Wedding season is upon us girls, and with weddings come hen parties and celebrations. With invites flooding in left, right and centre, it’s no surprise that we’re getting more cost-conscious…

What started as a girlie night in with cocktails and takeaway can become a much more extravagant affair when girls get together, and with so many of them happening, you’ll be starting to worry how you can afford all these kind of ‘nights in’.

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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 company, Red7, shares her top tips on organising a hen party on a shoestring

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

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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 hen party itself.

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Short and sweet

Lots of hens love to go on weekend trips, however don’t feel the pressure to 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 like 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, then rent an apartment and put your new skills to the test. You can have a wild party and not even have to leave the apartment! That’s the outfit worries and night out costs gone.

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For more tips on how to have a hen party on a shoestring, check out this page right here, or follow @Red7Leisure on Twitter.