|Time to dress up - Hen parties|
in three marriages may end in divorce - but hen and stag parties
are a wedding market that’s booming!
fact, growing numbers of pre-weds are opting to make a whole weekend
Out looks at this new breed of hen celebrations, the traditions
and reasons for the change.
are now dedicated companies who organise all-inclusive hen and stag
there's not only oiled-up strippers and alcohol by the bucket on
from hot-air ballooning to health spas and paint-balling to white
water rafting can be indulged.
is in contrast to traditional hen nights…
|Hen Night Facts|
most popular Hen night destinations organised by Freedom are:
number of marriages in England and Wales has dropped from
404,737 in 1971 to 263, 515 in 1999.
Source: National Statistics.
percentage decrease in marriages from 1971 to 1999 is approx.
is a higher percentage of non-married people aged 25-34 years
old cohabiting than other age group, according to National
Telford from Colchester opted for a professionally-organised action-packed
told Inside Out why she thinks there is a move away from traditional
hen parties do the last night of freedom thing where you get the
L-plates and veils."
it’s not the last of freedom at all because I have a baby and a
Wood is the Managing Director of Freedom Ltd, an Essex-based company
set up to organise hen and stag weekends.
said, "More and more people are getting married a lot later in life
and they want to do something different… something exciting."
also said, "People have got so many demands on their time. They’re
just not able to put in the time that’s needed to organise a weekend
this new hen night trend, not all blushing hens will be converted.
just want to have fun|
Hayward from Lowestoft’s pre-wedding bash is in great contrast to
and her friends are having one wild night painting Norwich town
centre red. They have organised it themselves.
said, "It doesn't matter where you go."
you’ve got all your friends there and you’re up for a good night,
then you’ll have a good night anywhere."
they are professionally organised or homemade, hen nights appear
to be keeping the hens happy and landlords busy.
Norwich nightclub owner told Inside Out that hen nights now account
for 10 to 20 per cent of his business in summer.
means that at times, one in five people through the doors are with
a hen party.
next time you’re enjoying an evening in Norwich, watch out for the
ladies in veils and bunny ears. They can be wild!