We advise a reader on how to dodge the cost of a pal's hen do without dropping out of the fun — plus win £15,000 off your mortgage

WE love it when a pal gets wed but it can be a nightmare forking out for over-the-top stag and hen dos.

Karen Rogers, 47, from Barnstaple in Devon, wants to know if it is OK to drop out — or suggest doing something else — as she can’t afford £300-plus for a mate’s hen party in Amsterdam.

Our panel offer their advice and share tips on how to get the most for your party money…

  • Instagrammer Hester Grainger, of mums’ networking group Mumala Club, says: “Why don’t you suggest a pampering afternoon for the bride instead? Buy three-for-two Superdrug face masks (99p each), do her nails and even attempt her wedding make-up. Pop some tunes on and at the end you could give her a goodie bag with all the products you used.”
  • Lifestyle Editor Annabelle Lee says: “Games are the best part of a hen do, so stock up on supermarket drink deals and invite people over to play DIY games. Or turn to wowcher.co.uk and groupon.co.uk for event tickets and use a Tastecard (£1 for a 60-day trial) to get half off at restaurants.”
  • Camilla Smith of designmynight.com says: “Always pre-book an area for the best offers and don’t be scared to outright ask for a deal.
    “Head down for the happy hour and download the bar’s app in advance to see if they offer a free drink.”
  • Reader Terri Bennett, from Notts, says: “You can tell your friend you can’t afford to go. Take her out for after-noon tea when she returns instead.
    Lastminute.com does an afternoon tea for two at a Patisserie Valerie cafe for £25.”
  • Fern Godfrey of rockmywedding.co.uk says: “Have a mini-festival at home.
    “Set up a sound system, cook some party food and get the cider on ice.
    “For minimum cost, you get maximum fun.”
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