Your best friend has officially asked you to be her Maid of Honour but, amidst all of the excitement, you realise you’ve never had such a responsibility. Let us tell you, it’s not an easy job either and all eyes are now on you to plan the perfect hen party.

But don’t worry, we’ve got your back. In fact, we’ve helped lots of first-time bridesmaids to arrange the perfect celebration. Even if this isn’t your first time planning a do, we’re sure you can make use of the tips too.

  1. Don’t forget about the budget

It’s super easy to go overboard when it comes to planning the bridal shower. After all, have you seen how many different types of bride-to-be pyjamas there are nowadays?! Once you’ve set an initial budget, stick to it and keep an eye on any payments to ensure that you don’t go over. Your hens probably won’t appreciate being asked for more money, and you need to consider whether they’d really want extra hours on the karaoke or not… 

  1. Ask for payments up front

The next money issue is about payments. Whether you’re organising a group of three or 33, keeping track of payments for certain things can get tough. With that in mind, it can be easier if you ask for all money beforehand and use any remaining as a kitty on the actual day of the hen do. 

  1. Make sure everyone is catered for

Perhaps there’s a few pregnant ladies attending or maybe your bride-to-be was adamant that her nana should be invited. Either way, this hen party is for everyone to enjoy so make sure you’ve got activities planned that everyone will love. That’s not to say that the booze cruise or naked butlers can’t come out once some of your group has gone to bed though. It’s also important to know your audience. If your hens hate anything crude, a game of ‘Never Have I Ever’ probably won’t go down too well. 

  1. Work together

Not only will it reduce any stress of hen party planning but getting other hens involved can be a great way to show that you’re not being bossy! Ask one person to sort out transport, someone else could look into the best bars and you could take care of arranging a professional hair and makeup artist for the night out. It’s also worth speaking to the bride to find out if there’s anything she really wanted to do or not do. 

  1. Break the ice

Begin by setting up a communication channel – whether via Facebook, Whatsapp or good old-fashioned text message – and start creating some buzz around the big day. This may be the first time that some of your hens are speaking, and it makes communication much easier. It’s also a nice idea to arrange a few games for the celebration. For example, you could ask everyone to bring the oldest picture they have with the bride and groom, and a story to match!

  1. Timing is key

As with anything, the more time you have to prepare, the better. And we won’t judge if you think a clipboard is required – just make it a glittery one! As the chief organiser, the bridal party is going to look to you for a plan so make sure everyone has the information they need and that you’ve outlined exactly what will happen throughout the whole of the celebration. 

Don’t worry if it sounds a little daunting as we can organise accommodation, activities and even recommend a few hen do destinations depending on your group size and budget. So, if you’re a first-time bridesmaid who is ready to start planning the ultimate hen do, but need a little helping hand, get in touch today.