Ready to start planning an epic last hurrah for the bride-to-be in your squad? One of the first things you’ll need to sort out is the hen party guest list. If you have no idea how to go about putting it together, we’re here to help. From who you should include (and exclude) to exactly how many guests you should invite, we’ve broken everything down for you.
Here are a few tips for creating a hen party guest list.
Get the bride-to-be in on the action
The guest of honour should have some say when it comes to who makes the cut for the hen party guest list (I mean, it is her hen do). Before you make any calls or send out any invitations, sit down with the bride-to-be and discuss who she wants (and doesn’t want) at her last hurrah. Of course, if you want to surprise her with a special guest or two that you’re absolutely sure she’ll love - like maybe her BFFs from uni who moved across the ocean? - go for it!
Only invite family at the bride-to-be’s request
As we all know, hen parties can get a little outrageous. If you’re planning a wild night of drinking and debauchery, there’s a good chance the bride-to-be won’t want her mum, in-laws or other family members in attendance. It’s best to ask about her so that she’s not surprised (in a bad way) when the event rolls around.
Invite everyone on the bride-to-be’s list (even if you know some can’t make it)
Even if you 100% know that a few guests will be caught up in work, on a vacation or have prior commitments on the date of the hen party, it’s important that they feel loved and in the loop - especially if they’re part of the bride-to-be’s inner circle. Sure it may seem silly to “waste” an invitation to you, but the gesture will mean a lot to them.
You can invite more than just the bridesmaids
Hen party invites aren’t reserved for bridesmaids and bridesmaids alone - anyone can get in on the fun (even guys). If the bride-to-be wants to add a few extra names to her hen party guest list, it’s her prerogative. Plus, the more the merrier, right?
Don’t over invite
You should at least have a rough idea of what you want to do before you set your hen party guest list in stone. Some activities are better suited for smaller groups, so you don’t want to over-invite. For example, if you want to spend the day at a spa getting facials and hot stone massages, you probably only want to invite a handful of people. However, if you’re looking to do something like club hopping or going to a pub, you can make it a little lengthier.
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