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Make your own Hen Party Bag

Our inspiration for this week's blog has come from some Hen Party Bags we keep seeing all over social media. Although we can't supply these ourselves, we thought it would make a great blog to show all of you how to make these yourself and what to include in them. You can tweak them accordingly and add/replace items that cater to your preferences but if you follow our recommendations, you will make the most fabulous Hen Party Bags. Also, if your the maid of honour, these bags will be perfect for you to give to your Bride and the rest of the Hen squad. 

1. Personalised Brown Paper Bag
Although the bags are literally just to hold the contents in, personalising them with bows, glitter, ribbon or name tags, the Bride's name or hen party slogans will be a fun way of adding excitement and reiterating that you are on a hen do. You can buy small brown paper bags from ASDA stores and any leading craft/home stores. 

Now you have sorted out your actual bags, you can now choose which contents you are going to fill the bags with. How exciting!! This is the stage where you can let your mind run wild with fun, exciting or daring items to fill the bags with. Below we have put together some must haves.. Remember, you can add/replace items with funnier, different or more preferred items. 

2. Drinking Games
Inside your bag, find the perfect drinking game cards for your squad of Hen's and either buy or create them yourself. Drinking games are the perfect opportunity to start off your night by getting tipsy and having lots of fun. 

3. Mints/sweets
No party bag is complete without some sweets to snack on through the night. Also, after eating and drinking all day your Hen's won't be able to thank you enough for supplying them with some mints. Also, we love the idea of these wedding puns 'mint to be' with the bride and groom to be's names on them.

4. Pant Game
After finding this game on Pinterest, we couldn't wait to share it with you all. Prior to the hen do, give all of the hen's one of these cards. All of the women have to go out and buy a pair of knickers that best describes themselves and then it's unto the bride to guess which pants belong to which hen. Get all of the ladies swap around with each other and put a different pair into their hen bag and let the Bride's guessing commence. 

5. Tattoo
We are obsessed with these gold stick on tattoos! Instead of getting the bridal party to wear badges, get everyone to stick these tattoos on and add a bit of glamour to the evening. 

6. Alcohol
You can't have a Hen Part Bag without some alcohol. These mini Prosecco bottles are the perfect size as well. We suggest to add a straw to them, tie them with some fancy ribbon and add a name tag/funny slogan to them. You can replace the prosecco with Gin, Wine or Vodka... 

7. Hangover Kit
Complete your bag with a hangover kit, because don't pretend that your Hen's won't need one for the morning after. Fill these kits with headache tablets, something sweet, some plasters for the blisters caused from high heels and perhaps a bottle of water!

Wedding Ideas

We've been searching the internet for as much #weddinginspiration as possible to feature in our blogs for all of you, and after finding these amazing little wedding ideas, we couldn't wait to share them!

It's finishing touches that both yourself, your partner and your guests will remember... So why not have some fun with our ideas and interpret them into your wedding in your own way.

1. Anniversary Message:
How gorgeous is this idea below; leave the photo frame, paper and jar on a table and let all of your guests write a little message to you and your partner (you may want this instead of a guest book). Take the jar home with you and leave it unopened for a full year. Then on your 1st wedding anniversary, open the jar and read all the messages that your loved ones wrote for you and reminisce your wedding day all over again. You could then make this a tradition, so every anniversary you and your partner re-read all of the messages!!

2. Hangover Kits:
We are loving these little hangover packages with the famous wedding saying 'in sickness and in health'. What's a wedding without lots of dancing and lots of alcohol; keep your guests hydrated and for those guests who maybe drink a little too much and suddenly become very ill (completely self inflicted) have your paracetamols on hand to cure those headaches and sickness bugs that seem to be going round (hehe).

3. Wedding Favours:
How cute are these little sweet ideas to give to your guests. Give the girls something sweet, and the guys some nuts and leave them on their tables next to their name tags. These will make the perfect wedding favours.

4. Bucket List:
Every couple has a bucket list, a list of things that they intend or dream to do together over the duration of their lives. Whether it's a holiday, an activity or a big move... Everyone loves to dream.We think that having your guests write you and your parter lists of things to do together throughout your life is so romantic. Your fate is in the hands of your guests, and how fun and surprising will it be to sit back and read through the activities that your loved ones want you to do together throughout your life spent as a happy couple.

5. Blankets
We've seen this literally everywhere but we can't help but lust over how brill it actually is; especially if your wedding is outdoors! Even if your wedding venue is inside, people will always venture out for air and we think this is a great gesture! This way, people can stay outside for as long as they desire without having to rush back in because they're too cold. 

Wedding Hair

You might want to stick with your own hairdresser whom you know and trust for your special day, or you may want to find a totally different hair stylist who specialises in bridal hair. It's so important to find a hair stylist who can bring all your hair visions to life.

Most brides wear their hair up; it's tradition and many women love the idea of sticking to tradition especially on their wedding day. However, if you never wear your hair up or just in general prefer your hair when it's bouncy and flowing; there are so many stunning bridal hair ideas for wearing your hair down. If you don't feel comfortable with your hair pinned up or tied straight back, go for slick curls, messy waves or a half up half down style. Below we've put together some gorgeous bridal hair inspiration for you...

Always remember, you can style your hair with diamante clips, flowers or veils. 

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

As the saying goes, a Bride must wear something old, something new something borrowed and something blue to receive good luck on her wedding day and lead a long, successful and happy marriage! Although this tradition comes from an old English Folk Tale, it is a tradition that so many brides across the world stick to! We definitely don't think that if you choose not to integrate these traditions into your wedding day that you will be condemned to an unhappy marriage, but we do think it's a fun and exciting way of adding themes into your wedding day!

Below we have put together some modern suggestions and ideas to incorporate these things into your wedding.

Something Old:

Having something old on your wedding day doesn't have to mean wearing something old fashioned and outdated. We think that incorporating a Bride's heritage into the wedding day is a gorgeous sentiment.
To give you a few ideas we think that: wearing some of your Mother's or Grandmother's jewellery, hiring an old wedding car, bringing some old photographs of your ancestors or wedding photos of members of the family, or keeping an old love note or card from your partner are cheap and nostalgic ways of including this first tale.

Something New:

For this second section of the poem, you don't have to go out and spend more money on buying something new just to fit this tradition. TIP: You could always class your wedding dress as your 'something new' or your shoes, bag or veil etc. Another idea for something new could be a new pair of earrings or a necklace!

Something Borrowed:

We think that borrowing something from a loved one for your special day is a gorgeous compliment to them. Whatever the item is, the person who you are borrowing the item from will be so happy to share this tradition with you.
An iconic example of this, is when Kate Middleton borrowed the Queen's tiara. You could borrow a veil or piece of jewellery from a sister, mother, friend, auntie or grandmother. 

Something Blue:

Finally, for your something blue we have 3 top ideas to share with you. It's becoming more and more common for brides to wear blue garters or wedding underwear; so this is a definite example of how to incorporate your something blue. Our second suggestion is blue shoes! A lot of brides wear really pale blue heels and they look beautiful! Our third and final suggestion is to have blue confetti (of course). We supply the most beautiful, 100% natural and biodegradable confetti, so why not add a splash of blue into your mix to meet the final tradition of the poem. Our ocean hydrangeas petals would compliment this perfectly!

The Perfect Wedding Shoes

Choosing the perfect wedding shoes is never an easy decision. It involves so much more thought than you first anticipate. You need to ensure the shoes are the right height for your wedding dress and the right size and shape, they are the right colour so they don't clash with your dress or wedding theme, they are comfortable enough to wear for the entire day and of course you need to consider the price! 

Elegantsteps.co.uk advise brides to be prepared to spend 10-15% of the value of their wedding dress on their bridal shoes. However, whatever your budget is and however much you intend to spend on your wedding shoes, we are going to share with you 4 top tips to consider to make finding the right shoes for you easy, helpful and fun!!

1. Height of the heels

Our best advice to you is stick to what you're comfortable with. If you never wear high heels, why wear them on your wedding day? Remember you will be walking around all day and dancing through all of the night! There are some beautiful ballet styled pumps out there that look stunning!

This doesn't mean to say that you shouldn't wear high heels on your wedding day because they aren't the most comfortable choice of footwear! Both midi heels and high heels look amazing, and if you're used to wearing heels or feel confident in wearing them, 100% go for it. Try on both high and midi heels before the big day and see what your most comfortable in wearing for the longest period of time. Tip: wearing heels elongate one's legs, so if your wearing a shorter dress or just simply want to look slightly taller, heels will give this amazing illusion! 

2. Designer vs High street

Don't be fooled into thinking that you won't be able find a stunning pair of shoes without breaking your bank! If you can afford the luxury of designer heels, wonderful! if you can't and you're on a budget, don't worry! There are so many high street shops that sell gorgeous, special occasion shoes for a fraction of designer prices. Check out ASOS, Office, Dune, River Island and Top Shop. These shoes below are ASOS and retailed at £40. 

A lot of brides are willing to pay the cost of wearing designer shoes, because although high street heels can look just as beautiful; they are made with cheaper material and therefore can be uncomfortable and prone to breaking. Also, many brides want to keep their heels as a type of memorabilia of their special day. We recommend to look at Jimmy Choo, Sophia Webster and Christian Louboutin. Their heels are stunning and angelic; the perfect shoes for a perfect day.

3. Destination of the venue

We can't stress enough how to firstly take into consideration the venue of your wedding before you start planning your shoes. We know that brides can often get caught up in the excitement of shoe shopping for your special day, but you will be really unimpressed if you spend £600 on a pair of Jimmy Choo's and your entire day is spent stood in a field for your Barn Themed Wedding. Also, many venues don't allow stiletto heels on their dance floor, so it's super important to check all of these details before buying your dream shoes. Top tip: If you have your heart set on a pair of heels for your wedding, you can always take a back up pair! If you aren't allowed stiletto heels, why not take a pair of ballet pumps. If you're having a barn wedding, why not take some wellies!

4. The Colour of the Dress

Your wedding dress will most probably be some shade of white. Whether you have gone traditional with an ivory silk or satin dress or totally strayed away and embraced a current fashion trend or interpreted your own personal style into your dress, you really need to coordinate your dress to your shoes. Our best guide to you is compliment your shoes to your dress! This doesn't mean stick with traditional white shoes, go as wild as your heart contents. If you want pink wedding shoes, go for it! Just make sure that the shoes completely compliment the dress. If the dress is white and simplistic, why not go all out with embellished and rhinestoned gold heels or red shoes! If your dress is big and embellished, keeping the wedding heels a neutral or nude colour with minimalistic detail will match perfectly.