All eyes are on Kate Middleton this spring. And the focus is not only on the wedding day, but also on her hen night. She will, no doubt, be getting plenty of advice on what to do—and more importantly, what not to do—on the eve of her nuptials.
However, the princess-to-be will have less to worry about than most women. She won’t have to organise a venue or think about the intricate planning details like seating arrangements at the reception. That will all be done for her. If you’re getting married soon, here’s a short guide on to how to make your hen night a memorable success, and how to stop it being a miserable failure.
Nothing fails like excess
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking your hen night is the archetypal “last night of freedom”. If your big night becomes a female version of the infamous stag do, complete with pub crawl and at least one humiliated casualty, you’re not going to look back on it with any sense of pride or affection. The last thing you need come your wedding day is a long hangover and a bridesmaid who’s nursing a black eye from the drunken tumble she took at the end of a boozy evening!
Quality not quantity
Your hen night shouldn’t be about the quantity of booze consumed, or even the amount of money spent, but the quality of an important night spent with friends. This is true whether you’re staying in your hometown, heading to another British city or, like many hen dos these days, flying off for a weekend break on the continent or further afield.
Instead of crawling from pub to pub, why not book a stylish place? Tell the management that it’s a hen do, but reassure them that it’s going to be an understated affair that won’t disturb their other customers.
When it comes to popular destinations, research from foreign currency provider Travelex found that 70% of stag and hen do’s choose to travel to Eurozone destinations, with Ireland, Spain and Holland making up the most popular countries.
You can choose your friends…
What is it they say? “You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family.” That goes for hen nights, too. Do you really want to be trailing through the town centre with twenty “friends”, some of whom are really only friends of friends or people you kind of know from work? Wouldn’t it be better to be part of the modern trend for a smaller, more carefully selected party?
Sure, rattling a saucepan and offering kisses to complete strangers is “traditional”. But, perhaps, some traditions should be left to die out.