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Posted by Lisa Shaw on Sunday, June 3, 2012, In : Tips 
I'm just back from a lovely wedding near Cambridge (congratulations Mr and Mrs Coney!) and chatting to one of the guests about this site she told me what she did for her hen party and it sounded great. 

They went to Vinopolis in central London (the nearest tube is London Bridge) where they enjoyed some wine tasting and also some pampering. Apparently, after enjoying some fizz, there was a room they went into where they all had a manicure.

On researching this, I came across something very exciti...

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Mums and hen dos

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Sunday, May 27, 2012, In : Tips 
Someone asked me the other day whether I thought Mums should go on hen dos.  

I have to say I'm of the school of thought that says that mothers should be invited to at least one of their daughter's hen dos. I've been to quite a few celebrations where mothers and even mother-in-laws have been invited and it's been a really nice touch. There's always the option that the mothers peel off home before the night gets too raucous!
If you're close to your Mum then it probably won't be such a hard deci...

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Hen party email invitation

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Saturday, May 19, 2012, In : Tips 

Are you a bridesmaid just about ready to send out that first hen party email? Wondering what to put in it and what tone it should take? 

I would keep the initial email fairly brief but friendly, make sure you put a relevant subject title, introduce who you are, say why you are emailing them, state the proposed dates for the hen do, as well as the location and may be a very rough outline of what you are going to be getting up to. Ask people to respond to you as soon as possible. And remember to...

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Cheap hen party ideas

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Friday, May 18, 2012, In : Tips 

Nowadays, hen parties can be extremely expensive affairs, with many brides to be opting to have multiple hen dos away from home. The money involved is one of the hardest things to manage - and those arranging the hen do need to make sure that all the activities are within everyone's budget and also that everybody pays up on time. 

So what about some cheap hen party ideas? What about people who may not want to drink? You may have some pregnant friends who can't drink. And what about those skint...

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Hen party cupcakes

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, In : Tips 

How about having cupcakes made for everyone? Try for London based hen parties. 

For Manchester based hen dos, check out They do a special cocktail range for hen parties which are delivered to the event free of charge. The towers can make a great centre piece in a booth i.e. at Tiger Tiger, or can be delivered to your hotel for a spa night or for when the hen and her girlies are getting dolled up to hit the tiles. Jack Daniels and Coke/Pina Col...

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More hen party ideas!

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, In : Tips 

·         How about making name badges for everyone coming? Might be worth having these professionally made. 

·         Create a CD with all the songs that remind you of the bride to be. 

·         Collect photos of the hen - from baby to babe - for a comedy album.

·         Games and quizzes such as Mr and Mrs or How Well Do You Know Your Bridesmaids always go down well. I have suggestions for these!

·         What about a little prop for everyone to wear at night - may be a tiara o...

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Dance routines!

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, In : Tips 

Laura from Swindon says "It depends on the crowd. We had a nice weekend in a house in the Cotswolds and got a dance instructor to come and teach us the routine to "all the single ladies" to perform at the wedding - v funny :)

For more ideas, check out my hen party blog or read the tips page of this website. 

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Bridesmaid tips

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, In : Tips 

Super hen Ella has been a bridesmaid three times and lists below the best lessons she's learned from organising different hen parties:
  • book as much in advance as you possibly can and get as much paid for in advance as you can.
  • a spreadsheet of who's paid what, who's chosen what on the menu etc is invaluable and don't forget to print it out and take it with you!
  • if your credit card can take it, pay for meals etc on one card and charge people afterwards - saves all that horrible bill splitting on...

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About Me

After endless trawling on the internet looking for hen party inspiration, I decided to set up my own site offering help and advice for anyone organising a hen do. I have now been asked to be a bridesmaid seven times and I love playing a special part in the run up to the big day as well as during the wedding itself. I hope you find the site useful. Do drop me a line to with any questions or comments you have! Thanks for reading! Lisa


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