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14 Pin-worthy Trends for your Wedding Day

2017 pinterest wedding trends

Ah Pinterest.. The ultimate and original go to website to discover all things wedding related – a never-ending gold mine, full of wedding inspiration. Some may argue that Instagram has taken over, but we feel Pinterest will always be the original and best bookmarking tool for all brides.

Now if you’re getting married this year, you’re in luck. Pinterest have collated all the pins that brides were scanning through to come up with the definitive ‘trends’ list for 2017 weddings.

Gone are the elaborate floral centerpieces, naked cakes and big bridal parties. Brides to be are embracing free-spirited styled weddings along with old-world elegance as opposed to the more formal or classic themes.

So, without further a do, let’s start this count down and get pinning!

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image courtesy of PAPEL & CO.

Think pink

Anyone who knows me personally will understand that I have a penchant for all things pink. We’re not talking any old pink, but ‘dusty rose’ to be exact.

This soft and romantic colour is having a big moment. The muted shade of pink is feminine and classy and has not only dominated the fashion circuit, but the wedding world too.

The term “dusty rose weddings” has risen a whopping 255%.

Already in the first half of the year we have seen designers such as Sabyasachi embrace this colour trend in his beautiful Spring/Summer collections and stationery artists around the world are infusing this colour into their invitation designs.

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styling by BEST DAY EVER // photography by MARCO SANCHEZ

Going green 

Pantone’s colour of the year is undoubtedly more popular than last year’s choices. Goodbye rose quartz and serenity.

This year, it’s all about nature and bringing the outdoors, inside.

Greenery inspired décor is not only budget-friendly, but is simple and elegant in comparison to traditional, ornate florals.

Dress up your table décor with simple, leafy arrangements in place of elaborate flowers. A beautiful way to breathe life into your wedding.

Autumnal vibes

Autumn has always been one of my favourite seasons. I had my own wedding around this season.

We’re thinking rustic details and rich colour palettes. Just picture the photography that can be captured, amid vibrant hues of orange, yellow and red leaves and a bonus is that it’s a lot cooler! Cooler months means lower costs for venues and supplies.

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photography by HILARY CAM PHOTOGRAPHY

The great outdoors

Mountainous backdrops are making a bit of a comeback. According to the pinning experts, brides aren’t so keen on the beach or standard wedding venues.

If you’re dreaming of a mountainside wedding, opt for a venue with spectacular backdrops and breathtaking views. Vineyards or farms could easily work if you’re after this style of ceremony setting.

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image from LOVE & LOBSTER

Foodie wedding

Nowadays, we are seeing more and more couples adding style and character to their weddings, infusing their personalities into their big day.

One way to do this is by offering inventive menu selections to satisfy your guests’ palate.

Jazz up your catering with your favourite foods and drink pairings.

Whether it’s appetizers, cocktails, food stations or food trucks, your guests will love you forever.

Tacos anyone?

 

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cake by GAGGUI // photography by PETRA VEIKKOLA

Drip cakes 

So, what exactly is it? It’s not naked, nor semi-naked. The most Insta-worthy and pin-worthy cakes doing the rounds right now are the drip cakes!

A drip cake is essentially a cake that has liquid icing (caramel, honey, chocolate syrup etc.) dripping on the sides of it. It looks kind of messy, but is prettied up with flowers, macarons, gold leaf and other foods.

There’s an art to creating drip cakes and brides are obsessed with these mouth-watering delights.

Try not to lick the screen!

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photo by PAYAL SINGHAL

Off shoulder

We have seen bridal designers switch it up this year with unconventional off-the-shoulder gowns, crop-tops and dresses.

This look is bang on trend and perfect for the bride opting for a boho, romantic look this season.

Print dresses

The must have dress look for bridesmaids are printed. They’re playful and colourful and so not boring.

Simple doesn’t cut it anymore. Ready to wear, mismatched coloured and floral print dress styles are on the rise.

Something blue

For the groom or groomsmen, it’s time to step away from the traditional black tie and black suits because blue is the new black!

Now there are so many shades of blues.

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image from SHOP NIMAI

If your man is not too adventurous, try navy, otherwise, bright blues or pastels are the way to go.

Statement earrings 

The biggest jewellery trend from this years fashion weeks, have been big earrings.

Go bold, go big and make a statement on your wedding day.

Bling is in and brides are loving all styles.

Forgo the necklace Let your earrings do the talking this season.

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photography by CHRIS SPIRA

Au natural

Feel comfortable on your wedding day.

Ask your hair stylist to ditch the products and opt for a more natural look for your tresses.

It’s simple, alternative and ideal for the not-so-fussy bride.

Sleek up-dos are also in style.

Berry good

Refined, natural and warm, the berry lip will look stunning if you’re opting for an Autumn wedding.  

Pucker up 

On the topic of lips, collagen lip masks are trending maharanis! That’s right. You heard correctly. Thanks to Emma Stone, these masks are all the rage with brides to be.

Emma’s lip treatment selfie (captured at this year’s Golden Globes) has gone viral.

Apparently these masks keep your lips plump and hydrated. Hmm.. whatever floats your boat we guess!

Honeymooning

Something every bride and groom looks forward to most is the honeymoon of course!

Greece, in particular the island of Santorini is so exotic for all the right reasons. For dreamy sunsets and undeniable beauty, a Greek island honeymoon is the perfect escape.

Personally, I would opt for New Zealand though which is undoubtedly an adventurer’s paradise and home to stunning landscapes and snowcapped mountains… Sigh…

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photography by ROB SUISTED

These trends aren’t the be all and all of weddings, but we like to encourage brides to instead use these tips as a guide for planning their own wedding. After all, who knows what next year will bring!

*To view the complete report click here -> https://www.pinterest.com/pinpicks/2017-wedding-report/

What trends will you be pinning this year and what will your dream wedding look like? Let us know in the comments below!

A Guide To Planning A Modern Wedding – Part 2 – Wedding Styles

 

A little while back we shared our tips on basic rules for planning and budgeting for you impending marriage. Today we’re moving onto wedding styles. An obvious topic which is often ignored during the initial stages of wedding planning.

So, what’s your wedding style? Are you a traditionalist or perhaps you’re the fuss-free type?

For many, trying to determine the answer to these puzzling questions could mean turning to websites such as Pinterest. The truth is though you could spend hours pouring over thousands of pretty images that don’t even reflect who you are. Step away and take time out to find out what it is that you truly want in your wedding. Of course as we’ve mentioned in the past, there isn’t anything wrong with sourcing your inspiration from Pinterest, but just try and set realistic wedding goals. Trends come and go and you don’t necessarily need to stick to them.

There aren’t any hard and fast rules to follow when designing your wedding. The most important thing though is to keep it tasteful and timeless. Incorporate personal elements that both you and your partner will love. You need to feel comfortable.

To steer you in the right direction, we’ve made it simple for you by breaking down the most popular styles of weddings.

TRADITIONAL WEDDING

 

Photography courtesy of Edmund Leong Motion & Stills for The Maharani Diaries 

Typically, traditional or religious wedding ceremonies are held in a courthouse or a place of worship such as a temple, conforming to age old traditions. However, this doesn’t mean that you are restricted or can’t be creative. For instance if you’re having a mixed marriage, you could blend the traditions and add your own personal touches to the wedding. After the wedding ceremony you have free reign to do what you like with your reception party. You could stick with the traditional theme and mix up your décor. Think about using fresh colour palettes. After all, South Asian weddings are all about embracing colour.

Before your traditional wedding it is important to understand the rituals, blessings and cultural aspects. Customs play an important part in Indian weddings and there are many facets to each tradition.

If however you decide to choose a civil wedding, well you’re lucky because there’s very little paper work involved.

For couples who like to honour traditions, then a religious wedding is highly appropriate.

CLASSIC WEDDING

Cake by Cakes by Krishanthi // Tablescape by Joy Proctor for Burnetts Boards // Champagne glasses image courtesy of Pinterest 

 

Much like a religious wedding, classic weddings follow traditional formats with a large guest list, standard rituals, vows and declarations. Décor is elaborate for both the ceremony and the reception. Think clean lines and unassuming details with classic and fitted linens and chair covers, roses, black, white, or gold, candelabras, elegant centerpieces and ornate dinnerware.

Classic weddings are beautiful, timeless and understated and sophisticated to the core.

If this is the style of wedding you have been dreaming about since you were a little girl or boy, then this is the wedding for you. Keep it classy, elegant and refined. Your guests will thank you in the end.

INFORMAL WEDDING 

Lantern and floral styling by Pearl Events Austin // Wedding Favours and Tablescape by Love Lou Collective for Green Wedding Shoes 

 

Informal weddings give you an opportunity to express yourself in whichever way you choose to do so. Couples who choose this style of wedding tend to have a carefree aesthetic.

Your festivities are likely to be free spirited but still manage to impress without compromising on style. Refined rustic, beach, barn or vineyard, the choice is yours. Be adventurous, but don’t let it feel contrived. Every little detail should reflect the theme, from the décor to the invitations right through to the menu. The table settings could include mix and matched jars with whimsical florals and lighting can be au natural.

Rediscover casual elegance with an informal wedding.

DESTINATION WEDDING

Photographs courtesy of Kismis Ink Photography for Strictly Weddings 

 

A destination wedding offers you a range of flexibility. Ask yourselves if it will be just you attending or close family or friends or more. These types of weddings are relatively stress free as most venues around the world offer a tailored package accustomed to your taste or liking. The package usually takes care of all your wedding requirements including the coordinator, the mandap, priest or celebrant, entertainment, cake and even accommodation. Just ensure that the location and backdrop reflects your personality.

Often a destination wedding can be more cost effective. Couples can also choose to have an all-inclusive honeymoon meaning that you receive more bang for your buck!

Turn it into a weeklong celebration with your closest family and friends. Remember that this isn’t your typical wedding, but if you want to feel relaxed and have a team organizing everything, then this is for you. It’s like one big long vacation for you, your family and friends. All the functions are held on site and you have free reign to choose whether you’d like to keep it intimate or OTT (over the top). 

ELOPEMENT

 

Engagement rings image courtesy of Pinterest // Couple captured by Chris Spira Photography // Beach image courtesy of Pinterest

 

Are you just completely overwhelmed with the whole idea of planning a wedding? Then perhaps eloping is your best bet.

Eloping takes the pressure off planning a wedding you’re able to enjoy your ceremony more. Less planning and more time to focus on yourselves. Not to forgetting the fact that you have a lot more money to spend on the honeymoon.

The beauty of eloping is that you can avoid any family drama by calling all the shots. You have the freedom to choose the location and you can dress up or dress down for the occasion.

Also, just because you elope doesn’t mean you can’t have a reception party afterwards. Plan in advance and more importantly check that you have organised all the relevant paperwork. If you’re eloping abroad, contact the embassies and check the rules and regulations in that country.

Style is about who you are. Take this style and translate it into your wedding. Don’t try too hard and remember that you can’t incorporate every single design element into your wedding. Discover who you are as a person and take time to envisage what your wedding will look like and then commit. Best of luck!

What’s your wedding style? Let us know in the comments below. Keep posted to part 3 of our planning series where we look at roles and responsibilities during wedding planning.

New Year’s Wedding Goals

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3 weeks in to the new year and we know what you’re thinking. Planning a wedding is no mean feat even more so when you’re managing everything on your own.

Whether you recently got engaged or perhaps you are in the throes of wedding planning, now is the time to dust off the cobwebs and start afresh.

Thankfully for you, we have compiled a few pointers to help you kick-start your wedding planning for 2016.

 

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There’s nothing worse than not having any idea of where to begin. As mentioned in part 1 of our wedding planning series post, create a master list of things to do and delegate the tasks between your friends, family or fiancée.

Focus on the big picture. Manage your time, prioritize tasks and be flexible. Above all, take the time to relax with your better half. Go out for a coffee or watch a movie. Rest assured, everything will fall into place.

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Save money and stick to a budget. The perfect wedding day shouldn’t come at the cost of anyone’s financial stability. Let’s face it, it’s not the most ideal way to begin your married life.

Yes, having an over-the-top ceremony sounds memorable, but wouldn’t it be lovely after returning from your honeymoon to not have to cope with the stress of huge bills to pay back. Invest in your marriage and do not take out a loan.

Shop around, DIY and use seasonal flowers. There are many clever ways in which to stretch that dollar.

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If you’re managing most of the wedding planning decisions, costs and general coordination yourself, we can’t stress how important it is to trust your vendors. They have your best interests at heart and if you control their direction from the very outset, you won’t have a good working relationship with them.

Be happy with your decisions.

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Develop a good beauty regime, sleep well, exercise and stay healthy. No, we’re not doctors, but it’s common sense. After all, these rituals will have you looking your absolute best on your wedding day!

Working out is a New Years resolution that tops most people’s list every year, but it’s difficult to stick to.

Having an incentive is great and what better incentive than to wanting to fit into your wedding dress! Sign up for Bollywood dance classes, Zumba, yoga.. whatever! Motivation is the key and if you’re lagging behind, find a friend to support you or if you have budgeted for it, hire a personal fitness trainer.

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You don’t have to be a craft whizz to personalise your wedding. Take the simplest task, for instance ceremony programs or place card settings and you’ll be surprised at what you can achieve. If you’re eager, but don’t have a clue of where to start, Pinterest is a great tool and it’s completely free to sign up! Our favourite stationery stores, Kikki K or Cristina Re often organise monthly workshops for creative minds out there and also keep an eye out on unique wedding or craft exhibitions such as The Finders Keepers Market who also like to inspire you.

There’s something special about discovering the joys of do it yourself crafting projects. Try your hand at it, let those creative juices flow and you’ll be surprised.

Timing is everything. Start early and don’t leave this to the last minute.

So, there we have it. Remember that wedding planning isn’t always as stressful or overwhelming some brides make it out to be. Take care, look after yourselves and here’s wishing you a very happy and productive 2016!

What are your New Year wedding resolutions? We’d love to hear your stories! Drop a comment in the box below.

A Guide To Planning A Modern Wedding – Part 1 – Planning & Budget

A guide to planning a modern wedding - Part 1

So, you and your partner just got engaged and now you’re asking yourselves, what’s next?

Planning a wedding can be somewhat of an exciting time in your life, yet stressful at the same time. It’s very easy for couples to feel overwhelmed when planning a wedding. In particular, for Indian couples given that our weddings are multi-day affairs comprising of gatherings, rituals and numerous pre-wedding events. 

In this special 5 part planning series, The Maharani Diaries will guide you through some useful planning tips to help make your wedding planning process run smoothly.

Let’s start off with some basic planning and budgeting rules.

PLANNING STAGES

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Delegate tasks

First and foremost, I highly recommend that you share the planning duties with your partner. It is the best way to get things done more efficiently and the best part is that you can assign tasks for each other. Brides-to-be will honestly be very surprised at how much the groom will want to be involved during the planning stages of your wedding. Reach out to your bridesmaids, friends and family as well. Enlist the help of those who have been in your shoes before and if you have budgeted for it, hire the professionals.

Stay organised

The most important aspect of wedding planning is to be super organised. This means having everything compiled in a spreadsheet, notes an organisation app on your phone or perhaps for the traditionalists, a fashionable little folder or hard copy wedding planning diary.

Planning A Wedding - Part 1 | The Maharani Diaries

Stay organised during your wedding planning.
Purchase a pretty little planner or start a spreadsheet.
Most importantly, keep on top of things.

Be realistic

Draw up a timetable and set aside time (perhaps over the weekends) to plan and to visit your suppliers or to fit in any shopping trips. Don’t leave things to the last minute. If there are certain tasks on the list you simply don’t have the time for or cannot accommodate for, cross it off.

Enjoy the day

Accept the fact that at the end of the day, your wedding may not go as planned. If you’re anything but a control freak, then you will most definitely notice all the little details, but at the end of the day, enjoy the moments. Don’t let the small things spoil the festivities and remember that from here onwards what’s most important is that you will be spending the rest of your life with the man or woman of your dreams.

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BUDGETING

Set a budget

I cannot stress how important setting a budget is. Set a realistic budget and try and stick to it. Decide on the costs, spread the finances across each important category and then track the expenditure.

Sort out what are the must have things and what you are content with leaving out.

More and more couples these days are choosing to take responsibility for their own expenses and foot their own wedding bills. Discuss this with your parents and if they are wanting to contribute to the budget, include them in your discussions.

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Involve your parents in your wedding planning process.

Guest list 

Try to limit the guest list. Only invite who you know, not who your parents know.

Seasonal

Opt for an Autumn or Winter wedding and that also choose to host your wedding on a day other than a Saturday. I guarantee you, it is much cheaper.

DIY

Craft your own invitations and save on hiring decor.

Embrace Pinterest, but don’t go overboard. There’s a limit to how many henna adorned mason jars you can use.

Planning A Wedding | The Maharani Diaries

Save on decor. Opt for DIY, but don’t go overboard. Remember, less is more.

Hope you will find this series helpful. Would love to hear how you are going with your wedding planning or if you recently got married and you have some useful tips to share, please let me know in the comments below.

Happy planning!

Stay tuned for part 2 of this planning series. We’ll discuss the types of weddings to choose from – modern, traditional or destination.. Everybody’s different these days and there’s no right or wrong.

*Images courtesy of: Pinterest

Tips for organising a successful Hens/Bachelorette Party

I recently returned from a whirlwind week-long trip to Singapore for my brother in law’s wedding. There were a number of preceding events leading up to the big day and my job was to make sure that the bride and her girlfriends had as much fun as possible.

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Organizing hens or pre-wedding festivities are often daunting tasks and brides may feel that these parties are more difficult to plan than their actual wedding day itself.

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A few brides will opt to organize these special events themselves, however, expectations are always high and it would be safe to say that hiring a planner or handing the job over to a bridesmaid or friend is your best bet. After all, the bride probably has a million and one other things on her mind!

So, what does it take to organize the perfect hen’s party?

Before jumping ahead, the first and foremost step is to decide on a date and place to host the events. This should be discussed and sorted with the bride a few weeks prior to the big day. If it is a destination wedding and the festivities are taking place overseas, then you could probably plan to hold it a few days before the wedding, giving everybody enough recovery time.

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Deciding on who to invite is often problematic, but the bride has the final call. If there are certain people (i.e. mother-in-laws to be) who you think may clash (or may not approve of certain games or activities), you could advise her to save herself the trouble and avoid inviting them all together.

Next, inform guests about what’s taking place at least one month in advance, so that they can take time off accordingly. Ask the bride and groom for contact details and email a ‘save the date’ invitation.

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Snail mail invitations are always a fun idea, but are often costly. E-invite websites such as paperlesspost.com allow you to custom design your invitations and there are so many gorgeous designs and templates to choose from. Depending on the number of guests, the website may charge you a small fee, but shop around for the best deal. Simply think about the theme of your event, select the design, customise and personalise it and then email away.

After sending out the invites, follow up with a general email, introducing yourself to the guests and let them all know to RSVP by a particular date. It is also a good idea to request dietary requirements in case food is involved as well as find out where guests are staying or living in order to coordinate the festivities in a central or convenient location.

Keep in mind, that there is a certain etiquette when it comes to sending emails. It is nice to build excitement, but try to keep communication clear and concise and don’t bombard the guests with thousands of emails. If possible, limit the amount of correspondence you send. If you find guests are not responding, try Facebook or as a last resort ask the bride and groom to help contact them for you.

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A hens party should be enjoyed by all. It’s a good idea to devise a rough itinerary of events and gauge everybody’s reaction toward it beforehand. Also, include the break down of costs. If everyone sounds happy, precede with making enquiries and reservations. Of course, you can’t please everybody. If some guests don’t want to participate in all activities, that’s fine. Keep in mind that the most important person on this day is the bride herself. Know what her likes and dislikes are and plan appropriately. Most importantly, try to be realistic about the activities and timings. Give people ample time to glam up between events and factor in travel time as well.

Save everybody’s mobile phone numbers and have their emails on hand. This also applies not just to the attendees but also the venue and emergency contacts (eg. spouses, boyfriends, partners). For attendees who don’t have access to a phone (if you’re overseas) or if their mobile battery has died, you could possibly use Facebook messenger to make contact assuming they have network connectivity.

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A hens party doesn’t always have to be raunchy. Keep the party tasteful and classy. Gone are the days of pole dancing and strippers. Try to celebrate the bride’s life and take her out to see and do things that perhaps she’s never done before. If you absolutely have no idea where to start, make it simple and opt for a theme party. Believe it or not, Great Gatsby and Sex And The City theme parties are still trending. Create a lolly buffet, dress up, share some cocktails and then take the girls out to a classy bar. You could even personalise the party in the form of t-shirts and accessories featuring a picture of the bride or each guest on them.

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These days the average hens party costs approximately $200AUD. Unfortunately, not everybody has that sort of money. That being said, it is possible to organise a great party within an acceptable budget. Ideas that won’t break the budget could include afternoon tea at a hotel no one has ever visited, a hip hop dancing class, wine tasting at home, a pot luck dinner party, mini-golf or a pottery making class. Don’t forget that you have to pay for the bride’s activities too. This day is all about her, so she isn’t paying for anything!

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It is entirely up to you as the host to decide on how you would like to collect the money for the activities. My advice is to try your best to select venues that don’t require reservation fees and sort out payment on the day of the party. Ensure that everybody is aware of how much everything costs and let them know to always carry extra change for unexpected extras such as party accessories, taxi fares, drinks, service charge and GST fees.

If you are planning travel between venues on the day, ensure you organise transport. In some countries, public transport can be problematic, hence the safest bet would be to book a taxi or minibus well in advance. There’s nothing worse than waiting for a taxi and then hailing 3 or 4 down later and getting lost. Try to keep the group together at all times.

One thing that’s becoming very popular with hens parties, are party favour bags or ‘goodie bags.’ It’s almost like you’re a little girl all over again.

Hens party favour bags | The Maharani Diaries

There’s something nostalgic and fun about receiving a gift for attending a party. Keep the items tasteful, but not tacky. Think of including items that all the girls could actually use on the night or the day after. It’s up to you as to how you would like customise them. One example could be to purchase medium sized pink gift bags, fill it up with pretty pink tissue paper and place a cute colour printed picture of the bride on each bag. Discount stores and Amazon are great for picking up little trinkets.

Inside the bag that I made for my sister-in law, I included a variety of different items such as a compact mirror, nail file, make up wipes, dental floss, hens party theme badge and an energy bar. If you like to add a bit of fun factor to the party, make the bride wear the obligatory hens party sash and giant party glasses. Later on as the festivities draw to a close, hand out ‘willy’ straws to every girl. A little ‘naughtyness’ is perfectly fine, so long as the bride isn’t put off by the antics.

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Many of the girls attending the hens party may not know the bride or groom very well. In this case, a great ice-breaker game to play is ‘The Newlywed Game’ which is a guessing game for the bride and also gets the rest of the guests talking. Before the party, ask the groom a series of questions about himself, the bride and their relationship. For example, “when and where was your first date?” Ask the bride to answer the questions and check if she is correct or not. There are numerous other hens party games you could play.

Hope these tips are useful to you. Remember, for more hens party inspiration visit our Pinterest board.

At the end of the day, the important thing to remember is that the bride must have fun and she should remember the day. Well…at least most of it!

In summary, here are a few tips for you to take away:

  • Consult the bride before any planning and if she gives you the go ahead, start planning away!
  • Do your research. Find out what’s hot and what’s not and know what the bride likes to do.
  • Jot down a few ideas and a rough schedule of events and run them past the guests.
  • Keep on top of emails. If it’s difficult to keep track, create a folder in your inbox relating to hens party correspondence.
  • Be realistic about events or activities. Don’t try to pack too much into the day.
  • Dress comfortably. This all depends with where you’re going, what the plans are and what the weather will be like.
  • Save everybody’s contact details. If need be, create a spreadsheet and print it out in case your mobile phone dies.
  • Devise a schedule and establish meeting points. This is useful for guests who are not attending all activities.
  • As far as payment is concerned, don’t settle for ‘I’ll pay you later.’ Ensure that you break down costs in your initial emails or messages.
  • Prepare some party bags and games, so that it makes for a great ice-breaker conversation between guests who have never met.

Remember that your party doesn’t have to be super expensive in order for people to have a good time.

Enjoy the day!

Have you ever had to organise a hens party? Did you do anything differently? Let us know how you went in the comments feed below.