Hen do’s can be extremely expensive, the average hen do in 2017 cost £507, and whilst we all want to celebrate and support our girls, the costs can be really wearing on the bank balance. However, Hen do’s recently have been experiencing a glow up.
Gone are the days of willy straws, L plates and male strippers (although if that’s what you want to do girls, you do you). From creative classes to immersing yourselves in nature, there are a number of alternative ways of celebrating that your fiancé (and your liver) will thank you for.
Here are our favourite hen do ideas, complete with cute outfit inspo to rent for them, meaning your hen do wont' break the bank!
Ever wanted to make your own perfume? Well now you can, complete with complimentary champagne. Learn about each signature blend as well as learning the basics of perfumery, you get your own hand blended perfume for as little as £29 per person. Our gorgeous Seven Wonders Sweetheart Print Midi Dress is cool and comfortable for you to get creative in.
Who doesn’t love caffeinated beverages and delicious finger food? Afternoon Tea at the Ritz is a special way to celebrate your girls’ engagements and you can do it in style wearing the adorable Talulah Red Sea Mini Dress.
A diamond of an island, just off the Essex Coast, is Mersea - famous for its nature reserves, rivers and beautiful beaches. If a day at the beach is your idea of heaven and you prefer an intimate affair, you can rent ‘A Little Beach Hut’ for up to 8 guests complete with food and drinks to order and spend the day relaxing and soaking up some sun. Keep it casual and wear the beautiful Winona Paddington Wrap Dress.
A completely unique concept for a hen do, Babes in the Woods offers a range of weekend stays for up to 20 people. A woodland weekend compromises of wild forest walks, making natural beauty products and Japanese forest bathing whilst a spa weekend entails wood fired luxury hot tubs and saunas and toning facial workshops. All packages come with prosecco, glamping and yoga classes. The Seven Wonders Khaki Playsuit is perfect for either package, wild or winding down.
Channel your inner Mary Berry and opt for a cooking class. Underground Cookery School in London encourages civilised frolicsome fun, a boozy fine dining alternative hen party that creates long lasting memories. Drinks, canapés and wine are there to indulge in whilst you work to create a three-course meal to suit everyone’s individual tastes. After you’ve eaten your three-course meal, you can continue the celebrations in Hoxton, exploring the bars and clubs if you’re feeling a little boozy. This gorgeous Prem The Label Striped Mini Dress can be dressed up or down, so pair with some trainers in the day for comfort and then spice it up in the evening with some flatforms or heels.
Sometimes you just want to be waited on hand and food, spend quality time with the girls and chat and socialise with the group. Blixen in Spitalfields market is the newest independent venture from the people behind The Garrison, The Riding House Café and Village East. Offering a one on one service for up to 18 people Blixen specialises in European food – how does a grilled beef, spätzle, kale, bacon and mushroom stew sound - as well as providing an extensive list of wines and cocktails. Our Dancing Leopard Pink Print Wrap Mini is adorable for a brunch but also suitable for an evening affair.
Bank balances aside, sometimes a hen weekend away is just what you need, and what better place to go than Barcelona? The city which has everything you need … nightlife, beach, shopping, salsa, sangria, yachts, tapas and more, Barcelona has it all. From return flights from as little as £100 and this Air B’n’b in the heart of Barcelona for just £150 split between 14 people. With a little help from Chilli Sauce they can help you organise activities of all kinds for you and your party; from cocktail masterclasses and wine tastings to kayaking and snorkelling. Pack this gorgeous Winona Charisma Midi Dress in Lilac for pure summer in the city vibes.
Written by Victoria Mcewan