5 hens party traditions from around the world


Since Ancient Greek times, celebrating the bride-to-be with one last hurrah is a time-honoured tradition that is carried out around the world even to this day. Originally, the party would take place at the father of the bride’s home, where the mother of the bride, female friends, relatives and slaves would prepare the bride-to-be for her wedding day.

Taking a lock of the brides’ hair, they would give offerings to the goddess Artemis, to thank her for the support in becoming a woman. It’s safe to say the tradition has changed a lot over the years, and there are now many different versions around the world of celebrating the bride-to-be. Here’s 5 hens party traditions that are fun, wild… and a little bit dirty.

How brides-to-be celebrate their future nuptials

Here’s some unusual hens party traditions from around the world (don’t try these at home… or do.)

  1. Blackening of the Bride, Scotland: The bride-to-be sits on the back of a truck, bound, and then her friends take turns to cover her in soot, flour, treacle and feathers. Then, the bride-to-be is paraded noisily around the town until she’s allowed to go home and shower. (We’ll take the Scots’ word for it that this is fun.) The idea behind this is that if she can withstand this, she can withstand anything in the marriage.

  2. Polterabend, Germany: At the rehearsal dinner prior to the wedding, the guests all take turns to break porcelain plates as a symbol of wishing the soon-to-be-married couple good fortune, health and wealth. The more shards of broken pottery, the better luck the couple will have. Guess who cleans up the mess at the end? The couple. 

  3. Crying Ritual, China: A month before the wedding, Tujia brides are encouraged to cry for one hour each day. Ten days into the ritual, the bride’s mother will join her. Then, ten days after that, the bride’s grandmother will join the weeping pair. Eventually, all the female relatives will join the criers. 

  4. Tree Marriage, India: In parts of India, a girl who is born “manglik” is considered cursed. The only way to break the spell is for the girl to marry a banana tree (yes, really.) The tree is then cut down and destroyed, where the curse is broken.

  5. Chick Liver, Mongolia: Before setting a wedding date, the couple must take a knife and together kill and dissect a baby chick, and inspect its liver. If the liver is healthy, the couple can begin to plan their nuptials. However, if the chick’s liver is unfit or sickly, the couple must repeat the process until they find a healthy liver.

Melbourne’s hens party tradition: celebrate at hens.com.au

In Australia, it’s no secret that we love any chance to dress up and hit the town to celebrate the lucky bride-to-be – that’s our tradition. At Hens.com.au, we can make sure your bachelorette party is one your bride won’t forget. Why not drink and dance the night away at any of our glamorous and exclusive hens function rooms in Melbourne? Contact us on (03) 9981 9000 to enquire about how to host an unforgettable party for the bride-to-be.