As a bride it's unlikely you'll be planning your hen party, but that's not to say you can't drop some heavy hints about what activity you'd like to do; or "black-list" other activities. Last Saturday, some friends and I whisked our "soon-to-be married" university friend off to Leeds for a weekend of hen-tastic antics. First on the list was a Moulin-Rouge style can-can lesson, which has to be one of highlights. The best thing about it was that it broke the ice brilliantly; after all it's difficult to keep a straight face when the main aim of the game is to lift your skirt and shake your booty... After an hour of learning the dance steps we were taught a routine which we performed - in front of the instructor - and it may sound silly, but it honestly felt like a huge achievement. Not so silly, perhaps, when you consider many of us had admitted to having two left feet and only ever hitting a dancefloor once we'd drunk more cocktails than we should. Surprisingly, it also proved to be quite a good workout so if you're planning a can-can lesson, make sure you have refreshments on hand, preferably something cold and bubbly!. One word of warning however, the bride-to-be enjoyed it so much that she's threatened to buy can-can dresses for us all so we can perform our routine at the wedding...
If can-can isn't your thing, there are a host of other daytime activities that make for a memorable hen party. One of the best sites to check out is www.thehenproject.com. There are loads of ideas to inspire - from cheerleading lessons (for the hen whose not afraid to admit her obsession with American high school movies) to professional make-up classes (great for picking up beauty tips in time for the wedding) and even life drawing classes (experienced male models included). Best of all, there are top tips to take the hassle out of hen party planning as well as reassuring advice for all girls with L-plate allergies.