The coolest non-tacky hen
party themes in 2023
There’s two types of people in the world. People who love hen party themes and those who brandish them tacky and unfavourable. But here at Nude Life, we believe that there’s a hen party theme out there for everyone. So whether you’re looking for some inspiration for your very own do or have officially been given Maid of Honour duties and have started hen party planning, you’ve come to right place.
Why do I need a hen party theme?
As well as being a great excuse to get dressed up, a themed hen do can help you make decisions. As well as providing a little inspiration for the ultimate party outfit, it can also influence activities, decorations, food and drink, and hen party games. Need we say more?
Do I have to have a themed do?
Of course not! As the patron saint of classy hen parties (okay we made that up) you don’t need a theme to create the perfect hen night. Plus, before organising, you might want to check that the bride will like it. After all, the hen night should be what the bride wants. Okay, 90% of what the bride wants and 10% of what you’d like…
How do I choose a hen party theme?
Whether you’re the bride-to-be or maid of honour, knowing where to start when it comes to theme ideas can be daunting. From monochrome to pink, Abba to Spice Girls, there are more potential themes than the amount of times your bride-to-be has got in a mood and screamed that the wedding is off…
Start by choosing a theme that you know your bride will love. Maybe she’s hinted that penis paraphernalia is super tacky or alternatively, maybe she’s mentioned a theme that she likes. But if she hasn’t don’t worry as we’ve got loads of super chic and classy hen party ideas that she’s bound to love. You may also want to consider your hen party location as 1920s glam might not look so good at a festival!
As well as choosing a theme that the bride will like, it’s a good idea to calculate how much it will cost and also make sure that everyone is comfortable taking part. You might want to dress up the Spice Girls but the brides mother-in-law might not…
So, with that in mind, we’ve rounded up our favourite themes for a little inspiration for your hen party.
BEST FOR THE TRADITIONAL BRIDES
Get all the girls in their LBD and make sure your bride is wearing her best white dress. Okay, get her to save her BEST white dress for the big day but get her to wear something fancy. Alternatively, if you’re abroad, swap dresses for bikinis and don’t forget to get the winning Insta-shot.
BEST FOR THAT WANNABE POPSTAR BRIDE
Are you even a friendship group of girls if you haven’t called yourself a girl band? We think not. Go traditional with the Spice Girls, old school with B*Witched, disco with Abba or super sexy with Little Mix. Whatever you choose, remember you’ll never sound like them – even after 7 shots of sambuca.
BEST FOR THE TEXT-BOOK GIRL BRIDE
If there’s one thing you should know about girls, it’s that glitter is life. This theme is great for pleasing everyone. One option is to adorn your new sparkly top… on the other hand, you can cover your face, hair and breasts in the shiny stuff.
BEST FOR THE BRIDE WHO LOVES A TAN
Well, they do say white is great for showing off your tan! And remember, no one should ever wear white to the wedding, even if your bride says it’s ok. Don’t forget to invest in a little veil to make your bride look extra special.
At night at the movies
BEST FOR THAT EXTRA BRIDE
Ladies, dress up in your fanciest frock and create your own awards evening. A great pre-drinks celebration or the perfect activity for a night indoors. The best award goes to.
Spots and stripes
BEST FOR THE NO-FUSS BRIDE
Polka dots have been huge recently so why not extend the fashion to your hen party. You could opt for a gold and white themed do, traditional monochrome or go crazy and let everyone choose their own colours.. Plus, there’s endless dotty hen party accessories such as cups, coasters and straws.
BEST FOR THAT ON-TREND BRIDE
Bang on trend and open to interpretation. Whether you want to dress up in your fave silver skirt or get that cheekbone highlighter popping, this trend will be a hit of all ages. After all, your BFF’s nan can always get a silver wash through her hair…
BEST FOR THE CLASSY BRIDE
Some of the best things in life are simple – and this is one of them. A great choice for all ages, and it means you can go as glam as you like. What girl doesn’t have a little black dress or jumpsuit? Pair with your favourite lippie for the ultimate classy look.
BEST FOR THE GLAMOROUS BRIDE
Get your feather boas and swing dresses ready and release your inner Gatsby. The ultimate glam theme, don’t forget your red lippie and curls.
BEST FOR THOSE CHILLED BRIDES
Believe it or not, but not everyone enjoys going to clubs that cost £15 to get into only to spend the night saying “WHAT?” because the music is waaay to loud. Why not opt to stay in? Get all the girls around, loads of treats and your bride-to-be’s fave flick. Midnight snacks are a must.
BEST FOR THE ALTERNATIVE BRIDE
If your bride loves everything vintage, why not get your hens to dress accordingly. For the ultimate hen party activity, invest in a vintage photoshoot or makeover. Not only will your bride love it but its a chance to get all glammed up retro style.
Decade you were born in
BEST FOR THE BRIDE THAT CLAIMS SHE’S NOT 30 YET
This theme is great because you can choose how tacky or classy you want to go. Explore the decade’s fashion or if you wanna go all out, dress up as your childhood hero.
So, there we have it, our ultimate guide to hen party themes. And if you’re looking for something a little more unusual, there’s always the options of dressing up as grannies. If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out our Top UK Hen Party Destinations In The UK blog post.