On announcement of your engagement, after all the congratulating and cooing over the ring, friends seem to move pretty swiftly on to what (some may see) as the main event... the hen party. You're met with cries of "OMG THE HEN!", "IT'S GONNA BE CARNAGE!" and 'VEGAS BABY!". So what is it about hen parties that gets us all just so god damn excited? We've compiled a list of ten reasons of why your last soirée, your au revoir to single life, will be one of the best nights of your life…
1. It's the one occasion you're fully entitled to drink enough prosecco to bleed Italy dry
It's your big night, it would be rude if you didn't, wouldn't it?! You can get as sloshed as you deem necessary, dance however you please, and eat as many chips as humanly possible on the way home.
2. Attendance is compulsory
We've all got those mates that are known for their no-shows, but for a night as important as your hen, there will be no "I overdid it last night" or "my hair's doing this weird poofy thing" - your whole crew are present and SO on point.
3. You don't have to lift a finger
Amidst all the drama that wedmin brings, your hen night is your maid-of-honour's time to take over and plan the perfect party for you. So just sit back, strap in, and enjoy the ride.
4. You can learn a new skill
Hen parties are no longer just about penis straws and getting hammered: now, there's a wealth of unique activities available. From making your own terrarium to oyster shucking to aerial silks, there's plenty of new experiences to make it a hen party with a difference.
5. Expect the unexpected
If you're a hen that likes surprises, you may be completely in the dark when it comes to the hen party. For the hen that likes to be in control you might think you know the full itinerary. Either way, your hens will no doubt have a few surprise delights up their sleeve to make the bash completely unique to you.
6. You'll create a whole new girl gang
Bringing together your friends and family from all walks of life not only makes for a great occasion, but creates new friendships. Hen parties are a great opportunity to introduce everyone ahead of the big day, and seeing them all bond will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Aw.
7. Anything can happen
Hen parties bring out the best and most hilaroius sides in people. You don't need us to tell you things can get a little wild when a group of over-excited girls get together... cue calling your other half from a payphone in Prague at 11am the next day with no passport and no recollection of how you got there. But man, it was worth it.
8. You will be EVEN MORE excited for the wedding
Having all your gals celebrating as one is a pretty special feeling, and likely to be one of the only times in your life that everyone gets together. It'll make the lead up to the wedding that bit more exciting (if that's physically possible).
9. No boys allowed
Now that we're all grown-ups with "proper jobs" and "other halves" and "five year plans" (come back to us on that one), girls' nights aren't as frequent as they used to be, which is a god damn crime - time to fix that, and go totally wild.
10. You'll pretty much laugh for 24 hours straight
Our final point needs no further explanation. You just will. And it'll be THE BEST.
Cluck are the new girls in the hen house, organising the coolest (and most off-piste) hen dos we've seen in a while. Axe throwing, boozy brunches, glitter cocktails and Beyoncé dance workshops are all on the agenda. Head to thisiscluck.com for more information.