It was a wonderful surprise at the time. Being asked to be your best friend’s chief bridesmaid is certainly an honour and one that you shouldn’t take lightly. You probably screamed with excitement and wiped away a tear or two…
But now things are getting serious. With great power comes great responsibility and this is the most important day of your best friend’s life, so you really can’t afford to get it wrong.
Amongst the numerous things on your to-do list there will be a requirement to plan an unforgettable hen party, so the pressure is most definitely on! But fear not, we’re here to guide you through and if you follow our tips below, the bride-to-be will be crying tears of joy and you will go down in history as being THE best chief bridesmaid to ever have graced this Earth.
Teamwork Really Does Make The Dream Work
Most brides have at least one other bridesmaid to accompany their chief, so ask for their help to ensure you plan the best hen party that is humanly possible. Relinquishing some of the planning responsibilities will mean less stress for you but will also mean that your skills are not spread too thinly.
We’re sure you have some amazing memories with your bestie, but it is worth remembering that so do the others, so club together and see what ideas you can come up with.
Get To Know Your Audience
Male strippers and topless butlers used to be the first thing on any checklist for a hen do, but things have changed in recent years.
Whilst some women love nothing more than to giggle whilst squeezing the pert behind of a hunky young gentleman, others think the whole charade is tasteless and crude, so it is important that you get a feel for the general consensus.
Make sure that whatever you plan is appropriate for who is attending. If your audience are excitable and flirty, then consider going down the classic route with topless male dancers or go one better and book tickets to go see Dreamboys.
But if the ladies in attendance are a little squeamish with things like that, or if the mother-in-law is attending, it is probably best to organise something a little more PG instead.
Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Hen parties are not JUST about guzzling delicious cocktails and wearing L plates. The bride-to-be will likely be just as stressed as you, so planning some fun activities will be the perfect excuse to think about something else.
Get the adrenaline pumping by organising an adventurous getaway that is filled with excitement and giggles – for all the right reasons! Jump on some quad bikes if you want to break the ice between party members or get involved in some clay pigeon shooting so that you and the bride can relieve that pent up stress.
Relax, Take It Easy
If the hen party takes course over the duration of a weekend, it is certainly a good idea to leave some time in the schedule for some relaxation.
All the girls will love you if you slot in an afternoon at a spa, complete with massages and a bottle of fizz! We all love to be pampered and with an impending wedding fast approaching, there is no better time to take a moment or two to relax…
What’s The Budget?
Finally, when planning the ultimate hen party, you must take into consideration how much the other hens are willing to spend.
You might have lavish ideas about a luxurious European getaway for your most cherished friend, but sometimes not everyone can afford to do that.
Find out what budget everyone will be working to, then be smart about making it happen. Do your research and shop around so that you can be certain you’re getting enough bang for your buck!
Regardless of what you choose, we’re sure the bride-to-be is going to love whatever you plan for her. Being the chief bridesmaid is a huge honour and we’re sure that your much-loved friend will appreciate the thought, effort and love that you put into organising something special for her to celebrate her last days of being an unmarried woman.