With summer fast approaching, wedding season will soon be upon us, bringing with it the hope of sunshine and the emerging wedding trends of 2017.
It’s no surprise that many brides and grooms to-be are immersed in plans and preparations for their ceremonies in the fast approaching months, inundated with decisions about catering such as floating dessert stations or Italian style all day feasts? Will photography consist of passing around a Polaroid or professional digital? And, we haven’t even got around to the videographers, beauticians and stylists yet!
The list goes on so that often, the more exciting elements are left until the last minute. The wife-to-be and maid of honor could end up making some rash and halfhearted decisions. So, how can you avoid a boring and lack-lustre hen do? Pre-planning and organization is key. We’ve come up with some original, entertaining, and okay, bizarre ways, to celebrate your hen party.
Hip Hop Hens
For the sophisticated hens who both appreciate a classy mid-morning catch up over a delicately brewed flat white and love a boozy brunch with a twist, Hip Hop Brunch is absolutely for you. Hosted in hidden locations around London that are revealed the Tuesday before each session, this brunch boasts bottomless cocktails, hip-hop karaoke and a three-course brunch menu from the ‘dirty south’. Arguably one of the best brunch spots in Europe, it’s the perfect place to mingle with your party, sing your hearts out to your favourite hip-hop (or rap if you dare) and dance the afternoon away.
If you’re looking for a once in a lifetime experience with unforgettable views, The London Helicopter Tour is the perfect way to go. You’ll fly skyward on one of three incredible flight routes of your choosing, witnessing the capital and all its major landmarks from more than 1,000 ft. in the air. As you experience the uninterrupted, panoramic views you’ll see the London Eye, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace as more unfold beneath you. Afterwards, you can celebrate your breathtaking experience in one of London’s finest bars, toasting with a glass of premium champagne.
For the hens who value their health, disco yoga could well be the ideal hen party for you. Combining yoga with a Jackson 5 sound and healthy cocktails with names like ‘Boogie Bellini’ or ‘Moonwalk Mimosa’ you and your party will be satisfied mind, body and soul. An uplifting combination of disco dancing and yoga that doesn’t take itself too seriously, it’s the perfect way to get your health kicks and shake your body down to the ground. Simply sinless.
If you’re the kind of hen with guests coming from far and wide, reconnecting with each other and strengthening bonds will be an important part of your hen activities. Games and events that involve teams are a great way to go. Wildgoose Around the World Challenge is a treasure hunt with a virtual twist. Teammates must unlock the hidden tasks and activate international hotspots to complete the challenge. It’s a worldwide adventure from the comfort of your hen hotel, taking you anywhere from the gulf of Thailand to the breathtaking landscapes of New Zealand. It may even give you a few ideas for your honeymoon – two birds, one stone.
Heady Scented Hens
Have you ever wondered how your favourite scent is created and infused? If you think you could be a perfume connoisseur or are just looking for a signature and sentimental touch to make your wedding day extra special, this may be the perfect activity for you and your hens. They say that the sense of smell evokes the strongest memories, so what better way to remember your special day than by crafting your own personalized scent? You and your hens can design your own perfumes, and then relax with a glass of fizz whilst a perfume stylist hand blends each one.
When it comes to feeding your hens, it’s all about style and fun in equal measure. Instead of opting for the gloriously tasty but often stuffy Michelin style vibe, why not go for somewhere that can do both. Bob Bob Ricard is a bizarre but excellent combination of 1920s décor, flamboyant cocktails and Russian and European inspired food. Not to mention the fact that every table is decked out with a ‘Press for Champagne’ button. Catering for all pallets, from chicken burger to venison tartar, there will be something to satisfy all the hens’ appetites.
For most brides, their wedding is more than just being about the union of man and wife. It’s about taking the time out of busy lives to celebrate and reconnect with friends and relatives. Those opportunities don’t come around too often, so an out of the ordinary hen do is one way to ensure you make the most of the occasion and have a fabulous time that you’ll never forget.
This article was written by Holly Barry @HJBarry.
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