We all know weddings can get very expensive.
From the dress, hair, makeup and the dreaded gift list you mustn’t stray from.A perfect way of saving some money is choosing one of our Cheap Hen Do Ideas. This does not mean you will have less of an amazing time or that you won’t make the same amount of memories. These ideas simply cut the overall cost, requiring a little DIY and creativity.
Bake-Off CompetitionA delightful party idea you can do from home! You can either make a day of it, all baking together (providing someone has a big enough kitchen). Or alternatively, get all your guests to bring their bakes already prepared to be judged. Unlike the actual bake-off everyone gets to fill their faces, tasting each cake! Accompany the proceedings with a few glasses of Prosecco and a small prize for the winner.
Whether you go to a local campsite or pitch up in your back garden, this is a fab idea for adventurous and outdoorsy brides. The key to camping success is preparation. Ensure to check the weather forecast frequently and tell guests what supplies to bring e.g. pillows, sleeping bags, wellies etc. Camping gives you the freedom to do so may activities: tell stories, roast marshmallows, have a BBQ, and play games. Check out our Hen Party Tool Kit for fun quiz ideas If you spread the cost of food and drink between the bridal party, you’ll have little expenses to pay, yippee!
Outdoor CinemaFor a unique and memorable evening take a trip to an open air cinema. Pop ups happen throughout the year in loads of locations, the majority happening in London so you could even make a day of it in the capital. Organisations such as Nomad screen new film releases as well as cult classics, which may appeal to older generations in your bridal party (shout out to great aunt Mabel). There are often discounts for large groups and you can take along your own booze! If you're a little more tech-savy you could create your own outdoor cinema, with a projector, white sheet or wall, and some wireless speakers!
Sleepover ClubA timeless hen party idea, perfect for a small group of friends who love to gossip and giggle! It will be just like when you were a little girl, only with something stronger in your bedtime tipple. You can watch a movie on Netflix, play truth or dare and eat far too many sweet treats. Also if your budget will stretch, make the bride feel totally glam by getting her a personalised pair of pyjamas or slippers.
Sports DayMy personal favourite option involves an egg & spoon...bear with me! For the more active hens, a fun day of sports down your local park, or even in the garden of your house or weekend accommodation is a fabulous option for a cheap hen party activity idea, though probably best suited to summer months! Split into teams and compete is silly races you did at school, such as the three-legged-race, egg & spoon, sack race - why not throw in a bit of welly-wanging too. Have small prizes for the winning team and make sure you get lots of pictures to remember the day!
Treasure HuntA lot of companies throughout the UK offer pre-arranged treasure hunts at reasonable prices, however if you want it to feel exclusive to your squad why not plan your own! Simply set up a route and think of some questions. To make it more individual to the Bride perhaps plan the hunt around a specific location, where she got engaged, where she grew up etc. Photo evidence is key, require a selfie with each clue/treasure for added laughs. First ones back win a small prize!
For more cheap hen do ideas, see our Pinterest board.
If cheap is not your thing, check out our blog for the best alternative hen party ideas available right now!