You’ve been asked
to be a bridesmaid by your best mate. What an honour, what a privilege and what
a responsibility now lies at your door!…While being a
bridesmaid can be great fun, the main thing you’ll have to get right is the
bride’s traditional send-off from singledom into the world of wedded bliss –
the hen night. While some people might leap at the chance to organise this,
others might feel out of their depth with the whole idea of co-ordinating a
night out or weekend away for a group of women, some of whom they might not
know all that well.
Here are just a
few ideas of what you could do that would give the hen night you organise
something different – away from the run-of-the-mill clubbing, bars and male
stripper format that so many hen nights seem to go down.
Take a trip on the
Start the evening
in style by booking a private capsule to have a champagne reception in for all
the hen guests. Wherever you’re going on to afterwards, this is a great way to
start the night and you’ll be able to take in the fantastic views of the
capital while you get to know the other hens.
If you and your
friends are outdoorsy types, you might not fancy a hen night that begins after
dusk. Choose a fixture at one of the 60 race tracks around
your pick from Aintree, Haydock, Chepstow, Cheltenham and
to name but a few of the more well-known venues. Dress up to the nines and have
plenty of champagne and cocktails while you’re there, and don’t forget to put a
kitty together for a few bets on the horses while you’re there.
There are all
kinds of activity days you can sign up for if the bride in question is a ‘get
stuck in’ type. Choose from activities as varied as abseiling, paragliding,
surfing, dancing, kayaking or canyon-ing. Have a great time with the bride and
all her mates letting your hair down but in a healthy and energetic way rather
than by drinking too much!
Of course, what
you end up doing will depend on the hen in question and her ideal way to spend
time with her friends before heading down the aisle, but these ideas could be
good starting points.