Top Class Hen Parties You’ll Never Forget

Written by    Last updated: October 24, 2012

There’s an endless stream of girls seeking inspiration for a hen do to remember. Bored of the standard hen-night formula, the brides-to-be want to do something different and use their hen night or weekend to mark the start of their wedding celebrations. For every hen who’s had a fabulous do and a proper send-off, there is one who was disappointed at just how little her chief bridesmaid knew her and wishing she’d done something different – and Luxury Stag & Hen have the answer.

The past five years have seen the luxury hen and stag market really take off. Whether it’s a top class weekend in England or a whole week of celebrations a bit further afield, people are looking beyond the usual and seeking out the unusual.

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The hen trends these days move away from a boozy night of club-hopping as brides-to-be want to have a chance at having a little bit of travel, fun and relaxation. Whether travelling around the UK – excursions to London, Manchester, the Lake District and other top destinations – or booking the tickets to fabulous European destinations or even Las Vegas, many modern hens want to be whisked away and have great stories to tell upon their return.

The top 5 destinations for a hen with a difference are:

  • Las Vegas – we all know this is popular with the guys, but more and more girls are flying stateside for a taste of Vegas glamour and razzle dazzle. Pool parties, casino nights, helicopter flights and for the more adventurous – the Grand Canyon skywalk!
  • Barcelona – perfect for those who can’t decide between beach and city, this Spanish jewel means you can have both.
  • Ibiza – possibly the party capital of Europe. Dance your heart out in one of the island’s super clubs and then enjoy the peace and serenity spending time relaxing with the girls in some of the more remote areas. Where else is there such a contrast on offer?
  • Paris – whether you want to enjoy an evening cruising the Seine, wine tasting or soaking up the ambiance at the Moulin Rouge, Paris, the city of romance is a perfect destination for a pre-wedding celebration.
  • Sandbanks – for those who don’t want to venture too far - Sandbanks in Dorset, famed for its blue flag beaches and celebrity residents really does make you feel like you are getting away from it all.  Enjoy a champagne cruise on your own private catamaran, ride on horseback along the golden beaches, or take it easy with a day at the spa.

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For brides who want to stay in charge of their hen, but have a million and one other tasks on their wedding to-do-list, and for the chief bridesmaid who wants to pull together a hen weekend to remember – sometimes without knowing all of the bride’s friends -  a stag and hen specialist can be a welcome addition to the planning process. With a keen eye on the popular trends and great connections across the world, a lot of the pressure of delivering a fab weekend can be taken away.

A stag and hen specialist can offer a completely bespoke service so if you have a budget, an idea of numbers, and roughly where in the world you’d like to end up - they can create the perfect hen for you. Everything is taken care of, transport, accommodation, day and evening activities – you won’t need to spend every lunch hour online trying to hunt around for the best prices or the most exciting activities – you won’t even need to book a restaurant! Some specialists even offer a monthly payment plan which lets you spread the cost into easy to manage monthly instalments between whe the event. Some are already sorted for 2014!

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As the hen party is supposed to be a surprise organised by the chief bridesmaid, quite a few brides may find themselves fretting over the arrangements. They don’t know what’s being planned, where, and what kind of activities, and – let’s face it – some bridesmaids organise a hen do that THEY would like to have, rather than what the bride would like to have. There is only one solution to this – the bride should make her preferences known as soon as she chooses her chief bridesmaid. Instead of saying what she wants and ruining a potential surprise, the bride should clarify what she doens’t want. If she thinks club-hopping is a waste of time, or she really doesn’t want anything strenuous like rock climbing or salsa dancing – just say so!

The choices are endless – make it memorable and it won’t just be the dress they’re talking about at the wedding!

The experts at Luxury Stag & Hen know all about organising fantastic luxury hen weekends. Having helped countless brides and bridesmaids avoid the predictable options while saving them money and time, they have the know-how to make it a hen party to remember. With 27 locations worldwide and 3 price levels, from the sunshine of Marbella to the high roller tables of Las Vegas, there is something for everyone at affordable prices and all available on a monthly payment plan.

There are more great hen party ideas in the Hen & Stag section!

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