Back in 2010, one of my best friends was getting married. I was honoured to be her chief bridesmaid, and took my job of planning her Hen Party very seriously. We decided that the bride to be and 5 of her closest friends were going abroad for 3 nights. I then spent hours and hours looking at hotels, flights, destinations and reviews before we decided that 3 nights in Ibiza was just what we were looking for. We booked 2x triple rooms in a hotel, then I booked flights separately, determined to save money wherever possible to allow for extra spending money – cocktails were life back then!
Back in 2010 a lot of holiday companies went bust, and I was relieved I had made sure we were covered by ABTA.
Once the holiday was booked, I turned my attention to what we would get up to while we were away. The bride to be wanted 2 relatively chilled nights and one messy night – her actual “Hen Night”.
I set about coming up with hen party games and challenges for us to do at this point, and created and then printed off a fun scavenger hunt for us all to complete… I don’t have the original document any more, but the idea was we all got into pairs and between us, the ones who completed all 20 challenges the fastest won.
Challenges included things like asking a stranger for a piggy back, finding an old guy and asking him if he had a condom you could have, asking a DJ to play some Barry Manilow etc, and we had to get photos of them all happening – it was all very serious haha!
Between the 6 of us, we decided on a fancy dress theme of builders and I set about sourcing costumes for us all….
We decided on plain T-shirts, denim shorts, High Vis waistcoats and hard hats… The hen had a pink one and the rest of us had white. We wrote building site type roles on them all too… Gaffer for the bride to be, Foreman for the rest of us! On the back of each High Vis vest, we wrote funny nicknames for each other. I was Tiny Tee…. Ironic because I am 5 foot 10 and the tallest of the group.
One of the most exciting items I sourced for our shenanigans were our drinks holsters – pictured… They were like tool belts but had a cup holder on each side so we could put our drinks in them and carry on with the hen party games hands – free! (Rule number 1 is never leave your drink unattended, so these were a game changer)!
Aside from the items mentioned up to this point, everything else we got up to cost pennies. There’s loads of hen party and wedding favour ideas under £1 out there. I bought us the obligatory Hen Party badges, willy straws, some inflatable boobies for the bride to be – just because I thought it would be hilarious for her to be huge chested for the weekend. I also bought her an inflatable boyfriend who we called Naughty Nigel. She had to carry him everywhere with her! He was only about 50cm tall though – I’m not mean enough to make her carry a full size one around!
We also got ourselves some T-shirts printed to wear on the flight to ibiza and back to Manchester. These were a brilliant idea as we only had our 10kg hand luggage to get all of our stuff in, so it saved us taking separate outfits. We paid £7 each for them and they were a brilliant addition to our adventure.
When the weekend eventually rolled around, we were all insanely excited. Me more than everyone else though, as unknown to everyone else on the hen party, it was also MY hen party too. Hubby and I had booked our own wedding and were tying the knot a week after we got back from Ibiza. Hubby and I aren’t really ones for fuss, and we decided a big wedding really wasn’t for us, so we booked it and kept it quiet.
Our plan was that after the Hen Party, we’d ask Emma (The bride to be on the hen party) and her hubby to be if they’d be our witnesses. I got drunk in ibiza though and blabbed early. I think it’s an understatement to say she was shocked. Thankfully she said yes though! I am happy to report the hen party went off without a hitch – we all had an amazing time and I reckon I earned my “Maid of honour” badge – Hopefully Emma – the bride to be agrees with me on that!