If it’s a cash bar, count us out.
If you want some ideas for an upcoming hens’ party you’ve come to the right place! I’ve noticed most hens party ideas are location-based, but I’d like to cater for everyone. So regardless of where you live or the budget you have, I’ve got some fun hens party ideas for everyone.
The PJ party/sleepover
If the budget is super tight for everyone this one may sound boring but it’s actually a lot of fun especially if there’s a few of you. Ask everyone to bring along bedding, drinks and nibbles and turn it into a pajama party. Order take out, watch the latest chick flicks (or porn?), drink some champers, snap some photos and just enjoy time together.
To make it more like a hens’ party, hire a stripper, tarot reader or some sort of entertainment that will come to you, plus play some hens’ party games. There are heaps around. The main focus is to get together and have a great night in. No one has to drive or go anywhere so it makes for a fun, intimate night with the girls.
Tell the ladies to come in casual clothes and bring along makeup and a sexy outfit. Prepare some drinks and nibbles at someones house, crank the music and everyone can get ready together. There’s nothing like girl time and dress ups! Pre-book a limo and take it to a preferred location and have yourselves a photo shoot. If cost is an issue, ask someone handy with a camera to take the photos. Alternately search for a studio, tell them what you want and see if they will accommodate.
After your shoot, head out to dinner or hit the clubs. Starting with a photo shoot will give the bride-to-be some amazing memories and begin the night a little differently. Getting ready together will be a lot of fun plus it’s a great ice breaker for ladies who are unfamiliar with each other.
A day out with the girls
If sitting around drinking champers sounds a bit sedate why not book a limo and take the crowd to paintball, laser skirmish, bowling, a fishing charter, jet boat ride, river or dinner cruise, scenic flight, day spa, a guided tour of some description or what ever else is available where you live and within the budget.
This can done during the day or night, depending on the activity you select. Perhaps complete a daytime hens’ party with sleep over or night on the town. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as it’s fun, everyone enjoys themselves and the bride-to-be has an awesome experience.
Why let the fun stop after a few hours? Head away for the weekend, just the girls. If the budget is a little tight, go to a caravan park or hire a room or two for the weekend. This one can cost as little or as much as you like. Take some hens’ party games, hit the town, hire a limo or try some new restaurants.
If budget allows, book a bus that will fit the entire party and take you all to a holiday house at the beach or in the country. Go explore the region together, relax and get a bit or R&R at the same time. Organize a tour or combine some of the other options while you’re away. With so much time you’ll be able to pamper the bride-to-be, experience something new and have heaps of opportunity to giggle, drink champers and have fun.
A night interstate
It’s quite unlikely the bride would have done this before, so go explore the nightlife in another city. Hire a return limo to the airport and back and don’t bother taking luggage. Larger cities are open 24/7 so catch an evening flight and fly back in the morning. Providing you’re not too drunk to be let on board!
Explore the nightlife and the hens can be as silly as they like knowing they’re not likely to bump into anyone any time soon! You won’t need accommodation either if you feel like you’ll all be able to pull an all niter. This one is probably be for a younger crowd but don’t underestimate the older hens. They just might teach the young ones a thing or two!
Being so unique the bride-to-be most likely hasn’t done this before, so it will be something special. Plus, if friends or relatives interstate are attending the upcoming wedding, this is a perfect option to be able to include them providing you visit their city.
A weekend interstate
If one night interstate sounds too hectic or if you just want to prolong the fun, bring your bags, book accommodation and spend the entire weekend interstate. Set off Friday night so you can make the most of the weekend. When you get there you can either hit the town or have a quite night in. (Good luck with that one!)
Organise a tour the next day, followed by dinner and a night out on the town. Check out what the city has to offer and make bookings well in advance. You might find some fun ladies entertainment venues, a naught show, plus checkout what packages the local limo companies have to offer.
Make the most of the weekend away and go exploring, shopping or sightseeing the following day. Have dinner together and book a late flight home. Remember to take loads of photos for the bride-to-be to look back on the experience.
As you can see a hens party doesn’t have to be one night of alcohol, clubs, topples waiters and limo’s. There’s a world of experiences waiting out there so why not make the best of this awesome excuse to get the girls together and experience them!
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It’s an age old tradition to gift your bridesmaids with something special on the day of your wedding, for all their hard work in the lead up to your big day. Some choose gifts that come in a little turquoise bag from Tiffany’s, and others choose a rather sentimental gift instead.
Inspire yourself with some of these ideas which are bound to be a hit with the entire bridal party.
There’s nothing more special than sharing your wedding day with all of your loved ones. Commemorate your friendship by creating something personalised such as jewellery to forever keep this day in your heart. These little rings are perfect since you can have each bridesmaids initial marked on them, and they are just so cute!
A useful mirror is a great gift for a bridesmaid, since it’s personalised and also practical! You can choose to engrave something on the back, or simply keep it plain and simple.
Lightweight dressing gowns for the entire bridal party are a quick and easy way to make everyone come together on your wedding day. Choose something short and silky which is sure to match everyone’s body type!
One for the ladies who love a glass or two! This is the perfect gift for the pre-wedding jitters, and is also super-cute! Choose to have the colour of each dress printed on the glass, along with the name of each bridesmaid.
A cute gift idea for anyone who won’t be ashamed to shed a tear during the wedding. A personalised handkerchief is perfect to keep in your clutch throughout the often long, and emotional wedding day.
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Remember that scene in Bridesmaids where they all get food poisoning in the bridal boutique? Prior to the horror that eventuated, there was a squabble close to the hearts of bridesmaids everywhere – the price of the dress.
It is custom for the bridesmaids to purchase their own dresses. Unfortunately, deciding on a dress can be problematic. It is rare that all your bridesmaids will have the same body shape, but more importantly, it isn’t really fair to ask others to pay for a dress they don’t want and will probably never wear again, especially if it is out of their budget.
For a bridesmaid, the dress is only the start! We also have the bachelorette party, a wedding present and an engagement present, accessories and any other wedding events we are expected to attend. Fortunately, SHESAID has a few tips to save you and your bridesmaids a few extra dollars.
1. The dress
The bottom line is that a bridesmaid shouldn’t be forced to pay for a dress she can’t afford. However, to avoid tension in this area, the bride should select a color and/or material, and have the bridesmaids style or select their own dress to fit the theme. This will allow them to spend as much or little as they like, as well as help them feel comfortable and confident on the day.
2. The bachelorette party
Don’t organise a party in Vegas if nobody can afford it. Sure, people are welcome to stay at home and avoid the cost, but be prepared to party alone. If you are heading to a bar or club, ask everyone to donate a certain amount of cash to the bar tab ($50-$100 each) and don’t make any outrageous requests on someone else’s pocket. In my opinion, hosting a bridal shower at home is the most fun – and certainly the most financially savvy – way to go. It also allows you to better control the time and theme, save on the booze and cater accordingly.
3. The makeup, hair and accessories
It is generally assumed that the bride will pay for hair and makeup if she wants her bridesmaids to look a certain way. However, if you aren’t a fussy bride, have the bridesmaids do their own makeup or enlist the assistance of a friend. Ditto with the hair. There are so many easy hairstyles to try at home. It might even be fun to have a trial day with you and your closest gal pals. Fortunately, we can now buy accessories from online boutiques or e-tailers like Etsy or Ebay.
In the mood for a good belly laugh? We’ve picked five of our favourite comedy movies for a fun night in, from a hilarious rom-com to a wicked dark comedy – all you need is a pizza and some beers.
Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph are funnier than ever in this tale of the misfortunes striking a bride and her bridesmaids. Melissa McCarthy was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in this critically and commercially successful comedy, and totally deserves the recognition. Who says the ladies can’t be as funny as the guys? When you have an all-girl get-together, mix a pitcher of margaritas and rent this movie.
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson star as a pair of divorce mediators whose hobby is crashing wedding parties with the goal of hooking up with the ladies. A high society wedding provides the two with more action—and more trouble—than they planned on. Their plans get complicated when surprise, surprise, both fall in love. Wedding Crashers is raunchy and definitely for adults, but good for tons of laughs.
Bridesmaids’ riskier, and in our eyes, funnier, big sister, Bachelorette didn’t get as much recognition as Bridesmaids despite its fantastic cast including Kirsten Dunst, Rebel Wilson and Isla Fisher, but it’s an absolute winner. This dark comedy is all about girls gone wild, and while a lot of it may not be very pretty, it’s a very realistic, hilarious look at a group of bridesmaids preparing for a friend’s wedding. You’ve been warned.
Definitely not just a boy’s flick, The Hangover is rude, crude, and wickedly good fun. Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms steal the show in a bachelor trip to Vegas gone oh-so-wrong. Now if only The Hangover 2 was as good…
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
What could have been a pedestrian rom-com about a man who ignores Ms. Right while chasing Ms. Wrong gets extra spice from some off-the-wall characters like Russell Brand as a bad-boy rocker. Jason Segal stars as a guy who goes to Hawaii to forget the woman who dumped him (Kristen Bell), only to find her vacationing there with her new boyfriend – yep, Russell Brand. Sounds depressing, but turns hilarious when the poor guy hooks up with the gorgeous Mila Kunis, and true love triumphs, just like it does in any good rom-com.
What’s your favourite comedy of all time?