We've all seen hen party T-shirts being worn by parties of laughing hens as they link arms with the guest of honour. There is definitely a split in opinion on the idea though.
But hen party T-shirts are more than just a matter of having short sleeves to show off your tans, they create a feeling of togetherness and also a real sense of drama and occasion. How often is a girl going to have all her best friends wearing T-shirts in her honour? It will also give the nearly-wed a great souvenir of her pre-wedding party. They're also a really good way of spotting each other in crowd and letting any restaurants, clubs, bars, venues, etc know you're all together.
So here at GoHen we say a cheery "Yes!" to fun hen party T-shirts.
Design your own - No, we’re implying you should get a huge roll of fabric and a sewing machine and craft your own hen party T-shirts from scratch (though if you do be sure to post a picture on our Facebook page!). Rather, we’re suggesting that you put some serious thought into the design and create something totally bespoke - we’re thinking pictures and personalised sayings, or even hand-stitching nicknames and beads onto each one! Designing your own hen do shirts can be a great way to show the bride you’re putting in the effort, and chances are the girls will appreciate them that much more!
Top-tip – Hen parties are often made up of guests from different walks of the bride-to-be’s life, family, old school chums, uni/college pals, work colleagues, team mates, the groom’s relatives, etc. It can be tough to learn all those names quickly so adding names to everyone’s hen do T-shirts is a sneaky way of making sure everyone can learn all the other guest names easily without any social slips ups (like spending the whole weekend calling the bride’s sister the wrong name and not finding out until the wedding!).
Overexposed – While some photos might suffer from too much flashing, the same can’t be said of the bride-to-be. NO! We’re not suggesting she should be flashing, we’re merely stating that she should get plenty of exposure on her big day (Ok, stop giggling at the back now!) by having her photo on everyone’s T-shirts. But just make sure it’s a good shot as she’ll be seeing it everywhere she looks for awhile.
Nicknames can be great fun and a good way to get the party started. Get a willing planning committee together to help you plan and design your hen T-shirts or ask everyone to contribute by messaging you the nickname they were saddled with at school. Once names have been amassed or assigned you can get busy with your creative flair.
Before the "I do" there is a hen do and that requires a little to-do... erm... actually, we got a bit lost ourselves there.
But simply put, you’ll have planned a fantastic weekend for your bride-to-be and her own T-shirt could be a way of letting her know what’s coming and charting your progress.
You can create an "
I DO – To Do" T-shirt with a list of all the fun and games coming up to be completed and marked off.
Alternatively it could be a "Hen Party Challenge T-shirt" with a list of tasks the guest of honour has to tick off as she accomplishes each one.
Here are a few ideas for either the "
I DO - To Do " T-shirt or Hen Party Challenge T-shirt.
Tick something off your bucket list
Meet a surprise guest
Get on a plane
Serenade a stranger
Find Something Old
Drink a Woo-woo
Sing a song
Down in one
Hug a doorman
Have a shot
Do something amazing
Ask a stranger to take your photo (on their camera)
Try and convince someone you’re famous
Order a drink in a foreign accent
Freestyle dance for one minute
The possibilities are endless and you can make the suggestions as cheeky, blue or sensible as you like to suit your special guest star.