Some people love to organise things for other people, others fear the weight of responsibility of getting things right and making the right choices on behalf of others. Organising a hen do is a classic case in point. While some girls rise to the challenge with enthusiasm, others curse the fact that they’ve been such good friends with the bride to be for so many years that they can’t think of anyone else better to organise their final fling before marriage!
But if you fall into the latter camp and have been given this task, then don’t worry! There are so many fantastic options for hen do’s now, and you’re not restricted to following the tradition of a night out in fancy dress round some local hangouts.
Far better is to take advantage of all the cheap flights and great deals you can get on accommodation and take a trip with the bride’s closest female friends for a long weekend. With a bit of forward planning you can make this a trip she will cherish in her memory for ever.
A few tips when you’re in the planning stages to make sure things go smoothly and no one ends up feeling left out or offended in any way:
- Talk to the bride to be about who she’d really like on her hen do. You don’t want to leave out a life-long school friend just because you’ve never met her.
- Once you have her list, do a straw poll to find out who will want to come and what the best budget would be to suit everyone who’s going. That way you won’t risk pricing anyone out of going along.
- Come up with two or three different options before booking anything and then find out which is the favourite amongst the majority of those invited. Tenerife holidays may appeal to some people, while others might think that a trip to Amsterdam or Paris is more appropriate. Of course, a lot depends on the time of year.
- Get some assistance – share the organisational load with another of the bride’s close friends and you can also share the responsibility of the choices you make. That way, if things don’t turn out quite as planned, you won’t feel like the only one to blame!
With some careful planning and consultation, you should end up with a great trip that everyone will enjoy – just don’t do it too well, otherwise you might be called on to do it for another friend!