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Winter hen party ideas

Whether you're a bride-to-be looking for ideas, or a bridesmaid concocting the hen party of the century, we've got some frosty but fabulous ideas for your pre-wedding Winter celebration

Winter weddings are undoubtedly beautiful. Snow white backdrops, cool colour schemes of blues and silvers, and of course, festive touches. But what about winter hen parties? If you’re tying the knot in one of the coldest months of the year, your last hurrah needs to planned accordingly. So why not embrace the chill and put on your winter woolies for a weekend of bridal party fun.

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Indoor skiing

Reveal your inner ski bunny and visit an indoor ski slope for the day. There are tons of centres up and down the country and many offer group packages. You can learn something new or show off your skills if you’re already a confident skier. With a taster session option you can try your hand at snowboarding as well, and remember, all this exercise is going to do wonders for your wedding day figure! This is the ideal hen party for a laid-back, fun-loving bride who would rather have a giggle and get her hands dirty than get a manicure.

Ice Bar

Buried among the winding streets of the infamous Soho area in London, sits an incredible bar entirely made out of pure, clear ice. The walls, the furniture, even your glass is sculpted from Swedish ice, harvested from the frozen River Torne. It’s like something from a fairytale! You can hire the Ice Bar for private use, making it the perfect party spot for you and your hens, embracing the chilly months in the most stylish way possible!

Dance workshop

You may not be able to step outside without 15 layers and hand warmers, but if you don’t feel like embracing the plummeting temperatures for your hen party, here’s an idea that’s bound to warm you up. Why not get your gals together for a full on, dancing queen experience like you’ve never had before? There are plenty of styles to choose from, with some companies catering for ‘Pink Ladies’ from Grease themed dances, as well as burlesque and of course, Beyoncé! Learn some new skills and enjoy jumping around like a maniac with your besties inside a nice, warm studio.

Ice skating

Throughout the winter months, enchanting ice rinks open up all over the country, tempting us with the idea that we’ll transform into a pro figure skating upon hitting the ice. This is a day out with your hens that will guarantee laughs, if not, a sore bum and potentially some beautiful sights, too. If in London, try the Natural History Museum or Somerset House for a backdrop of historic buildings, that Central London buzz and a twinkling atmosphere. You could always continue your winter-themed day at one of the Christmas fairs, such as Winterville or Winter Wonderland.

Fancy dress

Planning a party for the bride-to-be, but trying to keep the festive season in mind? Honour her chosen time of year by decorating your venue and choosing outfits based on a winter wonderland spectacular theme! The fancy dress ideas are endless, from snowflakes and ice queens to snowmen and candy canes. Get crafty with DIY and make your own decorations. Trust us – a can of silver glitter spray can work wonders.

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City break

So many European cities make the perfect destination for a chilly city break that’s filled with Christmas markets and festive delights, especially from November to February. In particular, try Munich and Berlin for cute cosy stalls that are dusted with a sprinkling of seasonal magic. Copenhagen is also a wonderful choice, as the home of Hans Christian Anderson, how could it not be fairytale-esque? Seek out the old fashioned Tivoli theme park, which goes into overdrive in the winter months. A trip away proves for a brilliant break from wedmin stress, and what bride wouldn’t want to be whisked away by her best girls?