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Staying in the UK can save money, however, budget flights booked in advance can work out cheaper than rail or petrol prices. Locations can vary massively depending on the type of accommodation and activities you choose, making more expensive cities still doable if you don't go crazy at the cocktail bars. If you have a top budget in mind then ask us to give you a list of options in your price bracket, you'll be amazed at the number of locations available to you.
For fun in the sun, Croatia and Spain are hard to beat. If you prefer a little more culture with your sunshine, then Rome is fantastic, and, with GoHen, you can get some great deals making it very affordable. Spanish islands such as Ibiza, Majorca and Tenerife are popular party locations, but if money is less of an issue, Las Vegas is quite unforgettable. However, the UK does have its own share of beachside fun with Brighton, Bournemouth and Newquay in our top picks.
The most popular UK hen destinations include Bath, London, Bristol, Cardiff, Brighton, Newcastle and Blackpool. Overseas hens flock to Benidorm, Barcelona, Marbella, Hvar and Lisbon. One hen destination that is renowned for having a good time and always popular with hens is Dublin which for friendly locals and good ‘craic’ is hard to beat.
Any hen destination can be quiet. GoHen have a huge range of self-catering accommodation and spa hotels that give you the best of both worlds – an escape to the country during the day and close enough to a top party city when the nighttime rolls around. You will need to factor in transport costs if none of the hens fancy driving in the evening.
Now! The fact is many hens get organised super early, and there are a finite number of hen hotels, party houses, glamping sites and invariably the quickest hens to get organised will get the first pick of their preferred dates. Top Tip: Hundreds of couples get engaged at Christmas, New Year's and Valentine's Day which means January to March are the busiest time when most hens are booking their weekends. Planning and booking as early as possible will put you ahead of the crowd.
Every hen weekend is a complete one-off – one chance to give the bride-to-be a weekend she'll never forget. At GoHen, we know how important the weekend is and how difficult it can be to be the hen left in charge of the whole shebang. We've been planning pre-wedding celebrations since 2002 and have sent over 500,000 to party to give the guest of honour the best weekend ever. It's just what we do!
That means you can draw on all our experience, knowledge, contacts and superb network of the best hotels, activities, parties and suppliers. We've already done all the hard work, so you can just cherry-pick the best bits and create your perfect package in the dream destinations.
GoHen have over 60 destinations for you to choose from across the UK, Europe and beyond. We also have first-hand knowledge and a team of Destination Specialists ready to help. Each Destination Specialist has actual experience of the specific locations they're responsible for, making regular trips to oversee our suppliers, hotels and activities to ensure you get the very best from your hen do destination.
After weeks of wedding planning and preparations, stressing over the dress, the catering, the flowers, the suits, the flowers in the suits and every other minute detail of her big day, the nearly-wed will be in dire need of a hassle-free weekend away from it all with her closest friends and family. Finding the perfect hen weekend location can be tricky. UK or overseas? Party city or relaxing getaway? To be beside the seaside or a clubbing metropolis?
To begin with, speak to the guest of honour – she might already have an idea of the type of weekend she wants or she might have a particular destination in mind.
If the bride hasn't got a clear idea of location, then the best way to start is deciding the type of weekend you know she'll enjoy:
Surprise the bride-to-be by taking her back to a city she has close ties to, a place she grew up or where she spent her university years. It will make the weekend a touching reminder of the close friendships she's built up over the years
A little vitamin D might be just what the wedding planner ordered. A chance for the star guest to top up her tan ahead of the wedding and relax in a European hotspot.
For some hens, the weekend is all about top clubs and big nights, in which case you can focus your search on the biggest club destinations.
If busy bars and clubs aren't what the bride has in mind, you can create your own intimate celebration far away from the maddening crowds with the key being to enable the bride to totally de-stress.
Why not create your own mini-festival in the bride's honour? We have some amazing glamping packages where you can create “Laura-Fest” (you can have real fun with a festival name), with the whole weekend dedicated to the guest of honour: festival t-shirts, entrance bracelets, playlists, games and activities, etc.
Often one of the key deciding factors is finding a hen weekend location that suits the budgets of all the guests. Again, this is somewhere that the bride can help decide as she will know everyone best and can set a budget that won't price out any of her intended guests.
Here are a few extra tips to help you plan the perfect weekend:
Make sure everyone is well aware of the budget ahead of the weekend, so everyone is comfortable with it.
Allow everyone to pay their way. Chasing guests for money (especially if they are invitees you haven't met before) can be awkward and, let's face it, sometimes a bit of a pain in the backside. At GoHen, we have an individual payment system which means each hen pays separately – that way we can do the chasing round for the money if need be, so you won't feel like the party police before you've even set off.
No, this hasn't taken some weird turn, we're talking financial protection. If you're heading overseas or to somewhere you don't know and are handing over money in advance, be sure that your money is safe. After all, this isn't just your cash but the hard-earned pennies of the whole group. At GoHen.com, we're ABTA bonded (No. W7797) and ATOL (No.11011) protected, so that should there be any issues, you can be sure your money is safe.
Find someone to make savings for you
We're going to get a little Rachel Riley here, so let's look at the numbers: If you're making an individual booking for your weekend, you'll have to pay the going rate – that's to be expected and nothing wrong there, but what if you could save money and get better deals?
At GoHen because we book so many hen weekends with our suppliers, we get fantastic rates for being such regular customers. This can be with hotels, self-catering, activities, and nightlife options. We can then pass these savings on to you.
“Why don't you just take that as extra profit?” In business terms, it's a valid question, but our ethos is simple: People like to talk; they like to talk about the great things going on in their lives; so if we can provide fantastic hen weekends at great prices, not only can we take pride in delivering excellent service at real value for money, but we know girls will return from hen weekends telling their friends about the great time they had and how good the price was.
That way we gain new customers and we know many groups take the time to recommend us or write reviews about us.
See for yourself what people are saying about us on the independent review website TrustPilot...
Most of our groups say they would book a hen party with GoHen again, so we're pretty sure we're doing something right, and we genuinely enjoy knowing we've helped another bride-to-be have the best weekend possible with her most valued friends.
So... now you know all that... Let's get ready to party!