Bride-to-be Charlie is doing her last prep for her big day on the 13th of September, eep! She’s regaled us with tales of honeymoons, wedding invitations and changing her name in her bride-to-be diary. This month it’s all about the big one: the hen do.
This time last weekend I was halfway through one of the best weekends of my life- my hen weekend! If you haven’t had yours yet I am so jealous of the fun you are still to have!
When it comes to hen dos every bride has to decide who is going to organise it, whether she wants to decide the plans or whether she wants a complete surprise. Back in the beginning when I first started wedding planning I decided I wanted to plan my own hen (being a total control freak) but the thought of having to ask people for money really put me off, so I put the task in the good hands of my bridesmaid Tania (who is well known for organising amazing girlie weekends away) and my mum.
The original hen weekend was possibly the best kept secret in Britain: being ex-military Tania managed to plan everything with military precision and had everyone involved sworn to total secrecy. The original hen was all but booked and then Tania made a HUGE announcement – she was pregnant! As soon as I found out that the baby was not due on the wedding day I was over the moon for her, but it did mean that Tania wouldn’t be able to come to the hen party (sad face) and I didn’t feel right asking her to book something she couldn’t attend so I fully handed the reins over to my mad Mum.
At the start of planning Hen#2 my Mum wasn’t very computer literate so I started her off by searching for holiday apartments and then I let her take over from there, leaving the rest to be a surprise. Mum did SO good!
Five of us jumped on a train from Cardiff central on the Friday and immediately cracked open the prosecco, best way to start! I was given an envelope which contained three clues: the first said that we were picking up a small package along the way, I knew that we were meeting Mark’s sister Sara in Bath and as she is so little I decided that I had solved the first clue. The second clues were so cryptic that not even the girls who knew what we were doing could figure them out! It turns out that I was wrong, we got as far as Bristol Temple Meads and all of a sudden this gorgeous little blonde thing got on the train-it was Tania!! My first surprise of the weekend!
We arrived in Bath a little bit tipsy and made our way to our stunning apartment in Bennett Street via the pub! When we arrived there had been a Tesco delivery full of wine and nibbles so we made ourselves at home. I was told I had to be up at 8am the next day so we went for food in the Slug and Lettuce and had a not-too-late night.
The next day we were picked up at 10am by our long suffering taxi driver for the day, my mum pulled out a bag and gave us all pirate hats to wear and off we went! We arrived at the canal boat centre and had the most ridiculously hilarious day as we managed to stall and crash the boat, had to have some passing by cyclists untangle our ropes and then ended up waiting 45 minutes for a replacement boat!
We were given extra time and allowed to go as far as the gorgeous Cross Guns pub where we had Pimms and discovered a talking tree! We ended up getting back very late to where poor Robin the taxi driver was waiting to take us to my next surprise destination. This turned out to be the Jane Austen Centre where we went to the tea rooms for afternoon tea and discovered my second surprise guest of the weekend – my lovely nan!
After a delicious afternoon tea we went back to the apartment to get ready for our night on the town – a tip for brides yet to go on your hen: use your power as bride to be! I managed to wangle us half price entry into a club with bride going free, a VIP area and table service all because I’m getting married! (I am keeping that sash to wear again!)
Because I love cats there was a cat theme to the evening and I had to wear my ears all night. I was surprised during the meal with a Pandora bracelet and then every girl at the table handed me a charm which had some meaning to us, it was the most amazing gift and needless to say I very nearly cried but then I dropped a charm under the table and my bridesmaid Rhi had to scramble on the floor looking for it and luckily found it, but that turned the tears to laughter!
I had the absolute best weekend and I really couldn’t ask for better friends and family. My mum did the most amazing job and I really want to thank her and all the girls for the best prelude to married life. I love you guys and I can’t wait to carry on the fun at the wedding!
Girls! Tell me your hen plans! Aren’t hens the best things ever?! If you’ve had one what did you do, where did you go? If you haven’t had one yet do you know what you are doing or is it a surprise? Who is planning it for you? I would love to hear all of your happy tales!
Love Charlie x