Hen’s night may not actually be known as “free”, at least not in this part of the world. But we’ve had a lot of fun planning the hen’s night of the year, involving among other a surprise kidnapping of a bride to be and flight tickets to another country. It will be awesome! But as this is an international world, maybe first a few lines of what in general goes on in a hen’s night in Finland, and then a wish for fellow bloggers to share about their traditions – do you have them, what are they like, or better yet, a story of the best hen’s night ever?! I’ll be happy to link you up if a comment is too short for this grand theme!
In Finland the maid of honor is expected to organise the hen’s night for the bride. Mostly the made of honor will call all the female guests together to plan and organise the day (or weekend), which mostly comes as a surprise for the bride. Usually the hen’s night involves a fancy dress for the bride, often some funny common theme for the hen’s party (eg theme colour, wig), some pampering (eg manicure, massage), some fun common activities (go-carting, pole dancing, kayaking, sumo wrestling) or some special experience for the bride (eg hang gliding, rock climbing), and some games such as a tool kit for the marriage or making a sculpture of the groom/ poem to the groom (something to show up at the wedding/ “advice” for a happy marriage or what will happen at then end), good food and drinks, bridal sauna with all of its traditions (sitting on spruce, washing with salt and flour, running naked around the sauna as many laps as there are ex’s…) and it is all party-party. It is not uncommon to end the day at a cottage where everyone stays the night. Earlier the bride was often also supposed to sell something or to perform on the street, but I don’t think it is very common any more. At least the ones I’ve been a part of have been more focused on creating a memorable and enjoyable day for the bride-to-be together with all her friends than making her do something she doesn’t feel comfortable with. But it all depends on the bride, I do remember one bride spontaneously rapping on the street, she was GREAT and earned really well.
Obviously all the arrangements add up and are paid for for the bride. As it has been important to make it possible for all friends to join the party, regardless of their finances, we have, over the years, included cheaper options in the day too in order to keep the expenses reasonable – but I do not think they have made the day less special or fun. After all, the bride has mostly only wished for everyone to be present. And who wouldn’t like a surprise brunch with some bubbly, strawberries and croissants with all her friends? Or a at a summerhouse, even though the summerhouse may not be rented for the purpose but owned by somebody in the party (or their friends/relatives)? If staying in the city, there often is somebody, who works for a company that has a big enough sauna to be used for a reasonable price. We’ve also taken advantage of the skills of the friends as there is always some beautician in the party or somebody who knows some professional, who can give a good deal for a special person.
Your turn, what are the hen’s night like where you are, and what are your best tips for the one we are planning?