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5 ideas for hen party worldwide

Updated on October 18, 2013


There are chances that at some point in your life you will be required to stand up at a friends or relatives wedding as the maid of honor. Being a bridesmaid comes with vast travails and of varying nature but the other challenge is to plan a hen party for the bride that will stand to be a success and not an embarrassing occurrence.

A hen party or a bachelorette is a party prepared by the maid of honor with the intent of giving the bride-to-be a memorable and a fun-full night prior to the brides big day. The responsibility hugely lies with the maid of honor but with the assistant of the bridesmaid in her absence although the inclusion of the bride herself in the planning would still be recommended.

The hen party

To make sure the hen party you intend to through for the bride turns out as successful as you intended, proper planning is required including the very finest of details which you are probably likely to overlook. The timing of the party should be conveniently set not to inconvenience the bride; it should not be set too close to the wedding day since this will get to the bride’s nerve and thus interfering with pre-wedding plan. One set to early before the wedding day could feel anticlimactic and thus it’s advisable to set the wedding at least a month before the bride’s wedding.

One major importance of this hen party is to ensure that the bride gets some great time with her girlfriends and so as the planner you should get these friends invited well in advance. However the hen party shouldn’t overshadow the major wedding day by inviting too many attendees but the number should be limited not to be too much neither should it be too less to almost none. To ensure the part doest inconvenience the bridesmaids and other invited friends, make sure they are informed well in advance so that they can have it in their schedules.

Since your intention is to make the bride and her friends have one of the best nights to cherish, brainstorming with your friends could give you more idea to the activities, dressing and especially the destination of the hen party.

Here are some five ideas where you could have your hen party at:

Rent a raid in Marrakech, Morocco

Moroccan Marrakech (mansions) are definitely one of the destinations that you would want to have the hen party held at. These luxurious resorts offer an ideal combination of culture and total relaxation for the bride and the bridesmaid. The weather around this place is always warm throughout the year and so regardless of the timing it would be a perfect place.

There a numerous Marrakech riads mostly located near the souks from which you can choose to have the party held at. Each of these riads has different specifications, architectural designs as well as the decorations.

Apart from the exquisite riads, Marrakech has a lot more to offer including their rich culture and traditional belly dancing. There are great stylish spas in which you can have the bride have a relaxed preparation before the wedding day from the facial and body massage. After this you could find some time to visit some breathtaking sights in the region e.g. the gardens at the Bahia palace and the famous Koutoubia mosque. In addition to exploring there are enchanting boutiques from which you get presents for bride or for self use.

Restaurants are beautifully decorated like the Pepe Nero Restaurant providing not only stunning outdoor area where the bride can sit with her girlfriends but also a wide variety of tantalizing tagines, scrumptious salads, herb-stuffed fish and more delicacies.

From the local markets you can find a variety of dainty Moroccan tea sets, wall-hangings and other Arabian themes to decorate the bride’s marital home and as a commemoration of the adventurous hen party.

New York City, NY

New York is the eventual city you would give to the bride and her girlfriends. It is not only an excellent shopping destination but has one of the best evening entertainment and various famous sites. Starting from the tallest skyscraper in the city, empire state building you can view the Rockefeller center, the central park amongst other sites.

You can book a place near Times Square or at the Paramount Hotel both of which will enable the bride and the girlfriends to explore the city more including doing their shopping along Fifth Avenue and other designer boutiques outlets. To remember the hen party in New York the bride and the friends can buy handbags from Donna Karan New York or a branded top with I love New York inscription on it.

The girlfriend can have delicious diner at the Stardust Diner where the waiters nor only serve sumptuous meals but also take the center stage to entertain the visitors with world’s legendary show tunes.

Before heading to the New York Nails and Spa in the afternoon where you will find a relaxing atmosphere as you wait for services, you can enjoy a Central Park bike ride where the girls can have all the fun they want and be sure they will record this memorable highlight. A club spree later in the evening would be a fabulous wrap up of the day where the girls can enjoy a few cocktails at the rooftop of View Bar in Times Square which gives you a panoramic view of the city owing to its slow rotation.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Though Las Vegas is believed to be predominantly a male enclave, this is one destination you should consider for your own hen party of your friend’s because Las Vegas will give you a totally unforgettable exciting event will not only unite but also inspire your friends.

A stay in any of Vegas hotels exposes you to their exquisite service culture, glammed up super shows, star performances with a guaranteed pampered existence during your stay in any of these hotels. Hen weekends in Las Vegas are a guarantee of a sensational degree of glitz and the girls will in no doubt be spoilt rotten by the pools during the sizzling afternoons, breathing the life-saving air and the unlimited supply of cocktails.

Having the hen party well organized in advance will give the girls time to concentrate on how to have their way through the mountainous range of food offered as well as the chance to tap in the buzz of gambling in every hotel casino. None of you need to be professional gamblers to give this a shot. Apart from casinos and the clubs are the spas and the other breathtaking sights from which you can as well view them from helicopter rides. The hottest clubs that you could visit includes LAX, Tryst and Pure and for a steam-room and a massage in the morning after, Spa Mandalay at the Mandalay bay is the place to visit.

Las Vegas offers the girls lots of fun and adventure but as it is said, whatever happens in Vegas should remain there.

Funchal, Madeira

Funchal is an ideal destination for Hens that crave for tranquility in a pleasing setting that is combines with fine dining and genuine night-time entertainment. Located at the north of Africa, you are guaranteed of an excellent weather environment where you can explore mountains and cleanse your mind with body and soul yoga class around lush greenery scenery.

There are a number of boat tours running out the main harbor from which the bride and the girlfriends can enjoy whale watching. For delicious diner head to Le Jardin restaurant which is decorated from the inside to appear like a garden the restaurant provides those who fancy having their diner under the star the opportunity to enjoy lobsters, swordfish, succulent tuna steaks and other delicious crepes for dessert.

Book a place in the hotels in Funchal and the bride to be and her girlfriend swill enjoy the beautiful views of the coast and those of the stunning mountainous landscapes. This allows the girls to enjoy peaceful swimming since Funchal hardly attracts rowdy groups.

Don’t fail to pass via the Dolce Vita for your shopping among other trendy boutiques in addition to bring the fortified wine of Madeira for which it’s famously known for.

Charleston, South Carolina

For a hen party that is more about classy dining and nightlife you could take the girls to South Carolina for a low-key weekend at the comfort of Charleston. The city is filled with natural beauty and its built-in grace makes it a favorite destination for holding weddings and hen parties.

You could consider renting one of the beach houses for the weekend on either Sullivan’s island or the Folly Beach with forays into close by Charleston for dining and shopping. From here too you can explore the downtown Charleston by visiting Old South Carriage Tours or the Wildflour Pastry. In addition to this, the bride and the bridesmaid can pamper themselves at Spa Adagio, the perfect spot to relax and unwind after a day of shopping.

Exploring the east bay and upper king street offers nightlife entertainment options for the girls including enjoying live music from local bands. Charleston is full of much more fun filled activities that will leave the brides with her friends thrilled and never wanting to leave.

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