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!

 

Cute Ways To Personalize Your Big Day

January 26th, 2017

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Your special day is so personal to you and your future spouse, it’s great to be able to reflect that in the events of the day itself. Keeping everything intimate and personalized to you both, you make the guests feel as though they’re being let in on a beautiful, romantic secret, and it can make for a truly unique and stunning wedding. Here are some cute ideas for creating a wedding very personal to you and your betrothed.

 

Involve the things you both love

If you both love football, use the colors of your team as your wedding theme. If you’re both into sailing or fishing, a naval or maritime-themed wedding would be perfect. If you love cycling or horse riding, turn on by bike or on horseback. Using things which are personal to you both can add a really romantic edge to the day, but also result in something truly unique.

 

Monogram everything

Anything you can put your monogrammed initials on, get them on there. It’s a really sweet way of keeping your names intertwined, and personalizing everything. Why not buy wedding napkins with your initials monogrammed on? And keep that theme running throughout everything, from the invitations, to the favors and the thank you cards.

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Put a Polaroid camera on each table

You’ll want to be able to look back at the amazing day you had with fondness, but also reminisce over the fun your loved ones had on your special day. A photo booth or Polaroid cameras allow your guests to record memories throughout the evening and take candid photos of you, which makes for a really personal memento in years to come.

 

Serve wines from the year you met

If you’re planning on serving wine to your guests, why not choose a wine you both love from the year you both met? If you’re feeling particularly flush, wines from your birth years can also be really cute, but slightly pricier.

 

Get your pet involved

Who doesn’t want their favorite furry friend to get involved on the biggest day of their life? And is there anything cuter than a pup in a tux? If you trust your pet to be well behaved, they would make a great ring bearer or flower girl, and a truly unique addition to your day.

 

Honor your heritage

If you’re Irish, why not serve Guinness, get all the men in kilts, and learn a jig for your first dance? Or if you’re of Japanese heritage, why not carry orchids down the aisle and serve sushi to the guests? Honoring the heritage of you and your future spouse is a great way of personalizing your wedding day, but also paying homage to your history. You could even have readings in your native tongue, or a band in the traditional style. It all adds a different edge to your special day, too, which makes it really memorable and exciting for guests.

 

Personalizing your wedding day is all about bringing in aspects of things which are important to you and your future spouse. It’s about incorporating your heritage, the history of your relationship, and everything you love into your big day.

 

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.

When Your Best Friend Get’s Married? Tips On How To Be The Ultimate Bridesmaid

August 31st, 2016

When it comes to a wedding, there is no greater honor than being asked to be a bridesmaid. Especially if it’s one of your closest and dearest friends. It can be an exciting time and a great thing to be part of it. But what is exactly involved in being a bridesmaid? In a way, this all depends on the bride. They may want your full involvement, or they may only need your help with certain things. It’s best to take their lead. But there are certain things you should involve yourself in, and some things you should not be doing. This is why I thought it was worth putting together some essential tips to help you. If you are about to be a bridesmaid, then take note. This is what we should and shouldn’t be doing. I hope it helps you keep on the good side of the bride.

 

Help out with the planning

It’s likely you were asked to be a bridesmaid about a year in advance. But don’t let the wedding date fool you. It may seem far away now, but trust me that date will creep nearer very quickly. There is plenty you can do ahead of time. Stay as organized as possible by keeping a time line of the events, a spreadsheet of the bridesmaids’ contact information. Anything that you can do help be organized. It is also worth planning in advance in regards to your budgets. There may be expenses you will need to make such as travel, accommodation and other bits and pieces. Keep track of all you have to pay out for so you have plenty of time to prepare. Being organized perhaps won’t stop there being a lot of stress, but will help you stay on top of things and be prepared.

 

Offer your services up for DIY details

Depending on the type of wedding your bride is going for, there could be many DIY jobs you can get involved in. Even if you just recommend suppliers or offer advice on things. Invitations tend to be one of the biggest things a bride needs help with. From perhaps creating their own design and vision to ordering up the perfect bespoke design. This is where you could help the bride out. Even just by recommending companies like Paper Themes personalised wedding stationery or something similar.

 

Organize the bachelorette party

Don’t just assume the best idea for the bachelorette party is the stereotypical night out partying. Perhaps adding a couple of male strippers into the mix. Try and remember the type of person the bride is. Then plan it around what would make her happy. While you want everyone to have fun, remember it is about the bride. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the whole event and make it about you, the organizer. Even considering the other bridesmaids if there is any. But the whole thing is about the bride. If you are unsure about what to organize don’t be afraid to ask the bride; not everything has to be a surprise.

 

Be a good support

Do not mistake being part of the wedding for controlling it. Disagreements between bridesmaids are bound to happen, especially when you are spending a lot of time together. Disagreements between you and the bride may happen. There’s a fine line between being proactive and being overbearing. If you want to be the best you can be then the only way is to be a good support to the bride. Be part of the team instead of the leader. This is an emotional and overwhelming time for the bride, so don’t add to the drama by spitting your dummy out when things don’t suit you. Being a supportive friend will mean much more to the bride. Another thing to try and keep on top of is potential competition between you and other bridesmaids. This won’t help the situation and could make things awkward amongst the wedding party.

 

Don’t moan about the bridesmaid dress

Of course, you have a duty to stand by your bride at the ceremony. Organize the bachelorette party, and help out. There is one other essential thing that you must do. That is not to moan about the dress you have to wear. It might be ugly. It might be an unflattering color. Heck, it might even make your body shape look totally different. But you mustn’t moan. You must say yes to the dress. Try and think about how your bride feels in this situation. There may be a few bridesmaids that they have to consider. Not everyone is the same height, weight, and body shape. It’s near impossible to find something that everyone will be happy with. It’s one day in your life where you will need to suck up your opinions and just be happy about it. Don’t give your bride another stress to think about it.

 

Try not to overdo it with the champagne

Of course, it’s a party. There will be drinks flowing. But try and remember whose day it is. Don’t get too drunk or overdo it with the champagne. The last thing you will want to do is make a fool of yourself or show up your best friend in some way. However, do let loose and have a great time. That’s exactly what the bride wants to happen. Just make sure you know when you are at your limits. It’s just about being sensible. When it’s your day, you can do what you want. Plus, sometimes a bridesmaid has a duty to mingle with the guests, perhaps help to keep things in order. So when you have had too much to drink this can affect your ability to perform those duties.

 

Be prepared for anything

Finally, a good bridesmaid is always prepared for every eventuality. If the bride cries, you are on hand with the tissues. If she’s feeling a little sweaty, then you pull out the perfume or deodorant. This is where it’s handy to have a little box tucked away somewhere to help you deal with every possible thing that could go wrong. Or just being able to be on hand just when the bride needs you the most.

 

I hope this guide and the tips provided help you be an awesome bridesmaid.

 

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