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We have all done it: when you friend announces their engagement and all you can think of is ‘Hen Party’! I mean why wouldn’t you?  It’s natural to want to celebrate such a special occasion with an epic girly adventure, right! I do however feel that the guys outshine us a bit when it comes planning epic nights out for the groom, which is where today’s post comes into play. We collaborated with Expedia’s Hen Hub and asked our wedding blogger pals to tell us their favourite hen party ideas and whoa do these ladies know how to celebrate!

I thought I would kick us off with my fave ideas and my girls better take note…

Emily, Co-Founder & Editor of Bespoke Bride 

Not one to be outdone by the boys, it’s not surprising that my dream hen party would take place in the US of A and no it would not be Vegas! As a lover of all things colourful I would love nothing more than to head to Palm Springs with my closest gal pals and spend an extra long weekend lazing in the pool with my flamingo float, getting a tan whilst sipping on a cocktail. I am not a huge drinker and although you could expect one or two nights to get a little cray cray, I would much rather make this a trip of lifetime.

I would stay at the Saguaro Hotel which is every colour lover’s dream and would be fab for photos (always thinking like a blogger!). As I don’t get to spend much time with all my friends together very often I would want us to all be able to relax, unwind and enjoy being together, we would head out on a few mini adventures like taking selfies with the dinosaurs that feature in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, hike up to Tahquitz Canyon and see the beautiful waterfall, enjoy a spa day at the natural hot springs and visit Salvation Mountain. We would also shop in the vintage shops, lunch at diners and have the best pyjama party ever! Yep I went there!
Mr & Mrs Unique Editor Erica

Erica, Founder + Editor of Mr & Mrs Unique

I absolutely LOVED my hen do… for me it was all about keeping it simple but with maximum style and fun! The idea of running between different bars all night or an expensive meal out never really took my fancy.
Why not hire out a cool private house with all of your nearest and dearest for a few nights. I booked a fab venue called Cliff Barns which oozed with style, comfort, and was tonnes of fun! With a hot tub, super stylish rooms, a private garden perfect for sunbathing, BBQ, a dressing up cupboard, tipi and a huge DVD collection, it fulfilled all of our wishes!

Although the initial outlay was higher, we were able to keep the rest of the costs to a minimum (£10 each) by ordering a supermarket delivery packed with bubbles and treats for when we arrived. We also booked some super-amazing in house beauty treatments and a cheeky curry on our last night; it was a weekend to remember. We didn’t leave the house at all, but had so much fun! If only walls could talk!!!

BLOVED Blog Editor Louise Beukes

Louise, Founder + Editor of B.LOVED Blog

 A hen party is really just an excuse to get all your best girlfriends together, right? So for me the ideal hen do would be a luxurious weekend away, filled with pampering, chocolate and bubbles!

The Cotswolds seems like the perfect place – there’s a variety of boutique hotels and spa’s for a range of budgets that offer a little something extra.  For a little extra space for all your gals, and to experience a little pre-wedding luxe, book a suite!  My top picks are Barnsley House, for that cosy Cotswolds vibe – the outdoor hydro pool wins every time – and Calcot Manor for Cotswolds chic, with its hot tub and perfect-for-relaxing-by pool.

Spend your days relaxing and being pampered in the spa before dressing up and enjoying cocktails in the bar followed by a delicious meal.  If you’re still up for a party, create a chill-out zone in your suite complete with movies, popcorn and fizz!  Don’t forget the chocolate!


The Weddinspiration Event at Hyde Barn – The Review…

This year has certainly been the year of the wedding fair, with so many popping up all over it can be difficult to determine which are really worth going to and which to give a miss. Today we want to tell you about a wedding fair with a difference which took place on the 3rd March at Hyde Barn in the Cotswolds. The fair was named ‘Weddinspiration’ and didn’t offer something ‘alternative’ or ‘vintage’ as many wedding fairs now do. Instead it offered an experience, perfect for the DIY bride, with practical demonstrations and the chance to be involved in mini workshops, enabling newly engaged couples to come away with new experiences and inspiration.

The event was organised  by Finesse Planning and The House of Bunting. Here is what Ruth (Finesse Planning) had to say and where  the idea for a new interactive type of fair originally came from.

Hyde Barn Wedding Inspiration weekend


Glos Wed Tweetup at Hyde Barn in the Cotswolds: The Importance of Networking.

Last week we were giving the honour of being the official bloggers at the latest Glos Wed tweetup at Hyde Barn in the Cotswolds. We have always enjoyed the tweetups, but this one felt especially fantastic. Not only was the venue just out of this world gorgeous, but the venue also played host to some of the best local wedding and event stylists EVER!!

First let us tell why we think the tweetups are so darn awesome and so hugely important when it comes to networking.