Knowing how to budget for a weekend is important and I have experienced, first-hand, the distressing aftermath of a well-planned budget blown out the window. If you’re similar to me, knowing how much you’re going to spend makes an experience less stressful for the following reasons… Planning is less complicated, there’s comfort in knowing how much you have to put aside and the anxiety of not leaving yourself enough money for your lunch time meal deal the following week suddenly vanishes. Nothing is free these days and a heavily packed hen weekend itinerary can mean stacking costs. We have surveyed 200 of our previous customers and averaged out the cost of a hen weekend so you ladies have a better knowledge of how many pennies need to be slotted into the Terramundi. Costs are of course dependent on where you decide to go and what you do… So to make it a fair test, our averages have been taken from customers who have gone to an array of destinations in the UK and abroad.
The average hen spent around £250 on their hen weekend, below is a break down of what that money was spent on.
Food and Drink
Starting with the most necessary element to your hen weekend, we’ll discuss the costs of wining and dining. As a weekend away is an excuse to indulge, overconsume and a hen weekend is an opportunity get a little boozier than you may otherwise do, food and drink is a large contributor to your weekend budget. In our survey of the 200 customers asked, the average spend came in at £150 - £180. This is quite a hefty chunk of the total spend, but eating and drinking is the epicentre of a social weekend so, in a sense, this is to be expected. We do advertise offers at certain restaurants for discounted prices for large groups of hens so, if you’re interested, make sure you contact one of our party planners. Set menus are also a great way to keep the price of a group dinner down so it’s sensible to see if the restaurant you’re interested in offers any deals. There is always one sneaky friend who orders lobster with a flute of Moet and stills asks to split the bill at the end of a dinner, set menus are a great way means of avoiding this situation and there’s less pressure on the restaurant too. Always do the math… it may be worth finding accommodation that offers breakfast, or perhaps all-inclusive accommodation. Finding a breakfast venue that caters for a large number of girls can be difficult so self-catering accommodation is also worth considering. Food and drink like anything, is dependent on location, we have furthered our research and provided you with what you should expect if you are travelling to one of these popular hen destinations.
London – 2 course Meal out = £20 -25
Nottingham - 2 course Meal out = £15
Benidorm - 2 Course Meal out £10
The cost of travel is often publicised as being completely unreasonable and is often reported as being overpriced for such poor service and this certainly reflects my personal experience. Unfortunately, it’s a way of life we Brits have become accustomed to and forking out for travel costs is unavoidable. Opting for public transport as opposed to hailing taxis can help reduce costs significantly. If you are concerned about the reliability of public transport, which is justified, then booking transfers prior to your weekend provides you with a cheaper rate than taxi’s and ensures you arrive on time, just ask your party planner to put transfers in place. Uber is a cheap alternative to taxis and public transport as well, so do your research and see if Uber is available in the city you’re travelling to. Uber is certainly a better choice when travelling to London as traditional black cabs have become particularly dear by comparison! Travelling abroad can lead to you being cheated by taxi drivers, there are loads of scams on the roads of Europe preying on drunken or naïve tourists, so don’t fall into the arms of a hustler. Stating the obvious, walking around is one of the few things in life that is still free! Going on a **hen weekend in Lisbon**, for example, is great for walking because the city is so close together. So, smart planning and selecting drinking venues close to your activities will also reduce the number of fares you and the girls end up paying for. Below are some average taxi fares so you can guestimate your own rough cost. On our survey, hens on average spent £60 each on travel over the course of the weekend.
London Taxi – 2 miles = £8.80 - £14
Uber – 2 Miles = £2.50
Benidorm Taxi - Day: €3.25 base then 0.89 per km Night (after 22:00): €3.99 base then €1.00 per km
No hen weekend is complete without a crude paraphernalia, rude t-shirts with embellished with diamantés and penis straws so, this stuff has to be added to the budget as well. On average our hens spent £10-£15. Taking all this into consideration our hens spent about £250 each on their weekends without accommodation and activities. Including accommodation and activities, our hens spent another £200, bringing the total spend to roughly £450.
If you are looking to find some accommodation for your weekend, we offer some great housing options on our website although not available for all locations, some of these housing options prove immensely popular. For example, the Nottingham Coach House, sleeps fourteen girls for £642 a night. Which totals at roughly £45pp a night. Arrangements like these could potentially be big money savers, particularly as they enable you to have entertainment options at the house and self-cater as well. London – 1 Night Hotel = £89, including breakfast. Nottingham – 1 Night Hotel = £70, including breakfast Benidorm – 1 Night = (Group Price, for up to 10 people) Self Catered £380 Which averages out at £38 per person per night.**Nottingham Coach House**, sleeps fourteen girls for £642 a night. Which totals at roughly £45pp a night. Arrangements like these could potentially be big money savers, particularly as they enable you to have entertainment options at the house and self-cater as well. London – 1 Night Hotel = £89, including breakfast. Nottingham – 1 Night Hotel = £70, including breakfast Benidorm – 1 Night = (Group Price, for up to 10 people) Self Catered £380 Which averages out at £38 per person per night.
Thorough planning and organisation despite being labour intensive, will not only save you from disappointment it could also save you money. Booking your activities in large groups and booking in advance can often reduce costs.
A few other tips… If you’re going abroad, make sure you take into consideration that there may not be WiFi, sometimes accommodation can charge huge rates for the rental of their WiFi. Check out what your mobile server offers, sometimes bolt-ons are really worth it, however, if you’re not bothered, make sure you switch off your data roaming too as this could also mean you may be charged. Also note that if you are travelling abroad, flights are cheapest when they are first released so booking early will certainly save you money. If you know where you want to go and aren’t looking for last minute offers, then you can also take the leg work out of trawling through flights regularly to see when flying is cheap. Visit your preferred airlines’ websites and sign up to newsletters and receive emails for flash sales. Also, if you're booking with us make sure you check out our special offers page for any other deals.
It’s fair to say on occasions, it is difficult to part with hard earned pennies but it’s certainly a lot easier to spend money when you’re having a great time. If it’s good value, it’s money well spent! So ladies, don’t spend money unnecessarily, organisation is the vital concept to reduce your weekend costs!