5 Tips for planning a budget friendly hen party
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This week we have some fantastic budget-friendly advice from Genevieve of www.gohen.co.uk.
Great news for all of the stressed maid-of-honour’s and anxious bride-to-be’s: it is possible to plan your hen night on a purse-friendly budget! There are some simple steps you can follow so that your hen party guests have a great time and the financials are kept under wraps. Here are our five top tips!
1. Pick a date early on
This is the best way to get the ball rolling anyway, and you can choose a date around everyone’s budgets. For the best value flights and accommodation choose dates outside of the main summer weeks; often spring and autumn are better times to go away as there are less crowds and usually pleasant weather.
2. Choose a destination asap
If you pick a destination early on then you’re likely to benefit from cheaper flights, more activities to choose from and a lot less stress! As a general rule flights do tend to be cheaper when booked in advance so decide where you want to head with the girls early on. If you’re stuck for ideas then you might like to know that the top hen party destinations at the moment are London, Edinburgh, Marbella, Ibiza, Barcelona and Brighton.
3. Don’t invite too many people
You’re probably also in the process of making a wedding guest list, but be sure to bear in mind that when deciding who to invite to the pre-nuptials you should be fair but firm. It doesn’t matter that Shirley down the road invited you to her hen party in the local pub 10 years ago; don’t feel obliged to invite her to party with you in Prague. There’s a good chance that not everyone will be able to make it no matter when you decide to carry it out so there might be a chance to invite Shirley later on. Stay organised and make a note of who you’ve invited so that if the plans change you can easily let them know.
4. Keep track of your financials
Make sure you note down how much everyone owes and stay on top of this. The sooner you can get the money off of your guests the sooner you can all relax, so make sure everyone’s aware of the situation. Let people know early on the costs of the weekend so that there aren’t any surprises later on and they can commit. It might be a good idea to create a spreadsheet with the name of each guest alongside whether they’ve paid and how much they have left to pay.
5. Have a great time!
You don’t need a massive budget to enjoy yourselves – if you’re with all the girls and have a few fabulous things planned then you’re bound to have a great time! With all the stresses of wedding planning you deserve some quality time to relax, so gather all your best friends and have a wonderful hen weekend!
This is a guest post by Genevieve from hen party organisers GoHen. For hundreds of great ideas and top destinations check out www.gohen.com