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Who should pay for hens night?

If you're throwing your best friend the bachelorette night of her dreams, congratulations on becoming the or Bridesmaid or Maid of Honor for such a momentous occasion! You've captured an unforgettable treasured moments in your friendship that will stay with you forever in the form of photographs and memories. After the excitement of being chosen to join her bridal party has worn off, questions like "who pays for the hens night?" will need to be answered.

Who Should Foot The Bill?

Can one say if the hen covers her own expenses or not? Should the bride or should the bridesmaids foot the bill for the hens night? How can I ensure prompt payment for the hen party bundle? Here at Vogue Ballroom, we've planned dozens of hen parties, so be assured that the logistics of throwing the bride-to-last be's fling before the ring won't be a source of stress.

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Australia has a custom where each visitor at the hen's party must cover her own costs to attend. Sending out invitations is a great way to get the word out about your hen's party, but it's important to be clear about what's included in the package so that guests know what to expect financially. The wedding party is not obligated to cover the costs of those who are invited. The bride's attendants or matron of honour would typically fund the deposit required for the hen's party package. Guests who were not invited by the chief bridesmaid will need to pay her a per-person fee.

The invitation to be a maid in your closest friend's wedding comes with the knowledge that you will be attending the requisite bachelorette party. While it is the most enjoyable portion of the bridal group's responsibilities, it may also be one of the most costly. The expense of planning can mount up quickly when you factor in meals, beverages, transportation, and decorations, even if you aren't going out of town (and therefore skipping flights, hotels, automobiles, and restaurants). Who, then, is going to foot the ever-increasing bill? We sought advice from professionals to determine the financial arrangement for the bachelorette celebration.

Once a reasonable spending limit has been established, planning for the event's location and activities may get underway. Instead of spending a lot of money on a hotel room, think about renting an Airbnb and comparing prices to find something affordable for everyone. Make sure to tell your guests of the costs associated with the events and meals they will be attending.

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The Price of the Bride’s Hen Party

It is expected that the bride's bridesmaids and other guests at the hen party will contribute to the bride's costs. It is customary for visitors to chip in for one night's worth of the hen party's expenses if the celebration takes place outside of the country.

Moreover, there are often many expenses, even for the individual, that the bridesmaids are responsible for paying while on the trip. Spending on food and drinks during a bachelorette or hen party averages A$220 and A$190, respectively, per guest. Those wishing to travel to attend the event should budget at least A$430 for transportation costs.

When discussing etiquette, it is useful to review the underlying assumptions that form the foundation of the rules. Important ones include:

Gifts

In most cases, visitors who are invited to an event and told they must bring a present should not also be expected to cover the cost of their own attendance.

Consideration

When hosting an event where visitors are required to pay, it's important to respect their financial limitations. Focus on the lower numbers rather than the higher ones. People should be informed of the fees in advance and given the option to back out if they so want. When the bill is split, everyone must pitch in.

Hen Parties/Bachelorette Nights

The costs for a hen party are typically divided in the form of a tally at the top. Each attendee is expected to chip in for their share of the expense of events like meals, beverages, and transportation (and, if the event is over the course of a weekend, lodging and activities as well). Because it is not a hosted event (though the bridal party might plan it), this is usually fine. Don't count on getting anything as a gift. The bride's party will often pay for the event's décor and favours.

The most common error made by bridesmaids is planning a lavish celebration that is financially prohibitive for many of the invited guests. You intend to shower the bride with gifts, but it would be counterproductive if no one besides the wedding party showed up. If someone has to decline due to lack of funds, never make them feel bad about it.

Today, it's not uncommon for the bride's family and friends to be asked to chip in for her wedding expenses alongside the guest list. Despite the fact that it's a nice gesture, you should never feel obligated to do so. Don't turn down money given to you, and if you wish to treat the bride, divide what's left among the wedding party.

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The main difference between a shower and a hen night (besides the tequila shots) is that attendees at the former are customarily expected to give presents. Therefore, it is customary for someone to host the gathering. But what does that imply exactly? True, the visitors do not cover the costs. The host of the shower, who is typically a friend or relative of the bride, provides the venue, food, and beverages, and often also does the decorating. A shower can be as simple or as elaborate as the budget allows, but simple recommendations for saving money include inviting fewer people and dividing up the bill among the bridesmaids. Asking the MoB or the groom's mother for money is frowned upon, but accepting an offer is acceptable.

One of the most crucial decisions is who will host; a close friend or a bridesmaid is perfect. It's considered bad manners to solicit gifts for a relative at a family gathering, thus hosts are often discouraged. Realistically, a mother or sister may desire or need to host; in such cases, do as common sense suggests (but don't mention gifts, as guests undoubtedly will bring them anyhow).

But let's say you're thinking about holding the shower at a local eatery. Does it still stand that the host should pay? Now we're getting into the hard part. For all intents and purposes, yes. However, there will be times when that just won't work. If no one is ready to host at the hotel or venue, it's best to keep things simple by having tea in someone's home again, or to reduce the number of invited guests. Alternately, if a hen night has already begun works, the two parties can be combined into one big bash in honour of the bride-to-be without the expense of inviting the same people twice. A smart compromise that takes visitors' expectations into consideration is to have it in the late afternoon (so it can continue into the hen party), to forego gifts, and to be mindful of your guests' budget when choosing the place, as well as to let them know what it will cost in advance.

If the bride is tight on finances, it's best to forego the extravagant bachelorette weekend in favour of a more low-key celebration. Teens can have just as much fun and less strain on their wallets by hosting a sleepover party with movies, popcorn, and snack foods (including the bride's preferred wine or cocktail).

Conclusion

The joy of being included in her bridal party is quickly followed by practical concerns, such as "who pays for the hens night?" Vogue Ballroom has experience planning dozens of hen parties, so the organisation of the bride-to-shindig be's won't be a hassle. It is customary for the bride-to-bridesmaids be's and other guests during her hen party to contribute to the cost of the festivities. The fees should be explained to the customer in advance, and they should be allowed to cancel if they are not satisfied. The bride's attendants shouldn't feel pressured to buy expensive presents for the bride.

Do not refuse gifts of money; if you want to treat the bride, split the remainder among the bridal party. It's not proper to directly request money from the MoB or the groom's mother, but it's fine to accept an offer if made. The bride-to-be should foot the bill for a bridal shower held in a hotel or other facility. If nobody is available to play host, a simple tea party at someone's house is the next best option. The two events can even be mixed if the hen night has already started.

Content Summary

  • After the excitement of being chosen to join her bridal party has worn off, questions like "who pays for the hens night?"
  • Should the bride or should the bridesmaids foot the bill for the hens night?
  • Australia has a custom where each visitor at the hen's party must cover her own costs to attend.
  • The wedding party is not obligated to cover the costs of those who are invited.
  • The invitation to be a maid in your closest friend's wedding comes with the knowledge that you will be attending the requisite bachelorette party.
  • Once a reasonable spending limit has been established, planning for the event's location and activities may get underway.
  • Make sure to tell your guests of the costs associated with the events and meals they will be attending.
  • It is expected that the bride's bridesmaids and other guests at the hen party will contribute to the bride's costs.
  • It is customary for visitors to chip in for one night's worth of the hen party's expenses if the celebration takes place outside of the country.
  • You intend to shower the bride with gifts, but it would be counterproductive if no one besides the wedding party showed up.
  • Today, it's not uncommon for the bride's family and friends to be asked to chip in for her wedding expenses alongside the guest list.
  • Don't turn down money given to you, and if you wish to treat the bride, divide what's left among the wedding party.
  • Therefore, it is customary for someone to host the gathering.
  • True, the visitors do not cover the costs.
  • The host of the shower, who is typically a friend or relative of the bride, provides the venue, food, and beverages, and often also does the decorating.
  • Asking the MoB or the groom's mother for money is frowned upon, but accepting an offer is acceptable.
  • But let's say you're thinking about holding the shower at a local eatery.
  • If no one is ready to host at the hotel or venue, it's best to keep things simple by having tea in someone's home again, or to reduce the number of invited guests.
  • Alternatively, if a hen night has already begun, the two parties can be combined into one big bash in honour of the bride-to-be without the expense of inviting the same people twice.
  • A smart compromise that takes visitors' expectations into consideration is to have it in the late afternoon (so it can continue into the hen party), to forego gifts, and to be mindful of your guests' budget when choosing the place, as well as to let them know what it will cost in advance.
  • If the bride is tight on finances, it's best to forego the extravagant bachelorette weekend in favour of a more low-key celebration.
  • Teens can have just as much fun and less strain on their wallets by hosting a sleepover party with movies, popcorn, and snack foods (including the bride's preferred wine or cocktail).

FAQs About Hens Nights

A Hen's Party is intended to be the bride's "final hurrah" before her wedding. However, more often than not, this entails engaging in or purchasing things that teeter on the edge of discomfort or general squirm-worthiness.

A Hens Night is usually "the last single night" and has more of an emphasis on "partying it up" than a Bridal Shower, which is similar to an Engagement Party but just for the bride to have the women in her life shower her with presents and love. You'll find brides who do either, and even more who do both!

The meaning of the term “Hen Party” stems from the fact that the word 'hen' hasn't always meant female chicken, but rather way back in Middle English, a look at the etymology of the word 'hen' shows us that it used to be used to refer to the female of any bird, or sometimes the female gender of any species of animal.

At such a celebration, a hen's night cake could make an appearance. It is customary to bake a cake for the bride-to-be during her hen's night. The cake at a hen party can be decorated in any number of ways to fit the party's theme.

To most people, a hen is a female chicken, other gallinaceous bird, bird, or lobster. In slang, it's used to refer to a female person.

About the Editors - Suzie & Eugene

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Suzie & Eugene got married at Vogue Ballroom in 2017 and had the best day of their lives! Ever since they have worked closely with Vogue Ballroom & Vines of the Yarra Valley. For queries please contact via [email protected]

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