Around a month ago now a close friend of mine got married. As such she hadn't assigned a maid of honour to take care of all the usual duties and so a couple of us got together to organise her hen party. We went on a party bus complete with strippers and drinking games as well as a pub crawl along the way. Because there was around 45 of us who'd accepted the invitation it was going to be difficult to count heads before travelling to each destination and remembering all those names was definitely going to be out of the question for those who didn't know many people.
We did the majority of our hen night shopping on www.hennighthq.co.uk and we had a budget of several hundred pounds for tacky accessories and decorations for the party bus as the brides Mum was handing over the cash! These name badges came in packets of 7 badges and we bought 8 packets just to be on the safe side to allow for mistakes, late comers or people who had not accepted the invitation because they assumed we would know they would be attending. This gave us 56 minus the 8 bride to be badges (1 in each packet) which turned out to be just a couple more than we needed so that was well arranged and meant that the bride to be ended up with badges all over her outfit! The packet of badges were £2.69 each because there are different prices depending on the stock level that you purchased with us going for the tier one from the cheapest. That is really what drew us to that particular website when making our shopping selections as we needed lots of items and didn't want to pay through the nose for them!
These badges were not packaged fancy and they were just badges on a piece of cardboard which you then removed. Each badge is 2.25 inches across (I didn't measure I just looked via my order!) and a marker pen should be used (not supplied) to write the names on. The badges were easy to remove and simple to open and close while fastening to clothes, sashes or hats even. The marker pen that we used was a sharpie and this worked well providing we didn't touch the names for a few seconds after writing them! The space to write the names wasn't the biggest but fortunately we had no-one with more than about 8 or 9 letters to their name!
Everyone who attended the hen night appeared to have their badges on their person still when they left so you could say that the pins were strong enough to last for their purpose and none of the badges fell apart. They lasted the whole day (while having some pampering in the day and then pie and mash) before we went on the party bus/pub crawl so they were strong and durable too for the purpose that they are designed to be used for.
These badges definitely stand out with their pink, black and white on them and they are great to draw attention to people and also to allow you to know the name of the person you're talking to and similarly the names of anyone who might have taken the wrong coat home or left one of their shoes behind! Each badge is the same apart from the bride to be one which states 'bride to be' and doesn't have a name space. It was a shame she didn't have her name on display but fortunately someone had got her a hat with a personalised ribbon on so that solved that dilemma!
The only way that this product could've been improved was to be supplied with a pen and have a name space for the bride to be.
Please note that I am reviewing a slightly different product to the one pictured, however, this is the product described in the description for this picture making it the correct area for this review.
As some of you who has recently read my reviews may be aware, I was recently out in charge of organising a hen party which I aimed to be as cheap and tacky as possible - as I believe all good hen parties should be. Because the hen party was made up of friends and family members, many of whom didn't know each other, I thought it would be a fun and practical thing to get everyone to wear a badge detailing who they were. I bought them direct from Hen Night HQ (www.hennighthq.co.uk) and they came in packs of six badges. The amount they cost per six pack depended on the number of six-packs that you buy. If you buy 1-2 packs then they will cost you £2.49 each, but if you buy in bulk and buy more than 10 packs then they cost £1.99 - and there are various increments in-between these levels.
The badges come on a cardboard backed sheet and they can be unpinned easily from this cardboard sheet. One of these badges is designed for the bride-to-be and the other five badges are for other hen party guests. This is indeed a flaw because it means if you buy multi-packs you will always be left over with spare bride-to-be badges, whereas what we actually want is more guest badges. The badges are all a decent size, measuring 6cm in diameter and so they are big enough to be seen but not too big to be in your face. They are plastic with a metal pin and they are sturdy enough to last the night, as well as to be a souvenir of the night for all of those who attended.
All of the badges have a purple and pink sparkly background. The bride-to-be badge has a giant "L" on the badge (like a learner plate) and it says "Bride to be" on it. All of the other badges are identical and for the guests. These have a warning triangle with a kiss inside it, and then the words "Warning: Hen Party Member" around the outside of the triangle. There is then a small white area where the person can write their name on it so that who they are is visible to everyone in attendance. While it is easy to write on the white area, it would be nice if there was a pen supplied with the badges.
Overall, i think this is a fun touch to a hen party and we actually found it quite useful as well.
7 bright warning badges to let the guys know that you're coming! 1 Bride To Be L plate badge and 6 Hen Party Member badges with a white slot or you to write or sticker in the hen's name. Have fun!