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#16 princess*meg


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Posted 02 November 2008 - 09:03 AM

I went to a hens night a few months back that cost a fair amount for what we got.

We started of a the Minus5 bar ($30 for one drink) then moved onto a club ($20 for a bottle of wine) then on a dinner cruise ($129, drinks not included). All up cost me well over $200, we all went home sober and sore (coz no one but me wanted to catch a cab back to the train station, so we all got blistered feet).

I wasn't all that keen on paying so much $$, but it was what the bride wanted, so I did. And I believe she had the night she wanted, which was what really counts.

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Posted 02 November 2008 - 11:46 AM

I think $50-$100 is fair as long as people feel like they get something for their money. When i organised my SIL hens I put the price and then everything that was included. Same old story but I would be happy to pay more for people close to me smile.gif

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Posted 03 November 2008 - 10:40 AM

I know my hen's night which is coming up on the 15th of November is costing everyone $60.
We are having the party at my parents house, but it is including all food, drinks and entertainment.
I personally think that anything up to $100 is fair.
But if it was a close friend i would pay more. All depends on what the bride really wants to do as we all know you can't upset a bride lol
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Posted 03 November 2008 - 10:45 AM

I have paid anywhere from $50 up to $200 for all the Hens I have been to. Most have included accommodation as well. I dont mind paying and you only have a Hens night once (hopefully) so I always make the effort to pay up and be there to celebrate.
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Posted 03 November 2008 - 06:37 PM

i think it depends on a few things like how soon it is before the wedding etc and your family situation at the time.

there was one that i had a week before their wedding and started off with a kitchen tea (an extra gift there) and then two nights away (without drinks and dinner that was another $150 pp). The wedding was the next week and my partner wasn't working so i couldn't afford to go as we preferred to be able to give them more money towards their treasure chest.

last weekend we had a second combined he-bu night which a friend hosted and basically involved us drinking, chatting, playing play station karaoke and was one of the best nights out ive had in awhile. between my partner and myself we took a 6 pack of beer, a 1L bottle of vodka (dont worry we were sharing this with the bride and groom and other friends too) and some soft drink - about $65 and then we managed to split a cab fare home which cost us an additional $60, so it was $125 for the two of us. A simple night but loads of fun. And the reason why we had this one was because the grooms bucks night went wrong (that one was an expensive mistake) so we decided to throw them a combined one with just close friends.

we talked to our friends about ours (also combined) and asked what would be reasonable for them and what they were happy doing and suprisingly we've come up with renting a place on the coast for the weekend and taking board games and play station and everyone putting in to get some grog. As we all live in different parts of Sydney renting a place for overnight is what most of us would have to spend on a cab fare anyway.

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 09:10 AM

I think I would pay $80 max. Though it depends on circumstances at the time. Last year I was invited to a hens night and I couldn't afford the extra money for all the activities so I just went to dinner.
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Posted 04 November 2008 - 06:44 PM

I think between $50 and $75 is enough, but I guess it really depends on what you are planning. If it's just you and a few close friends then spending more is probably not going to bother anybody.
For my Hen's Night, I am having close friends as well as work mates. The work mates are not coming to the wedding which is interstate so this is the only chance we will have to party together, so I would hate to put them off with the price. Something to think about.

As a suggestion, if your friend likes wineries may I suggest Chateau Yering in the Yarra Valley? They do this AMAZING afternoon tea with a glass of champers and coffee in a private sitting room (would seat 12 people comfortably). It's also got a winery that do wine tastings and is in the vicinity of lots of other wineries if you wanted to do more tastings.

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Posted 27 November 2008 - 08:38 PM

It depends on what sort of event the hens night is. Mine was dinner and a twilight soak at a hotspring which cost $45 per person, and then we stayed at accommodation overnight which was $50 per person. So a $95 total, not including munchies and drinkies.

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 12:32 PM

HI Girls
I just came back to this post. The Hens is next weekend I have ended up doing a recipe tea in the afternoon with the oldies there too. Dinner at a thai place $40 I have said BYO drinks but I am going to supply some. Up to $50 for accommodation- depending on how many stay.
Max it will cost will be $90 that includes afternoon tea, games, prizes, drinks in the afternoon, dinner- some drinks with dinner and accommodation.
I think most people are happy with that. There is also the option to opt out of various things to reduce cost for people.
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Posted 29 March 2009 - 09:26 PM

I'd think around the $100 mark + alcohol if going out.

I'm currently looking to organise a hens night, and love the idea of the girlie sleepover party! Having had one recently for no reason with a group of girlfriends, it was great fun!
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Posted 30 March 2009 - 07:05 AM

It depends on the Hen's night. I've spend $80 on some and that felt like a bargin and others were I've spend $50 and felt ripped off.

As long as you can justify the cost, it is fine. If people can see why they have been asked to pay $80, they will be fine paying it. If you ask them for $80 and all the get is dinner then it might seem a bit over priced
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Posted 22 April 2009 - 02:05 PM

I think it entirely depends on what you are doing and everyones personal circumstance.

When I was organising my friends Hens night/ Kitchen Tea, I asked everyone to bring a plate of food and write the recipe on an index card for the Hen to keep. This of course kept the price down and everyone thought it was a great idea.

We then had a lap dancing lesson which I think worked out to be about $15 per person then we just went out on the town afterwards.

So all up it probably did end up costing people about $100, but it was their choice, and not imposed upon them IYKWIM.

Oh I forgot to add myself and the other bridesmaid paid for all the decorations and prizes ourselves.

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 08:19 AM

I think it all depends what you are doing and what you get

Mine will consist of a hotel night (2 twin queen beds per room so we can all bunk in together) This is optional about $30 to $40 pp

Late Lunch/dinner prob about $40-60 pp - this is the main part where everyone can come - including my mum and aunties etc)

Boat cruise, with all alcohol & muchies provided, entertainment (strippers etc tongue.gif ), and nightclub entry $75pp (optional)

Drinks at club and breaky at personal descression

For me personally it will cost about $200-$250

However if I was to stay in a hotel, have a meal, go see a show etc - it wouldn't be much different if not more.

Alot of ours is prepaid too, which will allow us break up the payments and not have to do it all in one hit, such as the hotel and boat cruise.

Allowing your girls lots of notice too helps then people are well aware and can be selective about which parts they participate in if they are limited finacially.
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#29 sjb



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Posted 19 November 2009 - 02:28 PM

Hi there, just wondering which company you used for the boat cruise? Seems like a bargain! I'm in the process of researching ideas for my upcoming hens night... Thanks, any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 05:53 PM

it depends where the wedding is and how much the majority of guests are spending on travelling to the wedding.

eg, we're having a destination wedding and I would dearly love to have a girls' weekend away prior to this but when this is factored into the fact that they'll also be forking out for travel, accommodation and other ancillaries for the actual wedding weekend itself, it doesn't make it affordable or fair I feel.

most of the hen's I've been to I've spent about $100-$150 (including alcohol).

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