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Mr & Mrs Game – 60 Questions

Surprise surprise! Nope, it’s not Cilla, it’s me, your Friday quiz Queen Becky. It seemed fitting that I put this post together for you today all about the ultimate wedding (and hen do) quiz, Mr & Mrs. Whether you’re a Mr & Mrs, a Mr & Mr, a Mrs & Mrs or anything in between, you can have great fun with this game that’s all about how well you know each other as a couple. Whether you play it at your wedding or on your respective hen do or stag do, it can be a lot of fun. So without further ado, here’s the ultimate list of Mr & Mrs questions.

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How To Have A Virtual Hen Do

Do not let lockdown hinder your celebrations. I repeat, do NOT let lockdown hinder your celebrations. Who is up for being virtually reunited with their best girls, playing some hilarious games and dancing until they fall asleep on their sofa? I see your hands up. Here we go…

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Cake & Crowns {Alternative Hen Party Inspiration}

This afternoon’s hen party inspiration is pretty much perfect for a Sunday afternoon – it’s all about afternoon tea and flower crown making. I couldn’t think of a nicer way to spend the afternoon, let alone for your hen party, with additional bubbles, so it’s a real treat to share this with you all. The styling is gorgeous but totally achievable if you wanted to recreate this yourselves. However, Becky at Feather and Ferns, and Jess at One Part Love, offer this as a hen party package, making your life SO much easier. You can go to their gorgeous Cambridgeshire location, or they can bring the fun to you! Plus you’ll find it hard to beat their floral and cake baking skills 😉

P.S. For more alternative hen party ideas, check out this brunch and this boho picnic

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Alternative Hen Party Ideas

If you’re having your hen do in the next couple of months, then you might want to share this article with your girls… Especially if the typical hen party ideas don’t really appeal to you.

Just like with weddings, there aren’t any rules when it comes to a hen party, so if you want to celebrate your last days as a single lady with a spa day and afternoon tea rather than a boozy night out – then go ahead. We’ve compiled some of our favourite ways to party below, including four fabulous themes that could be applied to any type of party… Fancy dress is optional, although very much encouraged by us 🙂

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A Galentines Brunch {Hen Party Inspiration}

If you’re looking for a little hen party inspiration with a touch of class – then this gorgeous Galentine’s Day brunch from Rebecca K. Events is just the thing for you. The lovely Rebecca. along with Jen from Jennifer’s Paper, hosted this brunch for a group of wedding industry ladies to celebrate Galentine’s Day, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t recreate something like this for a stylish hen celebration, or even for a day-after-the-wedding hangover brunch with your family and close friends.

Although there aren’t any rules when it comes to colour palettes for a wedding day, it definitely feels like you can be a little more ‘free’ when it comes to a party or event like a hen do, so I’m totally loving the bold pinks and oranges, combined with that striking monochrome floor and plush velvet seating – 116 Pall Mall – is such a gorgeous venue. I think you’re going to love the florals, the quirky place settings and the quotes from inspiration women. This brunch really does have the feel good factor…

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Hen Do For The Boho Bride

Today’s feature is a breath of fresh air for those of you whose idea of hen-do hell is strippers, willy straws and cheap bottles of fizz. The brand new hen party package from Bo Chic & Vintage Party Arrangements couldn’t be more different.

Imagine gathering your besties for an afternoon in the sunshine, surrounded by pretty flowers (like these stunners from Herbert & Isles) and balloons while crafting, chatting and relaxing before your big day. Sounds (and looks) like bliss doesn’t it? It couldn’t be more easy either, as Ela and Dani have everything covered – you provide the green space and they will do the rest. Drinks, food and activities can all be customised to make the day completely personal to you and your hens.

If you like what you see, make sure you send your Bridesmaids the link to this feature, marked with a bold ‘HINT HINT’ in the subject line…

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Fun Hen & Stag Do Video Invites From Mini-Epic

I’m guessing that as well as organising your own wedding quite a few of you will be having the task of organising friends hen and stag do’s. You may even be choosing to organise your own. Having organised my friends Hen Do I know how utterly chaotic it can get when it comes to invites. Have you invited everyone you should? Did Kate say she was coming or was that Emily?! I seriously lost track despite my pro spreadsheet skills.

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Lauren & James: The Epic Ibiza Hen Do

I can’t believe I’m on my penultimate RMW Real Bride post! We are well and truly on wedding countdown (less than 8 weeks to go!!) so our planning activity continues to keep well and truly ramped.

A LOT has happened in the last four weeks. Firstly, I had my hen do, which was, without doubt, exceptional. We went to Ibiza for a long weekend (Thursday night to Monday morning) and it was a weekend of epic proportions. The best way I can describe it is we lived like rock stars for the weekend…sunset boats with copious amounts of fizz, a ridiculously amazing villa in the countryside with our own pool, prosecco for breakfast, getting body painted as various animals…oh how I want to go back!! My bridesmaids, particularly my Chief, did the most amazing job and how lucky I am to have such a wonderful bunch of friends.

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What Mahj did…The Holy Crapballs Countdown and the Top Secret Hen Do

Overwhelmed.

That is the word that I would use to best describe myself these days. Also excited. I am hovering between overwhelmed and excited. It’s precarious.

So much has happened in the last 6 weeks that its making my head spin to think about it, but here goes….(deep breath)…we have met with our florist and decided on bouquets, button holes and centrepieces. And my oh my are they going to be purdy! I wish I could tell you which flowers were being featured but this is so not my forte. Alls I can tell you is that they are super colourful and smell really nice!

We met with our jewellers and tried on our wedding rings….which was freakin awesome! What an odd thing that this little band of gold will forever signify (after the 22nd July), that I am a married laydee. Le sigh.

We also met with our wedding co-ordinator and ran through the whole day and timings and food and drink and some more food. It was actually after this appointment when I was left with a feeling that could only be best described as “woah”. I never considered the level of detail that we needed to cover, e.g. how long it will take to shepherd in and seat 115 people into the room for the wedding breakfast. How they allocate the time for the speeches. Do you have a cake? Do you want it on a separate stand? Do you want the red carpet (still deliberating!)? When will your florist turn up? Who is your DJ? What size shoes do you wear? Ok ok, I threw that one in there but you get the jist!

We had our menu tasting at our venue which was seriously fun, esp when the Chef was asking us if we wanted to “tweak anything”. I nearly died with barely surpressed glee that he was asking us and then promptly asked him if he wanted to come home and cook for me permanantly!

The bridesmaid dresses have arrived, all ready and fitting my ladies beautifully in their colourful glory.

Me and the ladies had our hair and make up trial which was more amazingness! Definitely the best way I have found yet of spending a normally dull Monday afternoon! I deliberated about including some photos but then decided against it (sorry). Purely because Mr B looks at my blog when its published and I don’t want to spoil the surprise!

I had my Top Secret Hen Do in Edinburgh, but more on that later…

And finally (phew), Martin and I celebrated our 6 year anniversary. It was poignant for me for a lot of reasons, including the fact that it’s so close to our wedding and the next time we celebrate an anniversary, it will be our first wedding one. Like resetting the counter as one of my bridesmaids put it!. And (please excuse the following mushiness), I would like to take this opportunity to thank my lovely fella for the past 6 years. I wouldn’t have wanted to share it with anyone else. I love you.

Sweet nothings to my future husband aside, I have realised a few things in the past 6 months, which I am sure you clever lot have already figured out (I can be slow at times!):

Pennies make pounds. Sometimes they make large piles of pounds that can be used to buy fun stuff and high jinks. And as it became apparent that we weren’t going to have the full 150 guests for the day (we have a smaller-but-not-by-much 115 instead), working out the budget became fun. Yeap, I just used budget and fun in the same sentence. For every penny-that-became-a-pound we saved, we have ploughed that back into the day for our guests. Just little gestures here and there that we hope they appreciate and make our day as memorable as the ones who have come before us.

The 22nd July 2011 is the day that I get married. To Martin. I become a wife. His wife. A Mrs. He becomes my husband. By the time you read this, I will be 6 weeks and 1 day away from officially becoming Mrs B. Holy crapballs Batman!

And finally, I have learned that you just can’t please everyone. There will always be a guest who doesn’t like the starter/main/dessert/wine/music/venue (delete as applicable) and the important thing is to realise this and move on. The vast majority of people won’t give a hoot as its someone else’s day and not theirs. And for those individuals that will come, turn their nose up and comment, well, there are a couple of phrases that come to mind, but as I am in polite company, I shall refrain!

And so we come to the weekend. Sat 28th – Monday 30th May. Location: Edinburgh. Knowledge of the weekend? None until I was actually in Edinburgh! In a moment of obvious stupidity now in retrospect, I decided that I would ask for one of two locations for my do (Edinburgh or Bristol) and then leave the rest in the hands of my extremely capable bridesmaids. Stupidity because I am like a child when it comes to surprises. And I tried anything and everything to find out clues. Wheedling, moaning, whinging, sly questions, outright pleading. Nothing worked, not even a smidge. If MI5 is hiring, I have 3 ladies I could recommend!

But was it worth it? The cloak and dagger of it all? The way my sister had terrified everyone into keeping schtum? Hells yeah.

Rather than bore to you all to, erm, boredom with a heavily detailed description of the weekend’s escapades, I will instead summarise and amuse you all with some photos (sorry hens!).

So Saturday saw a smooth journey up to Edinburgh and the surprise of one of my oldest friends turning up when I thought she couldn’t make it. There were tears!

This was followed by a ghost tour (scary yet educational!) and the big night out which had a Hollywood Glamour theme and involved feather boas and me winning my first Oscar. If you know me, this was possibly the greatest thing ever!

Sunday involved My Hangover and shopping. Edinburgh is so amazing for many things and shopping is definitely one of them. Everyone gathered for afternoon tea at Tigerlily’s which was astounding. The cakes! The cakes! And then Sunday night was rounded off in true classy style with wine tasting and a 3 course meal. Le sigh (again).

I was lucky enough to have 13 ladies altogether, from old friends to work friends to family. A truly gorgeous bunch of ladies that gelled so well, you would think they had known each other for years. I was touched by the effort that all of them had gone to for my weekend and I cant wait for us all to be together again in 6 weeks and 1 days time!

But the biggest thanks goes to these 3 ladies:

An amazing trio who planned my weekend with military precision, style and grace! Everything went flawlessly and I was so pleased for them as I know how hard they had planned the weekend – they made me quite paranoid with their secret hen do whispering!

Your-very-spoiled-lady-after this-past-weekend-bride,

Mahj xoxo

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