It’s been a fruitful year for celebrity weddings, the most prominent being the royal wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William back in April. Along with the wedding of the year though there were many others, with Kate Moss and Jamie Hince’s rock and roll match, Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth’s rustic ranch wedding, and Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz’s whirlwind romance.
However, as much as we love hearing about a good wedding here at Redseven, right now we’re more interested in learning what the ladies got up to on their hen weekends for some celebrity inspiration!
Whilst some opted for a quiet one away from the paparazzi, others were not so reserved. One such lady is Katy Perry who married comedian Russell Brand in October 2010. Like the glitzy, fun-loving and loud lady she is, Katy took her harem of ladies to none other than the bright lights of Las Vegas for her hen party.
Luxurious hotel suites, glamorous casinos and the Cirque Du Soleil – it’s no surprise that Katy and friends partied till dawn. If however you want something a little less strenuous on the bank balance and closer to home than Vegas, then for a hedonistic hen weekend abroad why not hire out a luxurious villa in Ibiza or Marbella with a group of friends where you can party to your heart’s content.
You’ll also find that these scorching destinations are lined with popular clubs and casinos which are often frequented by celebs, so make sure you book a VIP area in one where you can be waited on hand and foot, and possibly even rub shoulders with the rich and famous.
Finally, to top it all off get tickets to one of Spain’s many cultural festivals and shows where you can be dazzled by the performances.
Lily Allen on the other hand went for a much lower key affair and far more sophisticated hen party with friends at The Savoy Hotel in London, including a cooking lesson from one of the most outspoken chefs around, Gordon Ramsey.
If Lily’s hen weekend idea appeals then why not go for an upmarket dinner in one of London’s finest restaurants where you’ll be wined and dined and treated like royalty by their attentive staff.
You can even try your hand at a cooking lesson where you can learn valuable skills ready for any future dinner parties, although stepping away from the hot kitchen you may find you’d rather let your hair down and instead book yourself in for a cocktail making session. Here you’ll get to learn the art of mixology, although not until you’ve first sampled your fair share of mojitos!
Zara Phillips, the Queen of England’s granddaughter, opted for a more risqué hen weekend than fellow royal Kate Middleton, travelling to Portugal for a weekend of naughtiness with a group of friends. Wearing a tutu and a plastic cow around her neck, Zara partied with friends drinking cocktails followed by relaxing in a sumptuous spa and then on a luxury yacht (it’s alright for some!)
For a hen party like Zara’s which combines partying and relaxing, then it’s well worth booking in for a fun dance class such as a burlesque lesson where you have the chance to dress up whilst also having a great laugh with friends.
Once you’re all out of bed the following day you can then indulge in a day of much deserved pampering at a peaceful spa. Here you can spend some quality time together and discuss the previous nights antics whilst also being revived for the big day which is coming up.
Finally, end the weekend by hiring a yacht or catamaran. Many countries such as Spain and Portugal often hire these out for parties who want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the beaches, meaning you’ll have your own captain who will take you out to secluded spots where you can swim, sunbathe and even watch the sunset for a truly memorable end to your weekend.
No matter how you decide to spend your hen weekend, whether it be as extravagant as a celebrity hen party or more understated, the most important thing is to make sure it’s right for you.