Hen Do Planning - Complete Planning Guide (updated for 2024)

Hen Do Planning - Complete Planning Guide

If hen do planning is a new territory for you, then it can seem like an extremely daunting task to do alone which is why we have put together this complete guide!

Organising has never been easier with the help of our planning guide. Nothing is worse than being stressed and trying to get everything sorted for the celebrations. Luckily, we have compiled everything you need to know and exactly what to do throughout the hen planning process below. This way, you won’t miss any crucial details or extras you may not have thought about yourself. We update this guide regularly with new and upcoming trends, extras, and things to consider.

5 Steps To Hen Do Planning

1. How Much Do You Want To Spend?

First things first, and probably the most essential part of hen do planning, is setting a budget! If you haven’t set a budget when planning, things can quickly get out of hand, and you will probably spend an awful amount. By placing a budget, you will then have a clearer picture of the type of celebration you will be able to plan. And from here you can think of everything you need to complete the celebrations and stick to how much you want to spend.

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2. When To Go?

When organising the hen party, you need to decide when to go, and for this, you have to consider things like how long to leave between the party and the wedding. As well as avoiding clashing with other events like holidays, birthdays, and special occasions.

Depending on the ideas you already have , it will also probably make you consider the time of year you want to get together. And finally, if you plan to stay over at least for one night, do you need to ensure the celebration falls on a weekend?

3. Who Should You Invite?

Once you’ve got an idea of some dates and times of the year, you can figure out approximate numbers. Of course, it would be ideal if you could talk to the bride when planning this step. Find out whether she wants a small or big celebration and who she wants at the party. After all, it is for her, so you must ensure it’s exactly as she would like it. With the bride-to-be’s requests in mind, you can figure out how many and whom you are inviting too!

4. Where Should You Go?

UK or abroad? Again, this all comes down to the type of party you want to plan. If you are looking for guaranteed sunshine, opting for a Spanish destination may be a good idea! But if you are looking for something that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket, a UK city can be just as exciting! To make the decision a little easier, we have compiled a list of pros and cons for each option below.



  • A lot cheaper overall compared to going abroad
  • You will probably find more people will come if it’s in the UK
  • 100s of activities & ideas to choose from


  • Not as special if you stay in the UK
  • Not guaranteed good weather
  • Less sightseeing spots



  • Nicer weather will be guaranteed
  • More unique experiences abroad than in the UK
  • Interesting tours, sights, and nightlife


  • More expensive
  • Less people will be likely to come
  • Your chosen city will probably be a lot busier

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5. What Hen Do Activities Should We Do?

So, you have decided when you are going, who is going and where you’re going. Now it is time to decide what plans to fill your weekend with! This is the fun part; plenty of activities and ideas will be available for your chosen city. You need to determine whether you want daytime, evening, or both! As well as deciding if you want a meal booked and other fun extras! So long as you have chosen some things to do, you have got all the basics of hen party planning organised!  

Who Should Be Organising The Hen Party?

When planning the hen party, the person who should be organising it is the maid of honour or chief bridesmaid! It is common for the maid of honour to take the lead role of managing with some help from the rest of the bridesmaids or party guests.

How Far in Advance Should you Plan a Hen Do?

We highly suggest having the hen do anywhere from eight weeks before the wedding. This way, there will be plenty of time to recover from whatever you get up to. For example, if you have an adrenaline-filled weekend, some bruises may need to heal. Having at least one payday between the celebration and the wedding is also extremely important. This is so everyone can enjoy and make the most of the experience without worrying about affording both celebrations.

Tips for Hen Party Planning

Give enough notice - Make sure there is plenty of notice so that there is more chance that everyone invited can come.

Be strict - It can be hard organising a hen party, so you need to be firm with your decisions and accept people's help, but when it comes to the final conclusion, it’s your call!

Think about who is going - This is important when deciding where to go and what to do. If the bride-to-be wants her mum and nan at the celebration, you may want to opt for something less active.

Be organised - There are so many aspects of hen do planning that you may not think about, put together a to-do list to keep yourself organised.

Set up a group chat - This way, you can gather ideas and discuss important party business with the rest of the group!

Partner with the lads - By the lads booking the stag do life drawing class with us we might be able to give you both a discount :)

Hen Party Extras

Once you’ve planned the main parts, , start thinking about your extras! These finishing touches will really personalise the celebrations and make them one to remember for the bride-to-be and the rest of the group.


Hen party games are a great addition to any hen do, and making sure to include them whilst planning your celebrations is an absolute must! Lucky for you, we have over twenty games on our site to suit all kinds of groups - Simply take a look at what we’ve got and pick out your favourite ones to play on the day!

If you’re looking for more booze-orientated ideas, then be sure to check out our list of hen party drinking games, too!


Undoubtedly, you’ll want to look the part about the celebrations, and hen party accessories are the perfect way to do just that!

Whether it’s sashes, badges, veils or something completely out-of-the-ordinary, this is an opportunity for you and the girls to go as big (or as small) as you’d like!


A brilliant way to spruce up your surroundings, hen do decorations make for a great addition to any celebration!

Whether after some balloons, banners, or something completely different, decorations are the ideal way to transform your home or venue into a party paradise completely!


An easy one to remember, buying the bride-to-be a present is a must-do - Whether you all chip in for one big gift or buy your separate presents, it’s traditional for the hens to give the group a favour on the last weekend of freedom!

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