There is much to be decided in the lead up to the big event and for the leading lady that also includes choosing between a hen’s party and a bridal shower.
These pre-wedding rituals are all about celebrating the bride-to-be and are usually organised by the maid of honour or a close friend or family member.
It’s up to the guest of honour to decide if she would rather kick off her heels at a hen’s party or sit back and relax at bridal shower.
Traditionally the last hurrah, a hen’s party is often associated with debauchery.
While for many this may be a wild night out with girlfriends, complete with X-rated entertainment, daring games and dancing.
Gone are the days of a one size fits all approach to organising a hen’s party.
At its core, it is an opportunity for the bride-to-be to let her hair down before the wedding nerves kick in and celebrate with her closest friends.
So why not plan a hen’s night that fits the bride-to-be’s personality?
The options are endless: a wine tour, a weekend at the beach, a boat cruise, a cocktail making class, dinner at a fancy restaurant, yoga retreat or pole dancing lessons.
For a more restrained approach to the pre-wedding celebrations, a bridal shower is in order.
From grandmothers to the future mother-in-law, this is the perfect day to include relatives that may feel uncomfortable at a hen’s party.
Complete with afternoon tea, sparkling wine and family friendly games, a bridal shower is a chance for the guest-of-hour to unwind and rejuvenate before the big day.
Traditionally hosted at the bride-to-be’s family home; friends and family gather with gifts and advice.
As any event a bridal shower can be tailored to suit the leading lady’s interests.
Consider hosting a kitchen tea where guests bring a recipe card, a high tea, a pamper day either at home or a spa, flower crown making class, DIY decorations for the wedding or play lawn games.
Why not have both?
For the bride-to-be who can’t decide between a hen’s night and a bridal shower, there is no reason you can’t have both.
In fact it’s a great way to involve all the important women in your life.
You could start the day with a morning tea for all and then finish the day with a night on the town with friends, or host two completely separate events.