There is a fine line when it comes to a hen do. We’ve all seen (and maybe even been on) the bad ones: the L plates, the tacky nylon veil, and the hair and make-up that passed their sell-by dates three bars ago. There is a way to celebrate a good friend’s hen night that doesn’t have to be quite so naff. Lads versus ladettes’ drinking competitions are not the only show in town.
Once you get to a certain age, naff starts to lose some of its freewheeling ironic quality. Truth to tell, it just loses its quality full stop – enough with naff! So here are a few ideas for a more stylish, sophisticated and – dare I say it -down right more fabulous approach to getting nuptial rite of passage right for you:
The Scottish Islands: Skye, Mull, Islay or Arran offer perfect getaways – I always think being out there is like living at the end of the rainbow. The nightlife is precisely what you make it – islanders like a ‘dram’ and a ‘do’ – the scenery is spectacular, the whale watching is mind-blowing and the seafood is to die for. A hen do should be about celebrating a good catch after all!
A Casino Destination: Yes, Vegas is on the list – is a perfect place to tap into that schmaltzy vibe. The thing about Vegas is it’s not a real place – it’s a great big shiny fantasy. Whatever you want to do – they’ve seen it before, and they’ve probably got a bigger, shinier one around the corner.
To get the best out of it, you simply do have to visit at least one casino. It does, however, make sense to work out your game plan before you go – somewhere online like Full Tilt is perfect for learning how it all works and practising casino games so you don’t look like a complete fool at the tables. Who knows, maybe you’ll even turn a profit – I mean, who wouldn’t fancy a hen do that can pay for itself?
Be Creative: Now, Vegas is verging towards the sort of tack we’re trying to avoid, so how about something completely different? This will stretch your idea of what a hen do can be, but a weekend at a meditation centre offers a glimpse of spiritual bliss that can be a wonderfully enriching and bonding experience. It’s not one for a group of hell-raisers, but if you’re a bunch of stressed out, intelligent women, what could be better than a chance to take it all down to the core of what you have in common?
And if keeping it quite so pure is taking it too far, there are all those cheap flights and hotels scattered across the map, where everybody else goes. Dublin is a blast, Amsterdam will open your eyes, Barcelona is spectacular, Prague is beautiful but freezing cold and Paris makes a day at the races simply unforgettable. Some of those places will be full of unappealingly drunk English people wearing matching T-shirts, L plates and day-glow tans, but if that’s your thing an Easy-Jet jolly may be just the thing for you – just don’t invite me!
“wherever you find yourselves, the party will be what you make it – and when all is said and done, it’s more about the people you’re with than where you happen to be”
The Fabulous Times