Extravagant hen dos now cost guests so much they rival the amount spent on attending the actual wedding!
There was a time when a hen do consisted of a good old knees up down the local pub, maybe withe a few naughty, novelty straws thrown in and an L plate to be worn by the bride-to-be.
But now the average cost of attending a hen do has spiralled to hundreds of pounds per guest and fancy parties can involve anything from a mini stay-cation or even a full-blown holiday, leaving attendees seriously out of pocket.
The average cost of attending a hen do abroad is almost £700 and for those held at home in Britain just short of £200 per person – yet going to the big day itself can cost them a fraction of the price, says a new survey.
The humble hen do – or the ‘bachelorette party’, for those of an American persuasion – has escalated over the last few years, as women keep up with their increasingly-lavish male equivalents.
Gone are the days of a simple night out on the tiles, now it’s commonplace to see large parties of women staggering around a weekend city break adorned with inflatable peni, pink tutus and black T shirts emblazoned with lurid pink innuendous slogans. A ‘slag do’, if you will.
And, despite the average goings-on during a hen do or stag do being remarkably cheap, the actual cost of attendance is anything but – according to this ‘research’, of course.
That the ‘research’ was commissioned by a department store is neither here nor there – as Debenhams’ spokesperson clarifies:
A personal stylist at Debenhams, who commissioned the research said: ‘We have seen a steady increase in enquiries from customers wanting help purchasing new outfits for hen parties, weekends and trips abroad.
‘Often the group of invited women may not all have seen each other for a few years and it is natural that they want to look their best.
‘Planning and shopping ahead is the key to getting the most for your money.’
No incentive from Debenhams to come up with a story like this at all, then. Next we’ll be hearing that Debenhams are launching their own ‘Kinky Kaytee’ or ‘Knickerless Naomi’ T Shirt range…