Heading down to your local pub for an evening on the lash wearing a bedraggled feather boa just won’t cut it for brides to be these days! With the growth of cheap flights and low cost accommodation in many European resorts, more and more people are now jetting away to the sun, sea and cocktails on their hen weekends. Whether you’re choosing to celebrate in Dublin, Benidorm, Alicante, Amsterdam or Tenerife, there are hen parties to suit every budget and all needs. If you’re tying the knot in this year or the following year, then searching online now for cheap early booking deals will give you the pick of the bargains!
Some of the cheapest deals are through packages, often travelling with operators who are normally catering to the family market. Although some specialised travel agents are available online, most people arrange their own entertainment and simply take a standard flights and accommodation package. Resorts such as Malaga are used to catering for hen parties, and can meet all of their needs and more. With cheap drink prices, plentiful entertainment and the widespread availability of all inclusive deals; Spain is a good option to consider for a hen weekend. Closer to home, city breaks in places such as Manchester, London, Blackpool and Newcastle are all popular; or a quick flight or ferry brings the bars of Dublin into reach.
The ‘last weekend of freedom’ can be made infinitely more enjoyable by the addition of friends, sunshine and cocktails, and this has helped to explain the rise in British women travelling abroad for their hen parties. With some of the cheapest flight offers ever available, it’s now possible for everyone to have a taste of luxury before their wedding; and if drinking and partying’s not your scene, then spa breaks in Europe have also become more affordable and accessible to all. Europe has some fabulous spas and health retreats, and pre-wedding beauty treatments have appeal for all members of the bridal party, whatever their age or interests. From having a manicure in Malaga, to a facial in Faro, there are always many choices to suit all wedding parties.
If you’re looking for the perfect tan for your wedding day, then the shores of the Spanish Costas may be the perfect destination for your hen weekend. Appealing to everyone, with a mixture of sandy beaches, cheap bars, enviable weather, and excellent food; the Spanish coastline is universally admired and is the perfect place to have a final ‘blowout’ with your friends. With a wide range of activities such as jeep safaris available, it’s possible to stay active on your hen weekend, as well as enjoying a full range of evening festivities. Hen parties are often given access to VIP areas in bars and clubs; and there is plenty of fun for all!
Staying within the UK is also a good option, with many brides choosing to save their main holiday for the honeymoon – not wanting to appear tired or jetlagged on their big day. Not going abroad doesn’t have to mean that you don’t have fun, or fully enjoy your hen weekend however; with many special hen party packages being offered in the party destinations of Britain. From burlesque parties in Bristol to raucous raves in Reading, there is something to offer every bridal party; and no reason why a hen weekend in the UK can’t be the time of your life. Many clubs are happy to cater for brides-to-be, and have special entertainment such as strippers and complimentary drinks on offer to hen parties.