What I Learnt Planning My Sister's Hen Do

7 August 2018

It was my sister's hen do this weekend! Yaaaaaaaaaay!

Planning a hen do can feel like a giant thing getting closer and closer until you've suddenly got a second job you didn't plan on having and 20 people to organise and get to all be in the same place at the same time. So, I thought I would impart some of the knowledge I gained from planning my favourite person in the whole wide world's hen night.

You will get stressed. 

There are no two ways around it, with all the best will in the world, you will find planning the hen do stressful. I found it best to feel the feelings, make a list and try and move through it.

Make lists. 

Having a list infront of you with all your tasks on makes life so much easier. It also makes it easier to see if you could, perhaps, ask for help from other bridesmaids or attendees.

Let go of the little things. 

I spent far too long agonising over what should be in the gift bags - and in the end it turned out to be the wrong theme and I couldn't send them back, so in the bag went a unicorn present for a mermaid themed hen night - but it didn't matter, people thought the gift bags were cute and a nice touch, so there was no need to worry!

Take a disposable camera. 

The playlist for the barge was on my phone, and I was unable to take as many photos as I would have liked. I have all the photos other people took, and one or two that I managed to snap, but I really wish I had taken a disposable camera to take more. Also for the delayed gratification of looking forward to getting them developed.

People are there to have a good time. 

Hopefully, all the people who are coming on your hen evening are there because they mean something to the hen. That means they all want both the hen, and themselves, to have a good time. You plan the actives, they bring the attitude to enjoy themselves.

And finally, there is only so much you can do. 

If I could have, I would have given my sister the world, but unfortunately I can't. I did my best and everyone had a brilliant time and that's all you can do!

Have you planned a hen night? Do you have any tips?

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