Shall I have a Hen Night and Bridal shower or is that unreasonable?
A hen night and bridal shower are two quite different events. A hen night is more about the party and spending time with the girls, often indulging in slightly more risqué-than-average activities like pole dancing classes and paying a visit to the Chippendales to celebrate one naughty, wild “last night of freedom”.
A bridal shower is a more formal event, often including elderly members of the family at which the bride is “showered” with gifts. Unlike a hen night, the shower is usually held on a weekend afternoon and light nibbles and drinks are served. Although both have in common that they are pre-wedding events celebrating the bride, they are different in tone and nature. Therefore, whether you choose to have both, one or the other, or create your own unique event that combines the best elements of both is up to you.
Does the bride have to pay for her Hen Night?
Like a birthday, the Bride shouldn’t really pay for anything. The expectation is that the other attendees will chip in and cover costs of food, entry to venues and drinks. That said, the recession has seen many brides also chipping in to help with what can be expensive evenings. The organiser may set a budget to work within to plan everything, which may or may not include the bride when splitting up the costs depending on what you’ve discussed.
Can you have a joint stag and Hen Night?
This trend has risen in recent years. Ultimately it comes down to the preference of yourself and the Groom. It is widely estimated that close to three quarters of men will lie to their future wives about the goings on at a stag do. Meanwhile, closer to 40 per cent of women are thought to lie about their hen night activities. Depending on whether you want a night of just your friends or want to include everyone in the festivities, you can decide whether to celebrate your impending nuptials together or separately.