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..
Five Interesting Ideas For A Stag Party
Every bachelor has different ideas of what they would consider a perfect stag party. It is what comes from their heart that most matters when planning one of these most important celebrations-the transition from singlehood to married life. Usually the job of organizing a stag party is given to the best man of a wedding party, or perhaps one of the other attendants. Sometimes it may be the brother or father of the groom who helps organize such an event. Whatever the case may be these parties require a few organizational skills.
In order to ensure the most successful stag party it is important to plan the event in as far in advance as possible. Also, usually a bachelor will need to set a wedding date before even thinking of planning a stag party date. Typically the stag party would occur as close to the wedding date as possible, such as the weekend before the wedding, or perhaps even a day or two before the wedding. Planning ahead is important, knowing what a stag party may consist of is also important. This will require communication between the groom and the best man, as well as the rest of the wedding party, and other stag party invitees. The groom and attendants can work together to create a master list of all the ideas that could possibly be incorporated into planning a party such as this. Then, from that list the best ideas, and whatever ideas a groom's and/or groom's family will fit into the groom's or family's budget.
After the list is created it may be time to start researching for possible stag party locations. Since these types of bachelor parties most take place in Europe it is recommended that party planners search the Internet with terms related to finding European stag parties. Various results will come up leading to more ideas related to planning stag parties. The ideas that are found via Internet can be added at the groom's discretion to the ideas already accumulated and decided upon, or the list can be used to create the perfect stag party package. Likewise, pre-planned party packages can be purchased for a fee, which require very little effort on the best man's part.
If the stag party and the wedding are planned on the same weekend or within the same week (as usually ends up being the case) it may be wise to choose a location for both the bachelor party and the wedding that is as close as possible. Some of the most popular European locations for stag parties include London, Prague, Leeds, Bristol, or Dublin. For instance, London stag party-goers can participate in a paintball war, or they can test their speed in a go kart race. Moreover, party-goers in the city of Prague can enjoy fine dining, and in Riga they can take a historical tour.
Finally, traditional stag party activities can be enjoyed, such as looking at and flirting with some of the most beautiful half-naked women of the whole entire world. There are no two stag parties that are the same. Every engaged man has different ideas and tastes of what they want to occur at these parties. Some of them would prefer a more quiet celebration while others would prefer a more adventurous celebration.
It is up to the groom and the wedding party to make it happen.