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Where to start when planning a Hen Party at a big holiday home?

Updated: Apr 1, 2021

Either yourself or your closest friend has got engaged, a wedding date is set and Covid restrictions are starting to lift. With wedding planning well underway, you can focus your attention next on another important event… planning the hen party.

With 77% of Hen Parties choosing to stay in the UK, planning a long weekend away at a large holiday home is an ever-popular and accessible option for many.

Even if you are planning to stay closer to home, organising a weekend away for a large group can quickly start to feel overwhelming, with so many different budgets, ages, and interests. So how can you make this planning process easier? Below we’ve broken down where to start and what to consider when planning a hen party at a big holiday home.

The budget and date

The very first step when it comes to planning any sort of large group holiday home trip is getting a general consensus on the budget. Knowing the total spend available or maximum price per head gives you a great place to start before you start thinking about finding a venue.

When it comes to dates, giving everyone as much notice as possible can be helpful, as well as offering a selection of dates for the whole party to choose from, going with what the majority can make and the bride to be is happy with.

Choose the right location for your holiday home

Consider what will work best for the majority of your group as well as the bride-to-be. Perhaps you want to be on the outskirts of a city with a hen do in Bath or maybe by the sea with a hen party in Brighton, or maybe you just need it to be easily accessible by train. Knowing what’s important about the location of your hen party will help you narrow down your search.

What does your holiday home need?

Once you know the area you’re looking in, the next step is choosing the holiday home itself! The great thing about booking a big holiday home for your hen party is being able to enjoy yourselves with all those home comforts but with a whole load of added perks thrown in. Whether it’s a hot tub, pool or a games room, consider what added extras would make your hen party weekend that extra bit special.

Beyond the extra special touches, thinking through the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you’ll need and ensuring there is plenty of space for everyone to enjoy themselves, can help solve any tensions later down the line.

Organise activities to come to you

Having a whole holiday home to yourselves means you don’t need to leave the property to have a good time. To ensure everyone enjoys themselves and your bride has a weekend to remember, start planning some standout activities which can come to you! From at-home karaoke, butler in the buff, and cocktail making to life drawing, spa treatments, and afternoon tea served in the garden, whatever vibe of your bride, filling the time with fun activities will help to ensure the whole party enjoys themselves.

Consider a private chef or catering

Nobody wants to spend a celebratory weekend away cooking and cleaning. This is where considering hiring a private chef or caterer can be the dream solution and is often far cheaper than you might first think!

Get some help planning

Some planning when you’re organising such a large group goes without saying, but where you can, look at getting someone on board to help you. It might be supported in finding the ideal holiday home or maybe it’s filling the weekend with fun, hen party activities with a virtual event planner. This is where My Event Concierge can help. We’re on hand to help take the stress away from large group event planning and ensure things go as smoothly as possible. Pop us a message, drop us an email or give us a call and we can do the job for you!


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