The Price of Celebrating That Last Night of Freedom Soars

In the span of five years, the price for having a hen or stag party just got higher and higher. Though part of this may be due to inflation, the big change is quite noticeable.

It’s not news that a lot of people get married every year and everyone knows that getting married can get quite expensive. Now that having a hen party is also becoming more expensive, the cost involved with getting married can seem daunting to a lot of folks.

The Average Cost of a Hen Weekend

In 2008, the average cost of a hen weekend was £102 per person. This year, 2013, that amount increased by £55. That means, each person that goes on a hen weekend, will cost £157. That’s also a lot more than last year’s £118.

With the United Kingdom feeling the effects of the recession, these figures are quite interesting. In addition, these figures and the recession just means one thing. Most folks are still willing to spend a whole lot of money just to make sure their friends’ last night of freedom will be an unforgettable experience.

What People Usually Do

The price involved in giving a proper send off to a friend or relative also increased because hens tend to go on hen weekends instead of just having a wild night on the town. Hen weekends are like mini vacations with hen party activities. The hen night just becomes a part of that.

The popularity of hen weekends can be one of the reasons why the average cost is much higher. What’s more, the location will also be a factor. Hens that choose to spend their hen weekend out of the country will be looking at air fare in addition to the cost of accommodations and activities.

Reasons to Have a Hen Do

So, now knowing the cost of celebrating that last night of freedom, will the tradition continue? Absolutely! Aside from being part of tradition, a bride-to-be’s hen party has its perks. First, it serves as a break from all the wedding preparations. What’s more, this gives the bride-to-be time and chance to bond with her closest friends.

The recession may be felt throughout the country and everything seems to be getting more expensive, but every wedding is still cause for celebration. Hen parties will always be part of that celebration. If you’re the one tasked to plan for that party, start looking around for hen party ideas and plan for a hen party that the bride-to-be will never forget.

Beauty Team Ireland


Beauty Team Ireland’s boutique-style studio is the perfect for private make-up, hairstyling, videography, photography, and even TV filming. Hence, the perfect location for your hen party.

The following are our hen party packages. Should you need further information, drop us a line using the contact form below.

VIP Package – €60 pp
*Full makeup application using top brands
*Hair Styling (blow-dry, curls, upstyle)
*Professional photo shoot – individual portrait & group shots
*Party time – full use of the studio facilities (food & bubbly can be arranged)
*Gift for the Hen

A la Carte Package – €25 pp
(Choose 1 or 2 of the following)
*Full makeup application using top brands
*Hair Styling (blowdry, curls, upstyle)
*Professional photo shoot – individual portrait & group shots
*Party time and gift for the Hen included

Minimum of 5 and a maximum of 40 ladies for both packages.

The hen will receive 4 shots including a group shot. The other ladies will receive 1 portrait and 1 group shot each. Please note that all photos will be taken by a professional photographer and will be edited, airbrushed, and saved in high-resolution on a disc.

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Croan Cottages


Enjoy a weekend with your girls at Kilkenny, Ireland’s Sunny Southeast.

Croan Cottages are 4-star, traditional Irish self-catering accommodation. Our 5 self-catering holiday homes in Kilkenny can accommodate up to 26 people and are available to guests for week, weekend, or midweek breaks throughout the year.

Each of their cottages is spacious, has an open fire in the lounge for autumn or winter evenings, and direct access to private patio and barbeque area for al fresco dining and lazy summer evenings.  The cottages also have all the mod cons you would expect including fully fitted kitchen with dishwasher, washer/dryer, fridge/freezer, cooker, microwave, TV, and central heating. Well-behaved pets are welcome to stay in the cottages.

If you prefer to have a quite night in to catch up with the girls, they can also provide meals for guests to have in their cottages.

Croan Cottages is just 10 minutes from Thomastown and 15 minutes from Kilkenny city. They have a number of local taxi companies who run guests in and out of town (Euro 25 for up to 7 people each way).

They can also help guests arrange activities like: high tea in a country house, pottery making, life drawing, Go Karting, etc.

Avail of our special offers for 2013: Free Extra Night with every short break, Complimentary Fruits and Vegetables from the Gardens, and free visitor guide!

To check availability or to book, drop them a line using the form below and they’ll get back to you the soonest possible time.

Extra Chance to Win a Hen or Stag Party

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Treasure Hunts


What better way to jump start everyone before they head off to sample local restaurants and pubs than to have you and the girls do a fun treasure hunt by TreasureHunts.ie!

Their hen challenge is available in every Irish town and city and they customise the event by including trivia and photos of the hen in various locations.

The 2-hour treasure hunting package includes: Custom Clues & Tasks, 20 Varied Clues & Tasks, 8 Fun Photo Challenges, The Hen Trivia Challenge, Optional Pub Stops, Tips & Instructions, Map of Location, Answer Booklets

For further information on their hen party treasure hunting package, contact TreasureHunts.ie using the form below.

If you would like to talk to someone, you can contact them using the form below and TreasureHunts will have one of their treasure hunting experts reply to you the soonest possible time.

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Coral Bay


Get your feet ready for the big day ahead!

Coral Bay, Ireland’s premier body care & pedicure spa group, offers a unique treatment that will love you relaxed and invigorated.

We specialise in Garra Rufa Fish Pedicure and our state of the art fish spa provides you with the perfect setting to enjoy this unique experience. We are dedicated to providing a remarkable fish pedicure for everyone to enjoy. We also have experienced staff who will advise you of the various benefits of this amazing natural treatment.

For further information about Garra Rufa Fish pedicure and other spa services, contact us using the form below.

We also offer a unique and innovative foot pedicure treatment borrowed from the hot spring treatments of southern Turkey.

We have two Spa locations: Jervis Shopping Centre, Dublin 1 and Market Cross Shopping Centre, Kilkenny

We offer great group discounts. Contact us now using the form below to book your hen party with us!

Win a Free Hen Weekend in 2016

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Kilkenny Cycling Tours


Go for an an outdoor hen activity with your girls with Kilkenny Cycling Tours.

We offer you the opportunity to visit historical and cultural sites around Kilkenny including Kilkenny Castle, The Kilkenny Design Centre, Shee Alms House, The Tholsel, St. Mary’s Church, Rothe House & Gardens, The Courthouse (Grace’s Castle), St. Francis’ Abbey, The Black Abbey and St. Canice’s Cathedral.

Enjoy easy-paced cycling around the medieval capital of Ireland while experiencing Irish hospitality at its best. Photo
opportunities and historical information are also provided at each destination.

You may go for our Guided Cycling Tour, Self-Guided Cycling Tour, or the new Bike N’ Hike.

Tours Prices:

  • Guide tour including bike and all safety equipment (helmets, vests etc.) €17.50
  • Lunch options available from €10
  • Family and group discount rates available on request

Bike Rental Prices

  • Bike rental prices commence at €15 per bike per day. Bikes can be rented on location in Kilkenny City or can be delivered to your reserved accommodation within the city and county environs. See our bike rental service page for all details.

To make a reservation or to book a tailored tour for your group, contact us now using the form below.

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