In their traditional form hen nights and stag nights are parties organized by friends of the future bride and groom to honor them. Hen nights appeared as a reaction to bachelor’s parties triggered by the feminist ideas in the 1960’s. They are supposed to celebrate the last night the future bride spends as a free woman.
Hen night parties can be very different according to the group of friends you have or according to your own preferences. There can be parties where girls are sharing secrets and giving each other advice on personal issues. These are usually the so-called bridal showers where the bride offers small gifts to the friends she has invited and she receives symbolic gifts from them.
In the same category are the parties which take the form of spa sessions where all the girls are pampered and they can relax away from their usual worries for a couple of days. The spa session is the latest trend in hen parties being highly appreciated both for their beautifying effects and for the opportunity they give to the persons involved in the wedding to relax before the event.
Nevertheless the most encountered type of hen party is the wild party. The girls go out in a restaurant or club and they make it a night of debauchery. Excesses of every kind are made during these parties most of them being excess of alcohol and inviting male-strippers to the party. These hen nights are the ones for which there were created some of the funniest hen accessories. The labels where every guest must write her name and address to make sure she remembers her name or address after a few drinks must be worn by each of the girls at the party.
Hen nights are less likely to disappear from the traditional activities around the wedding. Women feel that they have the right to this special night just as much as men do. It helps them loose inhibitions and escape from the routine where they are simply future brides, mothers or wives.