With the cost of a hen party increasing and people being more and more conscious of money, the budget is one of the most important factors in planning a hen party. You want as many people to be able to come to the hen weekend as possible. So, try not to rule people out due to cost. There are loads of ways you can cut the cost of a hen party and still make it one to remember.
When looking to book a hotel room ask if they offer triple or family rooms. They are often not much more expensive than twin rooms and you are sharing the cost between three of you instead of two. If you are not planning on making it for breakfast, save yourself the cash and book on a room only basis. Booking.com will let you search for the best hotel deals, and book them on a flexible basis. So you can book hotel rooms for everyone in your group without having to pay for them, then everyone just pays for their room on the day. Just remember to cancel any rooms you do not need before you arrive.
If you have decided to travel by train, booking your tickets in advance works out cheaper. The Trainline is a good website, but also try the train companies direct. Also check if you can buy group tickets as this often cuts costs too.
If you are going for fancy dress, choose a theme that is easy to source. Somewhere like Primark is often cheaper than traditional fancy dress shops. Or, why not do your bit for charity and buy your outfit from your local charity shop. Think accessories, as they can really make an outfit and do not cost the earth.
This can be a really reasonable way of going away as a group. Why not have a home-made pamper evening on the Friday night, with hen party games and girlie DVD’s. Get everyone to arrive with a surprise dish on the Friday and have a ‘pot luck supper’. On the Saturday a traditional sports day is really fun or afternoon tea (get everyone to bring home made cakes and pimms with them).
Often activity suppliers will give you a discount if there is a large group of you or let the bride go free. If you don’t ask you don’t get!Most night clubs offer free entry before a certain time or will put you on the guest list for free. That way you can use the money to get a decorated booth for the night so you have a base for the evening. If you are booking a restaurant check out if they have a party meal menu. That way everyone is paying the same fixed price and there are no surprises. If you are a large group also ask if they have a private dining room that you can use (you will often get this for free to if your group size is large enough).