British brides to be are choosing to spend their hen night playing online bingo with friends in a bid to save money.
With many couples strapped for cash, hens are spending their final night of freedom at home, being pampered and playing online bingo with friends.
More than 200,000 couples plan to tie the knot this year and with weddings more costly than ever, bingo websites are preparing for a steady flow of new members during 2010.
Bingo has been revitalised in recent years with many women viewing it as the perfect way to have fun and win some cash, from the comfort of their own home.
Games are available around the clock online, with over 500,000 savvy UK surfers benefiting from a wide range of sign up bonuses.
Rob Hutchison, founder of bingo comparison website OnlineBingoClub.co.uk, says playing bingo with friends makes for a cheap and cheerful girly night in.
Mr Hutchison said: “Weddings cost a fortune and I think the days of extravagant hen parties are coming to an end.
“We’ve had loads of emails from members saying they’ve spent their final night of freedom at home with friends, drinking champagne and playing online bingo.
“Once you add up the transport, accommodation, outfits and booze, hen nights become really expensive, but by staying at home you can still have a night to remember (or not as the case may be), for a fraction of the price.
“Bigger cash prizes than ever before are available online which means a cheap night in can turn into a really money-spinner if luck is on your side.”
Bride to be Amanda Jenson, from Brighton, said she isn’t bothered about an extravagant hen night as long as she’s able to have fun with her closest friends.
She said: “After pricing up our wedding I realised I couldn’t afford a big weekend away with my friends, so we’re planning a night in with a few bottles of champagne, playing the game we all love.
“It’ll be nice to have all my friends in one place and with my grandmother and mum joining in too it’ll be a real family affair.”
Whilst bingo hen nights are becomingly increasingly popular amongst young women, Mr Hutchison has a warning for all bingo mad brides to be.
He joked: “Hens must make sure they’ve finished their game before the stripper arrives or they might find their eyes down on something other than a full house.”
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