The Beerless Bar's store assistant Melody Taylor with hens night merchandise, which is a popular item at the shop on Ballantine St, Gladstone. Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer
The Beerless Bar's store assistant Melody Taylor with hens night merchandise, which is a popular item at the shop on Ballantine St, Gladstone. Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer Luka Kauzlaric

How-to on making sure bride-to-be has the time of her life

IF YOU are out in Gladstone on a Saturday night, there is a strong chance you will come across a sea of pink, with a bride-to-be rocking a tiara and veil.

And it's likely they've picked up their ensembles and some penis-shaped items from The Beerless Bar.

This time of year is especially popular for hens' nights because of September weddings.

Store assistant Melody Taylor said: "We have people coming in each day looking for hens' night gear."

Melody has worked at the store for a year-and-a-half and said some of the more popular items included penis straws, centre pieces, games and veils.

If you've landed the Maid of Honour gig, one of your responsibilities is to make sure your bride-to-be has the time of her life, before her big day, at her hen's party.

But you don't need to do it alone!

Ask other bridesmaids to chip in and help you out.

Also, most importantly, check with your bride-to-be about what she has in mind - and what she doesn't want.

Hens' party ideas

  • Instead of a rowdy night in town, why not have a relaxing pamper day with a bunch of close girlfriends?
  • Go to a music festival and rent a house for a few days
  • Head to the great outdoors for parasailing, bungee jumping or bush walks
  • Have a theme: the roaring 20s, Hollywood glam, bad task and superheroes are popular choices

Timeline

At leas one month before:

  • Send invitations.
  • If you're going with the standard pub crawl, devise the itinerary.
  • Make your transportation reservation(s). Do it earlier during the warmer months
  • If you're partying at home, help the hostess plan snacks, refreshments and activities.
  • Make a shopping list.
  • Divide up to-dos among bridesmaids: games, decorations, booze-buying, stereo and/or karaoke set-up, iPod playlists duty, etc.

One week before:

  • Buy any hens accessories such as the novelty veil, tiara or bride-to-be sash
  • Make a list of the games you want to play, with rules and how-to's
  • Confirm R.S.V.P's
  • Confirm transportation arrangements
  • Confirm any entertainment

History of hens' nights

BEFORE a hens' party was referred to as a pre-wedding party, it was used in the 1800s to describe a female gathering held at a hostess's home.

A hens' party during this era was a time for tea, a gossip session, while wearing beautiful garments and hats.

While the tradition of giving women a pre-wedding party has been part of culture for centuries, it was the sexual revolution of the 1960s that made hens' parties modern and similar to how women celebrate them today.



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