Bridal Club Magazine
Hen & Stag Parties On A Budget
When you plan a hen or stag event you need to think about how
much it's going to cost. Expense will have a huge effect on who is
able to come, so the ideal situation is to plan something that
everyone will enjoy but that is well within budget. Never fear.
While expensive can mean glamorous, it's amazing how much fun you
can have by spending very little! Here are a few ideas to suit
Under $50 per person
• A night on the town. Dinner and drinks followed by a
nightclub. Look out for restaurants with a set menu or ask if they
will do any offers for groups so that you don't end up spending too
much money on food. Equally, see whether you can get on the guest
list to a club and, if the entry charge goes up after a certain
time, make sure you get in there before the deadline!
• A girls' night in with takeaways, manicures and DVDs. This is
a guaranteed fun, inexpensive night. Rent out a few chick flicks
(Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones and anything with Brad Pitt!),
gather plenty of takeaway menus and fill the freezer with ice
cream. Ask everyone to bring a sleeping bag and spend any remaining
money on face packs, nail varnish and other beauty items so you can
enjoy a bit of pampering.
• A paintballing or go-karting day, followed by a few beers in
the pub. Outdoor activities don't have to be hugely expensive, so
shop around for something that suits you. When it comes to
transport, it might even be economical to hire a minibus for the
weekend. After a few hours in the fresh air, you'll enjoy nothing
more than dinner and a fair few pints in the local pub.
Paintballing isn't the thing to do less than a week before the
wedding though - bruises are not a good look.
Around $100 per person
• A night out on the town, with an overnight stay in an
inexpensive hotel or guest house. Dinner and clubbing makes for a
great night out. If you have a little more money to spend, why not
travel a little further and book some accommodation for the night.
This doesn't have to cost the earth - a cosy b&b can be just as
lovely as a luxurious hotel - and it means you get to reminisce
over breakfast the next morning!
• A glam night out with cocktails and dinner at a smart
restaurant. If you're just organising an evening and don't need to
think about overnight accommodation, you can splash out a little
with this budget. Organise dinner in a great restaurant and move on
to a swanky bar for cocktails afterwards. It's amazing how much you
can spend on a few Margaritas!
• A camping weekend. An entire weekend away can start getting
expensive and you're unlikely to stay within a $100 per head
budget… unless you go camping! Sleeping under canvas is perhaps one
of the least expensive forms of accommodation, but also one of the
most fun. Camping is great for hens and stags alike… but only those
who enjoy the great outdoors. Think camp fires, long walks and pub
lunches. Perfect - but not for those who are worried about damaging
• A day at a health spa for under $100, you really can enjoy a
luxurious day at a health spa, hopefully including lunch and a few
treatments. Health spas are always a good idea for hen days or
weekends as people can generally do what they want to do, and spend
as much (or as little) money as they like. Look out for any offers
that could give you the opportunity to stay overnight.