Traditionally, the hen do was the bride’s last chance to let her hair down with her friends before tying the knot. This meant a night on the town partying, sipping cocktails and having a laugh with the girls.
Today, however, that’s not always the case. Not all brides like the idea of spending their hen do going out and getting drunk. Many prefer to do something a little bit different, and that’s absolutely fine.
If you are in the process of organising a hen do for a friend who doesn’t want to go out and party, you may be a little stuck for ideas. However, there is no need to panic, as I have put together a guide to lots of hen party ideas with a difference.
Book a spa weekend
If the bride-to-be is in need of a good pamper, booking a spa weekend is the perfect way to celebrate her last days of freedom. Choose the poshest hotel that you and the other hens can afford, and spend a couple of days having treatments and sipping champagne.
The best thing about a spa weekend hen do is that even if the bride doesn’t like the idea of going clubbing, you can still have a drink at the hotel bar. You can also enjoy delicious meals in the restaurant, complete with more champagne.
Go to London
If the bride-to-be fancies a hen do that’s fun and exciting but doesn’t want to go out and get drunk, planning a trip to the capital is ideal. There are so many amazing things to see and do here, so no matter what happens, you will have an amazing time.
If you have a look online, you should be able to find a few package deals for London hen dos. These won’t all include clubbing, there will be various deals that will be perfect for you, the bride and the other hens. From cocktail making classes to sightseeing deals, you should be able to find lots of fantastic deals.
Stay in a fancy hotel and have afternoon tea
For an elegant hen do, consider booking rooms in a nice hotel for a couple of nights. While you are there, you could spend the afternoon enjoying a sophisticated afternoon tea. This could either be at the hotel where you are staying – you may be able to get a deal that includes this, or at a local cafe.
If the bride wants to include her older relatives in the hen do, including her mother and the groom’s mother, afternoon tea is perfect. To make the occasion more special, why not opt for a venue that offers champagne, as well as tea?
Go on an activity day
If the bride-to-be loves sports, an activity day could be the perfect option for her hen do. From abseiling to archery, there are lots of fantastic activities you can do. If there is something that the bride has always wanted to try, such as whitewater rafting, find an activity centre that offers it.
To get a good deal, keep an eye out on sites like Wowcher and Groupon. You should be able to find some good deals on these sites. There are lots of activity centres to choose from, so you should be able to find a suitable one.
Planning a hen do with a difference is a lot easier than you think, all you need to do is take note of the tips and ideas, above.