We talk trends, international destinations, budgets and parties with GoHen!
1. What do you see being the hot hen trends for 2013?
Over recent times we’ve seen more hens looking to try out something unusual on their hen party, and this is especially the case in 2013! Not content with your average hen party shenanigans we’ve seen a rise hens booking activities like Inflatable Games, the Somerset Challenge and the Highland Games, all of which are a bit quirky and unique. More hens are also looking to get crafty, with activities like chocolate making, lingerie making and cake decorating all set to be hot this year. Our girls still want the classic big night out however, so we predict our VIP nightclubbing entertainment will get even more popular!
2. You’re full of fabulous hen party advice, what would be your top three quick pointers for hens?
Thank you very much! There are a lot of pointers we’d give any first time hen, but if we had to narrow it down to three then they’d probably be:
1. Plan early to avoid disappointment
2. Keep on top of the finances- be fair but firm with your guests
3. Pack some amazing activities in to make it truly memorable
3. What’s the easiest way to add a touch of uniqueness to a hen party?
As mentioned before, unusual activities like the Somerset Challenge are super popular and great for making your hen party extra unique (how many people do you know have done welly hurling at their hen party?!) Fancy dress is another great way to add an extra fun element, and if you have a totally different theme then people should remember it for all the right reasons.
4. What are your favourite hen party themes?
There are so many ways to add a theme to your hen party and we love them all! A vintage theme is always fabulous- you can get into proper 50’s attire and go for afternoon tea! Alternatively a festival theme is always a winner and great on a budget as you can dig out your wellies and summer clothes rather than buying fancy new clothes.
5. And your favourite active hen party idea?
More hens are looking to be active on their hen party, wanting to have fun and tone up for the big day, so for active hens we’d recommend an activity like blo karting, clay shooting or kite surfing. Or if you want something active with a sweet reward at the end a chocolate treasure hunt is a whole lot of fun.
6. For a relaxing hen weekend, where’s the best place to start?
While we do get some hens looking to rush around and be active there’s also a large proportion that want a relaxing time with some girly pampering. Book yourselves a pampering day and be thoroughly looked after with massages, facials and saunas. After that indulge in a bit of wine tasting and then embark on a serene river cruise.
7. Any ideas for keeping all ages of guests happy at a hen party?
When organising any type of event it’s important to take all of the guests into account, and this is especially the case at a hen party when you’re booking activities and often a big night out. There are plenty of activities which are suitable no matter what the range of ages is, life drawing and cake decorating are suitable for all, and for the nights entertainment you could book a cabaret or comedy show instead of having a wild night out. It might be a good idea to draw up a list of activities you’d like to do and then talk to the older guests to see which ones they’d enjoy most.
8. Do you think it’s possible to have a hen party without breaking the bank?
Absolutely, as long as you have your favourite girls and a plan in place there’s no need to spend a fortune! There are also loads of ways to cut costs, the main one being to downgrade on accommodation. Do you really need a five star hotel if you’re only going to be spending a few hours there sleeping? You could also consider making your own games- why not write out dares or jazz up an old card game to suit? The last suggestion for cutting hen party costs is not to buy a brand new outfit- chances are you have something in your wardrobe already which will look fabulous.
9. What’s your favourite unusual hen party ideas?
We love the aforementioned Somerset Challenge and Inflatable Games- they’re both great for getting a bit active and having a giggle. Life drawing is a fab, unusual activity with a cheeky element, and a ghost tour can add a unique touch to your evening! Alternatively there are loads of dance activities which are slightly unusual to take part in- why not have a belly dancing class or make like Baby with a Dirty Dancing lesson?
10. And last but not least, any advice for hens organising a hen party in 2013?
2013 is all about making your hen party as amazing as it can possibly be- add unusual activities, make sure you’ve got your big night planned out and invite all of your favourite people! Stay on top of the money and make sure you take everyone’s budgets into account, and book early (especially if you’re going abroad as flights tend to be cheaper). Overall though just enjoy the night, it’s all about celebrating an upcoming marriage and a hen party presents the perfect opportunity to have a giggle and a gossip with the girls!
For more help and advice check out the GoHen blog – The Clucker!