If unwinding on a relaxing hen pamper weekend sounds like your idea of heaven, take note. Here, The Grand, York, have supplied their top tips for a stress-free hen do to remember…
A hen do is a personal and intimate experience for a bride. As such, the responsibility to arrange a perfect weekend can put a lot of pressure on the maid of honour. To combat this and ensure an enjoyable weekend for all, pamper weekends are increasing in popularity for hen parties; it is the perfect opportunity to spend time with the bride and her closest friends and family, sip champagne and relax ahead of the big day. With so much to plan and arrange, brides-to-be can often get bogged down in the planning and forget the most important thing – to enjoy themselves. By planning a relaxing weekend, you can be sure she’ll be grateful and enjoy the pampering. Spa weekends are a great choice for all involved and should please all of the ‘hens’, including the mother-of-the-bride and the mother-in-law.
Here are 7 top tips for a stress-free hen pamper weekend:
Communication between members of the bridal party is essential, but it can prove difficult when everyone has their own opinions and ideas bouncing around. Usually, the best way to communicate with everyone is through a group chat; make sure that everyone is listened to, in order to avoid any conflict. If you are planning on keeping anything a surprise for the bride, it would be advisable to exclude her from the chat or create two; one with her in and one that she is not a part of.
Although the hen weekend will be a fun and relaxing experience, there are always a few practicalities to keep in mind, and the earlier you sort these out the sooner you can get excited. This includes things like planning the transport, arranging budgets, putting together a schedule or itinerary and booking treatments or activities.
Sorting out a budget can be a daunting part of planning a hen do but it is important that you have considered everyone’s budget and agreed on a reasonable figure. If you’re planning two nights away, ask whether everyone wants to come for both or just one; this gives people an option to cut it short but isn’t too much of a strain on the planning. If possible, it’s always nice to contribute to the brides share of the budget, whether it be towards the accommodation or treatments – with so much to pay for ahead of the big day a little contribution from all would be greatly appreciated. For the weekend, put together a kitty to ensure that everything is already essentially paid for and you’re not chasing anyone for money.
When booking the accommodation, you should first consider the size of the party; boutique hotels are lovely but maybe not the best for large groups of hens. There are a variety of spa hotels across the country, which are the perfect location for a pampering hen weekend, and it means everything is in one place. Many spa hotels offer packages for brides-to-be.
5. The little things
Don’t forget the little things. Accessories are always great for a hen party and bring some fun to the weekend. If you’re opting for a spa weekend, look to personalise a robe or some slippers, as she will be able to keep either as a memento. For a thoughtful touch, look to make up some party bags, including a mix of pamper products and meaningful gifts, for everyone to remember the weekend by.
6. What the hen wants
If you’re the maid of honour it is important that you make sure the hen do is tailored to the bride. If the bride is involved in the planning, it is pretty simple to ensure she is getting what she wants but if not, you’ll need to take into account her preferred treatments and any other things she loves to do, such as cocktail making or afternoon tea. If you’re stuck for ideas, ask around and see what everyone else in the bridal party thinks.
If you’re planning a spa day or weekend, while most of the time will be taken up by treatments or relaxing by the pool, you will still have some time for accompanying activities. An afternoon tea, such as afternoon tea at The Grand, York, can complement a spa day nicely and offer an opportunity to refuel in a relaxed setting . Other activities you could consider would be a cocktail masterclass, cookery class or a visit to a theatre production.