Planning a fabulous party with the girls just got a whole lot easier. We team up with City Dance Parties for their top tips on throwing unforgettable hen weekends…
Planning brilliant hen weekends can be a bit of a wild rollercoaster of emotions: from excited brainstorming with the “bride tribe’, to the stressed-out, sleepless nights wondering if everything will run smoothly; double, triple checking that everything’s been booked and fits in with the schedule, to the actual big weekend itself, which, if you get it right, can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience with some absolutely unforgettable memories! Here to walk us through how to get the occasion just right at the planning stage, is the lovely Jenny from City Dance Parties…
More and more, ladies everywhere are looking to organise that weekend with a difference, with that extra special touch to make that ‘Last Night of Freedom’ an event to be both marvelled at, envied, and packed with exciting experiences and tales to tell friends and family for months, (nay years) to come!
It’s not always easy though….especially if you’re on a budget. At City Dance Parties, we’ve been working with hen parties for years (and have been part of hundreds of brides’ weekends), so we like to think we know a thing or two when it comes to organising an unforgettable hen weekend. We’ve compiled some of our top tips on planning, and executing, a truly show-stopping hen party:
If you want a hen party that really stands out, you’ve got to get creative. Step back from the norm, and think about what fun activities you can do that are a bit different, and out of the box. Think about something the bride’s always wanted to do, or you could be brave and learn a completely new skill. You could try fun, kooky dance styles like ‘Line Dancing’ or ‘90s Dance’; go for gold with a hen party assault course, or could even try something completely bonkers like an adrenaline-filled high wire course or even (gulp!) a bungee jump! If you’re on a budget, why not get creative with a theme, or some personalised, homemade accessories?
Incorporate some themes that mean a lot to you
A hen weekend is, after all, about creating some special memories for the bride, so do try and incorporate some themes that you think she would love. We’ve previously had a hen party dance class where every single song in the class was selected by the bridesmaids specifically for the bride, so the class was packed with songs that brought back some special memories and put a huge smile on her face!
Don’t be over ambitious!
Although it might seem tempting to try and cram as many activities in as possible, avoid the temptation to pack in too much and be overambitious. Hen party activities can often be costly (and if you’re thinking of cutting corners and going cheap, remember quantity over quality isn’t always best). A jam-packed schedule also brings with it the added stress of time-keeping. You really don’t want to spend the afternoon chasing your tail and stressing out because you’re getting further and further behind schedule! Select your activities carefully, allow a bit of wiggle room in between for any delays, and go for a couple of really fun, special activities, rather than trying to cram tons in and not being able to make the most of them due to stress and tiredness!
Don’t take yourself too seriously
Now this is an important one. At the beginning of every one of our hen party dance classes, we always make a point of emphasising that the focus should be all about having FUN, rather than being super serious. If you just jump in to activities, and aren’t afraid to get things wrong, or look a bit silly sometimes, you are so much more likely to have a whale of a time, and will often get SO much more from an activity! Laughter is infectious, so throw your insecurities aside, and just go for it. Soon everyone will be joining you – the ice will be broken, and you’ll all be having a ball!
Preparation, Preparation, Preparation
An oldie, but a goodie. If you plan well and put in the groundwork before the big day, it will alleviate a lot of stress over the weekend. Make sure your activities aren’t too far apart, know where you’re going, who you’re meeting and what you’re doing! Check travel arrangements and if there’s any delays or works going on that weekend. You could even make a little pack for everyone with addresses, timings and confirmations! We’ve said it before, but one of the most common hen party woes we see at City Dance Parties is groups that are lost, or frantically rushing and late! Pre-plan, know where you’re going, how you’re getting there and leave the stress at the door!
Whatever you end up doing, if you keep the focus on having fun, and centred around the bride, you really can’t go too far wrong! The best memories are made when you’re having fun with your nearest and dearest, so as long as you have them (and some prosecco!), you are more than capable of creating a showstopper of a hen weekend. What are you waiting for…..On your marks, Get Set, Get Planning!
Thank you for these excellent top tips Jenny! For some inspirational hen ideas, visit citydanceparties.co.uk