Pre-wedding rituals are a rite of passage. But where do you even start?
Planning a hen’s party or bridal shower is one of a bridesmaid’s most important yet daunting duties, but if you’re worried about the event being thrown in your honour, there is no reason the bride-to-be can’t take the reins.
No matter who is doing the organising, it’s all about celebrating the future bride.
Don’t worry about what the norm is, or the expectations of others; plan an event that is tailored to the guest of honour.
Maybe you’re a hen’s party type of girl – looking forward to a last hurrah – a night out with friends complete with dancing, games and maybe even some entertainment.
Or maybe your days of partying until dawn are long gone and a more relaxing bridal shower is in order.
But why not have both? This is a great way to involve all the important people in your life – from grandma and your future mother-in-law to your nieces and nephews.
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.
Whatever you choose, gather the tribe and put your own spin on it.
bride and groom’s top picks
- Wine tour: Hire a bus (and a driver) and set out for a day in the vineyards. Pop into a few local wineries for tastings or even a long lunch.
- Kitchen tea: Host a morning or afternoon tea, ask guests to bring a favourite recipe as a gift and organise some family-friendly games.
- Dinner and drinks: If you’re after a no-fuss approach, make a booking at a fancy restaurant, sit back and enjoy.
- Yoga retreat: For the health-conscious, drinking might not be high on the priority list but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.
- Go glamping: There are plenty of places that have jumped on the glamping bandwagon, which is perfect for an old-school sleepover.
- A cocktail making class: Learn how to mix your own cocktails and enjoy the fruits of your labour later.
- Pole dancing classes: This idea may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it’s sure to be hilarious.
- High tea: For a classic alternative organise a high tea complete with sparkling wine and three-tier platters full of scones, sweet treats and finger sandwiches.
- Pamper day: Head to the day spa or even hire the professionals to come to you for day of relaxation.
- Flower crown workshop: Find a florist happy to share their trade secrets.
- Weekend away: Book a house for a weekend with your gals. Check out the local hot spots or enjoy the festivities indoors.
- Pop-up picnic: Inside or out, a picnic with homemade goodies or grazing platters is a great relaxing option.