We are now well into 2017 and already a whole host of hen parties have come and gone. So far, there have been certain trends followed by you ladies on your hen parties and we expect them to continue for the remainder of the year.
Here, we take a deeper look into what kind of hen weekends you are planning and why. These five trends should give you an idea of what to do when it comes to planning your own.
Vintage continues to be a word we hear all the time, whether it’s your best friend buying a new dress from a vintage shop or one of the girls decorating their lounge with vintage furniture. Well, vintage hen weekends are also in vogue.
With a vintage hen weekend, you can add a touch of elegance to your plans. Embracing some old-fashioned glamour can be enjoyed with a variety of activities that keep all of your bride tribe happy!
For your creative types, vintage accessory making is a brilliant idea for an afternoon of bonding. You can make your own vintage crafty bits; you may even be able to think of something in theme with the wedding and create some classy décor.
Think of vintage, and you think of the glitz and glamour that fashion has produced over the years. Spend the day having a vintage makeover; let the professional make-up artists transform you and the girls into sassy and stylish ladies. Follow it up with a professional photoshoot and you can keep photos to look back on in years to come.
Statistics show that people are tying the knot later in life. With that in mind, a trend we are seeing is hen parties looking for a more relaxing experience than your stereotypical last hurrah. After all, this could be a well-earned break from the rigours of family life, as much as it is a hen weekend.
Ladies looking for that relaxing weekend are best served arranging a luxury spa or pamper day. This is the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind and let all pre-wedding worries pass you by for an afternoon. Enjoy a massage, have a soak in a jacuzzi or have that pedicure you’ve been meaning to have for months; you will leave feeling completely rejuvenated.
It may feel like years since you got glammed up properly; spending most of your time running after the kids leaves little time to concentrate on yourself. Add a professional makeover or personal styling party on to you weekend away with the girls and enjoy focusing on yourself for a change; you deserve it!
The tender, love and care for yourself will leave you feeling a million dollars when you hit the town!
Not every hen wants to conform to the standard hen weekend stereotype. A continuing trend in 2017 are hen weekends full of action and adventure; taking on challenges and embracing the great outdoors. Taking the “girls just wanna have fun” approach and creating memories to last a lifetime.
Events such as it’s a Knockout and Totally Wiped Out remain popular for hen parties. The events, which are inspired by old BBC television programmes, pit hen parties up against other stag and hen groups to take on a series of challenges. For you girls who have that competitive streak coursing through your veins, this is the way to settle that girls are better than boys, once and for all.
For those wanting to go an extra step further on their adventure, there are more extreme activities to get involved with. The likes of body sphering, zip lining or the ultimate adrenaline junkies’ activity sky diving are all available to do.
Another craze to hit the hen hysteria are escape rooms, such as Escapologic. You and the girls will be locked into a specially themed room, where you have one hour to crack a series of clues and hints to make it out. This clearly isn’t your usual adventure activity, but there’s a reason it’s taking the nation by storm!
Don’t tell the Mr
Inspired by the release of Fifty Shades Darker, ladies are getting in touch with their darker sides by choosing a range of saucy events to accompany their hen weekends. The perfect way to send the bride to be off with a bang is to do something on the wild side!
Those who fancy a daytime activity with a cheeky twist tend to go for something like life drawing. Picture it, a room full of giggling girls, with a hot stud at the front of the room wearing his birthday suit; what could go wrong? Always interesting to see whether the hens do the guy justice in all departments.
There just seems to be something about those on a hen weekend wanting to see a ripped man wearing very few clothes. Male strip shows always go down a storm when it comes to the hen night out; whether you book in a cabaret show or a lap dance; the girls’ pulses are sure to get racing!
Remember, your man at home doesn’t need to know about every detail of your hen weekend…
There continues to be the trend of hen parties going party-crazy on their weekend away. These girls want everything to revolve around their favourite alcoholic drinks; and who can blame them?
You may be surprised to hear it, but getting merry and being sophisticated can co-exist. Whether it’s a vineyard tour, gin tasting, vodka tasting; you name it! Hens are enjoying spending an afternoon sampling their favourite drink, whilst learning something about it.
Cocktails are also a massive pull. You would be hard pushed to find a hen that doesn’t enjoy sitting back and enjoying a few cocktails, which is why cocktail making remains so popular. All the hens get to have a laugh as amateur mixologists, and it’s easy to get well on your way as you’re in control of the measures.
A cocktail queen’s hen weekend wouldn’t be complete without a memorable night out. These hen parties can get a little crazy, with the likes of bar crawls and VIP club entry being included to ensure they are at the best party in town!
So, whether you’re a bride to be or planning your best friend’s hen do, make Hen Weekends your number one stop when it comes to planning your perfect weekend!
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