January 17, 2020

Planning the Perfect Hunter Valley Hens Weekend

If you’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid for the first time and have no idea how to organise a great hens party, fear not!

Planning the perfect hens party can be a stressful experience, but we’re here to help.

Here’s everything you need to know to wow the bride with the perfect Hunter Valley hens weekend party!

The Time

The earlier you start planning for the party, the better. Talk with the bride and settle on an ideal date for the perfect Hunter Valley hens weekend away.

The party should take place at least a month before the wedding; the guests will comfortably attend both events and the bride herself will have enough time to recover.

The Place

Choosing a place is probably the most crucial element of a hens party. With its vintage vineyards and beautiful scenery, Hunter Valley provides ideal locations to host and organise an unforgettable hens.

The Glenmore House in Glenmore Country Estate is the perfect example of an ideal hens weekend location in Hunter Valley. Cozy yet luxurious, this spacious four-bedroom house comes equipped with newly renovated bathrooms and leisure spaces, including a light-filled sunroom.

The homestead at Glenmore Country Estate has it all. Easily sleeping eight people, this house is your ticket to an unforgettable hens weekend in the Hunter Valley.

Enjoy a glass of wine or two and relax while being surrounded by one of the most beautiful landscapes that the Hunter Valley has to offer.

Staying at the Glenmore Country House means instant access to Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley’s world-renowned resort facilities. Treat the girls to a rejuvenating spa experience at Ubika Spa or enjoy premium dishes at the Redsalt Restaurant.

While you’re there, why not combine your stay with some quality music?

Special concert packages make it easy to travel to and from the gig before kicking off the main event at one of Hunter Valley’s prime concert locations.

At Glenmore Country Estate, you’ll have access to all necessary amenities and world-class service while also being extremely close to the Hunter Valley’s raw natural beauty.

If you’d like to schedule a one-of-a-kind hens weekend at Glenmore Country Estate, enquire and book your stay now!

The List

It’s never too soon to start working on the list and invitations.

Make sure all guests are informed in good time so that they can prepare, book time off work etc.

If you’re planning your party in the summer, you may want to do this even earlier to avoid diary conflicts with other hens and weddings.

Remember, there’s no room for improvisation or error. Stick to the list as it has been confirmed by the bride and encourage her to invite only her closest friends. Quality time spent with a few besties is much better than mindless partying with acquaintances.

The Activities

If you’re visiting the Hunter Valley for the first time, you’ll soon figure out that the region is filled with world-class wineries, vineyards, and restaurants, and there’s always something to do, no matter the season.

With that in mind, make sure you give the girls enough time to relax and take in their surroundings.

If you’re always running from place to place without resting in between, you’ll make the weekend unnecessarily stressful for everyone involved.

The Budget

Finding a place where the bride and her friends can relax ahead of the big event should be the number one priority. The more things you fit into the schedule, the higher the chance that you’ll go over budget.

If you’re limited by a set wedding budget, make sure that you stick to it. If you’ve agreed on $300 per person, then you might want to skip some of the extra activities that you originally had in mind.


You don’t have to give everything away, but if your friends are handing over $300, they’ll want to know exactly what it’s being spent on. Break down the cost and make sure everyone knows what the price entails.


The Hunter Valley is only a two-hour ride from Sydney. This shouldn’t be a problem if you’re organising a weekend out with the bride and a few of her close friends. Things can get complicated as the list grows. Whether you’re travelling by coach, bus or taxi, make sure that you include everything in the final price.

Contingency Fund

Anticipate unexpected costs by building a contingency fund. This can be a set amount (e.g. $15 per person) or a percentage of the total amount spent. If it’s not needed on the night, you can always use it to buy another round of drinks or upgrade your cocktail package.

Team Spirit

Most brides have at least two bridesmaids. To avoid unnecessary tension and heated arguments, make sure that everyone is on the same page by communicating regularly before the event.

This, of course, means that you should be careful not to over-plan or come off as too bossy. If you’re a bridesmaid, chances are you’re pretty close with the bride.

Naturally, you’ll want everything to be perfect but don’t forget that your guests are all adults too. Take the initiative and suggest things, but don’t order people around. Leave plenty of room for guests to relax in between different activities. Have a plan in mind, but don’t forget to encourage spontaneity and have fun!

Ready to organise a Hunter Valley hens weekend that will go down in history?

Treat the bride and her girlfriends to an unforgettable experience in the beautiful and untamed nature of Australia’s prime wine region!

Book your stay at the Glenmore Country Estate today.

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