My MOH really wants to get my hen do organised, which is great, I'm getting married May 2018. But I'm not sure what to do!! I don't want a night of drinking and going to a club, it just isn't my thing anymore. I like the idea of a long weekend away - a city break maybe - where I can do and see stuff. Then I thought this might be a bit expensive for everyone. Another option was a day/weekend of activities, like an escape room, quite fancy the harry potter one in London, perhaps the Ice Bar and good food somewhere, followed by some drinks! But could cost as much as a weekend away! If you have any other suggestions please share - the people coming are from around the country but mainly South, we are aged 30-40, and no spa breaks/afternoon teas/strippers as suggestions please!!! Thank you in advance
Hi I only want to out for a meal as I am not a drinker :)
What about go ape or paintballing, something a bit more active. You could do a scavenger hunt, theres a few companies that set them up for you. Wine tasting. Or you could hire a cottage with a hot tub and have a long weekend away, i know theres a few on the broads that look nice. X
I've asked for a dance class. Something a bit fun and girly we can all do together. Looks like the favourite option with everyone is burlesque dancing.
Weekend away glamping and white water rafting, you can get good deals for 60.00
Also maybe a log cabin with the girls and a hot tub?
Ask what price is doable for those around. Never assume you know their price limit! You can get some nice little weekend breaks fairly cheaply if you shop about a bit. Get an idea together and see how many of those you want to invite can make it- and with enough notice some may happily pay more than you think.
We did Go Ape for mine. It was great fun, lots of laughs. We then spent the evening at home in onesies. We had a cocktail maker come and make us drinks and then continued drinking and playing games. Was perfect.
I really fancy doing something like this for mine. I live in the lakes so right on my doorstep. Maybe something near you?
Look on hoseasons site loads of cabins with hot tubs take drinks with you and drink if you fancy it and there not expensive on that site take face masks and pamper stuff x
I planned my best friends Hen Do last year and used Chillisauce - so easy and put together a great package weekend. Wasn't pricey either x
I'm having a w.end break for those that want/can afford to come and then an afternoon/evening meal and activities for anybody else that wants to celebrate with me but isn't coming away for the w.end
We hired a barn for my friends hen do when I was maid of honour. We had private pool and spent the days swimming and cooking together (we hired an inflatable gladiator game for one day too) and the nights we made pizza and cocktails, watched films and played games! Was a lot of fun and very chilled! It was a huge 10 bed place and we paid 120 each including food shop
If people are given enough notice it shouldn’t be a problem. I’m getting married nov next year. My maid of honour has planned a weekend at Center Parcs for August
We’re taking our children to a pottery painting studio and going for a nice lunch - didn’t want my little girls to feel left out and I don’t do boozy or spa stuff so this is right up my street
I had a day of stuff and it was fab!! I was knackered by the evening though and felt a bit bad for people that just came out for the evening! We had an afternoon tea at a lovely tea shop! My mum and sister had made goodie bags for every one We had some bubbles there which was lush! Then we went cocktail making which was brilliant!!!! We all got quite piddled Then went to a cocktail bar and then had a meal Spent the night in a hotel with my sister and best friend
Try a holiday park for 4 days it is normally cheap but good fun
I have just booked a weekend in Madrid for £158 pp which includes flights from Bristol and a beautiful apartment. We used booking.com for the apartment and just booked flights. This is for 6 people and we are going May next year. If you shop around and look at flights now they are really cheap. Our flights were £58pp including the extra cost to all sit together.
How about something like centre parcs. Lots and lots of different activities to do.(inc spa if you fancied it) you can split the cost by sharing chalets and lodges. You can ether self cater or eat in the many restaurants.
My friend did a day at altona towers. We got a lodge for the evening and brought our own booze to drink. Was lovely and under 100 quid!
You could always look at Groupon or Woucher, they do some wonderful things like spa days which might suit everyone. A nice relaxing day for all before the wedding xx Good luck with whatever you choose xx
A weekend away on the coast i a caravan maybe.
Hire a house for a weekend, the company will have offers on activities and a chef for an evening or games to play etc. The house will have things like a jacuzzi etc. Try that.
I went on a short cruise to Bruges. Two nights and it was amazing!
We're going glamping, luxury yurts for two nights and an afternoon of hen games organised for £100 per person 😊 x
I'm going to Berlin for two nights. Flight is around £90pp and hotel £80pp.
Lots of things to do and see, nice restaurants, shopping and bars for night time.
How about a murder mystery night? xx
We did a mini-cruise to Bruges for mine. Was around £100 each, including breakfast and dinner both ways, and then whatever spend while we were there. Some just stayed in a pub we found and others went sightseeing x
Glamping is a reasonable priced weekend away. Depending where you choose would depend on different activities you could do, like go ape or bbqs and music and drinks at the glamping site, or explore g the countryside, having lunch/dinner in a nice nearby country pub
I had a big house booked, we had a race night (DVD) on the first night, did some activities during the day, the house had a pool, and we had a party in the house on the second night. Perfect for me. Affordable too as not going out out!
I did a disco boat cruise for my hen do! For £32pp we got our tickets, a buffet and a drink! Was a fantastic night, not expensive and everyone loved it
I like your London idea that would be my kind of thing
Hen dos are getting almost as ridiculous as weddings now!
For mine we stayed at Highgate Accommodation in Newtown Powys (north Wales). It's a big barn that sleeps 20 people and if you fill it it's £50 per person for the whole weekend.
Then you can organise activities etc or just have a relaxing weekend at the barn. We did things like cocktail making (supplied a mix of drinks and told everyone to get creative with what they make) had external caterers come in and cook on the Saturday evening, Friday evening everyone brought a buffet dish so there was no cooking needed. We also hired in hot tubs so on the Saturday in the day some went for a walk in the nice countryside, others relaxed reading etc and others used the hot tubs. I had the best weekend and it was also really reasonably priced for everyone. Not a stripper or tacky hen do stuff in sight! We also had a mix of ages from my youngest bridesmaid who was 16 to my Nan who's in her 70s so it's perfect for all x
Try an Airbnb in a city, it usually works out cheaper than a hotel stay and you have a bit more freedom to do your own thing
We are doing a murder mystery weekend ! X
I stopped at a yurt in Devon for 2 nights for mine, chilled at camp with a take away first night, then went go ape as part of it then out for a meal in the evening on the second night. Was nice and chilled and not too expensive more importantly!
We went on a weekend cruise, was amazing and wasn't that expensive x
I have booked a big house in Wales for 20 for 3 nights, works out at £125 per person but that will also cover for some food and some spirits for cocktails. We have a pool and a bar area in the house, having a pool party one of the nights but mainly just chilling, everyone can do their own thing if they want. x
My friend was looking into a medieval banquet. She looked at one at Lumley castle in the north east was only £35pp. But they do them all over the country. It's something different and they look amazing! Very Elizabethan and medieval and banquets looks amazing. Amazing food and drink and entertainment. Stay over as well in a castle I think. Something very different.
I went on my cousins hen do to york for the weekend. We went to bettys tea room(26 kinds of tea for afternoon tea) really nice cakes and lovely atmosphere. Then a ghost tour of york in the night it was much fun would reccomend
I am a photographer with a studio based in Whitstable, and I’ve recently launched a ‘hen do’ photo shoot offer, it would be a fun day for everyone, you can have a make up artist and hair stylist (or bring your own and you can combine the hair and make up trials maybe?) there will be Prosecco / wine available and we have an all-day shoot in the studio. You would get all the digital images in an online gallery for everyone to view and download included in the shoot price - All agreed upfront and absolutely no hard sales as I hate that!! Prints extra if you wish. Plus you could combine this with an overnight stay in Whitstable so you can have fish and chips on the beach too! I would genuinely be interested in your feedback in the idea if you can spare a second to comment please as I have just launched this idea Plus if you choose Whitstable I can help with links for acomodation and other services as most of us are small business owners down here
My MoH & Chief Bridesmaid organised a surprise hen for me. They blindfolded me, put me in a car and took me Centre Parcs (there was 8 of us in total). It was amazing. We had dinner and hen party games in the villa on the Friday. A day of activities on the Saturday and then spa on the Sunday. Obviously you wouldn't have to do exactly what we did, as there's loads of things to do and choose from. It was the best hen I could have wished for, as I'm not a big night out kind of person
There's a pole dancing place in my area & they do a hen party package
I had a go ape 🦍 great fun
My MOH organized a 3 night break away about hour and half away. Cottage, hot tub, sauna, gardens, beautiful, there was 8 of us! First full day we went laser tag, best activity ever! That night we went into town and did our public drunken night. Then on the other full day we went white water rafting, it was amazing, beautiful and memorable, we had a night in the hot tub till early hours with music and drinks, we had a pj night with games and hen do bits. It cost 250 per person, that included money to do a full food shop and mixed drinks and goodies and junk food, also £130 off the overall cost of the meal on the night out.
The best time with my girls, I'll never forget it. Just perfect! X
I've found a place where you can get made up and then have afternoon tea. May not use it have to see about the price.
My MOH put together an amazing hendo in Brighton. I'm the same as you, and it catered well for my friends and my mum and aunts. There was a cocktail session on he first day, then a murder mystery dinner for the evening and a spa session on the sunday. We all stayed in a large air b&b and did games and just had a laugh between things x
We did a pottery class including using a potter's wheel. It was really good fun and everyone was able to keep their creations, I collected them 6 weeks later and gave them out at our wedding. We also had a meal afterwards.
My sister booked a weekend for me in Glasgow which was pole dancing, cocktails making, karaoke and a life drawing class. Worked out about £135 a person with the hotel included xx
Im going to a log cabin for mine preferably witb a hot tub. Xx
Why dont u book a weekend away and book it now and everyone can pay off it that way it wont be as bad amsterdam prague berlin all great places for girls weekend
Nice spa break weekend somewhere? Either in this country or overseas x
Groupon do awesome weekend away packages sometimes and you have plenty of time to wait for a good one to come up ️
I'm off on mine on the weekend to
Weekend in the Country Ltd can't wait!! Lots of different options to suit all needs :)
I am just getting train to Edinburgh for a meal then going to the theatre as I can’t drink xx
I’ve organised a party house with indoor pool and hot tub. Will have someone come in Saturday night to cook us a meal. Cost for 13 including food and drink for 3 nights 250/300. Big party house Lincoln but there are others. I’m 60 so didn’t want a wild hen party
We going to Spain for 3 nights on my hen do in march. As I too get married in may 18. It only costing £150. All inclusive. Spa, jacuzzi can't wait a relaxing time and sun.
It's a knockout is brilliant, highly recommend! So much fun and laughter
8 of us went to Krakow this March for my hen weekend. We found apartments for 3 nights that only cost around £35 each and we got a good price for flights too!
Worked out less than a weekend / day out at home!
I went to a shooting range for my hen do, we did archery, rifle shooting, cross bows and machine guns. It was a great day then went for a meal in the evening x
We have hired a house from Friday-Sunday on bank holiday weekend for £63 each. Then we can all cook together or get take out or just have prosecco and fish and chips on the beach x
I'm not a massive party animal I like a good boogy but wasn't fussed for my hen do my girls organised a complete surprise even right up to the day I still had no idea where I was going and I went to Paris we did all The touristy things one day and then Disney land the next it was the most amazing hen do and there was an age range from 25-45 everything was booked in advance they knew an exact price and kept to it the only thing we needed was a little spending money depending on what your friends are like but I know some I know would blow £100-200 on just a night out whereas if planned carefully and with plenty of research you could do a weekend away x
Airbb lovely house we went to meal and bar first night and chill in house next night with hangover lol
My fiance and I are both going to be 38 when we marry, we are having a joint hen/stag at go ape followed by a bbq in the woods and then thinking maybe hiring segways for a bit of a giggle. I'm also not really into strippers, clubs and things. So opted for a fun filled day where everyone can have a giggle xx
I'm the same as you....no strippers, etc. My BMs arranged a cottage for us for the night. Some food, drink and a few games. There were 11 of us but the hens split the cost between them. It was about an hour away from where we lived and It was just what I wanted. Fab day/night x
I went quad biking for mine and it was the best!! Even my mum came and she's in her 50s!
We hired a big house with a hot tub for the weekend...worked out much cheaper than a weekend in a hotel or a trip abroad or to London etc and we had Fri to Monday...all chipped in with an online shop brought our own drinks easy
I had two nights the first was a all inclusive buffet meal with party bags etc for friends who had children and couldn’t stay out late . The Saturday night we all had badges and team bride tiaras lol and went round Sheffield city centre Beer Keller is amazing book in advance you could stay in their hours and have so much fun plus get drunk so my two night weekend didn’t cost a fortune and suited everyone , some even went on both nights xx
We did a life drawing class in bath which was hilarious. My sister has also organised a barge for a day previously for a hen which looked really fun!
We booked a night in a 4* hotel, 3 course meal, and had cocktails, we also had a couple of spa treatments the next morning at the hotel. The following day we had a cocktail class and another meal followed by drinks and night in with a film. It was the best and so relaxing. I'm no one for both nights out anymore. So this for me was perfection c
We are going to Butlins for a 90's weekend for my hen so there are a range of activities for everyone. I've had people complain about the price but I decided its not worth the hassle trying to please everyone.
You could try a dance class by Bounce Studios Dance Parties? There's loads of themes to choose from, and we're a National company, so can come to you wherever you are in the country. Great laugh for everyone of all ages and tastes! Have a peek at www.bouncestudios.co.uk for more info!
Definitely a 2 hour Hen Dance party - http://www.bouncestudios.co.uk/contact-us. Great for every age! We can also offer a Cocktail Masterclass as an additional optional extra! We are Nationwide!
I had a sten do rather than a hen do as it suited us better than doing things separately. We didn't do any daytime activities in the end. We had an 80s and 90s themed party night at a local venue. £15 each including a retro buffet. We all got dressed up and had an amazing time. Everyone loved it!
I went to London with half a dozen girls and my mum for afternoon tea, found a pub by the train station for a couple of drinks before heading home. Ended up having a 2nd hen do at home, for the girls that couldn't afford London with games, cake & drinks
I've discussed this with my MOH as I don't want the whole.stripper, wearing sashes thing. So we're going paintballing or go carting. We are aged between 20-45 so should be fun. Then a meal with mothers and out for a few drinks.
Thank you for all your suggestions, there are some really cool ideas, which I may still go for, but I think I've decided I quite fancy going to Venice during Carnival in February! Depending on what people can afford and then maybe afternoon tea & bubbles on a London bus to include some of the family!!
I'm not having one, rather stay in with my dog! But there are some great things you can do, you can do the crystal maze, that's what my htb is doing. Lush do great parties making bathbombs etc. Cocktail making classes are hilarious and you only have 1 or 2 drinks. Boot camp afternoons it's not glamorous but it's a laugh!
I am doing a similar thing - we are going to go for afternoon tea and then do an escape room (really want to do the harry potter as well but I think my group is too large for it!). Then we will go out for drinks in the evening (not a club). I'm hoping it will be a nice chilled day!
What about getting a cottage/ house somewhere and having a chef come in and cook for you.
Or look on groupon they do lots of deals in nice places like bath which would be perfect for a hen do