Q. How long is each session?
A. The whole session, from getting started to saying goodbye, lasts about two hours. That's double what most operators offer and great value for money! Make sure you bear that in mind when you are comparing us to other people.
Please note our models usually do more than one class on any one day, so it's important to start on time. If you aren't able to start on time, we will always wait as long as we can, but it might not be possible to stay for two hours if we have another party to get to.
Q. OK, how much does it cost?
A. Each quote is unique but prices typically start from £250. Our price includes all your drawing materials, two bottles of wine (unlicensed premises only) and all travelling expenses! Send us an an email with your requirements and once we have established what you need, we will provide you with a fixed price quotation.
Please appreciate that a remote location will have a large bearing on the price.
Q. Why don't you charge per head like other people?
A. We like to be different! It's not as if it's much more difficult to run an event for 16 people than it is for 10. With us, you'll get an individual, fixed price quote, so the more people that come, the cheaper it is per person! By all means divide our quote by the number of ladies, and you'll see what outstanding value for money we offer.
Don't forget to factor in that you will be getting a two hour session and two bottles of wine (unlicensed premises only) too.
Q. Can we just book the model?
A. You get a model who is also a great tutor. The vast majority of our customers don't want a separate tutor and particularly enjoy sessions where the model poses and instructs. Remember, it's not supposed to be taken too seriously, and you're only there for a couple of hours, so it doesn't make sense to go overboard on the tuition.
A sepatate tutor adds a cost, means getting two people to your event on time and then there's the little matter of tutor quality. All of our models are also excellent tutors.
Q. Is there a minimum number?
A. No minimum number required. Well, we do need at least one of you to turn up...
Q. Surely you are going to charge more for thirty people than you are for ten?
A. Of course. We have to take account of the cost of materials, but the biggest factors affecting the price will be when and where you are holding the party, together with the venue. Some people choose really out of the way locations and then we have to take into account exceptional travelling time and expenditure, as well as the session itself and the number of people attending. In addition, parties on Bank Holidays or late at night tend to cost more.
All you need to do is tell us how many people are attending and when and where you want to hold the party. We think you'll be very pleasantly surprised by our quote.
Q. Will you do special deals for very small groups?
A. Yes we will, although bear in mind that your location is likely to have a bigger bearing on price than the number of people.
Q. Do we need to pay a deposit?
A. Yes, a deposit is required to secure a slot and it's fully refundable provided you cancel no less than six weeks before your scheduled event.
Q. When do we pay the balance?
A. On the day, not before you've even had the party!
Q. We can't quite confirm yet. Can you hold a slot for us?
A. Yes, we can hold a slot for you on a first refusal basis for a short period before you confirm with a deposit.
Q. We're new to this. Any tips so we don't get caught out?
A. We've heard about a new sharp practice recently. Holiday cottages and venues that will take your deposit and then tell you what activities you can and can't hold there! It's vital to see the terms and conditions and agree that all your planned activities are going to be allowed before you hand over any money. Once they've got your deposit, they will try and sell you their own activities - at inflated prices - but by then, it's too late for you to do anything.
Don't accept any long delay in confirming availability and who exactly will be modelling for you, without good reason. If someone can't do that, they are probably searching for a model.
Next, ask to see photos of the model working at hen parties, prior to your event. If someone can't provide those pictures, then either they haven't done it before, or they have something to hide.
Lastly, never pay a deposit until you are happy with all the arrangements. We only ask for a deposit when everything has been agreed between us. To give you complete peace of mind, it's fully refundable provided you cancel no less than six weeks before the event.
Even if you have to cancel inside six weeks we will allow your deposit to be used as a credit against another party, provided it is held within six months of the original date.
Q. How is this different from hiring a stripper?
A. It's nothing like it! For a start, you are there to draw, not scream. The model is there to pose and entertain, not grope you, talk you to death or try to embarrass you. Also, it's not all over in 15 minutes!
IMPORTANT - if your group's idea of quality entertainment is a steroid user covered in baby oil - we aren't going to give you what you want!
Q. We are under pressure to get something arranged. How quickly can you tell us if you are available on our chosen date?
A. We will reply as soon as we receive your inquiry (our aim is always within 24 hours) and tell you at the time whether we can help or not.
What we won't do, is say we can definitely help and then try to find you a model. If we can't confirm instant, guaranteed availability, we'll be up front with you about that.
We get lots of business where the promised model hasn't been available, or the hens aren't happy with the assurances they have been given about him. We also find ourselves helping out at the last minute when people have been let down.
Q. How early do we need to book?
A. It's best to make your booking as early as possible to avoid disappointment. We would recommend you book at the very least two months in advance, as the more notice you can provide, the better your chance of getting a particular slot. We already have some confirmed bookings as far forward as July 2014!
Also remember that the most popular times are on Saturday afternoons and those slots get filled early. It's always helpful and it gives you a better chance of getting us, if you give us a few options about when you could run the session.
Q. Do you do short notice bookings?
A. We will always try to help if we can. It will come down to whether we are available and where you want to hold the session, but in principle, no problem, just get in touch. Watch out for 'last minute' announcements on our home page - hen parties are sometimes postponed and then we will often offer the slot at a special rate!
Q. Is hen party life drawing suitable for everyone?
A. Pretty much! We have had hens aged from 18 to 96 (yes, really!) at our events and there's usually a fair spread of ages present. There's no longer a stereotypical group of hens. It's very common for the bride's mum, prospective MIL, or both, to come along. The most important things are a sense of humour and a willingness to have a go at drawing.
Q. We are a pretty loud and outrageous group, will that matter?
A. No, just be yourselves and you'll have to go some to surprise us! We can be sensible or silly to match the mood of the group.
Q. We are the opposite, all shrinking violets, what then?
A. We'll be gentle with you.
Q. What kind of venues do you use?
A. It's really up to you but we tend to use private function rooms, art studios, church halls and community centres.
Q. Can you come to us, say at our hotel, house or rented cottage?
A. Yes we can and we do. In addition to front rooms, we've run sessions at some very unusual venues, including youth hostels, yurts, beaches and gardens, as well as hotel rooms and Center Parcs lodges. In the summer, we often do sessions outside. Nothing nicer than drawing a naked man in the sunshine with a glass of Pimms or Champagne!
Q. We will all be dressed up for the weekend. Will that matter?
A. Not at all. The majority of ladies are just dressed normally, but we've had groups dressed as nurses, the cast of a famous musical, the WI, some very strange headgear, every variety of sash, Burlesque parties, various fancy dress themes and even people in their pyjamas and slippers!
Q. What time do we have to run the session?
A. Again, it's really up to you. Afternoons seem to be most popular, prior to going out, but we do an increasing number of events in the morning. It's an interesting event to wake up to after a night out, and is almost guaranteed to get rid of a hangover!
One of the best things about our hen party life drawing classes is that they fill a good sized time slot - say 10-12, 12-2, 2-4 or 4-6. We find hens like that, rather than rushing from one short activity to another.
Q. Does it have to be at the weekend?
A. No, you can book us for any time that suits you. We often do weekday events.
Q. Can we take pictures?
A. Yes you can, and we won't publish them all over the web! Have a look at our gallery while you're here.
Q. What equipment will we need?
A. None whatsoever. We supply everything you need.
Q. Do we have to be able to draw?
A. Absolutely not! However, you will receive plenty of encouragement, instruction and helpful hints and tips. It's not about producing the best drawing. It's about enjoying yourselves doing something different.
We work on the basis that most hens can't draw and pitch the session at a beginner's level, so that you feel comfortable. It's just a bonus if you can draw already.
Q. What exactly will we do?
A. After you meet your model/tutor, and the session is explained, you'll be taken through a range of drawing exercises while your model adopts different poses.
People produce several drawings each and while you draw, you'll get lots of hints and tips from the model/tutor. You don't have to worry about anything - all organisation is taken care of for you.
At the end, you might want to judge the best drawing and take some group photos. The whole thing, from setting up to saying goodbye, lasts for about two hours and the time really flies!
Q. Can we choose the poses?
A. No problem but bear in mind that some are more difficult to draw and hold than others!
Q. We've got some ideas of our own about running the session, do we have to stick to your format?
A. Tell us what you have in mind. We will always work with you to create the best possible event and we often customise sessions.
Q. How many hens can attend?
A. It's really only limited by the size of the venue, but a typical group size ranges from 10-20 hens.
Q. Can we choose the model?
Q. Are your models attractive?
A. Yes. Have a look at our photos and read our customer comments. What you see is what you get. Our models are handsome, toned and athletic and there are no beer guts! Most importantly, they are completely natural - you're not going to get someone on steroids, with too many tattoos than or rather too liberally pierced!
Q. Are refreshments provided or can we bring our own?
A. As long as the venue doesn't impose any restrictions (licensed premises always will), then you can bring your own. Some alcohol usually goes down well, so remember we supply two bottles of wine as part of the deal (unlicensed premises only). If you're holding the event at the place where you are staying, it's completely up to you.
Q. Which areas do you cover?
A. Our most popular hen life drawing parties take place in London, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Brighton, Bath, Bristol, Cambridge, Eastbourne, Edinburgh, GlasgowLondon, Harrogate, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford, Salisbury, Southampton and York but we will quote to come absolutely anywhere. We were in France and Spain this year and last and have also run parties in Dublin, Cork and Belfast. We have been to Arundel, Cardiff, St Ives, Chester, Horsham, Guildford, Gosport, Frome, Bideford, Warrington, Newquay, Worthing, Jersey, Chichester, Norwich, Newcastle and Milton Keynes, so we get around!
Q. We won't know exact numbers until a few days before. Will that matter or change the price?
A. No problem. We understand the difficulties organisers face and are used to numbers changing. You also have the peace of mind that comes from knowing our price is fixed.
Q. Can men come?
A. No problem. You should be very cautious if someone won't allow men to attend your party.
Q. Our group is gay, can you provide a female model for girls and a male model for guys?
A. No problem. Just email us if that's what you're looking for.
Q. How do we know you are reputable?
A. We only use professional models/tutors with impeccable professional reputations and references to match. Then there's our great feedback which you can see on our customer comments page. You can talk to our clients and if that doesn't reassure you, then nothing will. Finally, look at the emphasis on this site. We think it's unique.
Q. Why should we choose you over another operator?
A. We think other operators offer a different product to us (for example one hour instead of two and charging per head) and respect your right to choose. We deplore unprofessionalism and that's reflected in the way we won't get involved in criticising other operators.
Q. How do we know you won't send someone else along?
A. We would only do that with your prior permission, having asked you in advance. If you didn't like the look of the model, we would return your deposit in full. It has never happened yet. Please note that we never work for agencies, so there's no middleman or woman involved and we don't sub-contract to other companies.
Q. Is this the only modelling your models do?
A. No, all of our models have worked or work in more conventional life, painting, portrait and sculpture classes too. Demand like that, from professional tutors and studios, is another factor that should give you confidence that you are getting a great model.
Q. How do we make an enquiry or book?
A. Just contact us at the email address provided. Please try and let us have as many details as you can at this stage, as it makes it easier for us to quote.
Once we have established exactly what you need, we will provide you with a fixed price quotation.
Q. How can we get a quote?
A. As a minimum, please tell us:
- Your preferred date and any possible alternatives
- What time you would like the session to start and any second choice
- Likely/maximum numbers
- The town where you would like the event to be run
- Whether you have a venue already organised
- Your contact number (essential). We can't quote without it.
If you have any other questions, just ask! We don't use hard sell tactics here.