to get into trouble!

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  18. Fantastic post for someone planning a hen do. Am not sure if I will ever get to wear the organiser hat though.

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  19. I've never organised a hen do yet (I've only ever been to one!) and I would hate for someone else to organise mine - I'm very fussy!!

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  20. I didn't want a hen do at all so we all went out for a family/friends meal two days before the wedding - meant that the ice was broken for everyone on the day we got married

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  21. Great tips. I was embarrased so much on mine but I did have fun

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