As Aussie ladies tie the knot later in life, a wild Hens Night with sleazy strippers, L-Plates, pink veils and blow up dolls is quickly losing its appeal for many brides-to-be.
But going down the classy Hens path doesn’t have to be boring, in fact it can be the ultimate send off with your closest gal pals in style.
So ladies, let’s revolutionise the Hens Party and say goodbye to cringe with these 10 affordable and classy ideas:
1. High tea
Get the girls together for an oh-so-fabulous afternoon of champagne clinking, delectable sweets and savoury bites. The English tradition is all about sophistication and elegance and is the perfect excuse to doll up and enjoy your Hens Day as a lady of leisure.
Save money: Search deal-of-the-day websites to find high teas in your area at a discount price.
2. Vintage picnic party
An intimate outdoor picnic is a purse-friendly, charming way to spend your Hens-do. Grab some comfy picnic rugs, a basket full of goodies and you’re set.
Save money: Use online websites like eBay, Gumtree and Etsy to find cool affordable vintage pieces (rose fairy lights and old suitcases etc) to dress up the outdoor area.
3. Cocktail-making course
Learn the art of making a cosmopolitan or create your own concoction with a cocktail-making course, where an expert mixologist will spill the secrets of cocktail creation.
Save money: Host the cocktail-making course at home and hire a mobile bar professional to come to you.
4. Pamper party
Enjoy pure relaxation alongside your posse with a spa day. Hen’s pamper parties usually include glam manicures and cucumber eyed facial treatments.
Save money: Buy the facial scrubs and other beauty products and DIY with your besties.
5. Harbour cruise
Embark on an intimate cruise with beautiful ocean views, whilst toasting your upcoming nuptials.
Save money: Private yachts can be pricey often skyrocketing above $100 per person, so opt for a chartered boat instead that can cost as little as $25 per person.
6. Scavenger hunt
Get your boisterous bunch together for a scavenger hunt and create a treasure map that provides clues for finding the hidden gems (mini bottles of wine and gourmet sweets).
Save money: Use a backyard or local park for the scavenger hunt.
7. Races day out
Dress up in your best floaty frock and fashion forward fascinator and enjoy the buzzing racing atmosphere.
Save money: Avoid the temptation of placing a high bet on the ponies and instead enjoy fashions on the field for free.
Whether you’re crocheting a boho style bridal shawl or creating unique bridesmaid hairpieces, a crafternoon get together is a great way to be a big kid and create personal items for your wedding day.
Save money: Ask a family member or close friend with craft skills to teach the gals the art of making from scratch.
9. Bridal Bingo
Spice up the traditional game of Bingo with a cheeky bridal twist. Your theme could simply be “honeymoon delights”.
Save money: Create your own Bingo cards for free online and purchase funny winner’s gifts from online stores like the Wacky Shack Australia or Get kOOky.
10. Belly dancing
Last but not least, shake what your mamma gave you, in Bollywood style paints and a coin chain belt, with a fun belly shimmying and shaking class.
Save money: Don’t buy the belly dancing costume new, instead hire it from your local fancy dress shop.