A Starter Guide To Hen Night Essentials

January 31st, 2017

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Hen parties have become a huge industry over the last few decades, to the point where a lot of holiday operators lay on special trips. Ask any Dubliner trying to have a quick pint in Temple Bar of a weekend. Between the stags on one side of a bar and the hens on the other, it can seem like all the world is having a last night of freedom.

 

While there are more ways than ever before of doing a Hen, there are some traditions that remain. Staples of the occasion, which it would be a shame if we were ever to lose. So you can take the occasion to Dublin, Amsterdam or Tallinn, wherever you want. But it’s important to keep a place for the classics – those fun hen night accessories that make the occasion truly authentic!

 

It Begins With Headwear

Let’s be honest, here. The chances that you will end the night wearing the same thing you put on your head to start it are no better than even. Nonetheless, a hen night would not be right and proper without them. If you want to stay a bit classy, then a crown or a tiara is appropriate (as long as the bride-to-be has the biggest headgear).

 

If you’re thinking a little more riotous, then there is a wide world of hen-night headwear out there for you. Devil horns and halos are de rigueur on such a night. Job-themed hats also work- but just be advised, taking a hat from a police officer “for authenticity” is still illegal.

 

Inflatables: Not Just For Swimming!

The first rule of Hen Night Club is that nothing is too cliched. If you have to ask yourself if something is, you’re doing it wrong. If you sit telling yourself that the whole thing looks like something from a TV show, then it’s an excellent hen night. And yes, inflatables are part of that.

 

Now, let’s be honest, some inflatables can be quite rude, and this is why you keep hen night photos and wedding photos in separate albums. But classier ones like rings and crowns are acceptable. They may not look as stunning as the diamond engagement ring the hen is wearing. They probably shouldn’t; no one should be upstaging her on this of all nights.

 

Always Read The Signs

It is essential, if you want a hen night that lives up to the grand traditions, to have a few signs that leave nobody in any doubt that this is a hen party. It may not be an actual law, but people do frown on any bride-to-be who is not wearing an “L” plate on her back.

 

Also popular are customized T-shirts which can say pretty much what you want them to. It is considered reasonable to have a personalized one for each member of the party – nicknames rather than real, ideally. And while uniformity is part of the fun, the bride’s should be special. A popular way to go is to style them like football shirts – in which case, hers should always be the number one. Because she is!

 

Socially Responsible Couture

January 31st, 2017

Who says socially responsible couture can’t be chic? As an avid supporter of animal rights and environmental issues, Rime Arodaky does not use any animal skins or products (including, but not limited to, wool, feathers, fur, silk or leather) in the making of her creations. Taking it one step further, the brand will only work with suppliers and partners who share their same vision of a cruelty-free business model. Enjoy this amazing collection.

Mount Vernon Country Club

January 28th, 2017

 

Nestled in the foothills of Golden, CO, just south of picturesque Tabletop Mountain and a mere 20 minutes from downtown Denver, everything you had hoped for in a unique venue space awaits you at Mount Vernon Country Club!

Mount Vernon Country Club’s panoramic rooms all feature beautiful vistas of mountains, canyon and Denver’s city lights. Large outdoor decks provide a spectacular setting along with ample indoor space for your ceremony and reception.

The Club provides multiple options for wedding ceremonies and receptions, engagement dinners, bridal showers and rehearsal dinners, with six unique spaces available for hosting functions of up to 220 guests.

In-house event planning is inclusive in the rental pricing and Mount Vernon Country Club’s staff is equipped to arrange custom tailored menus, audio-visual equipment, entertainment and décor to ensure the event of your dreams. Your guests are sure to be impressed by this unforgettable location.

Named for its close proximity to Mount Vernon Canyon, Mount Vernon Country Club opened in 1923 and is one of the oldest private clubs in the Denver area. Featuring rolling, green pastures instead of a golf course on the grounds, and luxury with a nod to Colorado’s rustic, natural ambience in the club house, Mount Vernon Country Club has long been pleased to offer its event facilities to non-members to celebrate all of life’s occasions.

 

 

Check out what some of Mount Vernon Country Club’s brides and grooms have to say!

We’ll leave you with a few tips for planning your wedding in Colorado:

1) Colorado is famous for its bright, sunny days, boasting an average of 300 sunny days each year, meaning… There is no bad time of year to plan your wedding in this breathtakingly beautiful state!

2) Wear sunscreen. Not only are there more days of sunshine in Colorado, the sun is also stronger as you are at a higher elevation. UV exposure increases between 4% and 10% for every 1,000 feet above sea level. Denver is situated at 5,280 feet and the Rocky Mountains soar as high as 14,000 feet.

3) While we’re talking heights… Being at a higher elevation puts wedding guests at risk for altitude sickness. The best way to prevent this and ensure your guests have the time of their lives is to drink lots of water, both before traveling to the Denver area, and while you are there. Experts recommend that you drink twice as much water in Colorado than at sea level.

 

 

Need more information about Mount Vernon Country Club? Visit www.mountvernoncc.com or call 303-526-0616.

Winter Wedding Tips

November 27th, 2016

Winter weddings are growing in popularity. The fact that it is not as expensive to get married in the colder months means that more couples are seriously considering it as an option.

It is certainly easier to book your dream venue for the reception, and there are plenty of warm destinations for honeymooners to enjoy. There is something extra special about going on honeymoon to a warm destination in the winter months. These are just a few of the reasons to get married just before, or just after Christmas, there are many others, but we will not go into them here. The main purpose of this article is to help those who have already decided on a winter wedding to plan theirs.

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Be realistic about the weather

It is important to realize that a winter wedding does present some potential challenges. If you are lucky, the weather will be kind and you will get some winter sunshine on your special day. However, you need to be realistic and be prepared for rain or snow.

 

Dressing for the weather

Bearing the weather in mind when you choose your wedding and bridesmaid’s dresses is especially important. The last thing you need is for you, and your wedding party, to be freezing on your special day. You will be warm enough when you are inside, but may end up regretting buying a light floaty dress when you are outside posing for photos in a chilly wind.

Investing in a good shawl means that you can still choose an off the shoulder style of dress, if you want to. When you are outside you can use the wrap to keep the chill away while the photographer positions you, and get someone to hold it for you while the actual photos are taken.

 

The right shoes for a winter wedding

Bearing in mind that the ground could be wet or icy, good footwear is especially important. Usually, satin shoes are not a good idea for a winter wedding. However, if you really want to wear them you still can, but they will need to be sprayed with a good quality waterproofing spray. It is important to bear in mind that using this type of product is likely to change the colour of your shoes slightly.

Providing your bridesmaids with closed in shoes also makes sense. This year there are some beautiful court shoes available, which are perfect for both the bride and her bridesmaids.

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The right accessories

For a winter wedding, equipping your ushers with a few large umbrellas is a good idea. That way if it rains they can use them to escort everyone to and from the car.

 

Plan your photos carefully

You need to think about your guests, especially your older guests. You do not want people standing around in the cold waiting for the photographer to do the group shots. If it is too cold or wet to get the outside shots you want, have alternative indoor locations set up and agreed with your photographer in advance.

Winter weddings really are wonderful. By following the tips above you can ensure that yours goes smoothly, and that everyone enjoys themselves.

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