Advice from HenNites
Rumour is that hen weekends first started after a Dutch father didn't agree with his daughter's choice of husband to be (a low income tradesman) and refused to provide her with a dowry. The Bride and Groom-To-Be's friends came to the rescue, offering them masses of presents, so a happy ending as she eventually got married and received her dowry!
About the Bridesmaid:
So, after months, and maybe years, of pressure from her other half, she has decided to wave goodbye to good sense and reason and embrace the scary world inhabited by husbands and fathers-in-laws.
She's asked you to be Chief Bridesmaid for the occasion, but wait, a word of warning is in order here. If she backs out at the last moment, loses her nerve, bottles it, whatever you want to call it, you, as her nearest and dearest, are traditionally obliged to step into her shoes and marry the Bridesgroom yourself! And being a "Bridesmaid" has to be one of the greatest jobs in the world. Just think of all the perks you get - organising a hen weekend, ordering everyone around, and you get to dance with the Best Man at the Wedding! Of course there is the hassle of getting the hen party organised (don't leave it too late book with HenNites), and collecting money, but girls are cool at all that, and look on the bright side - all you have to do is ensure the following:
Choose where you want to go and your hen party activities. HenNites will help you organise a successful hen weekend choose your package and leave the rest to us. Remember, you won't be able to please everyone, so work with the other Bridesmaids, the Bride To Be (if appropriate) make your decision
Book your Hen Weekend with a reputable Hen Party Organiser. HenNites have been organising hen do's for over 10 years and your money is safe as per our Travel Trust Regulations Policy 1992. Your deposit made by debit or credit card also protects you under the Consumes Act.
Your role in managing the money. You'll need to collect the money or get your friends to pay individually, something we won't need until 6 weeks before your event.
Organise accessories for your Hen Nights.
Hen Parties traditionally leave this to the last minute and pay a small fortune on bits and bobs for the pre-wedding celebrations. Take advantage of our 20% discount from our on-line Hen Party Accessory Shop when you book with HenNites.
Allow the guests to enjoy themselves. We suggest arranging a nice ice-breaker meal with HenNites you can choose from our delicious Dinning Options or ask us to reserve your seating time at one of our recommended restaurants and just pay on the night.
You all get home safely. We can organise Limos, mini buses or you can simply book your taxis when you arrive at your hotel they generally have some of the best rates around.
Have you got a list of everybody going on your hen weekend? Has everyone turned up?
Have you got your HenNites Welcome Pack? This should have been sent to your home address or at least by email.
Are there any special needs people or particualar requirements?
Do all the guests have a Weekend Itinerary, you can draw one up, print it and give it to each guest. Do you have directions? Keep these safe and handy as you'll bound to be asked by someone who forgot theirs!
Has somebody checked travelling arrangements? Arranged Hotel taxis to your hen party day activities and your nightlife?
Has someone arranged the Bride To Be's clothing for each day? Any fancy dress for the rest of the party?
Hangover Cures and Helpful Information
Some gentle exercise is useful to rid your body of toxins, possibly a light jog but ideally a relaxing pamper session including a sauna and a massage is ideal.
Good sleep on hen weekends is essential for party goers. Try to get at least 6 hours sleep (if possible!).
Suggestions for food
The classic English breakfast releases protein, vitamins, some healthy fat and balanced carbohydrate that will keep you going on your hen do.
Porridge is a slow releasing energy breakfast that will keep you going till lunch. Add fruit and nuts with honey and full fat milk.
Eat as much dry toast as possible, and during this process drink as much water as possible.
Don't spoil your hen weekend by skipping meals and fasting. Eat at regular intervals and avoid your body going into famine mode which will make you tired and stressed.
Book one of our Dinning Options that you can enjoy for lunch or your evening meal - call HenNites for suggestions and ideas.
Drinks for hangovers and how to help prevent them
Great for the day after hen night hangover is a can of coke and a couple of red tomatoes. Coke is a good pick-me-up tonic and tomatoes are rich in vitamins A and C, the combined effect will give your body what it needs to get you out and about on time.
Start your hen do with a warm mug of green tea, known to help break down fatty deposits on your liver or if you prefer, a cup of hot lemon and honey.
A glass of full fat milk, know to absorb alcohol and helps protect your liver.
Enjoy the magical cleaning effects of drinking water. Not only will this flush out your system, it will also help you to feel good and look your best. Try and drink at least 1.5 litres a day.
A teaspoon of limejuice and a pinch of cumin in a glass of fresh orange juice. Doesn't sound too bad does it?
Grapefruit juice, banana, strawberries, ice cubes and an egg (optional).
Typically, the Bloody Mary makes an excellent hangover cure, so here's how to make a great the classic drink:
1-3 oz Vodka, tomato Juice, half tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce, 2-4 dashes of Tabasco Sauce, horseradish to taste, salt and pepper.
Mixing: Shake with ice into a tall glass, drink and repeat 5-6 times as necessary.
Irish coffee is also another great option!
1-3 oz Irish whiskey, coffee, sugar, whipped cream.
Mixing: Stir coffee, whiskey, and sugar in a mug. Top with whipped cream and a few drops of Crème de Menthe.
Please ensure you have someone designated to drive home who won't be drinking alcohol.
Call us on 020 8133 6161 to organise your Hen Weekend or Hen Night