Wedding season is upon us girls, and with weddings come hen dos and celebrations.  With invites flooding in left, right and centre, it’s no surprise that we’re becoming cost conscious and worrying about how to afford them all.

What started as a girlie night in with cocktails and a takeaway can become a much more extravagant affair when girls get together. For brides-to-be and their hens, remember you don’t need to break the bank to have a fabulous time. Viki Sanders from hen and stag do specialist, Red7, shares her tips for organising a hen do on a shoestring.

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Invite your nearest and dearest

You don’t need to invite every female guest that’s attending the wedding. A hen do is for the bride-to-be to share her final nights of freedom with her closest friends. These are the girls who are happy to splash extra cash for their bestie.

Do It Yourself

Props and fancy dress on a hen do are usually a must, but the cost can add up. Have some arts and crafts time and make your own decorations and outfits. This can be a fun way to get together before the actual do.

Short and sweet

Lots of hens love to go on weekend trips, however don’t feel the pressure to it if you’re tight on cash. Instead, organise a fun activity during the day or a crazy night out with the girls. This considerably cuts accommodation and activity costs.

Clothes swap or re-wear a classic

Most girls see the need to buy a new outfit for every occasion. Re-wear one of your classics that you’ve not worn in a while, swap with a friend or try an online clothes swapping site. Once you’ve had a few drinks it’s unlikely you’ll remember what you’re wearing anyway.

Use your skills

Cocktail making masterclasses are a very popular choice with hens. Enjoy this activity during the day and then rent an apartment or hotel room and put your new skills to the test. You can have a wild party and not have to leave the room. That’s the outfit worries and night out costs gone.