Your best mate is getting married and you have been given the responsibility of organising her hen do. You want to give her the best experience but need to stick within a budget, so that everyone on the guest list can be there for her. What do you do?
If you stick to a city break in the UK, it’s surprising how far your money can go – particularly if you shop around. Arrange the hotel early so that you and the group can benefit from early bird deals. For example, if you’re heading to Tyneside for some quality nightlife, Newcastle hotels from Travelodge are a done deal, offering you comfort, close proximity and affordability.
When it comes to accommodation for a raucous hen weekend, it doesn’t matter that it’s cheap. Why waste your budget on a boutique hotel or countryside retreat when all you’re actually going to be doing there is sleeping after a day and evening full of activities? Keeping the basic costs low means that more of your guest list will likely confirm – it’s much better having everyone there on a budget than splashing out on upmarket options, but with nobody there to enjoy it.
Check what is available in Newcastle before you go. It’s a fantastic city, offering something for everyone, so you’ll likely find what you’re hoping for. Build an itinerary in advance to relieve a lot of stress on the actual weekend. With several areas to Newcastle, plan the evenings around a specific place to minimise transport costs – book a meal and head out for drinks in Quayside, Collingwood Street or Bigg Market.
As far as daytime activities go, the top tip is book in advance. Whether you fancy a lesson in the art of Burlesque or you are more of a thrillseeker that wants to head outdoors for a game of paintball, these activities need to be booked and paid for beforehand. Having an idea of a basic schedule will allow you to plan what activities to include and will help to keep the group organised.
If you are beginning the party on the Friday evening, it’s best not to head out all guns blazing. How about a more subdued affair on the Friday, followed by the main night out on the Saturday? Maybe a wine tasting evening or a naked butler would help to break the ice?
With all things vintage making a comeback of late, a lot of ladies may love the idea of afternoon tea. You could arrange a champagne afternoon tea at Jesmond Dene House for something truly special at £28.50 per head. It’ll wile away an afternoon and, if your bride is into vintage, she’d love it.
Ensure the balance is paid beforehand – it’s recommended to ask the ladies for their contribution in advance of your final bill date, to accommodate any late payers. Instalments are ideal, so that you remain in control of the finances.
Most of all enjoy the planning process. Knowing that you are the one behind a hen weekend that will be unforgettable is one of the best feelings you can have as maid of honour. Start planning today so it can all go off, without a hitch.