How to throw a Hen Do on a budget

group of women dressed up holding balloons A typical spend for a Hen Do weekend can cost over £250 per person, taking a big chunk out of the wedding budget. Not only is this a massive cost for the bride, but it could also lead to members of the bridal party worrying about how they can afford such lavish expenses, which may result in them bailing out on the plans. Making arrangements in advance and planning activities ahead of time means both the bride and the party enjoy the celebrations without any falling outs. Sticking to local destinations or opting for activities like bottomless pottery painting over brunch are some of the simple solutions to saving money but still allow everyone to revel in the fun.

Rebecca Bebbington, online consumer expert at said: "Everyone loves to attend weddings, but we all know the real fun starts at a Hen Do. "However, not everyone is aware of how expensive they can be, especially if the plans are to go all out with a weekend away or even a quick trip abroad.
"While this can be a big worry for everyone involved, we've found some budget-friendly solutions and alternatives to celebrate in style without having to spend a fortune."

Here are eight ways to enjoy a Hen Do on a budget from

Talk to your hens
Plan ahead months before the Hen Do begins and talk with your hens about details such as payment. Ask what people's budgets are and decide whether you're able to cover their costs, if not, be honest with them and work together on a solution.

Choose local destinations
Pick a location that's near everyone so you're not all splashing on travel costs. You could all go splits on a mini party bus if the place is nearby, but research the area first to see if it's got plenty of ventures to choose from.

Bottomless pottery painting
Swap brunch for pottery if you don't want a boozy day out. Buy cheap, plain mugs or plates and use these as the canvas for a pottery painting party.

Bring your own bottle for karaoke night
Ask your hens to bring their own bottle of choice for a boozy night of Karaoke at home, and stick on some good tunes as a nod to your house party days.

Stay low with numbers
Not everyone in the bridal party needs to come to the Hen Do, you could separate it and do a nice meal with some and then party in town with the others. Having an intimate hen allows your guests to let loose even more and lowers the cost which is a bonus!

Wait for standby flights
If you change your mind at the last minute and want to soak up some sun, wait for standby flights to grab a bargain trip for the whole party. It's worth mentioning to travel experts that you're going away for your hen, you never know what kinds of discounts you may get!

Face masks, getting the nails done and sticking on a good old 00s rom-com can get everyone in the festive spirit. Host it at your maid of honours instead of splashing on a spa day when you can do it in the comfort of your own home.

Comfy clothes over fancy style
Everyone spends time fussing over an outfit, picking one that aligns with what everyone is wearing and isn't too expensive. Keep it simple and go for a comfy fit, or brave it out and do a pyjama night out on the town.

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