Unless you’re Kim Kardashian or a Hilton sister, the idea of flying your girlfriends down for a weekend in The Bahamas is an idea banished to bachelorette party dreamland. Between pricey venues, catering, and the dress or dresses, there is often little money left to spend on the last night of the single life. Whether your budget is tight or you’re just not keen on the idea of blowing thousands of dollars on a weekend girls trip, there are plenty of options for cheap hen party ideas!
Budget-Friendly Hen Party Ideas
Bachelorette and cheap hen do activities seem pretty synonymous with the worst way to spend the bride’s last single night. But you don’t have to blow money on a trip to Vegas to have a weekend to remember. There are so many ways to bond and make memories, even on a tight budget.
1. Pinterest DIY Night
Grab your best hot glue gun (or nail gun, depending on the project!) and a homemade dessert, because it’s Pinterest night. Everybody gets to pick a project they want to complete, or get all the girls to complete one big project together, and meet at one house for a night of crafting! Make a wreath for the newlywed’s front door, bouquets for the ceremony, or décor for each person’s home.
2. Wine and Paint Party
A growing trend in night-out activities is the paint party. No artist among the group? No problem. Most paint party venues have artists on hand to sketch out images for signs and other crafts to paint and design, so natural born talent is not a necessity. The girls are sure to love chatting and bonding as they sip on wine and enjoy a quiet, inexpensive night out together.
3. Slumber Party
Just because one of the girls is getting married doesn’t mean you’re too old for pillow fights! Get the girls together for a night of secret sharing, face masks, junk food, and chick flicks. The night is completely up to you! Have everybody bring their favourite dish from their favourite restaurant or have a bunch of ingredients ready to make a meal altogether. You can even book entertainers, and that doesn’t mean Magic Mike. Chefs, makeup artists, and all sorts of entertainment will come to you if the group is willing to pay. There are so many cheap hen night ideas when planning a nostalgic bridal party sleepover.
4. Local Wine Tasting
There’s no need to book a plane ticket to Barossa Valley or other famous wine tours for delicious wine. With a little googling, it’s easy to find plenty of local, off-the-wall, and charmingly quaint wineries and vineyards nearby. Grab an Uber or draw straws for a designated driver and go hunting for a local wine tasting. Many areas with multiple tasting destinations offer discounts if you hit each stop and get a map stamped. Check around your area to see what is available.
5. A Karaoke Party
Throwing a hen party with a karaoke theme is the perfect choice if you’re on a tight budget. You can either choose to rent an inexpensive karaoke machine or rent a karaoke room nearby. Make sure to provide a lot of snacks and drinks. You can even bring some props to make the party even more hilarious.
Tips for Sticking to Your Budget
We asked hen and bucks party experts, PeachE, for their top tips to help you plan a hen party on a tight budget.
1. Staying in > going out
You don’t have to go out of town or even out on the town to have a memorable night or to come up with the best cheap hens night ideas. Cooking a meal together, splitting costs for food amongst all the girls, and bringing your own alcohol or other drinks will greatly reduce the cost and be a much cheaper alternative to going to a restaurant or a bar.
Book an Uber together or carpool to save on gas money. Everybody can chip in when driving long distances. The best part? Sharing a car means extra bonding time amongst the girls!
3. Group discounts
When the bridal party (or girls-night-out group) is fairly large, chances are you can call your destination and get a group deal for the whole party. Numbers vary from 8 to sometimes 14 or 15 party members needed for a group discount, but it’s always worth asking for that deal.
4. Early booking
If your party chooses to go to out instead of staying in a group member’s home, it’s a good idea to book early. Last minute accommodations tend to be higher priced because venues know you’ll pay more at the last minute. Get the group together a few weeks or even months in advance to offer up cheap ideas for hen parties.
5. Clothing swap
No matter what the group decides, chances are everyone will want a new dress (or pyjamas!) to wear to the hen party. Have a wardrobe pre-game to the hen party by holding a clothing swap. All the girls can bring outfits they wouldn’t mind letting the others borrow, so everyone can have a brand-new outfit without dropping a few hundred dollars on a new outfit!