If you are looking for ideas to celebrate your last night of freedom, you should choose something memorable as it's a great opportunity for you to get your best friends together for a big pre-wedding night out or weekend away!
Hen and stag parties are bigger and more adventurous than ever with many brides and grooms-to-be looking for original ideas prior to a perfect send off before married life begins. These are challenging times, of course, but there’s a plethora of activities to choose from that you may not have thought of such as go karting, quad biking and cocktail making as well as spa days, party boats or a good old-fashioned nightclub.
Here’s some great businesses catering for hen and stag parties based in Hampshire and Dorset from places like Southampton, Portsmouth, Basingstoke, Bournemouth, Winchester and Weymouth, whom you might want to get in touch with...
Don't forget to mention Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding magazine when contacting a hen and stag party organiser.
We run super fun and educational Wine, Sparkling Wine, Champagne, Beer, Port, Gin, Rum and Whisky Tastings, as well as Wine & Food Pairing Courses and Cocktail-Making Workshops in Hampshire, Wiltshire and Berkshire for people who enjoy their tipple of choice and would like to learn more about it. No previous tasting experience is necessary. Voted "Best Hen Dos" by the UK Wedding Magazine in both 2019 and 2021. Awarded 10 Certificates of Excellence by TripAdvisor since 2017 for both our Southampton and Winchester Schools! Specialising in entertaining hen and stag dos.
Hen-dos provide a great opportunity to bring together your nearest and dearest for pre-wedding celebration and excitement. However, with many brides now opting for more exotic or expensive locations for their celebrations, the cost of a hen-do can quickly add up. Anita Naik, Savings Expert at VoucherCodes.co.uk, has some great tips on how to make savings on your upcoming hen-party: Take advantage of drinks packages – Nightclubs are synonymous with hen-dos, however entry and drinks can get pretty pricey. Venues will often offer discounts on pre-purchased drinks packages so it's worth checking what deals you can strike before getting there.
Posted: 21 September 2022
With wedding traditions dying fast, modern couples are truly setting the bar for what's possible at contemporary nuptials. What will always be popular though, is the hen/stag or ('sten' if you're joining forces) do! Although, even these have altered in their format, gone are pub and nightclub crawls till the early morning, and in are wellness breaks, pottery and classes and the much-loved British Brunch! The UK's leading bottomless brunch platform, Bottomless Brunch, has compiled a list of ways you can save costs whilst planning an unforgettable hen party.
Posted: 12 September 2022
2022 is the year of the re-organised Covid wedding, there will be around 350,000 weddings across the country this year which means nearly 700,000 hen/stag and sten dos! srprs.me, the world's leading mystery holiday provider, has collated its top tips for organising the least stressful, most spontaneous mystery trips perfect for stag and hen dos this summer - saving friendships from endless decision-making in the process. Anneke Nijenhuis, Chief Surprise Officer at srprs.me, wants to take the stress out of planning a stag or hen do with the following tips...
Posted: 17 July 2022
According to a study by Hotels.com®, 2022 is the year to go bigger and bolder than ever when it comes to planning your hen/sten/stag do - we're all making up for lost time over the past two years! After 2020/21 nearlyweds had to reschedule a stag or hen party, this year revellers are using more holiday days and spending more money than ever to celebrate their friend's final months of unmarried life in style. The study found the average pre-wedding celebration now costs a whopping £242 compared to the more subtle cost of £150 in 2012. Nearly 47% of those surveyed believe that these pre-wedding celebrations have become more extravagant over the last decade, with 46% of travellers believing it's because people have been saving up and have larger budgets to spend on these special occasions over the pandemic.
Posted: 22 June 2022
Looking for an alternative hen/stag or sten do? Then we have just the event for you! Thruxton Race Circuit in Hampshire is hosting its annual Thruxton Historic - a two-day event that showcases the finest historic and classic motor racing and displays in the country. The fastest race circuit in the UK, the event attracts legendary machines for 12 races. This year for the first time visitors will be able to enjoy vintage aircraft flying and displays as well as a flypast each day. And there's something for all the family to enjoy too, creating a really special weekend to remember!
Posted: 27 May 2022
Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we adore the products from TeamHen - super-cool and on trend, the chic range is the perfect way to accompany your hen party bridal look! The brand's latest offering, the Luxury Tulle Bow Veil, is no exception. Featuring a beautiful, creamy white sating bow, it's bee paired with a soft white tulle veil measuring 80cm. Conveniently attached to a clip, you can just pop it in and away you go!
Posted: 6 May 2022
The wedding sector like many others suffered a huge setback when the Pandemic struck in March 2020 but unlike other industries, events were rescheduled rather than cancelled.
With that in mind, a significant increase in weddings is expected this year as long awaited plans are put into action to trigger the much discussed 'Wedding Boom' and with that comes the rise in belated hen, stag, sten and hag dos - get ready to par-tay like it's 2022!
Posted: 31 March 2022
Push the boat out for your hen party with a weekend aboard a yacht sailing around the Solent. Sound like your idea of fun? Then Lymington-based Raggy&Boo has just the thing. The event management specialists are offering an exciting package full of fun, action and relaxation, on and off the water. With your own private skipper for two days of daytime sailing, you and your best girls or boys will be treated with goodies on arrival while you settle into your sailing boat and spend the first night in Lymington harbour to enjoy the pubs, bars and restaurants of the buzzing Georgian town.
Posted: 14 February 2022
Prioritising your health before the big day is more important than ever, and if you've just been inspired by dry January, and are now rethinking your hen and stag do plans, then there's ample benefits to a healthier lifestyle especially with your wedding fast-approaching!
From yoga to clubbercise, there's a huge range of healthy hen and stag do activities which cater to all age ranges and capabilities; so here are hen and stag do experts Fizzbox.com and their suggestions
Posted: 3 February 2022
Personalisation brand Printster has obtained exclusive Google trend data to determine the hen and stag do trends of 2022. Unsurprisingly, as with many wedding planning aspects, the events of the past 18 months has led to couples reevaluating what is important to them. The data reveals, new phenomenon's such as the "sten do", and with what feels like never ending lockdowns the 'at home hen/stag do' as seen increased searches, while the search term 'hen do after wedding', being the most googled question of them all with couples looking to change the proceedings of events pre- and post-vows...
Posted: 31 January 2022