Hens Day Ideas
Every bride is so different. Her culture, her background, her personality, her friends, her job. And that’s why every hen’s party is different. The hen’s party has truly become a celebration of sisterhood and female friendship and a lot of the time, the girls just want to hang out together.
Stuck on ideas for your hens? Well, we asked some of our past brides how they celebrated and their experiences with some time out and good old fashioned, girlie fun.
1. The Intimate Lunch
A wedding can be super overwhelming to organise and things can get a little crazy with hundreds of guests being invited. Sometimes the best thing for a bride to do in the lead-up is simply to hang out with her gorgeous posse and have a more intimate lunch for 30 or less girlfriends and family. That’s what Jess had for her hen’s celebration before she married her beau Brad. Her hen’s party involved her nearest and dearest at a low-key lunch at the Duck Republic in Cronulla.
Why not check out these other gorgeous venues around Sydney that would suit an intimate girls lunch – The Deckhouse in Woolwich; Centennial Parklands Dining; Barrenjoey House at Palm Beach; The Hydro Majestic Hotel at Medlow Bath in the Blue Mountains; Café del mar at Cockle Bay or The Gazebo in Potts Point.
2. The Weekend Away
It’s not unusual for a hen’s day to now be hen’s ‘days’. Yep! Plural. The girls’ weekend away is a fun way to really get your party on with your friends, sisters and mums. It’s also a great way to have some quiet, relaxation and chatting time too.
Some favourite hen’s weekend getaway destinations are Byron Bay, the Southern Highlands, Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley.
Though don’t forget to check out Terrara House Estate in Nowra. Known as a wedding venue, if you book early enough and out of peak season, you could book it for your very own hen’s weekend. Want to know more about Terrara House Estate then take a read of my past blog. To say it’s beautiful is an understatement.
3. Glamourpuss Night In or Out
The city is full of private glamorous event spaces, hotels and apartments, where you and your girlfriends can have your own butler, and a gorgeous meal in between topping up with Cosmopolitans and Caprioskas all surrounded by stunning decor. Some amazing spaces to think of include the optimum opulence at The Ivy Penthouse; foodie heaven at Blue Hotel, Woolloomooloo; stunning views from Quay West Suites at the Rocks; The Girls Only Night at The Establishment; and not forgetting the creative crispness of QT Hotel right in the CBD.
4. Flash Mob!
What? A flash mob for a hen’s party? Well, why not?
Brooke, one of my fabulous brides I had the pleasure of photographing on her wedding day, had two hen’s parties. One in Sydney, and one in Hong Kong. It was in Hong Kong where Brooke and her friends ended up in a random flash mob with a bus of mainland Chinese dancing to Gangnam Style.
5. Book a class for a bit of bonding
Sharing a true experience to remember is a way to connect with your girlfriends and female family members, with memories that last forever. Check out these true experiences we found via the My Ultimate Hens website –
Burlesque Class (for hyperlink http://www.myultimatehens.com.au/details.php?package=776 )
Divine High Tea (for hyperlink )
Life Drawing Workshop (for hyperlink )
Master Girly Chef Ultimate Challenge (for hyperlink )
These ‘experience’ style hen’s parties work well for the more mature members of the group. They get to be involved and have fun but can shoot off after the workshop or class while the bride and her friends party on. Although, Mum or Grandma might stay around after the Life Drawing!!
Don’t forget, here at Kat Stanley Photography, we have Hen’s Day Photography Packages available as it is such a great way to capture candid, or posed images, or a mix of both instead of leaving it up to your friends to take the photos. Things may get blurry after all those Cosmopolitans!
To find out more, drop us a line on [email protected] or call Kat on 0434 129 427.