Afternoon lovelies. I have a special guest post for you today courtesy of Rachie from A Chi Chi affair who is going to share some great ideas for your best girls, I for one can’t wait for Vix’s do in the not too distant future.. and I am so down with dressing up a la Pocahontas 😉
Hi everyone. Its Rachie from A Chi Chi Affair here. I’m thrilled to be writing for Rock My Wedding! I’ll start by saying I love hen nights! My take on them is that they are an excuse for the bride to take some time out with her besties, to be spoilt by them and have an all-out happy time. A happy bride being the key!
So I’ll start by saying do consider what the bride would like to do by asking her. If your bride is a girly glam city girl then paint balling may not be the best bet and vice versa, if you have a bit of a tom boy bride then afternoon tea and manicures may not go down so well! Talk about it together, see how much or how little the bride wants to be involved and take it from there!
My big piece of advice is plan plan plan! A well organised hen night makes it much more relaxed for the hens. Also do make sure everyone knows how much everything will cost. If there are lots of you then go for set menus in restaurants, have a kitty for drinks and snacks and don’t forget to add in those extras like taxis.
Activities can be made super special with a few little twists. I’m a huge fan of all the little details that take your hen night to the next level. Get crafting and decorating! It really is so much fun!
I thought I would share with you a few hen night suggestions that I have put together…
First up – Camping! Not your run of the mill average camping with but camping hen night style! There are some fabulous campsites around the country like this one called Jollydays luxury camping in Yorkshire where you can stay in a luxury tent complete with proper furniture like a Cath Kidson fabric covered sofa! York is only 20 mins away and the nearest pub only a mile and there is even a communal tent serving tea and cakes on proper vintage china. This is definitely glamping!
However you don’t need to go to a fancy campsite, in fact this would be lovely even in your own garden! I’m thinking Campfire, bunting, roasted marshmallows, your favourite songs on the radio, beers and a good old gossip with your besties. If you are really ambitious then paint some signs like this and have hot dogs, margaritas and get everyone to dress up as red Indians. Don’t forget you don’t have to do this for the whole weekend, campfire night could be night one and then the next day you could do a day activity and the traditional meal out and dancing!
Next up why not have a glam city style hen night and rent your own fabulous city pad. If there are lots of you, apartments are always a good bet. Often much nicer than the cheapest budget hotel, you’ll be all together and it can work out really reasonable too. They often have little kitchens which means you can mix your own drinks and make your own snacks which is a great way of keeping the budget down. It also means you get that girlie getting ready time together where you can blast out the tunes and do each other’s make up! Try and request apartments next to one another if you are in a big group. Some lovely apartment complexes are the chambers in Leeds called More Than Just A Bed and these Loving Apartments ones in London:
If you’re going out for a meal in the evening – I always think it’s nice to book a private room. My faves in London are the private dining room in Malmaison in Farringdon Seating 14 and Luxe in Spitalfields which has stunning space seating up to 30 with its own private bar. Its tres chic and the area around Spitalfields is super trendy to go out in.
Finally why not rent a very big house in the country! Hiring a private house can be so much fun! Take this one called Cliff Barns in the Norfolk countryside which sleeps up to 20 and can be hired for the weekend. It’s decorated in a rancho luxe style and its totally fabulous! Lounge around pretending this amazing house is yours, have a pamper party, a dinner party, invite a butler in the buff 😉 or do some country pursuits like horse riding or even just go for a long country walk! Remember hen nights can be about relaxing too. If this house is a bit pricey then Owners Direct is a fab website to look for smaller houses, choose one with a Jacuzzi or pool to make it extra special!
Whatever you do remember to have a fantastic time as that’s what its all about really!
*Huge thanks to Rachie, please do tell us what glamping/fancy/home-made plans for hens you have folks…