A hen night has grown from a quiet night in, to a full on girls night out party, which can last just the eve, if it’s dinner and a club, or the whole week if you decide to grab the girls and head abroad.
Then there are other brides who like to take it that little bit more easy choosing a relaxing spa break in the lead up to their wedding.
However, there are always some that may want to go that little bit further, looking for something that little bit more different. In this new series we look at alternative hen nights, starting with festivals.
Read on after the jump.
As we all know there are many festivals around the summer from the famous Glastonbury and Reading to dance festivals such as Global Gathering and Creamfields.
Ok we know what you’re thinking, rain, mud, queues for the smelly portaloos and a lack of hygiene. However there is another way to do it.
This weekend, we were lucky enough to be invited to the V Festival and put up in VIP camping, yes you still have to use a portaloo, the showers sometimes don’t work and you have to pitch your own tent.
However the difference here is that you could probably ask your celebrity neighbour to help you with this (we we’re pitched up next to a certain pop idol contender). Now this benefit isn’t available to everyone, it’s invite only and possible competitions but please just hear us out, or well in this case, keep reading.
Here you’ll get access to the VIP bar, which offers free drinks all day and evening, plus your lunch and dinner for both nights. And it doesn’t end there, there’s also free St Tropez spraying and hair and makeup services for those who want to be a little bit more pampered.
Now as we said this VIP treatment isn’t available for everyone so we also thought we’d do our Bridalwave homework for you and investigate the other side too. Amongst the great campsites we tracked down a vast majority of hens (no we’re not the next inspector Morse, many tents had balloons with the words Hen clearly marked on them) and thought we’d have a chat.
Jenny, who is getting married in a few weeks told us: “We decided not to opt for VIP as we thought it would ruin the experience and we’ve had no problems here.
“The atmosphere’s good and the queues for the toilets aren’t bad either. There are many stag and hen parties around but because the place is so big you feel as though you’re the only one.”
And she’s right. We did see a fair few stag parties, one poor chap was made to wear (well at least we hope he was and it wasn’t a weird hobby) a bright green mankini, which, well didn’t leave much to the imagination.
Sarah, another soon to be bride, said: “Many hen nights involve drink and dancing so where better to come then a festival.”
So if you’re looking for a unique way to say (what was traditionally thought of) goodbye to your freedom then festivals may be the way to go. Just don’t forget to pack you wellies, toothbrush and some loo roll.