Bull Tradition: Planning a Hen or Buck Party with a Mechanical Bull Ride

“The venue sets the tone for the entire event, so choose wisely.”

The Wedding Community

Welcome to the ultimate guide for planning an epic hen or buck party featuring the exhilarating experience of a mechanical bull ride. As the trend of incorporating a mechanical ride or game into pre-wedding celebrations continues to rise, it’s essential to ensure your event stands out for all the right reasons. In this guide, we’ll explore top tips for organising a memorable party that will leave the bride or groom-to-be and their guests talking about it for years to come.

Understand Your Audience

Before diving into the party planning process, take some time to understand the preferences and interests of the hen or buck party attendees. Consider factors such as age, interests, and physical abilities to tailor the experience accordingly. It’s important to ensure that everyone feels comfortable and included in the festivities.

I remember planning my friend’s hen party last year, and one thing that stood out was how diverse the group was in terms of interests and preferences. Some were adrenaline junkies looking for an adventure, while others preferred a more relaxed atmosphere. Understanding these differences helped me create a party that catered to everyone’s tastes.

Choose the Right Venue for Party Hire

Selecting the perfect venue sets the stage for a successful hen or buck party. Look for a location that can accommodate a mechanical bull setup and offers enough space for guests to move around comfortably. Accessibility and ambiance are also crucial factors to consider. Whether you opt for a rustic barn or a trendy urban loft, choose a venue that enhances the overall experience. If you are planning to do a mechanical bull hire or any other type of entertainment hire, ensure you have adequate space for this activity. 

Timing Matters

Timing is everything when it comes to planning a hen or buck party. Consider factors such as scheduling conflicts, availability of guests, and peak party times. Coordinate with the wedding community for insights on popular dates and times for pre-wedding celebrations. By choosing the right date and time, you’ll ensure maximum attendance and participation from all invited guests.

I once attended a hen party that was scheduled during a busy holiday weekend, and many guests couldn’t make it due to prior commitments. It taught me the importance of considering everyone’s availability when planning a party.

Safety First

Safety should always be a top priority when organizing any event, especially one involving physical activities like bull riding. Hire experienced bull operators and ensure proper setup and supervision throughout the event. Provide safety guidelines and instructions to all participants before they take their turn on the mechanical bull.

Theme and Decor

Incorporate a theme that complements the mechanical bull experience and enhances the overall atmosphere of the party. Whether it’s a western-themed rodeo or a glamorous Hollywood-inspired soirée, themed decor and accessories can elevate the party’s ambiance and create lasting memories for the guests.

Pinterest is a great place to gain inspiration for themes and decor.

Check out this Rodeo Themed Hen’s Party or Cowboy Themed Buck’s party.

Plan Entertainment with a Mechanical Bull

While the mechanical bull ride will undoubtedly be the main attraction, consider incorporating additional entertainment options to keep guests entertained throughout the event. Live music, games, or photo booths are great ways to add variety and excitement to the party.

“Consider additional entertainment options to complement the main event and keep guests engaged.”

The Wedding Community

Food and Drinks

No party is complete without delicious food and refreshing drinks. Arrange catering or food options that align with the party theme and preferences of the attendees. Provide a variety of beverage options, including non-alcoholic alternatives, to cater to all guests’ tastes and preferences.

At my friend’s buck party, the guys hired a food truck to serve up gourmet burgers and fries, which were a huge hit with everyone. It’s important to consider dietary restrictions and preferences when planning the menu to ensure that all guests are well-fed and satisfied.

Capture the Moment

Hire a photographer or set up a photo booth to capture memorable moments during the party. Encourage guests to share their experiences on social media with a dedicated hashtag, allowing everyone to relive the fun long after the party is over.

A DIY Photo booth is easier than you think! Hitched online has a great easy to follow guide.

Have Fun and Stay Flexible

Remember that the ultimate goal is to have a memorable and enjoyable experience for the bride or groom-to-be and their guests. Stay flexible and adaptable to unexpected changes or challenges that may arise during the event, and most importantly, don’t forget to have fun!


Planning an epic hen or buck party with a mechanical bull or game is an exciting endeavour that requires careful consideration and attention to detail. By following these top tips and drawing inspiration from the insights shared by The Wedding Community, you can create an unforgettable experience that will leave a lasting impression on the bride or groom-to-be and their guests.

Contact us today to find the perfect fit for your upcoming Hen’s or Buck’s Party!

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