How to Plan a Hen Party on a Budget
A hen weekend is a momentous occasion, and understandably you’ll want to go out with a bang. However, it’s important to keep an eye on the hen party kitty whilst you’re at it. This kitty has to stretch to travel, accommodation, activities, as well as an unprecedented amount of cocktails (and dirty kebabs). However, don’t panic – stag and hen party experts, Last Night of Freedom, are rounding up the best hen party ideas that suit your budget.
Choose Your Location Wisely
If your budget is tight, choosing the right location is key. 2017 has even seen the rise of the ‘stay-cation’, where many holiday makers and stags and hens are deciding to stay in the UK, rather than travelling abroad for celebrations. As far as penny pinching hen party destinations go we’ve thoroughly done our research. Benidorm, Prague, Budapest, Hamburg, Poznan and Blackpool topped our list of seriously budget friendly hen party locations, with Benidorm boasting the cheapest average booze prices – glasses of wine costing around €1 – €2 (that’s only £1.00 – £1.60). This is our kind of town.
Book in Advance
Fun fact: Over 90% of weddings are organised two, or even three years before the event, but the average hen weekend is booked a mere 90 days in advance. If you settle on a date that all the girls can make, you’ll have more chance of getting the cheapest flights/trains, hotels and activities. Plus, you’ll give the girls extra time to save up for that all-important ‘cocktail fund’. Some companies can offer their customers the opportunity to make a small deposit and pay monthly payments, helping them to spread the costs of their hen weekend. Perfect. Also, if you know there are a lot of you definitely going, you could consider booking out a villa or apartment, rather than a hotel which would prove more costly.
Set a Budget
When you’re swept up in the moment, you could end up spending a lot more than you bargained for. Of course, you won’t want to be classed as a party pooper, but it’s a really good idea to discuss and settle on a budget before you all set off. You could even all put into one kitty and make sure everybody gets in on the rounds – then nobody gets stung with paying more than others, and causing unnecessary awkwardness in the group. Plus, this way you won’t wake up with hefty receipts from bars you can’t remember being in.
Tailored to the Bride-to-Be
If you’re the one who’s been tasked with arranging the hen party, chances are that you know the Bride-to-Be pretty well – so make sure you tailor the celebrations to her interests and tastes. If you know she’d much prefer an afternoon tea in a tastefully decorated venue with a group of small friends, rather than licking squirty cream off a stripper’s abs – make sure you give her what she wants. It’s her big day, after all. This way, you won’t waste valuable cash on things that will go to waste or that she won’t enjoy.
Book with a Reputable, ABTA Protected Company
In the unlikely instance that something goes wrong on your hen weekend, you need to make sure that your money is protected. ABTA adheres to a strict code of conduct for your security and safety, meaning that if something went wrong, your cash would be safe. Booking with an ABTA protected company like Last Night of Freedom ensures that you’re covered, so you can relax and enjoy the weekend.
For more hints, tips and hen party inspiration, head to Last Night Of Freedom’s website!