How to plan the perfect hen do

As soon as you hear one of your closest friends is getting married and the initial excitement over the news has calmed slightly (very slightly) your thoughts will no doubt turn straight to planning her hen do!

Follow our 10 simple steps and see how Marquee Hire Guide can help you to plan the perfect Hen do:

1     Numbers. Get the bride to make up a list of exactly who she wants to attend.  You don’t want to miss someone important to the bride!

2     Nights.  Once you have the numbers confirmed, decide if the event will take place over one night or two, or more if you’re thinking of heading abroad. There are advantages and disadvantages to both staying in the UK and heading abroad, so think carefully about this and find out what the bride would prefer.

3     Budget. Budget is THE SINGLE most important thing to decide on and should be done before booking any activities and accommodation.  Everything you decide to do on the hen do will be down to how much everyone is able to spend.

4     Theme.  If you fancy a themed hen party, decide early on, as your accommodation and activities can really enhance the theme. For example, glamping and outdoor events would really add to a festival-themed hen, while a posh house and casino night would complement a bond girl theme. For fun casino hire check out  There are so many options, so it depends on the style and personality of the bride but they can really make a hen party that little bit more special.

5     Location.  You may decide to have a night out in your local town, head elsewhere in the UK, or jet off further afield, the options are endless. Think about the people attending the hen party, do they have children? Is anyone pregnant? Do any of them work Weekends?  It is really exciting to head abroad but if it means some important people won’t be able to come, how would the bride feel?

6     Accommodation.  From B&Bs and Hotels to hiring a big house in the country, glamping and traditional camping, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. A hotel can be very convenient, but self-catering options can make an event more intimate and personal.  for alternative tent hire go to

7     Food.  This is easily overlooked when planning all the activities but nobody wants a bunch of hungry hens! You may be planning meals out or to cook for yourselves but why not hire a caterers to come in and cook a special meal?  Whatever your plans, make sure food is factored into both the budget and schedule.  For caterers all across the UK check out

8     Activities.  Keep your audience in mind when you planning the activities. The choice is endless, from cocktail making, dance lessons and beauty treatments to adventure sports activities and photoshoots.  Many of our mobile cocktail bars offer a cocktail making masterclass where the bride and her hens can create their own cocktails, or you could simply hire a mixologist to come and make them for you while you sit back and relax.  Check out loads of mobile cocktail bar hire and mixologists here Hiring a magic mirror or photo booth is a really fun addition to a hen do, who doesn’t love a bit of fancy dress and some hilarious photos to keep as a reminder of the night? For photo booth quotes visit  Or you could hire a magician to come and provide some entertainment and bring the wow factor to the party.   Choose from a wide range of magicians available across the UK here

9     Games.  These don’t have to break the budget but can be the most entertaining and hilarious part of the hen do!  There are loads of simple games available to buy or download but  you can easily make up your own games personal to the bride to be!  There’s Hen do bingo, the Mr and Mrs game, the bride quiz (how well do you really know the bride?) and loads of others so make sure you do your research and prep for them in advance.

10    Extras.  The extra bits and bobs you decide on will depend on what’s left in your budget, but the little extras can really make a hen party. Sashes, slippers, dressing gowns, photo albums, scrap books, party bags, badges, bunting and balloons will really add the finishing touches to the event.  Giant display letters spelling out the Bride to be’s name or initials could be a really special touch, or even a large ‘MRS X’ or ‘BRIDE’.



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