to think £250 is a lot for a hen do?

(41 Posts)
nemoni Sun 24-Feb-13 20:59:11

My brother is getting married this summer and I've been invited to the hen do - a weekend away. With travel, food, and accommodation (self catering, sharing a room with 2-3 girls I don't know) it will work out about £250 for me, and also involves a 5/6 hour journey and taking a day off work. School hols too. Is it just me or is this bonkers? What happened to a night out?! The stag do is also a weekend away, costs similar, and the wedding will involve travel and a night in a hotel for us and children (and all within one month). Is it unreasonable for me to think this is a lot to ask of people for a hen do?! Have given my polite apologies but am actually quite upset sad about it.

bedmonster Sun 24-Feb-13 23:00:58

TBH, in most cases the hen probably isn't that bothered about everyone going. Don't mean to come across as harsh, as I certainly am not implying it, but she has probably got together with her best friends and they have come up with what they most want to do, and then invited everyone else along knowing that not everybody will be able to afford it.
Personally, if it were me, I would have a hen night with 4 of my closest mates and have a chat about what we all fancied doing within an agreed budget. They would tell me straight if they didn't want to do something, or couldn't afford it.
I wouldn't ever want people to shell out loads of money because they thought they were expected to. I think some brides to be are very selfish.

SinisterBuggyMonth Sun 24-Feb-13 23:18:28

Hen parties are getting silly. The last one I went on was just over £100 plus the 2 hr drive there and back. Was good fun but its all starting to feel a bit one-up-manship. I intend to make mine as cheap as chips!
£250 is a
quarter of a grand. Thats just silly.

KissingKittyKat Mon 25-Feb-13 08:34:25

I spent about £250 going to a hen last year. Not only did I have to share a room with someone I hardly know, I was expected to share a bed with her too! All the twin rooms had been snapped up so I was left in a double room with a virtual stranger.

I didn't enjoy the hen much anyway, it was just getting drunk and I found it tedious and immature.

After that I have decided to be very selective which hen dos I go to, and will only go to reasonably priced ones for my closest friends.

Yanbu

MrsMelons Mon 25-Feb-13 08:46:46

It is a lot and I would only ever plan something like that if I knew all my friends could afford/would want to do something like that. I do think a lot of the time that it is more priorities rather than being able to afford it. Most people I know have done the weekends away but have also organised a local meal/night out for those that couldn't go.

I am however very shocked that someone up thread paid out loads to go a hen weekend rather than save the money to go to the actual wedding instead?!

expatinscotland Mon 25-Feb-13 08:52:04

'TBH, in most cases the hen probably isn't that bothered about everyone going. Don't mean to come across as harsh, as I certainly am not implying it, but she has probably got together with her best friends and they have come up with what they most want to do, and then invited everyone else along knowing that not everybody will be able to afford it.'

Then why not make it just the 4 of you?

wibblyjelly Mon 25-Feb-13 13:59:32

I think the whole idea of a hen/stag weekend is ridiculous. I went out for a meal with some friends, so probably cost about £40 for each person, including drinks.

bedmonster Mon 25-Feb-13 17:13:48

Expat was that to me?

Molehillmountain Mon 25-Feb-13 17:20:42

Madness. I had what I considered to be a lovely hen do. Some of us went climbing/abseiling-not all and I'd been really clear that no one should feel they had to come climbing because its a bit of an acquired taste. Some came for an afternoon after that drinking tea and eating cake (which I'd made). A larger group went out in the evening for a nice (but not extravagent meal and drinks.). I'd have felt very uncomfortable if any part of the day was very expensive. Oh-and df went away for the night so there was overnight accommodation for all who needed it.

KitCat26 Mon 25-Feb-13 17:24:00

Wow that is a lot!

I was really concious of cost when I had mine (4 yrs ago) as money and time off are both very precious for everyone. We did Go Ape and a meal then everyone crashed round ours on the floor.

I am maid of honour at a huge production of a wedding this summer and the hen weekend will be £250. I am not organising this! The other hens who work in offices are. That should include two nights away, activities, food and booze, and it's only a couple of hours away. I really like all the women going, although I think I'll be the only mother. And I pray I'm not sharing a bed!
The other hen night is the one I am organising in our local town and it is going to be as cheap as cheap can be. Curry and a pub crawl.

Hulababy Mon 25-Feb-13 17:32:13

I find all these expensive flash hen/stag dos these days so OTT. To expect friends and family to form out £100s just because you are getting married is just too much I think.

Why can people not just enjoy a night out locally with friends anymore?

I could afford this level of money but it would have to be someone very important to me for me to do so.

When someone else's wedding it going to cost you the best part of £750 it is getting ridiculous!!!

RedToothBrush Mon 25-Feb-13 17:55:12

By the time you add up the hen do, the stag do, the hotel for two nights (Weddings a weekend not a day now), your clothes for the day, buying drinks, the food the day after, the petrol, the wedding gift... you can be close to a £1000 before you know it.

It then pisses me off when people say "well the bride and groom paid for you meal" as if its comparable.

I will not be going to my SIL's hen do despite her guilt trip over it. We can't afford it, and she knows full well I despise hen dos with a passion so its not a personal affront to her.

willesden Mon 25-Feb-13 19:08:16

Never mind the cost; it is the sharing a room with women you don't know which would make my mind up. Don't go.

eviekingston Mon 25-Feb-13 19:26:17

The trouble with Hen dos is that by their very nature they tend to include quite a range of people (friends from school/uni, colleagues, family, husband to be's family...) and consequently quite a range of incomes. I have been invited on hen weekends where the hen has been an old school friend but is now mid successful career, whilst I am working part time and with small child - our ideas of what constitutes a 'reasonable' amount to spend varies massively. When I got married, my only stipulation to my bridesmaid was that whatever she organised would be fine, but no one was to be asked to cough up more than £50. The most I have paid was £160, and I was a bit pissed off at that....

Kundry Mon 25-Feb-13 19:55:14

Well I'm mid successful career, no kids and my idea of a reasonable amount for a hen do is £50 and one evening. And if you don't live locally no-one should be upset if you don't go.

Can't imagine expecting loads of people traipsing round the country and spending all that money just because I'd deigned to get married shock

duffybeatmetoit Mon 25-Feb-13 19:58:54

YADNBU. I didn't feel happy about asking friends to cough up twice for travel and accommodation as we are all scattered around the country. Instead as everyone was travelling to the wedding on the day before I just invited everyone to the local pub for drinks/food that night. Didn't add anything to their accommodation costs. We also had a bbq for guests the day after the wedding so that they could have a meal on us before travelling home. Very chilled and I think everyone appreciated it.

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