The average cost of attending a hen do has increased dramatically in recent years.
What used to be a couple of casual drinks in the pub the night before the wedding has turned into a day and night out at the very least or can turn into as much as a full week away hen do abroad.
On top of paying for food, drinks, activities, accommodation, travel, outfits, accessories and gifts, anyone attending the hen party has also got the costs of attending the actual wedding looming too.
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If you’ve got several friends who are getting married in the same year, it can all start to feel a bit too much, can’t it?
We’ve researched the costs of attending hen parties and have got some helpful tips on how you can cut down how much you are spending on hen dos and weddings.
How Much Does A Hen Party Cost?
This depends what kind of hen party it is. We’ve broken down the rough costs for different types of hen do:
- Day event: £50-£70
- Day + evening event: £100-£120
- Weekend away in the UK: £200-£300
- Weekend away abroad: £250-£350
- Week away abroad: £300-£500
Bear in mind that these are ROUGH costs of what you can expect to be paying to attend a hen do of that type.
How much the actual cost ends up being depends very much on the type of activities you do, where you stay and how you travel.
Research by Vouchercodes.co.uk last year revealed the following breakdown for the average cost of attending a hen party in the UK:
- Food & Drink – £28.35
- Clothing and accessories – £36.37
- Transport – £26.05
- Accommodation – £27.82
- Gifts and other party extras – £35.47
- Activities – £45.41
While this gives a good guide to how much the nation is spending on the average hen party, the real costs could work out as much more or sometimes less.
For example, just £27.82 for accommodation seems very cheap, so you might want to budget more for that just in case.
Spending £35.47 each on gifts and accessories is certainly an area of the budget that could be reduced.
How To Keep Hen Do Costs Down
If you are alarmed by the average cost of almost £200 for attending a hen party, there are several ways you can do a hen do on a budget. Here are our tips:
- Stay local – by eliminating the need for major travel and accommodation costs you can cut out the bulk of the big spending.
- Do free activities – while it’s tempting to go and do pricey, once in a lifetime activities for your hen, it’s more than possible to have a memorable time with your pals without spending a fortune. Read our post on fun, free hen activities for oodles of inspiration.
- Keep it flexible – If you can make your hen flexible by offering different activities and parts and telling your hens they can join for as much or as little of it as they like then you are way more likely to get to celebrate with everyone you love.
Let us know in the comments whether you think hen weekends are getting too expensive, or if you think the cost is justified to give your best friend the send off into married life she deserves.
If you’re happy to share how much you’ve spent on either your own or a friend’s hen do, pop us over a message so we can build up a resource for others planning hen parties.