Alternative Hen Party Ideas

Alternative Hen Party Ideas

Hen parties are becoming more expensive, with average costs totalling £1000, and affordable alternatives are becoming increasingly popular for Brides-to-be. With a change in how they are celebrated, more of us are heading abroad to celebrate or seeking unique, cost effective ways to create a memorable occasion.

A pivotal aspect of Hen parties is fancy dress and Smiffys have some great affordable Hen party essentials to go alongside some alternative party ideas.

Brits Abroad

There has been a sharp increase in parties taking place overseas and all major apparel brands have taken advantage of the move towards warmer climates with the launch of a vast range of swimwear/accessories.

Smiffys could latch onto this trend towards a warmer/beach destination with the vast range of beach, Baywatch, luau fancy dress. Yet also appeal to the budget conscious consumer with the vast range of deluxe bridal accessories that compliments the swimwear they have purchased e.g. sashes, badges and headwear. Consumers are heading more towards a classier accessory accompaniment with as the focus moves from definitively fancy dress towards a merge of fancy dress and apparel. Smiffys also have the advantage of the novelty aspect in their hen range that would be the perfect accompaniment for a beachside hen party e.g. inflatables!

As the cost of hen parties increases, hens are seeking more affordable niche activities as an alternative. We have included a few of these unique activities and outfit suggestions for you and your hens to give the bride-to-be the perfect, alternative send off- without breaking the bank!

Vintage Afternoon Tea

For those Bride-to-be’s that don’t fancy travelling so far afield, why not try a local vintage afternoon tea for something different? Vintage afternoon teas are fast becoming an affordable and fashionable hen party alternative as a great excuse to get glamorous. To help you channel your inner vintage chic, we have a fabulous range of pin up dresses to accompany wigs, headscarves and not forgetting the essential winged eyeliner. Or perhaps you simply want to accessorise with some cat-eye sunglasses, fishnets and of course our vintage hen badges and sashes that we think are the perfect cup of tea!


Another fun and fabulous alternative is festivals; why not try glamping or get all the hens together and head to your favourite festival. Festivals encompass everything a hen party is about, celebrating with friends and enjoying yourself in the moment, without costing the earth. We have a great selection of all things glittery and bright to make you and your hens stand out with our festival collection. Including affordable accessories like body glitter and make up from Moon creations and lingerie available from our Fever collection to take your outfits up a notch!
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