Your hens night is the perfect time to get your dancing shoes on, let loose and catch up with all your gal pals. Here’s where to start with your party planning:
This is a chance to have a fun night out with the girls, free from wedding planning and your partners. Your invite list could go one of two ways — either include friends, colleagues, mothers and other female family members or ask only your closest friends for a tight-knit affair (with more freedom to do the things you’d most like to, without judging eyes!). You might have to behave yourself a little more if you choose the former, but we’re sure your mum and mother-in-law will love the chance to celebrate with you. It’s best if you only include people who are also invited to the wedding, as you don’t want to offend anyone (or confuse those who might later think their wedding invite got lost in the mail!). However, for certain circles of friends (like workmates) you can probably use your own judgement about inviting them.
Your hens party can be whatever you want, but the main aim is to have fun! Choose an activity for the night that everyone will love (and that will help people mingle and get to know each other). Also consider a theme, matching outfits, and plenty of games. If you’re worried your mother-in-law won’t approve of risqué dares, then leave these activities for later in the night when the numbers start to dwindle. Our advice? This is one pre-wedding activity that you don’t really need to organise! Give your bridal party tips and hints for what you’d like to do (or don’t want to do) and then sit back and let them handle the logistics.
The dress code for your hens is completely up to you. The activities that are planned for the day will give you a good idea of what to wear (make sure you give your guests a heads up if they require flat shoes, swimsuits or if you’re having a theme). To really stand out as a group, why not all wear pink, or give the bride a mock veil or feather boa so she remains the centre of attention wherever you go.
by Caitlin Moscatello