Not all hen parties have to involve L-plates and alcohol! If you’re looking to plan an elegant hen party, read on for ideas from Mad Max Adventures…
Utter the words hen party and most people will immediately think of a gaggle of drunken girls draped in pink feather boas and L plates, stumbling down a high street with questionably-shaped inflatables. But what if you, or an engaged friend, are more likely to be found in a Michelin-starred restaurant, doing some crafts or exploring a museum than throwing back vodka shots in a neon-lit club?
Here are a few top suggestions for an elegant hen party…
Make your own wedding accessories
There’s no reason why your hen weekend shouldn’t help with the big day too – think about the decorations or accessories you’ll need for your venue and use this to plan a hen do activity. If you’re planning a summer ceremony with a boho vibe, why not incorporate a flower garland making class into your hen do and use these garlands as headpieces for your bridesmaids or flower girls?
If your wedding is distinctly vintage you’ll be on the hunt for Victoriana-style hairpieces for your bridal party, but why not help keep the budget in check by making your own? Source pearls, crystals, silk and velvet and get creative! You can buy fascinator bases and similar items on eBay or in craft shops, or you could embellish simple metal headbands. To ensure a quality finish why not seek out local craftspeople and enquire about a cost to host a class for you and your hens?
Other wedding accessory items you can easily make with your nearest and dearest include lavender-stuffed fabric hearts, wedding favours, floral centrepieces for the tables or chair covers.
Indulge in fine food and wine
Foodie brides planning a pre-wedding celebration might be concerned that their hen do will involve a poor quality meal, and even worse quality wine. Many of the cheaper hen do packages available involve a set meal, but with these deals you are definitely paying for the convenience rather than flavour, and the approach is more burger and chips than a chance to enjoy gourmet treats.
If you’re a bride with a few Michelin stars under her belt, there are lots of hen party options. Many cities offer food tours, some of which are themed around a certain foodstuff (like sushi or chocolate), or you could attend an artisan workshop and make your own bread, chocolate or even cheese. Got a favourite local restaurant? Why not enquire how much they would charge to teach you and a few friends how to rustle up your go-to dish from their menu?
Other options include a cupcake decorating class, a Thai or Chinese cookery class, or a high end catered dinner party. If you’re fond of a classy tipple, think about gin or champagne tasting.
Accessorise the newlywed’s home
Chances are the bride and groom are already happily shacked up and own a toaster, kettle and the rest, so why not use the hen do as a chance to create some romantic accessories to add the finishing touches to their home? Candle making is surprisingly easy and kits can be ordered online, or you could fire up the sewing machines and put your hens to work on cushions with your initials alongside your partner’s – or even your new surname if you are choosing to take it.
Shoe clip making
Bespoke shoe clips are a fantastic way of jazzing up otherwise plain shoes, from round toed courts to pointy stilettos and flat sandals. A shoe clip making class is a great way for a crafty hen to explore her creative side, and both bride and hens could find it a useful way of adding a touch of their own personality to their wedding outfit.
If you’re the bride why not incorporate a navy flower in your shoe clip design to nod to the tradition of wearing something blue? It also counts as something new of course – now that’s some streamlined wedding planning!
Our thanks to Mad Max Adventures for these fab ideas. If you fancy something a little more adventurous check out madmaxadventures.com now!