Wild hens' nights are an unfortunate mainstay of Australian wedding culture. They are characterised by drunken antics, x-rated activities and general misbehaviour. If you're planning a hens' party and the thought of an occasion that involves male strippers, tiaras and blow up male appendages leaves you and the bride-to-be feeling slightly sick, then take heart. Here are three classy alternatives to the standard hens' party debauchery.

1. A wine tour

Most major Australian cities have a wine producing region within a short driving distance. Taking your hen group on a wine tour is a wonderful and cultured way of celebrating the bride-to-be's impending nuptials. Prebook a venue for a fine-dining lunch at one of the vineyards where you can also play some entertaining, but civilised, hens' party games.

Although you could get one or two of the guests to be designated drivers and take your own cars, the day will be a lot more fun if you keep the group together. If your numbers are small then hiring a stretch limousine is the way to travel in style. For larger numbers, you can hire a mini-bus, complete with your own driver, to take you from vineyard to vineyard. For more information, contact a business such as Bob's Bus Hire.

2. A spa day

A luxury spa day is a great way to spoil the bride-to-be and also get her looking incredible for her forthcoming wedding. Massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and spray tans are all treatments that you could consider indulging in.

You can have this type of hens' party at a beauty retreat or day spa. Most of these venues will have packages available that include treatments, champagne and lunch. The alternative is to hire out a luxury hotel suite for a night and have a team of beauty therapists come to you for your pampering.

3. A high tea

High teas are very fashionable these days and are a lovely idea for hens' party which won't leave you feeling hung-over and embarrassed the next day. High teas are usually offered at five star hotels in cities and also at boutique cafes in rural tourist areas.

You can opt for a standard high tea, which will provide you with sandwiches and lots of sweet treats, as well as a wide selection of teas and coffees. Some places will also offer champagne high teas, or, for the ultimate indulgence, a dedicated chocolate high tea.

It is possible to have a wonderful hens' party without the need for wild and drunken behaviour. Try one of these classy days out and create some wonderful memories for the bride-to-be before her wedding.

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