So, you’ve been tasked with organising an epic hens night for a bride to be?

Planning a bachelorette party is no easy feat—especially if this is your first time.

With this step-by-step guide you’ll be the most organised party-planner on the block (…and before you know it, you’ll be the one everyone calls on your party-planning prowess!)Hooray-canberra-hens-party-ideas_01

1. Pick a date and confirm the guest list

Getting in early is important. You don’t want anyone in the bride tribe to miss out because they’ve already made plans.

We suggest picking a date well ahead of the special day so that everyone has plenty of time to recover (both financially and mentally!).

Speak with the bride and ask who she wants to celebrate with, then make sure all the invites are sent out in good time.

2. Cater for the whole group

If the bride wants to invite not just friends but members of her family, you could find yourself needing to entertain everyone from teenage cousins right through to elderly relatives.

Try to pick activities that appeal to everyone—not just the young ones! We suggest incorporating some kind of activity, whether it be dance lessons, a floral workshop, or an art class.

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3. Keep the cost in mind

Whatever you decide to do, remember to consider how much things are going to cost. Not everyone will have lots of money to spend on the celebrations (especially when there is a wedding to be paid for!)

Dinner and drinks are going to be far more reasonably priced than a weekend away in Bali!

A good way to cater for all budgets is to be flexible with your options. If you plan a whole day of activities, then let partygoers choose which ones they want to participate in.

Also, figure in the cost of transport for those that will be attending. Include it in the cost so that people can pay upfront.

4. Dream up some games

Once you’ve arranged all the big-ticket items (think: date, location, and guest list), you can spend time working on the fun stuff!

Think about some party games you can play, accessories for the bride to wear, party t-shirts, sashes, and bags.

5. Party time!

With the preparations all taken care of, the last step is to enjoy the day. You’ve spent a lot of time and effort making sure it’s fun for everyone (…and that includes you!)

If you’ve got a weekend of fun ahead of you, make sure you pace yourself and encourage the rest of the bachelorettes to do the same. Including some downtime for rehydrating and eating means you won’t miss out on any of the action.