Paying for the hen can suck. There’s no other way to describe it, forking out for the host at an event they’ve just invited you to isn’t the most fun way to spend your money (and yes instead you could splurge on that Topshop vest and matching heels that would look oh so fabulous at the actual hen party). Plus you might not be particularly close, so squandering money on your boyfriend’s cousin’s bride-to-be may not seem particularly appealing. However, often it’s a social requirement that the guests pay for the hen and here are some reasons why you should, in fact, spend a bit more so the bride-to-be can party for free…
1. She’s getting married
Yep, that’s right, she’s already forking out a fortune on dresses and venues and rings and music and food and certificates and hairdressers and shoes and vicars and cakes and florists and favours and invitations and caterers. Therefore the cost to you is really just a drop in the ocean- be grateful that it’s just a tiny amount compared to the wedding costs!
2. It won’t cost as much as you think
With the average hen party costing £138 per person and the average amount of guests being 13 (figures cultivated from our own records) that means you’ll only have to fork out a tiny £11 each to pay for the hen. So really it’s not that big of a deal.
3. It could double as a wedding gift
Unless you’re really good friends with the groom-to-be (in which case you should probably get a token present that’ll benefit him too) then you can get away with your hen party contribution being her wedding gift.
4. She’ll be incredibly grateful
No doubt she’ll be absolutely touched that you’ve decided to split the costs of her attendance between you, and in turn making her feel happy will make you happy. When you see the big smile spread across her face as she realises she doesn’t have to give up on her dream band just to attend it’ll be totally worth it (promise).
5. Your turn will come around!
One of the main benefits is that what goes around comes around! Give her hen party place as a present now and when it comes round to you getting married you can have your own spectacular hen party which your friends might hopefully contribute towards!
6. It’s So Easy
With GoHen’s online payment system it couldn’t be easier for everyone to chip in. We can split the cost of the bride’s place between everyone and all the hens can pay securely online and even pay in instalments if they want.
7. You Relax, We’ll Work
But it isn’t just the payment. GoHen can help plan your entire weekend, you tell us what you want, when you want it and where and we’ll do all the legwork for you, so you can focus on the important things. Like a celebratory glass of wine for a job well done.
8. It Feels Good
But the most compelling reason for paying for the bride’s hen weekend is simply that being nice feels nice. Those little gestures and touches are what makes friendships so special. Yes, next week you might have to forego your trip to Starbucks for that extra skinny capu-mocha-latte-acano with the slice of granola cake. But you’ll be putting a smile on a friend’s face and that’s always worth it.
Got your own thoughts on paying for the hen? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page 🙂