Planning a wedding is difficult enough at the best of times, but that doesn’t mean you can afford to cut corners when it comes to planning the entertainment for your wedding reception. For many people attending your wedding, this will be the most important part of the whole day. Once the formalities are over and done with, you can get down to the business of having fun.
If you’ve been following my wedding posts, you may have read my post on choosing our wedding rings. I wrote this before the wedding so I didn’t tell you which wedding ring I had bought but actually gave you the chance to guess for yourself!
Well… the ring I chose was option C! I think a few people got it right.
The photo doesn’t do it justice, but it complements my engagement ring perfectly. It was important to me that my wedding ring sat well against my engagement ring, and that they looked like a pair. I didn’t want a big gap bewteen them, they almost needed to ‘jigsaw’ together. The ring I went for was the closest fit and I knew it was the one.
I didn’t think choosing my wedding ring would be so difficult, it wasn’t as easy as I thought. I tried rings on over and over again. It’s a big decision. You wear your wedding ring for the rest of your life and you have to look at it every day, so it’s got to be right.
My advice when choosing your wedding rings would be take your time, don’t leave it to the last minute and go to a variety of shops. Also, keep in mind stock levels. They may not have the ring you like in stock, and if you are like me and have an uncommon ring size, it may take a while to be ordered. My ring had a month before it would be delivered, but luckily we ordered in October and got married in December.
Don’t forget you can go back and catch up on all of my wedding posts by clicking the Wedding category above.
Ok, so I’m finally writing about my hen party. It was so much fun albeit a little cringe, but I loved it and have some fab photos to share. Red7 had a recent competition looking for the funniest hen party photos, and there were some hilarious entries, you can see them here.
My hen party was organised by two of my bridesmaids, Vicky and Justine. My third bridesmaid, Alice, was living in Australia at the time so could only help over email etc.
I knew absolutely nothing about the plans; destination, activities, where we were staying, nothing. That was until a friend slipped up about the destination. Oops.
No big deal, I love Brighton!
Fast forward to arriving in Brighton. A huge 3 storey town house. Girls you did good!
Friday night consisted of pizza eating, wine drinking, game playing, and more. Lots of girl chat, and chilling in face packs. Nothing too crazy. Oh, apart from the piñata. I won’t say what shape it was, I’ll let the photos do the talking!
After a yummy breakfast of croissants and crumpets (very sophisticated 😉 ) I was sent out for the morning with the girls. Vicky and Justine stayed behind… hmmmm suspicious.
We did a bit of shopping and stopped for a coffee until we were allowed to return to the house.
The girls had covered the house in Las Vegas themed decorations. Their reason? I wanted to get married in Vegas, but decided it wasn’t fair on our families to miss out. We then decided we would go on a honeymoon to Vegas, but with Daddy Lamb being made redundant we knew this wouldn’t happen. So my girls brought Vegas to me! I can’t believe how perfect this was.
As well as the Vegas decorations, the girls also made bunting out of photos of me with my friends and hubby to be. They were everywhere. Amazing. And also embarrassing. There were some old photos.
The girls had prepared the most amazing lunch, my fave, lasagne. Or so I thought. Turns out, while we were off shopping and drinking skinny cappuccinos, a hired chef came to the house to prepare lunch. Yes, a chef! How special is that?!
After lunch the hen party games began, starting with Mr & Mrs questions. It was hilarious. Vicky had managed to film Joe answering his questions so we all got to watch him on video giving us some rather embarrassing and hilarious answers! Unfortunately he didn’t take the game too seriously, and made a lot of the answers up (which I won’t repeat). The rules were simple. If I didn’t guess what he was going to answer, I had to do a shot. Lets just say the little plastic shot glasses were piling up in front of me!
Next up was toilet paper bride. 3 bridesmaids, 3 teams, 1 judge. I highly recommend this game if you’re organising a hen party, so much fun. It seems I have rather competitive friends who took the designing and manufacturing of these dresses rather seriously. I suppose as the judge is a fashion designer they wanted to dress to impress!
Now it was time to glam up. I had no idea what we were doing in the evening, all I knew was to bring a sequin outfit! So I found myself the most amazing multicoloured sequin skirt and top from H&M. I was lucky to get it as it sold out pretty quickly.
How amazing did my girls look…
So it’s time to find out the evening plans…
The Adonis Cabaret Show! Whoop whoop!! 😉
I was so excited, i’ve seen the Dreamboys show in London and it was such a good night out for a hen party. My girls know me well and knew I’d enjoy some hunky men dancing around in pants!
However, I was physically shaking with nerves. I was the hen. Therefore I was the prime target for the hunks to pull someone on stage. And guess what happened… I’ll show you…
Yes. My hen challenge was to give a 21 year old trainee stripper a lap dance. The rules: you must straddle. Unfortunately I had a very tight pencil skirt on and really struggled to straddle him! It was so cringe. But looking at these photos I think I pulled it off! 😉
We gave ourselves a no shot rule before going out. A few of us can’t handle shots very well (not naming any names… Lucy 😉 ) This didn’t last long…
Justine and Vicky really put so much thought into every last detail and if I’m honest I was a little overwhelmed. I’m not used to this sort of attention. I’ve never really had birthday parties etc, so having a group of girls put so much effort into something dedicated to me is hard to get your head around. I love these girls so much and am so grateful for my perfect hen weekend.
Designing your wedding table decorations can be super stressful. I was jumping between ideas and couldn’t make a decision. I’m so indecisive. I automatically assumed I would go with a winter wedding theme, well I was getting married in December.
Everything changed when I found my dress. (You can read my post about choosing my dress here.) As soon as I looked at myself in the mirror I said “I feel like I’m going to the oscars”. There was my light bulb moment. My theme would be hollywood glam. A bit of the oscars and a hint of the 1920s. I was beyond excited.
After tweeting about my wedding ideas I was approached by the lovely Sophie at Magpie Linens. Magpie Linens supply tablecloths and linens for weddings and events. I had a look at what they had and was blown away by their gorgeous sequin covers. These would be perfect for my wedding theme!
I am so grateful to Sophie for allowing me to review her sequin tablecloths and runners, I can’t stress enough how amazing they made my tables look. It just wouldn’t have been the same without them. I highly recommend looking at what Magpie Linens offer if you’re planning your wedding. I think my photos tell it all. Effortless luxury.
How amazing do the tablecloths look!!
I know I’ve been a bit rubbish with the wedding blogging recently. I suppose I needed a break from talking about it! Well, I now have my professional photos (eeek!) so thought I would pick a couple my favourites to share with you. I promise I will write some more wedding posts soon. Including my hen party and a very embarrassing story about a lap dance (given by myself!!)
Joe & Alex 21.12.14