Singaporebrides | Weddings 101

July 2013

10 Girls’ Night Out Party Ideas

As your Big Day draws nearer, why not toss away the pre-wedding stress and let loose a little at your very own hen’s night celebration? SingaporeBrides susses out the party possibilities, from tea sessions to wild and wacky nights.

If you think that a hen’s night is just a Western tradition and completely unnecessary, think again. In the months leading up to your wedding, it is inevitable that you will feel stressed and overwhelmed by the planning and coordination. From gown fittings to vendor briefings to arranging (and re-arranging) dinner banquet seating plans, all these tasks will literally sap the energy out of you.

So, the hen’s night is that one evening where you can let your hair down and have some unbridled fun with the gal pals who have been there with you through thick and thin. It is also your final night as a single woman, before the responsibilities of marriage settle in.

Typically, the hen’s night is organised by the bride’s Maid of Honour, with the rest of the bridesmaids chipping in to help. Fortunately, women – unlike the Wolf Pack in the comedy movie, The Hangover – tend to be more focused and organised. Here are 10 (naughty and nice) hen’s night party ideas that you can share with them.

1. Mani-Pedi Party

Host the hen’s night at the bride’s favourite nail parlour, so everyone can get their manicures and pedicures done for the Big Day. These days, more and more nail parlours are specially designed to cater to parties. At Ladyfinger (check outlet listings on website) the chic, cushioned seats are strategically positioned to facilitate girly conversations. Besides a wide range of pampering services – like the soothing Eco Spa Pedicure – there is also a well-stocked bar.

Budget: $$
Fun level: 3.5 out of 5 stars

2. Bake-It-Yourself Class

If many of your girly gatherings have revolved around tea and pastries, why not organise a baking class? That way, everyone can try her hand at baking a variety of yummy sweet treats while spending some quality time together. At TOTT, you can choose from a long list of classes, like sweet tarts, cupcakes and macarons. After the class, move the party over to a bridesmaid’s apartment and chitchat the afternoon away as you savour the baked goodies.

Budget: $$
Fun level: 3.5 out of 5 stars

3. Sail, Sail Away

Yacht parties are getting increasingly popular in Singapore. So, charter a yacht and have everyone hop on board for a wet and wild time. The best thing about it is that it’s not as outrageously expensive as it sounds. The Wow Experience Yacht Charter Service has yachts embarking from Keppel Bay Marina. For a weekday evening charter, rates start from $1600 with a complimentary two bottles of wine. If the bride-to-be loves the sun and sea, this is the perfect choice.

Budget: $$$$
Fun level: 4 out of 5 stars

4. Women-Only Trips Abroad

In the comedy film Bridesmaids, the girls took off to Las Vegas for bride-to-be Lilian’s bachelorette bash (although they had to turn back halfway). Nevertheless, such trips can be a wonderful way to break the ice and foster friendships between the bridesmaids. So, pick a regional destination and do a hen’s weekend. Whether you’ve chosen Hong Kong, Bali or Bangkok, oodles of fun are expected.

Budget: $$$$$
Fun level: 4.5 out of 5 stars

5. Boogie Bus

If all of you are living with the parents, take comfort in the fact that you can still get really, really crazy… in a hired limousine bus. Such “boogie buses”, which can be decorated with feather boas and stocked with champagne and canapés, can take up to 10 partygoers for the night. A standard two-hour package by limousine company Cosmosine includes 72 Signature Alcoholic Syringe Shooters, snacks is priced at $699.

Budget: $$$$
Fun level: 4 out of 5 stars

6. Stay-in Soirees

Fancy a late-night gossip session with the girls? Book a hotel room and have everyone stay over for a night. Celebrity blogger Qiu Qiu recently held hers at boutique hotel. Besides getting professionals to decorate the suite with pretty buntings and pastel-pink flowers, the women did face masks together, chatted, took photos and played board games into the night. If you need a more budget-friendly option, host the party at a bridesmaid’s apartment.

Budget: $$$
Fun level: 4 out of 5 stars

7. Club-hopping

Club-hopping entails maximum fun with minimum fuss – just get everyone to turn at 10.30pm outside Zouk. Be sure to prepare a dare-to-do list to crank up the fun factor. Get the bride-to-be to perform a series of dares, such as taking a photo with cutest guy in the club or doing the “Gangnam Style” on the dance floor. There’s bound to be lots of drinking involved. Arrange transport so that everyone can get home safely after the merrymaking.

Budget: $$$
Fun level: 4 out of 5 stars

8. Dance Class

Now, how about channeling your inner Dita Von Teese at a burlesque class? Dance studio Jitterbugs Swingapore offers a variety of “gals only” dance classes that will teach you girls all the right moves. Choose from burlesque, belly dancing, hip-hop and the perennial favourite – pole dancing. But take note, while there are single-session classes, some dance classes are held weekly and can stretch up to eight weeks. So, check everyone’s commitment level before booking.

Budget: $$
Fun level: 3 out of 5 stars

9. Scrapbooking Session

With scrapbooking being all the rage, consider scheduling a creative scrapbook session for the girls and embark on a photo album project together. Get everyone to bring a few photos of the group over the years, and have fun decorating the album as a team. When it’s done, present it to the bride-to-be as a wedding present! Papermarket regularly holds themed scrapbooking classes.

Budget: $$
Fun level: 3 out of 5 stars

10. Wild, Wild Night

Go for a raunchy, no-holds-barred night by hiring a male stripper for the bride-to-be. In Singapore, this has been an upward trend, with more and more women splashing out big bucks to titillate the party crowd. Don’t just ogle at those six-pack abs though. Be sure to order some naughty nibbles, like willy-shaped chocolates and erotic cakes, in advance too. Independent bakeries like The Production Kitchen by Jacqui Co takes customised cake orders.

Budget: $$$$
Fun level: 4 out of 5 stars