Hen/Stag

10 Ideas And Destinations NI Hens Love

Now that you’ve been tapped by your best girlfriend to be her maid of honour, you’ve a lot of planning and support on the horizon. The one thing you won’t want to forget is that fabulous hen party as a final send-off from single girl life.

No clue where to begin? Good news! We’re here to help with 10 ideas and suggestions as to where to do them in Northern Ireland.

Go Glam!

Get the girls together and get all dolled up for a fantastic photoshoot! There are so many ways to pull this off – one to suit any budget. Treat yourself to a bit of clothes shopping, a makeover and a day in front of the camera with champagne and laughter.

Alternately, you can go with a full-service photography studio to provide the wardrobe, a makeup artist and photos you’ll remember for a lifetime. Some local favourites include Stag and Hen City, 4Ever Photos, and Funktion Events.

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Get Pampered!
Whether for a few hours or a few days, you can’t lose with a bit of pampering and fun. There is no shortage to local spas offering hen party packages to suit any pocket book.

Some suggestions include The Spa at Galgorm, The Secret Day Spa, Spa at The Merchant

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Have a Tea Party!
The best china, a decadent cake and lots of champagne flowing freely at a lovely afternoon tea party suited for everyone, even your nanna, might be just the ticket. Whether you prefer a grand event at a beautiful hotel or a quieter setting of your choice, you can bet this is a winner with any crowd.

Some favourite locations include Miel Et Moi, Fitzwilliam Hotel, and Maryville Tea House.

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Get Cooking!
Is your bride to be a food lover? Then this is the perfect hen party for her. Sip some champagne while enjoying a master of culinary arts set to teach you the art of the meal. Then, sit down with the gang to enjoy what you’ve created.

Some ideas include Belfast Cookery School, James Street South Cookery School or hire a private chef from La Belle Assiette.

Seek the Treasure!
Call all your favorite hens and go on a scavenger hunt for the ages. While you can set this up any number of ways, we suggest a map of pubs in which each participant must find something from a list of items.

Make it interesting by listing everything from simple coasters to a photo with a Viking look-a-like if you want. Whoever has the most interesting collection at the end of the night wins a prize.

Our favourite pubs include The Hudson Bar, The Crown Liquor Saloon and Filthy McNastys.

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Go on an Adventure!

Got a bunch of adrenaline-loving hens on your hands? There is no shortage to what they can get into with the many scenic locations that can be found in Northern Ireland. Keep it simple with a girl’s day out along one of the coastline attractions like Giant’s Causeway, a nearby castle or even a day at the beach.

If you are looking for a more serious adrenaline rush, try some rock climbing, zip lining or a canoe trip through a local lough.

Some more structured adventures can be booked through Outdoor NI, Todd’s Leap and Bryson LaganSports.

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Go Dancing!
Might as well get ready for those wedding day moves with a group dance class! Choose your style with a bit of vintage, burlesque, swing or anything else that tickles your fancy and book a course with a local instructor.

Some fresh ideas include Swing Belfast, Latin Quarter, and Belfast Burlesque.

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Nothing but Chick Flicks!
Whether you prefer an old black and white or more contemporary films, you can’t go wrong with a night at the movies. You can rent your own private cinema or simply stage your scene at home.

Rent your own cinema at Queen’s Film Theatre, The Strand Arts Centre or Movie House.

House Party!
Got a lot of people with diverse tastes and need to just keep it all contained and under control? There is always the tried and true house party!

Gather up some snacks, drinks, some great dance tunes and send out the invites to all the lovely women on your list. You can do all the preparations yourself of have it catered in. There is no end to your options with a self-designed hen party at home.

Some excellent caterers include Crumbs Catering Company, Loaf Catering and Carberry Catering.

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The Bar Is Open!
Not enough time to plan and just need to get things going? There is always the hen party that stands the test of time. Pick a favorite bar or a few and just let your hair down with your best girls.

There are so many great clubs to choose from in the Northern Ireland area that you’ll have no problem finding what you are looking for, but be sure to make sure everyone gets home safely so they can make the wedding on time and intact!

Suggested taxi services in Belfast include FonaCab, 24/7 Taxis or rent a limo for the evening; Limo Hire Belfast.

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By Amy Naves, Excalibur Press

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