AUTHOR: ADAM OF 'WINE COMPASS'
A wine tour is a great way to celebrate a hens party; as opposed to going out for dinner or lunch, it really gets people mingling. And the fact that you get to visit lots of different locations keeps things a lot more interesting. Plus if you are looking to get crazy, but aren’t that keen on doing so in front of Grandma, it is an excellent way to have a nice day with the older ladies of the family, get a little bit tipsy, and then head out later where the less tame fun can begin.
If you are looking at planning a hens party wine tour, below are our top tips for a great day out.
1. MAKE THE BRIDE FEEL SPECIAL
Let her know she doesn’t need to worry about anything.
It’s the little things that add up to make it a great day. Carry her wine and belongings for her, play her favourite songs, don’t let her buy a drink at all. Let the wineries know that it is her special day so they can make a big deal out of her.
2. GET THE DIFFERENT GROUPS TOGETHER
With many different circles of friends and family attending, it’s great to get them mingling early; and a wine tour is perfect for this. For example, go out of your way to introduce the groom’s family to the bride’s friends, play some ice-breaker games (some ideas later in the article), and take every opportunity to talk to people you don’t know.
3. PICK THE RIGHT SPOTS FOR YOUR WINE TOUR
While a little bit of information on the wines is always welcome, you don’t want to be lectured on every single vintage and wine-making technique. The best stops are in pretty locations that are relaxed and fun, with plenty of chances to mingle and socialise.
Laughs are the key to a good day, so some fun wineries always go down well.
4. MAKE HER A PERSONALISED PLAYLIST
Make a playlist of great songs that will bring back memories and get the party started. Having a rocking bus on the way home is one of the most fun parts of the day!
5. PICK SOME FUN GAMES (BUT DON’T OVERDO IT)
All wine regions are 1 hour plus from Melbourne CBD, so there is time to play a game or two on the way down.
From experience, 1 or 2 games is generally enough as the wine tour is an event in itself; plus people get a bit annoyed if you keep interrupting their wine and conversation.
Some of our favourite bus games include (you can Google them for full rules and explanation):
Everyone writes down a memory they have with the bride-to-be. One of the bridesmaids then reads out each memory and the bride must guess who wrote them.
DID YOU KNOW?
Get the groom to pre-answer a series of questions. The bride-to-be must answer the same questions to see how they match. Example, ‘Where was your first kiss?’
PASS THE PARCEL
Not just for kids anymore! Played on the bus, add naughty or useful gifts under each layer; music is played and when the music stops, a layer is unwrapped and a prize revealed.
Great fun, and very social. Versions include ‘forbidden words’ or ‘stripper names’. This can be set-up on the bus on the way down, but lasts the whole day. It’s a good way to get people laughing and socialising.
There you have it, our top tips for a great wine tour hens party!
AUTHOR BIO - WINE COMPASS WINE TOURS
MORNINGTON PENINSULA & YARRA VALLEY WINE TOURS
Wine Compass has plenty of experience running winery tours for hen’s parties in the Yarra Valley and on the Mornington Peninsula; simply contact them and they will put together an itinerary you and your girlfriends will love!
Available: Melbourne, Yarra Valley & Mornington Peninsula - Victoria
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