A hen's night is always a blast, so it should come as no surprise that modern-day brides-to-be are now transforming their hen’s night into hen’s weekends. It’s actually a brilliant idea: after all, more time with the girls means more time for fun. Shooting the hen’s weekend into the limelight last year, Kate Middleton’s extended pre-wedding celebration demonstrates that this new concept is no small thing.
Nyree Stevens is the manager of My Ultimate Hens, a company that organises packages for brides-to-be. “In the past two years, we’ve seen a huge change in the hen’s night. It has undergone an evolution,” she says.
Today’s bride, Stevens has seen, is time-poor. However, they are realising the importance of bonding with their girlfriends, but may not have enough time to do it often. Enter the hen’s weekend, a well-deserved opportunity for all. If this sounds perfect, here are a few ideas to get you started with planning your perfect hen’s weekend:
Start your weekend looking good and feeling great with a party by Pamperlicious. You and your guests will be spoiled with back massages, manicures and makeovers at your chosen location. And when the party’s over, the team will clean up for you as well.
Burlesque afternoon tea
This is an event that’s a little bit naughty and a little bit nice. Guests will be served platters of afternoon treats while being taught how to release their inner temptress.
Male nude life drawing class
Add a little sophistication to your weekend with an art class sure to please any critic. Art4Play’s packages include a muscular nude male and a fully qualifi ed drawing teacher to help guide your way.
The bride has found her dream man, but what about everyone else? These tarot card parties are a great way to thank everyone for their support in the lead-up to the wedding. For those who aren’t interested in a little fortune-telling, the party also includes henna artists, head and neck massages and a belly dancing class.
Sing your heart out in one of Chaplin Karaoke Bar’s private rooms. Featuring a full food and drinks menu, your party will be able to belt out their favourite tunes without anyone else hearing them.
Bring along your sexiest stilettos and learn how to strut your stuff at a Pole Divas party. Learn naughty lap dancing or a little striptease in these 1.5-hour to eveninglong classes.
Get out of the CBD and into the suburbs with a picnic at the Heide Museum of Modern Art. Experience some culture in this iconic space and buy a lunchbox from well-known Café Vue before fi nding a spot in the museum’s extensive gardens.
Caffeine, juice and greasy burgers are all foods that are said to help you get over big nights, so treat yourself to a nice, big brunch. You’ll fi nd it hard to fi nd fault The Hardware Societe, a café that serves hearty food and fantastic coffee.
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Catch up on gossip while feasting on some award-winning Asian treats. Dragon Boat Palace Restaurant offers a large variety of dishes while being conveniently located in Melbourne’s CBD.
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city with a weekend in charming Daylesford. Known for its natural
mineral springs, fresh produce and luxury accommodation, it’s the perfect atmosphere for the bride and party to sit back and relish the quiet before the (wedding) storm. Dine at the famous Lake House restaurant and follow with a pamper session of hot stones and deep-tissue massage at endota day spa.
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How does a beach retreat sound for your next hen’s night? Venus Escapes offers an adult-only experience filled with luxury accommodation, a day spa and a private pool. Gather the girls and book the entire four bedrooms for a private hen’s affair. After all, what happens on the hen’s weekend stays on the hen’s weekend.
Consider a winery tour or long lunch surrounded by the country’s most spectacular vineyards. Locale, De Bortelli Yarra Valley Estate’s restaurant, dishes up a feast of seasonal, local and organic produce paired with delicious wines.
Kellybrook Winery and Restaurant is another perfect option for hens’ luncheons. Set in a lush vineyard, the winery and restaurant have a variety of catering options for celebratory lunches and dinners.
Get a feel for small-town living by taking off for a weekend in the Mornington Peninsula. Use the backdrop of the region’s beautiful beaches and rent a luxury house, where your hen’s night can be as wild or as relaxing as you want it to be. Take advantage of the beautiful scenery by going on a horseback ride before getting in a car and driving down the coastline.
By Yvonne Woo
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Hens nights. Your mind probably wanders to novelty outfits, heavy drinking, strippers and nightclubs; a last wild 'single' night out. Some women embrace this stereotype wholeheartedly, however, this isn't the only way to celebrate as many brides are opting for a more relaxed option.
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