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I live in Germany, a country with as many traditions and customs as any other. Yet, hen and stag parties are not among them. We have the Polterabend (poltern = make a racket, Abend = evening). Relatives and friends meet in front of the couple's abode in the evening before the wedding day and smash old porcelain and earthenware. "Shards bring luck" is a saying. The tradition goes back to pre-Christian times when people believed that evil spirits could be driven away by noise. They then expect to be invited and given something to drink. It's not a great do and I've never heard that a business branch of the entertainment industry has grown out of this. But the times they are a-changing and new traditions arise; Ms Thompson, the author of the booklet How to Plan the Perfect Hen & Stag Party, has recently sighted a German hen party in Düsseldorf, Germany. Who knows, maybe her guidebook may have to be translated into German one day!
IF, however, I lived in the UK or in another English speaking country where Hen & Stag Parties are part of the whole wedding ceremony, I'd be eternally grateful for so much well thought through advice as can be found in the booklet. The price for the Kindle edition is 1.53 GBP which is ridiculous considering how much money you can save if you start planning early. I'm sure that this can easily be 153 GBP if not much more. Ms Thompson repeats it like a mantra: "Start early, compare prices, haggle".
The first thought should go to the planners of the events. Plural, because you must find a capable woman and man. They don't have to be the chief bridesmaid or the best man (they have other tasks to fulfil) but people who're good at planning in advance and organising everything to perfection on Day(s) X.
Besides deciding who to invite at all bride and groom must decide on the kind of party they want to have - and see fit for their guests - and where it should take place. When it's clear how much money can be spent, the real planning can start. I can imagine that this pre-wedding stage is quite exciting. I can even imagine arguments. A good test for a couple-to-be just like assembling a piece of furniture from IKEA together without thinking of immediate separation.
Ms Thompson has collected a wide range of activities and locations. I wrecked my brain but couldn't think of anything I'd also have liked to be included. Ideas for parties in your home, in your town, in the vicinity of your town, somewhere farther away in the UK as well as in some locations on the European mainland. I won't go into details here because I'd destroy the pleasure for you to read about them. You even get good advice what to do with a guest who refuses to leave their bed or wherever they're nursing their hangover in, say, Spain and accompany the group to the airport to fly back home. At the end of the booklet you find a list of links to all establishments and companies which in some way or other can help you organise the perfect events.
In case a Hen & Stag Party is the last thing you're thinking of, you can also use the booklet if you're just interested in finding tips for an original birthday party.
About the author: I know from personal sources that she isn't married yet because she's collected so many alluring suggestions for Hen & Stag Parties that she can't make up her mind which one to choose.
I'd like to have the text on paper if I wanted to work with it. I could then quickly thumb forward and backward, tick off things or add something on the margins. If that would also appeal to you, you can do this: (from the Kindle manual) "Kindle does not support direct printing. However, you can print e-books from your Kindle by connecting it to your computer. But before you can do that, first, open the file from your Kindle that you would want to print. Highlight the text you would want to get printed. As you highlight your preferred texts, they are copied into a file, and saved into "My Clippings" in your Kindle. By this time, you can connect your Kindle to your computer through a USB cable. As soon as the device pops out of your computer's desktop, open that folder and look for "My Clippings." Open the file, and then, you can easily print it. A converter is also made available to convert Kindle-formatted e-books into other convenient formats that can be easily printed."