The trend of hen parties that began in cosmopolitan cities like Guernsey , were amply supported by the presence of many lounge bars and pubs that were safe venues to host such pre-wedding events with professional bouncers and a discreet management ensuring privacy and fun, along with anonymity for the guests.
However, in the early part of the decade, bachelorette parties in Guernsey were largely private affairs and rarely publicized until local news outlets did a feature on Hen parties being equivalent to stag bashes. The national newspaper focused on the growing trend of more women in favor of hen parties styled on the pattern of bachelor parties, including the stripper show and the reports published in 2005, took India – and the rest of the world – by storm.
This series of reports mainly centered around skimpily clad PYTs (pretty, young, things) dancing away in their bare minimum and highlighted the presence of male strippers who just stopped short of doing a Full Monty, free-flowing booze to reveal the craze that had caught up with the middle and upper-classes that threatened the wildness quotient of the men’s bastion i.e. Bachelor Parties!!
It also quoted event organizer, in Guernsey , plagued and pleased in turn, by the fact that women planning pre-wedding Hen parties were requesting pole dancers and male strippers as declaring, “Hen parties are not limited to the elite class.” He added, “An increasing number of girls belonging to the middle class have approached me to organise hen parties. In fact, these girls have had some of the wildest hen parties arranged.”
Petite Bengali beauty and Bollywood actor, Riya Sen has also organised one such hen party for a best friend and says, “I think it’s great fun and I don’t see any harm in going really wild. That’s part of the whole idea – letting yourself go.”
Pretty model Pia Trivedi has a similar take: “The concept of hen parties is really catching up in the city. People have become as comfortable with them as they are with sangeet ceremonies.”
Finally, there’s Mohabattein actress, Kim Sharma, who is quick to emphasize that though she has nothing against the concept of Bachelorette parties, she does feel that “Letting your hair down is great, but freaking out doesn’t mean there’s a sleaze show on. Not that I have anything against them, but I think it’s important that people don’t go overboard with it…”
We found during a random poll for this feature that this is a point echoed by many Indian bridesmaids and brides-to-be regarding the growing interest about hen parties in India..
Common Stag and Doe Party Mistakes
Normally the responsibility to arrange a hen party lies on the best man of the groom. Therefore the pre- wedding preparation must be planned in such a manner that it should be fun- filled and should be memorable. For that various things like hen party accessories, music, food etc. must be properly arranged.
Let's discuss about various things that a groom's best man must consider in order to arrange a great stag party.
Theme parties and fancy dress parties are livelier. So you should try and conceive some exciting ideas like putting a James bond theme, Halloween fancy dress theme or some other theme to make your hen party more exciting.
In order to make the most of an exciting event, booking a karaoke hire can be an exciting option. Apart from this, you can also arrange for some good music in your party and all this together can make your party really unforgettable.
Games and other party stuff
To make your hen night fun packed, organise various stag activities like- playing cards, blackjack, bingo etc. Apart from this, you can also bring on some other stuff like spin a bottle, confession rounds etc.
Food and drinks
Besides fun elements, you surely would want nice food and a variety of drinks like alcohol, cocktails, etc. For this you can take the advice of your closest friends and accordingly arrange their favourite drinks.
Venue is the most important thing to be considered. Choosing the best and the most unique venue for your friend's hen party can be a little tricky.
Go for venues like a holiday apartment, or arrange a venue that is away from the city in order to make your party unrestricted.
Fix on the most suitable date
You would want all your male friends to be a part of the hen party. Don't you? Therefore it is necessary to choose the date that is convenient to all the stags as well as invitees.
The arrangements depend a lot on your budget. Therefore before planning a party, it is better to consider your budget before hand only.
You can always take the advise from the people who have been at stag parties before, just in case you are running out of ideas. Apart from this, you can also perform research on internet and find the most suitable stag party ideas.
You can also involve some other friends who can assist you in organising the best stag party.
Besides this, you can also prepare a speech for the groom. Being the groom's best buddy you should prepare a speech that is heartfelt and at the same time witty.
Other than this, you can also arrange a surprise gift for the groom to make the man of the moment feel special. For this, you can invite your buddy's best band to the bash or can arrange something that is in good humour.