Are hen parties soon to be a thing of the past? Costs soar 50% in 5 years

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The latest stats show the simple hen party has become a lavish affair...

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New research by The Stag Company and Hen Heaven has shown that the average pre-wedding weekend cost has soared 50% in five years.

An interest in costly trips abroad, expensive meals, nights out and spa days has pushed the average hen or stag cost up to a whopping £157 per person.

In 2008 the total was a slightly more affordable £102 for the average hen party.

According to the research, 74% of men believe what happens on the stag, stays on the stag, while 43% of women also admit lying about going to a strip club.

59% of stags also admitted to deleting their naughty photos before they've even started the journey home!

So, if you're worried about coughing up the ££s for your hen party, here are a few simple money saving tips...

+ Get rid of the whistles and the banners and make your own instead. All you will need is a length of pink fabric, a stencil and some black paint.

+ Go straight to suppliers when it comes to organising activities, accessories and nights out. This way you wont have to pay the commission tacked on top by hen and stag companies.

+ Always ask for group booking deals - you might get lucky and get a hefty discount.

+ Go against the grain and pick a location that isn't a hot spot for hen weekends, you'll find cheaper nights out without the 'wedding' price hitch.

+ Pre-book your evening meals from a set menu. This is usually the cheapest option (perfect for group discounts) and you won't have to worry about splitting the bill at the end of the night.

+ Don't be tempted by luxury 5* hotels and restaurants, when a clean and comfortable 3* will do the job. When all your mates are around do you really need that swimming pool, fine dining restaurant and extra large shower...or would you rather spend the extra cash on activities?

How did you save money on your weekend? Leave a comment below to be in with a chance of winning a £100 goodie bag.

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