All your Hen Party Planning Questions Answered

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If you’re looking for help planning the perfect Hen party, then you’ve come to just the right place! We’ll take you through the most frequently asked Hen party planning questions and answers to make sure you know exactly how to organise the big event!

A Hen party is a really exciting event, that’s why you need to do something special! So take at look at our list of the 20 best Hen party ideas, plus how to plan and organise everything in 6 simple steps. So let’s get started!

When Should you Start Planning a Hen Party?

It’s a good idea to start planning your Hen party as soon as possible. It’s one of the most difficult events to coordinate because people will have clashing schedules, unique ideas and different budgets. Planning early helps to iron out all the problems and creates a less stressful process for you. It will usually take a few weeks to organise an idea properly and book everything in. But the closer you leave it to the date, the more likely it will be that your venue or idea is booked up on the date you wanted. 

How Far in Advance Should you Plan a Hen Party?

This is a really difficult question to answer and depends on a few factors. Firstly, how long in total do you have to plan the wedding? If you’re planning everything last minute, then you’ll need your hen party to be pretty close to the wedding date.
Also, it’ll depend on your schedule and the schedules of your bridesmaids, friends and family. It can be hard to coordinate a date that suits everyone, which means you may have to be a bit flexible when deciding how far in advance to have your hen party before your wedding. 
Some people think that Hen parties are done best when they’re held the weekend or even the day before the wedding. We would advise against this because your mind should be more focused on your actual wedding day at this point. The Hen party will most likely be a distraction at this point and cause you more stress than enjoyment. 
On the other end of the spectrum, you could host the Hen party a few months before the wedding. But we think this tends to be a bit too far away and you’ll lose some of the buzz and excitement. 
So we think you should host your Hen party around 3-4 weeks before your wedding day. This is enough time to plan and organise everything, but isn’t too far in advance of the wedding that it loses the excitement.

Who Should be Invited to a Hen Party?

Who ever you want to be invited! It’s completely up to the bride who should be invited to the Hen party. Of course the bridesmaids will always be invited, but you can also invite the mother of the bride, the mother in law, other relatives and friends. 

Don’t get too carried away though inviting everyone, or it’ll limit what you can actually do for the Hen party and make it really difficult to organise. Try and invite less than 15 people to your Hen party if you can. 

Who Should Organise the Hen Party?

Well, this depends on a few things including…
  • How involved the bride wants to be
  • How many people are going to the Hen party 
  • If the maid of honour is in charge 
Typically, the bridesmaids and in particular the maid of honour should organise the Hen party under the direction of the bride to make sure it’s the kind of party she actually wants. 
It can be good to get a few different people’s opinions on board like the mother of the bride and some of the other guests, but the saying is true, too many cooks spoil the broth. It can be hard to take everyone’s ideas on board if there are too many people contributing. So try and nominate a couple of people to do the planning and organising and then run it by everyone when you’ve decided. 

Who Should Pay for the Hen Party?

Usually, everyone contributes to the Hen party cost and the total amount us spilt between all the guests. This keeps things fair. It’s good to have a conversation with all the guests before booking anything to check they’re budgets so no one gets left out afterwards. 

Should the Bridesmaids Pay for the Hen?

Usually the guests will contribute the cost of their own individual place on the Hen party and give a little extra to cover the cost of the Hen. It’s a nice idea to do this to thank the Hen for the invitation to the party and the wedding. 

What Should you Do at a Hen Party?

There are loads of Hen party ideas to choose from, but which should you go for? Well, we’ve put together a list of the 20 best Hen party ideas for every type of bride, so take a look to help you decide! You can also plan some games and activities to keep things interesting too. 

What Games can you Play at a Hen Party?

There are plenty of games you can play at a Hen party to keep your guests entertained! Here are some of our favourite Hen party game ideas!

Prosecco Pong 

The classic frat party drinking game with a Hen party twist! It’s everyone’s favourite and is great for all group sizes. This drinking game is great for teams, after all, everyone loves a bit of friendly competition. Especially after a few drinks!

What you’ll need:

  • 10 pint sized plastic cups filled with your drink of choice
  • A large table at least a few meters long preferably
  • Ping pong ball
  • Two teams
How to Play:
  • Arrange your 5 cups each in a pyramid shape at each end of the table
  • Try and throw the ping pong ball into the other teams cups
  • If it lands in a cup, the other team has to drink that cup and then remove it from the table
  • You can either bounce the ball into the cups, or try and throw it straight in. But if you miss and it goes too far, and the other team catches it, you have to drink one of your own cups. 
  • The team that drinks the least cups wins!


Drinking games don’t just have to be for nights out! Picolo is the perfect dinner party drinking game for small groups and it’s really easy to set up.  It’s great because it takes all the thinking out of drinking games, you can just let the app do the work. And it’s a good one to play either at home or in a bar as you don’t need anything other than your phone!

What You’ll Need:

  •  Just your drinks and a phone!

How to Play 

  • Download the Picolo app
  • Choose a free version or upgrade to the premium version
  • Enter each players name, bonus points for creative nicknames!
  • Then just answer the questions and follow the instructions

Drunk Pass the Parcel

The dinner party version of pass the parcel is great for large groups. It’s exactly the same as the kid’s party version, but each layer of wrapping paper has a truth or dare task that the player has to do. You can be as harsh as you’d like with the truths and dares, but it’s best to start with nice and easy ones! If the player decides they don’t want to do the truth or dare, you can have a forfeit of downing your drink. You can choose any prize for your pass the parcel drinking game.

What You’ll Need:

  • A small prize
  • Wrapping paper
  • Some music

How to Play:

  • First you’ll need to wrap the prize in a layer of wrapping paper. Wrap the present again but underneath the layer, have a truth or dare written on a small piece of paper. Repeat this so there are around 6-10 layers.
  • Get all the players in a circle and pass the parcel around until the DJ stops the music. 
  • Whichever player the music stops on, must unwrap a layer and do the truth or dare written on the paper.
  • Keep going until someone unwraps the prize!

What Should you Wear to a Hen Party?

Some Hen parties have a fancy dress code or personalised tops, with a funny name for each guest. is a online huge party supply store that has loads of great costumes to choose from!

A Hen party is a really exciting event, that’s why you need to do something special! So take at look at our list of the 20 best Hen party ideas, plus how to plan and organise everything in 6 simple steps. So let’s get started!

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