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Planning a hen do? This is a massive responsibility and you will want to make sure that you plan an event that is special for your loved one that is getting married, as well as good fun and memorable for all of the other guests. So, how can you go about doing this? Keep reading for a few ideas.

What is a hen do?

First, it is helpful to define a hen do so that you know exactly what is expected. Essentially, hen parties as we know them have been around since the 60s and the word hen actually comes from “hennie” or “hinnie” meaning honey and has nothing to actually do with hens. These parties are usually planned by the maid of honour or chief bridesmaid, so it is a massive responsibility and you will want to make sure that you plan a special event.

Getting started

As you can imagine, the key to a successful hen do is proper planning. You want to start planning far in advance so that you have long enough to get everything together. A good starting point is to sit down with the bride-to-be to establish when the event will be, the kind of event she wants, and who she wants to attend. You can then notify the group of when the event will be and can start discussing ideas (involving others can be helpful for lightening the load). You should also establish a budget at this early stage and be considerate of others.

Get booking

It is important to book travel, accommodation and activities as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment. You can also take advantage of things like Groupsave tickets when booking your train travel as a way to bring costs down.


There are many different types of events that you can plan on a hen do and it will all depend on the bride-to-be. You might want to plan a weekend away somewhere; whether this is going abroad for some sun, sea and sand, or a spa weekend, or a city break in the UK. There are then many activities that you can plan on a hen do, such as cocktail making, going out for dinner and karaoke.

Traditions to scrap

It is also worth noting that hen dos have become so common in recent times that many people now dread them. This is why you want to avoid some of the traditions that rub people up the wrong way, which can include hugely expensive holidays abroad, too much organised fun and single-sex parties.

Planning a hen do is a major responsibility and you will want to give your loved one an unforgettable experience. Hopefully, these tips will help you to plan the perfect hen do and alleviate some of the stress involved.

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