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Designing the perfect Hen Party

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Designing the perfect Hen Party
 
It may seem pretty straight forward, but ensuring you have the perfect Hen Party – and every detail covered – can be overwhelming for the Maid of Honour. To help ease the pressure we’ve come up with a definite list of how to plan ahead and focus on the fun.
 
Do tell the Bride
 
Most Maids of Honour think they need to do ALL the brainstorming, planning and arranging and will work tirelessly to ensure that the bride is surprised on the night. Keeping the celebrations a surprise is a fun idea, but it’s important to at least have a rough idea of what the bride is expecting – and more importantly, doesn’t want. 
 
Limit Money Worries
 
The bride should be able to give you an idea of what her guests will be able to afford and then you can work the plan around the guide price. We recommend using a group payment system to reduce the stress of keeping tabs on cash and this means you won’t get stuck with any surprise bills on the night.
 
Crafting the perfect guestlist
 
Ask the bride for several dates that suit her and then get a list of “priority guests” that the bride really wants at the party, so you can find a date that works for them before setting anything up. 
 
Choosing your activity 
 
Before selecting an activity, it may be worth considering the guest list – do you have anyone in the group with limitations or anyone who is pregnant? Try to choose an activity that all the guests can enjoy.
 
Know your Audience
 
Keep the bride in mind while planning the party – this means avoiding rude props or jokes unless you know she's up for it. If the bride’s mother or future mother in law will be there you may need to tone down the norm, but you can check this with the bride.
 
Timing is Key
 
It’s helpful to have a simple schedule down on paper, especially if you've people joining at different times during the day or evening. Once you have a set plan and price in place, it’s a good idea to confirm numbers again and ask everyone to pay a few days prior to the deadline. 
 
Sort the Transport
 
Arrange transportation in advance as this will make getting around in groups easier and make sure this is factored into the original cost you sent the hens – no-one wants a situation where more money is unexpectantly due.
 
Goodie bags
 
If you allow for some extras in the budget you can make fun goodie bags that include dressing up props and some other essential items like painkillers, snacks, and water.