Alternative Hen Party Ideas
The hen party is very much a rite of passage for all brides. But that said, not every bride wants to opt for your standard night out or even weekend away that can often revolve around alcohol or the nightclub.
In fact, these days the idea of an alternative hen party has very much become mainstream. Today, brides-to-be are opting for adventure style outings, afternoon teas, farm stays, glamping, and high end foodie nights out.
Whatever it is you are interested, chances are there’s a tailor made hen party out there for you. So if you’re a chief bridesmaid charged with organising something special for your best pal and bride-to-be, then we’ve got some suggestions of how you can create the perfect hen party.
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Whether you want to rock your inner Sandy from Grease with a retro makeover or go back to the Victorian era with servants and long gowns there are a range of fantastic vintage style themes to choose from around the country. Be it a retro photo shoot full of boudoir glam or a full weekend’s activities these are super fun and great for cool chicks everywhere. Image Decade Darlings
Cookery classes are a superb idea for a hen party for a bride-to-be who adores all things foodie. Many of these cookery schools outside of Dublin offer accommodation, such as Ballyknocken House in Wicklow, so you can really make a weekend of it. If you’re planning a smaller affair, then why not really treat yourselves with a meal in a Michelin star restaurant?
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Is there any treat nicer than afternoon tea? Mini cakes, sandwiches, scones, clotted cream and prosecco? It’s heaven and there are so many options for this you’ll be spoiled for choice. You could do city chic and opt for something classic like the Shelbourne Hotel, or why not head into the country for a laid back sort of pampering.
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What bride-to-be doesn’t deserve some pampering and what hens don’t enjoy some TLC too? A spa day or weekend is the perfect hen party activity where you can enjoy some luxury and combine it with any location be it city or country. Powerscourt Hotel Spa in Co. Wicklow is a great example. Plus it’s easy to add in lots of other activities and night out with this one if you so wish.
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Everything from Glamping, to farm days, quad bike riding and even paintballing are an option for hens who want a something a little more out of the ordinary! Think wellies, campfires and lots of craic. There’s a whole host of options to choose from, such as glamping in Teapot Lane or farm days in the Farmyard.
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