Here at HenStuff we regularly get tweeted, facebooked, google +'d and even the occasional pinterest tons of questions asking for advice on hen parties. We advise you lovely lads and lasses about all manner of things, from which fancy dress theme is the best, which cocktail we'd recommend, which activities are the best and general hints and tips. We created some handy hen party guides for your convenience, but of course we are still happy to answer your influx of questions - we love catching up with you lot!
A question we've had from a few panicking bridesmaids that seems to keep cropping up again and again is "do I invite the groom's mother in law?'. We thought we'd share our thoughts as an 'FAQ blog post' that will hopefully help a few of you decide. Before you send out your hen party invitation to the groom's mum then maybe consider a few of the following points:
- What activities are you getting up to? If you've booked an intense salsa dancing class or perhaps a very rude stripper - will the future mother in law want to be a part? If she's a good sport and up for a laugh then by all means invite her along, but you don't want to taint her opinion of her lovely daughter in law before she's walking down the aisle do you?
- Is the mother of the bride attending? If the mother of the bride is attending it might be lovely for those two to spend the evening together
- How well does she get along with the bride to be? If they're bosom buddies then we would recommend she be the top of the invite list
- Are you attending a night club? Perhaps this might not be her scene. We'd recommend something family friendly for the day - afternoon tea or a lovely spa treatment, and then you can whisk the bride to be off and get her ridiculously drunk in the evening away from the worrying eyes of the elders!
We would advise that it is always a lovely sentiment to invite the mother of the groom, and no matter what the activities we would recommend inviting her...but you must make sure she is aware of the activities you've planned beforehand so she has the option to politely decline.
In summary: yes, invite her..but make sure she isn't surprised by willy paraphernalia or even real willies if you've booked a stripper!
Also, you should totes get her this sash.
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