AUTHOR: ANNA NGUYEN
Everyone loves a wedding. Not just the event, but the planning and parties that come along with it. Hen parties are a traditional part of the bride and bridesmaids escaping for one last fling together. These memories last a lifetime. There are so many activities and places to go for a weekend adventure that can be mind-boggling. Should you stay close to home or jump a flight and find an awesome place to begin the fun? Here are a few ideas for hosting your hen party abroad or having it a little closer to home.
WHETHER IT'S A HEN PARTY ABROAD OR A PARTY IN YOUR LOUNGE... INCLUDE THE TEAM!
All friends of the bride want the Hens escapade to be exciting. Getting everyone to agree on the adventure may take some doing in the beginning. Taking time away from home and travel expenses may be a deciding factor for many. Have everyone lay their cards on the table, so you all know what is doable. Don’t leave everything up to the bride-to-be. Make the final destination a team effort.
And speaking of the bride-to-be, she is going to feel like she is drowning in details and lack of time. As a bridesmaid, you can eliminate much of this pressure by scheduling times, events and places. If she’s overly stressed, you could even speak to the bride about hiring a wedding planner and celebrant to take the weight off of her shoulders (meaning they can take care of the wedding details while you concentrate on the fun hens!).
INEXPENSIVE ABROAD DESTINATIONS
There are places in the world that are quite affordable and can guarantee a good time. Here are just a few:
A place where few are familiar with, but it offers history, beautiful beaches, inexpensive dining and few tourists. Spring and Autumn are the time to get great deals on lodging.
Fantastic for being entertained and enjoying the affordable nightlife. Popular among hens, the group will not be disappointed.
A great option for more affordable accommodation and a rich culture. It all depends on what the bride wants! If your group are food lovers, Asia is an excellent choice.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, USA
One of the best deals that many have found is visiting Las Vegas. There are several deals of free lodging, free meals and tons of casinos. However, you will need to start searching well in advance to get a good deal.
If the problem of travelling abroad due to family, passports, time restrictions and so on make it impossible to head out for a far off hens weekend, consider the alternative of exploring the awesome places in Australia.
Many people do not realise the fantastic sights of their own country. Keeping your hens on the continent of Australia will provide a chance to explore what you have been missing. For example, a hot air balloon ride at sunrise that outlines the Yarra Valley in perfect serenity; allowing you to put life into perspective with your most important friends. Followed by a champagne breakfast and tour of one of the greatest wineries in the area, this is a reflective way to remember your hens.
You could even opt for a guesthouse that was once a church in the 1800s; an appropriate way of celebrating the upcoming event. Located in St. Albans, New South Wales, there will be plenty of relaxing with horseback riding, swimming or meeting new people.
MAKE IT COSY & INTIMATE
Trips are great when everyone’s schedule coincides, and money is no object. But, what do you do when one or two of the bridesmaids cannot attend? There are other ways to have a hens gathering that is much cosier and more intimate. Just look at these ideas:
PLAN AN ADVENTURE IN YOUR AREA
The idea of a hens celebration is to spend time with your closest friends. Plan an overnight party with games, outrageous food and drink, and lots of pictures to post on social media.
KEEP IT CLOSE
Keep your bride-to-be in the dark and travel to nearby clubs where the entertainment has been waiting for you. Drinks and dancers will be an evening to remember.
TRY SOMETHING NEW
Go on a picnic with lots of treats, wine and funny gifts. Go canoeing down the river, visit the zoo. It doesn’t matter what your agenda consists of as long as it brings you all close one last time before the wedding
Keep the fun flowing non-stop by planning as many activities as possible. Make sure that everyone is ready to have the time of their life because there will be no stress allowed!
THE HENS NIGHT
It’s completely understandable that weddings can be stressful due to financial strains and pressure from both sides of the family. A hens is a special moment for the bride and her close loved ones to celebrate your journey so far. Whether you’re looking for budget-friendly ideas to celebrate at home or want to splurge on a glamping weekend for your event, there are options for every bride!
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AUTHOR BIO - ANNA NGUYEN
Anna Nguyen is from the Content Team at Oneflare! She's typically writing content with real-life insights, discussing life milestones from planning a wedding to renovating your first home.