The hen party is a great opportunity for the bride to gather around with her nearest and dearest (apart from the groom, of course) and celebrate the upcoming wedding. Whether you’re wanting a classy hen party with wine tasting and party games, or you’re opting for a whole hen weekend with a soundtrack made up of nothing but Spice Girls hits, make it a night to remember with one of our classy hen party themes.
Although planning a hen party or a hen weekend is no easy feat, it’s the best time to connect and celebrate with all of the bride’s favourite people. So, throwing a great themed bridal shower certainly isn’t essential, but it sure does help get the marriage off on the right foot!
Questions to Ask Before Picking a theme
Do you have to have one?
No. You don’t have to choose a theme but it can make the whole event a bit more fun! There is a wide variety of hen do themes, classy or otherwise!
It’s important to remember that a theme doesn’t just apply to what you wear: it also applies to whatever activities you and your group decide to take part in, what food and drink you consume, and the overall atmosphere that’s created at your hen party! So, although your hen party outfit is important, it’s key to remember that everything else is very important too!
Will the bride enjoy it?
This is probably one of the biggest things to consider. If the bride will hate it (and you still want to be on speaking terms later) you should probably consider choosing something else to keep the peace. It’ll make the hen night more fun for everyone. Themed hen parties are perfect for the bride who loves to get her party on, dressing up in a variety of garish hen party accessories, and will enjoy playing lots of hen party games!
Will everyone else enjoy it?
Don’t neglect the guests when planning the hen do. They need to have fun, especially if they are having to put money into it. If the bride sees all her friends and family having a great time, she’s way more likely to enjoy it too. The key to a successful bachelorette party is that it’s fun for everyone, not just the bride!
Is it affordable?
This is the other big question. Whether everyone is chipping in or it’s going to be just one person paying, you need to make sure that there will be enough in the budget for what you want. Most things can be toned down and there are many ways of doing things if you are thrifty or crafty. Now onto our classy hen party themes…
Fashion-themed classy hen party ideas
Tuxedo hen party
You and the girls could probably pull off any of these classy hen do themes so why not try something a little different and wear tuxedos instead? They look amazing and if you’re into hats, you can pair them with a top hat to finish it off.
Then hit the town! Grab a few drinks at the fanciest cocktail place you know, and be sure to strut your stuff like nobodies business! Don’t forget, just because you in a tux, doesn’t mean you have to leave the heels at home! If you’re looking for hen party outfits, classy is often the very best way to go.
The Little Black Dress or LBD is a classic look for a hen party and it’s very hard not to look glamorous in the LBD so it’s perfect for brides (and bridal parties) who aren’t into L-plates and sashes. Though these could be added later. Take those amazing dresses out for cocktails or to see a show.
Era-themed classy hen party ideas
There are so many ways to be classy with a Great Gatsby theme and you can take the iconic drinking image to be part of your night by recreating it and seeing who can do the best version. You can then either go out or decorate a hen party venue to look like one of their parties. You’ll soon find that the roaring 20s never looked quite so good!
Vintage hen dos are super classy and you can easily combine your outfits, decorations and activities to make it all go together nicely. Rent some vintage cars and take your bride for afternoon tea with vintage china, or even a lovely spring garden party, and get some photographs of you all looking amazing. Perhaps don a flower crown or two to make this hen do idea really soar!
Item or activity-themed classy hen parties
Show off your inner sparkle with some glitter. If you want to make this stay as a classy hen party theme idea, don’t go too crazy. A little glitter eyeliner and a sparkly dress will go a long way. Don’t forget that you can make the decorations glittery and even add edible glitter to the cocktails.
If you really want to be the star of the show, we recommend choosing one glitter colour for you and a different glitter colour for the rest of your wedding party in order to stand out amongst the crowd!
If your bride is a fan of flower power, then flowers may be the theme for you. You can wear flowery dresses, put flowers in your hair and use them as decoration. For a crafty night, you could even bake with edible flowers or shape icing into flowers. No wedding celebration is complete without flowers, so why not kick things off the right way with your hen party?
Treat your bride like the queen she is with some pampering at the spa. You can all get together in your personalised fluffy robes and relax together. It’s important to find the time to relax before the big day! The best part is that you can all give yourselves some TLC at the same time so everyone can enjoy this one.
These classy hen party themes can all be adapted for your budget and the preferences of the bride. Just remember that the important part is that you all get to spend some quality time together. At Milton Hill, we have a venue to hire in Oxford that is perfect for hen parties in the Oxfordshire area so make sure you take a look at what we can offer you. Get in touch today!