Did you know that it is only referred to as a ‘hen party’ in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand and in Australia? In the US and in Canada it is more commonly known as a ‘bachelorette party’. In South Africa it is called ‘Kitchen Tea’!
The origin of Hen parties
The tradition of hen parties is a fairly new phenomena and is basically the female equivalent of having a stag party (or bachelor party), which has been a tradition for centuries throughout many cultures. As such, hen parties are also modeled after stag parties and the first book on planning hen parties (Something old, something bold: bridal showers and bachelorette parties) was not published until 1998!
As much as hen parties and stag parties have in common, they do differ in terms of activities, planning, cultural norms and expectations. It has recently become very popular in the UK to hire a naked butler to cater at the hen party. In the US it is far more likely to spot a stripper at a hen party.
How much does a hen party cost?
When it comes to costs, women also tend to spend more on creating the most amazing weekend or day for the bride-to-be. A 2008 survey revealed that the average amount spent on a hen party was £102 per person – in 2012 that amount had risen to £157! We do not have the figures for 2017, but at just £45 per person for our Songmaker Hen Party Package, a lot is left over for other activities. It will surely be a recording session to remember for years to come!
If you are considering going abroad for your hen party, Songmaker is rapidly expanding into Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania. So don’t worry, you’ll still be able to find us!
What are hen parties called where you are from? How much have you spent on a hen party? Let us know in the comments!