So you have been chosen as the maid of honour, and have been given the responsibility of organising the hen do for your BFF. While the feeling of being chosen as one of the most important guests at the wedding is great, the responsibilities associated can sometimes be a little overwhelming, and organising a hen part is no different.

Organising such an event can be pretty stressful. Especially when you have no prior experience of organising a big event, and the pressure of making sure everything is perfect is immense. To add to all the pressure, if you are planning to take the party abroad, there are a number of landmines to be avoided.

If you too, are in a similar situation, worry not, we’ve got your back! This blog post will be your guide to organising an epic abroad hen party that will be remembered for all the right reasons. Simply follow the steps laid out below!

Step 1: The Guest List

Sure, the guest list for the hen party was prepared by the bride-zilla long before you even started thinking about it. However, the challenge is not preparing the list, instead it is making sure everyone on the list makes it to the party. This challenge is even more imminent if you are travelling to a foreign destination.

Make sure everyone is available on the dates for the hen do. Additionally, ensure all possible hiccups like missing passports, babysitters, budgets are taken care of well in advance. Also keep in mind that if someone that the bride really wants around during the hen party cannot make it to the abroad destination, you may consider hosting the party closer to home. After all, you wouldn’t want to piss off the bride on her single life sendoff.

Step 2: Budgeting

This is probably is worst part of this whole process of putting together a hen party. Not only is budgeting difficult because we hate maths, but because a number of variables, that usually the organiser does not control, affect this step. Not to forget, you, as the organiser, will have to ensure everyone sends in their contributions in time, which is easier said than done.

Consult with everyone being invited about their budget. This will help you get a clearer picture of what everyone in the group is willing to shell out, which will affect all the decisions you take after this step.

Step 3: Choosing The Destination

As mentioned above, your budget will largely influence the choice of destination for the hen party. While you might want to go to Paris, keep in mind that not everyone in the group may be able to afford the same.

After you have narrowed down the list of location that fit your budget, think about the bride’s preferences. For instance, if the bride likes to be pampered, Budapest, also known as the “city of spas” is a great choice. On the other hand, if the bride wants to enjoy the crazy nightlife of a European city, few options will be able to surpass Prague.

Always keep in mind, the hen party is about showing the bride-to- be a good time. For this reason, put her preferences before anything else when choosing a destination.

Step 4: Booking Logistics

This is the final step in the process, and probably the easiest one. With the intelligence gained in the previous step, you are now ready to make all the bookings.

HOwever, we suggest you do the same through an event planning agency as this will reduce the overall stress of making the booking and following up with various venues. While some might think that this is an expensive option, the case is quite the contrary.


Most places earn a substantial margin through individual bookings. This margin is something that is shared between the event manager and the vendor when you go through professional event managers. Bottom line, you will be paying the same, the vendor’s profit margin will take a hit, and you enjoy a stress free vacation with your besties!

Published by Sarah Williams