Bridal Parties can now Enjoy Free-Flowing Prosecco at Cafe Rouge

Looking for creative bridesmaid proposal ideas, or maybe a classy London restaurant to host your hen do? Cafe Rouge is now offering free-flowing prosecco on Friday nights when you dine on its evening set menu. We went along to try it out…

Bridal Parties can now Enjoy Free-Flowing Prosecco at Cafe Rouge

Bridal Parties can now Enjoy Free-Flowing Prosecco at Cafe Rouge

You’re getting married, so what better excuse for a few glasses of fizz with your girlfriends?

Whether you’re looking for a swanky spot to propose to your bridesmaids or a classy dining experience for you and your hens – Cafe Rouge’s latest offering is sure to add some sparkle to the end of your working week.

To celebrate its 30th birthday year, the iconic French bistro is now offering free-flowing prosecco when you dine with their set menu on Fridays – and if fizz isn’t your scene, your two-hour free-flowing slot also includes Stella, mocktails and soft drinks.

Seems too good to be true? Here at Wedding Ideas, we thought we’d give the experience a go for ourselves (purely for research, of course), and see if it lived up to the hype.

Thankfully, we were in no way disappointed. Prosecco servings were very generous – we managed four glasses each in the two hours we had there – and the waiting staff seemed only too happy to keep us topped up throughout the evening; we didn’t have to ask once.

The set menu options surprised us, too; typically limited in some restaurants, Cafe Rouge had a brilliant mix of everything – from smooth chicken liver pâté to cheese and onion soufflé and beetroot tatin; and that was just the starters.

We began with a flavoursome soupe à l’oignon, served with sourdough croutons and Emmental cheese, followed by a gorgeous medium-rare Black Angus rump steak, which came with frites, garlic butter and bearnaise sauce.

For the finale, it was all about the caramelised vanilla crème brûlée, accompanied by a delectable almond tuile – though I’ll admit that the treacle tart on the menu almost swung me.

All in all, the experience had more than exceeded our expectations – the fizz particularly – and at just £29.95 each, we agreed that it was certainly great value for money, too.

To find out more, visit caferouge.com[1]

The offer is valid on Friday nights from 5pm when you dine two courses from the evening set menu. Free-flowing bookings are available as two-hour slots. Book for three courses for £4 extra.

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References

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  2. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  3. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  4. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

Las Vegas Stag Do and Bachelor Party Guide

Stag or bachelor parties used to be held the night before the wedding at the local pub. The groom ran the risk of being left abandoned, possibly naked, and certainly humiliated by his friends the night before the biggest day of his life. Generally, things have moved on over the years.

Las-Vegas-stagCredit: Unsplash

A quiet pre-wedding meal has become the new norm. The actual stag party, however, has moved to a major event several weeks, or even months, before the big day. Las Vegas has become a major destination for bachelor parties. 

So, how exactly do you “do” a Las Vegas stag do?  Our guide will take you through what you need to know. But, remember what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Well, at least until you plaster the photos all over your social media, and brag about it as soon as you get home.  

How to get to Las Vegas

From the UK British Airways and Virgin fly several times a day, as well as FinnAir, Iberia and American Airlines.  We flew with BA from Heathrow. If you fly direct, it’s a 10 hour 45-minute flight from the UK, but only 9 hours 50mins on the return. Whilst we are sure you’ll be itching to get checked into your hotel and out on the town, US immigration can take up to 2 hours at busy times, so factor that into your timings.  Fortunately, McCarran airport is only a short cab/Uber from the Vegas strip, so you’ll be in the bar in no time.

Where to Stay in Vegas

Las Vegas is famed for its choice of hotels. Expedia[1] will give you the full range and best price. We stayed at Park MGM, the newly renovated Monte Carlo.  In 2016 MGM announced that the property was receiving a complete rebrand, aimed at the younger, millennial visitor to Las Vegas and therefore a great choice for a hen or stag do. A major part of this rebrand was the Park MGM ball room, which books some of the biggest acts around, with residencies including Lady Gaga and Cher.  Park MGM is relatively small by Vegas standards, with less than 3,000 rooms, with room options including some suites. Our King Room was nicely furnished, with a great view of the T-Mobile Arena.  [2]

Park_MGM_LobbyParkMGM has a variety of eating options, including Primrose which serves French-style food, where we ate the first morning. Also worth investigating is Best Friend a Korean BBQ restaurant from chef Roy Choi. One of the resorts stand out features is Eataly, an Italian marketplace that was very busy whenever we passed by.

For an even more upscale Las Vegas stag do, NoMad[3] is a different hotel on the top 4 floors of Park MGM with a separate entrance.  Priced accordingly, NoMad has some fine dining options that are sure to make a good impression.

What To Do in the Evening

ParkMGM is positioned centre strip, next door to the T-Mobile Arena, so we were ideally placed to watch the Las Vegas Golden Knights NHL team play ice hockey.

Las Vegas Stag Do Ice Hockey.

The atmosphere of an ice hockey game makes it a great marquee event for your stag or bachelor party. There’s a lively pre-game tailgate party outside the T-Mobile Arena, and inside the stadium as face-off approached, the atmosphere rivalled a Premier League football match.  

Las Vegas has an incredible array of nightlife. Clubbers should head to Tao at the Venetian which hosts a huge line up of world famous DJs. You’ll need to dress to impress to get into any club in Las Vegas, but particularly if your stag party group is large. Expect a mix of celebs and party people, amazing sound and light shows, and the opportunity to max out your credit cards with champagne parades.  [4]

Group Activities

The Linq Las Vegas targets a younger crowd so is a great choice for any stag do, and is definitely a good option for groups of all sizes. Located centre strip on the site of the old Imperial Palace hotel, it’s always buzzing and has some great food and drink options. For the adventurous, the Fly Linq zip line got our adrenaline pumping. We followed this up with the High Roller, Las Vegas’s version of the London Eye, with incredible views of the strip. For groups, the open bar version is a great upgrade for the 30-minute ride. [5][6][7]

Maverick Helicopters - StripEarlier in the day, we had booked Maverick helicopters for a night time flight down the strip.  To help make sure the helicopter is loaded correctly you’ll need to give Maverick your weight. In hindsight, we should have added an extra stone on due to all the Vegas-style eating and drinking we’d done. The incredible views of the strip and downtown on this 45-minute excursion was one of the highlights of our trip. Maverick will also take you to the Grand Canyon – it’s certainly the quickest way to get there. [8]

A Change of Pace in Vegas

A great way to start a day is with a long brunch washed down with great drinks and cocktails. The boozy brunch at the Aria covered three superb restaurants at Aria (Bardot , Herringbone and Lemongrass) and to say we were full afterwards is an understatement. Donald was a great host, providing not only information on the food, but also a wealth of Las Vegas news and history. The Lip Smacking Foodie Tours company also do evening and lunch tours, perfect for all kinds of groups. See more here [9][10][11][12]

Your Vegas stag wouldn’t be complete without an Instagram snap at the Las Vegas sign.  A quick a cab or Uber from the strip, ask them to stay while you take those photos. Beware that the queue isn’t official, just walk to the front and take your own photos (the guys asking to do it for you will be expecting a tip). 

A trip to America isn’t complete without shopping, and stag do parties in Las Vegas are well catered for. Take a cab to the Premium Outlet North, which has great prices on Ralph Lauren, Nike, North Face and Adidas amongst others.  It’s only a 15-minute ride, but if you prefer to stay on the strip, The Forum Shops at Caesars have Abercrombie and Fitch, Nike, Lacoste and many others in a Roman setting. 

Unexpected Vegas

A couple of miles out into the desert, Seven Magic Mountains[13] is a thought provoking free art installation by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, offering amazing colours out in the Mojave desert. After a hectic 24 hours by the strip, this was a real change of pace.

Las Vegas Stag Do DesertWhile most of your trip is likely to involve partying, a good idea is to balance that out by re-energising your body. We did a class at Soul Cycle[14] at the Wynn, and it was a full on exercise experience.  You’ll be able to eat that buffet guilt-free after an hour pounding the spin bike.

If you need something cultural to balance out any excess then the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art[15] offers that respite. We enjoyed a peaceful hour taking in Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity, one of the finest art installations in America.

By this stage, we were thinking that we’d eaten enough for the day (week) already, but afternoon tea at the Waldorf Astoria[16] confirmed that we can always find room for cake. Open from 11am to 4:15pm, with incredible views down the strip, the Astoria boasts a full menu of tea options, fantastic cakes and a lovely relaxing atmosphere. In a pure Vegas moment, a couple even got engaged whilst we were enjoying a classic English afternoon tea. We wonder if they’ll be making a return to Vegas for their bachelor and bacherlorette parties?

Restaurants in Vegas

Las Vegas is home to multiple 5 star dining options, and Spago at Bellagio Wolfgang Puck[17] is set right upon the Bellagio Fountains.  We enjoyed incredible food, and when the fountains fired, experienced a true Vegas moment.

The Cosmopolitan[18] is one of the high end Las Vegas hotels, so a stag do visit is a must. Before dinner we found the hidden Ghost Donkey[19] bar to try out their enormous range of tequila-based cocktails.

STK - The CosmopolitanFor a large group like ours, dinner at STK not only provided sensational food, but great music and atmosphere. Another Cosmopolitan eating option is Beauty and Essex. Hidden in the back of a pawn shop, book early to reserve one of the two jewellery box-themed rooms. [20][21]

On the next evening, we ate at Catch at Aria.[22] Located in a beautiful setting, with a menu of mixed Asian and French cuisine, the service (as with all the restaurants we went to) was exceptional.

Downtown Vegas

Downtown is an area you should visit whether you are Vegas veterans or first-timers. The original hotel area in Vegas, legendary casino’s such as Binions, Four Queens and Downtown Grand are now complemented by updated resorts such as The D. A new hotel is also under construction at Circa.  Full of great value eating and drinking , we definitely recommend finding time to head Downtown.

We visited the Speakeasy at the Mob Museum. A real undiscovered treat located just off of Fremont Street. Not only is the museum fascinating, highlighting Vegas’s past, but the Speakeasy itself also started the whole Vegas speakeasy trend. Think Prohibition-era vibe and amazing cocktails.  [23]

Last Day in Vegas

Spa Mandalay - Wet AreaAfter all the excitement, the Spa at Mandalay Bay [24]was our oasis of calm. What better way to finish off a stage than to refresh and revitalise before heading home? We enjoyed a hydrating facial, setting us up for the flight back to London.

No Las Vegas stag would be complete without a visit to a steak house. So as a send-off  Delmonico steak house at the Venetian was our last meal. For groups, we recommend the private room overlooking the kitchen, which offers a wonderful tasting menu with accompanying wines. As a bonus, you can wander along the canal in the Venetian on your way back to the hotel. [25]

A four night stay at ParkMGM[26] starts from £400 based on a King room on a bed only basis. Flights can be found for as little as £400 per person return.

Book your Las Vegas trip at Expedia.[27]

For more information on Las Vegas head to visitlasvegas.com[28].

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References

  1. ^ Expedia (tidd.ly)
  2. ^ Park MGM (tidd.ly)
  3. ^ NoMad (tidd.ly)
  4. ^ Tao at the Venetian (www.venetian.com)
  5. ^ Linq Las Vegas (tidd.ly)
  6. ^ Fly Linq (www.caesars.com)
  7. ^ High Roller (www.caesars.com)
  8. ^ Maverick helicopters (www.maverickhelicopter.com)
  9. ^ Bardot (www.aria.com)
  10. ^ Herringbone (www.aria.com)
  11. ^ Lemongrass (www.aria.com)
  12. ^ The Lip Smacking Foodie Tours company (vegasfoodietour.com)
  13. ^ Seven Magic Mountains (sevenmagicmountains.com)
  14. ^ Soul Cycle (www.soul-cycle.com)
  15. ^ Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (www.bellagio.com)
  16. ^ Waldorf Astoria (www.waldorfastorialasvegas.com)
  17. ^ Spago at Bellagio Wolfgang Puck (www.bellagio.com)
  18. ^ The Cosmopolitan (www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com)
  19. ^ Ghost Donkey (www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com)
  20. ^ STK (www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com)
  21. ^ Beauty and Essex (beautyandessex.com)
  22. ^ Catch at Aria. (www.aria.com)
  23. ^ Speakeasy at the Mob Museum. (themobmuseum.org)
  24. ^ Spa at Mandalay Bay  (www.mandalaybay.com)
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  27. ^ Las Vegas trip at Expedia. (tidd.ly)
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Hen Party Houses: The Ultimate Staycation Guide

Are you looking for something a little more low key than the traditional raucous hen party affair? Want to ditch sashes and penis paraphernalia in exchange of boozy dinners and wine tasting? The rise in renting houses for hen parties is becoming increasingly popular as a more sophisticated twist to a night on the tiles.

hen party house court house farmMagnolia Manor[1]

What we love most about renting a hen party[2] house is the freedom to do more than you would do if you had a one-night hen out on the town. If there’s the possibility to extend your hen over the course of a weekend (or even longer) then we’re fully in support. This way, you can get in even more activities and hilarious games.

“We’ve noticed a rise in the number of hen parties at Magnolia Manor as it’s within a great distance of London, close to the coast and we have enough space to accommodate a large group Says Helen Hunt, Manager at Magnolia Manor.

There’s something really appealing about a weekend away in the English countryside with your favourite people. The rustic escape of a country house and warm open fire in the winter months or dining out in the garden on long summer days. It’s sophisticated luxury. The same applies to beach houses on the coast- picturesque escapes that feel more indulgent than rowdy.

Hen party activities

We love the idea of an intimate dinner with your girls. Hire a private chef to cook you restaurant standard food without having to venture out. Keep the costs down by supplying all your own booze and keep things exciting by playing a selection of table games and quizzes.

hen party pampering secret spaCredit: Secret Spa

Make the most of the outdoors by playing a selection of garden games and challenges. Hire in some professionals[3] for a wine tasting class or cocktail making lessons. Alternatively, why not consider a full day of pampering? Secret Spa cater to all your beauty needs in and around Greater London so if you’re near enough, they’ll come to you.

If you really want to get temperatures rising, consider a life drawing class or a cabaret show[4].

How much should you budget?

“For the accommodation alone we would recommend a £200-250 per person budget for the full weekend,” Says Helen.

When booking, keep in mind travel costs, booze and food allowance and of course decorations! Any venue can be stylised to suit your hen- think fringe curtain backdrops and bathtubs filled with balloons.

You can save on games and activities by downloading a load of our printable hen party games.

When should you book?

As soon as possible. Experience has taught us that the sooner you act, the better. Staycations are popular among all Brits, not just those on hen weekends. Additionally, not all venues will allow hen parties so those that do are often snapped up quickly.

If you’re planning on having your hen party over a bank holiday, then you need to get in as far ahead as you can.

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References

  1. ^ Magnolia Manor (www.courthousefarm.com)
  2. ^ hen party (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ professionals (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  4. ^ cabaret show (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  5. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  6. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  7. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

The Nearly-Weds Quiz: Naughty Hen Night Game!

Want to find out what your husband-to-be really thinks is your best feature? Take our naughty nearly-weds quiz after you’ve had a few drinks at your hen party and spill some saucy secrets!

Girls on night out - The Nearly-Weds Quiz – A Naughty Hen Night Game!Credit: Gohen.com

The Nearly-Weds Quiz: A Naughty Hen Night Game! 

Party experts GoHen.com[1] have put together this naughty quiz for your last night of freedom. All you have to do is get your hens to ask your groom these questions beforehand, and then see if your answers match up on the night. If your answers match his, then you’ll win a point – the more points you have at the end of the quiz[2], the easier your forfeit will be! Get them all right, and you can get away without doing any forfeit at all. So fingers on engagement rings and let’s begin…

(Don’t forget to alter one answer on each question to reflect what the groom really said!)

1. We Asked [Groom] What Part of you he Fancies Most. Did he say…?

A) Your bum
B) Your boobs
C) Your smile

2. What did he say was Your Worst Habit?

A) Your singing – he loves you to bits, but secretly thinks you’re terrible!
B) Biting your nails and leaving the bits beside the bed
C) Eating food off his plate because you’re being healthy

3. How Long After you First met did Your Hubby-to-be say you First had “Intimate Relations”?

A) You wickedly seduced him on the first night you met him, while he was drunk and defenceless
B) A respectable four weeks
C) You’re saving yourselves until your wedding night

4. What is his Favourite Song?

A) Wonderwall – Oasis
B) The Best Song Ever – One Direction
C) My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion

5. Where is the Weirdest Place you and he Have got ‘Jiggy With it’?

A) At your place of work when everyone had gone home
B) You’re now both proud members of the mile high club
C) Round the back of (name a local pub)

6. How did he Describe Your Kissing Technique?

A) Full-bodied, with a pleasant bouquet and subtle aftertaste of wine and chocolate Hobnobs
B) Kind of like a vacuum cleaner on the blink
C) She’s the Andrex of kissers – soft, strong and incredibly long!

7. What Outfit Would he Most Like you to Dress up in?

A) Nurse
B) Policewoman
C) Lorraine Kelly (complete with a full impression of her accent)

8. According to [Groom] What is Your Best Quality?

A) Your kind nature and big heart
B) Your smile – it had him hooked from the first time he saw it
C) You’re the only one that could put up with him!

9. What did he say his Favourite Movie was?

A) La Dolce Vita
B) Die Hard II
C) The Muppets Take Manhattan

10. Did he say you had any sex toys you like to use Together?

A) We did, but the last time we plugged it in it made so much noise the neighbours thought we’d bought a cement mixer!
B) Does Scrabble in bed count as a toy?
C) Let’s just say there’s an electric toothbrush we never mention anymore…

Girls on beach - The Nearly-Weds Quiz – A Naughty Hen Night Game!Credit: Gohen.com

Scores and Forfeits!

0 – 3 Points

Well, either one of you was fibbing, or clearly you to need to stop kissing and do some talking for once! As a forfeit for your terrible score, you must entertain the girls by breakdancing on the dancefloor.

4 – 6 Points

It could have been worse, but you should really know better. You must now serenade a friendly-looking stranger with a song of the hens’ choosing.

7 – 9 Points

Not a bad effort – well done! As you’ve done so well, the hens will only make you wear a novelty item of their choosing.

10 Points

Congratulations! Either you are his one true love, or you’re both equally as weird and deserve each other! Either way, we’re all very happy for you. Enjoy your hen night!

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References

  1. ^ Visit GoHen online! (www.gohen.com)
  2. ^ quiz (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  5. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

The 5 Hottest Hen Weekend Locations in Europe

Are you looking for somewhere a bit different to go for your hen weekend? Busbud, the coach booking platform for city-to-city trips around the world, has compiled a list of the hottest destinations for hen parties in Europe to suit every taste.

Hen party girls - The 5 Hottest Hen Weekend Locations in Europe

The 5 Hottest Hen Weekend Locations in Europe

Whether you’re looking to party the night away in one of Ibiza’s most exclusive clubs, indulge in some authentic tapas in Barcelona or take in a river cruise along the Vltava river in central Prague, Europe has something for every bride-to-be and her girls to enjoy.

Sit Back and Relax in Barcelona, SpainBarcelona - The 5 Hottest Hen Weekend Locations in Europe

Barcelona’s beautiful architecture and mild climate make this a great choice for a hen[1] weekend, no matter what time of the year.

During the day, explore the Sagrada Familia or Picasso museum and admire the cities marvellous architecture. Delve deeper into the city’s rich history with a guided walking tour of the hills of Park Güell. Or for sun-seekers, spend the day relaxing on the sandy beaches just minutes away from the bustling city.

At night, you can enjoy some of the world’s best tapas bars and cocktail lounges. Why not take part in a group salsa class and take your newly learnt moves out into Barcelona’s thriving club scene.

Keep it Classy in Prague, Czech Republic

Take your hens to the Czech capital of Prague, best known for its architecture and beer, but there’s so much more to this city. If you’d like to see the sights in style, there are lots of riverboat tours on offer. Why not take a leisurely cruise along the Vltava river while sipping champagne and watching the sunset?

If you want to take in some of Prague’s culture, visit the world famous astronomical clock in the old town and take a stroll across the Charles Bridge, it’s the perfect place to grab a drink and watch the world go by.

Prague is a classy hen[2] do destination, with fairy tale architecture, picturesque scenery and lots of sophisticated cocktail bars.

Pick up Some Culture in Riga, Latvia

Riga Skyline - The 5 Hottest Hen Weekend Locations in Europe

For hens looking to soak up some culture before heading on a night out, look no further.

The Old Town itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with buildings of varying architectural styles including gothic, baroque, modernism and art nouveau. Take a trip to Riga’s world-famous gallery, or pop down to the Central Market. It’s crammed with fresh fruit and local produce and is well worth to sample some local delicacies.

At night, there are plenty of bars to choose from. One particularly popular destination is the Terrace Riga – a roof terrace with a 360° panoramic views across the city’s skyline. A perfect place for sipping some cocktails with your hens[3].

Enjoy the Scenery in Cork, Ireland

Cork Ireland - The 5 Hottest Hen Weekend Locations in EuropeCork has the same vibrant spirit as the capital, Dublin, but is wrapped up in a welcoming small-city vibe. Cork and charming narrow streets offer a beautiful backdrop for any hen weekend away.

For those most interested in the nightlife, Cork is a big student town, so you’ll be guaranteed a wild night out. Start the evening with a cocktail-making class before heading out on the town to party until the early hours with your best girls.

Party the Night Away in Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza cliff - The 5 Hottest Hen Weekend Locations in Europe

For sun-loving hens, Ibiza offers miles of sandy beaches for you to lay back and top up your tan. If you’re not one for lying on a beach, the Old Town has quaint cobbled streets with plenty of shops to browse and hidden caves around the coast to explore.

Everyone knows Ibiza is the clubbing capital of Europe, with numerous bars and clubs, you’ll be spoilt for choice with where to go. Dance until dawn and celebrate your hen weekend in style.

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References

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  4. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  5. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  6. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

Top Alternative Hen Party Destinations

If you’re planning a hen do, but want something a little off the beaten track, we’ve got the best alternative hen party destinations for you.

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Best Alternative Hen Party Destinations

Every bride looks forward to her big day, however, there is one other highly anticipated event during wedding preparations – the hen party. It’s a great opportunity for the bride to spend time with close friends and family, and let her hair down before the big day.

However, some bridal groups prefer to avoid the hen party clichés and opt for something a bit more unique.

Big Cottages, the UK’s holiday cottage provider for groups, has provided us with its top locations across the country for those seeking a hen do to remember.

The Most Haunted Hen Party Destination in Britain: York

For hens looking for a thrilling time, a ghost tour of the historic city of York is the perfect activity. Believed to be the first exclusive Ghost Walk in the world, it explores the world of folklore and history of a famous medieval city. Once the group has been suitably spooked, York is also home to a fantastic range of bars, restaurants, ancient attractions and lots of shops to keep the entertainment going.

Best Hen Party Destination for Rest and Relaxation: Bath

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Although rarely taken advantage of, a hen do is a great opportunity to relax and ensure the bride comes home feeling refreshed and ready for her big day. Home to Britain’s original thermal spa, what better place to take some time out than Bath. The Thermae Spa has a range of different packages available, a rooftop pool, wellness suite and a delicious restaurant to help even the most stressed bride-to-be relax.

An Indulgent Hen Party Destination: Brighton

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A hen do is the perfect time to be extravagant and what better way to show the bride how special she is than with afternoon tea at Choccywoccydoodah’s Decadent Cake Garden in Brighton. Not your usual afternoon tea, hens can relax on a swinging bench and feast on ice cream milkshakes, huge sharing platters and a delightful dessert menu. For anyone looking to take a memento home, the shop downstairs also has a huge range of home-made chocolate treats.

Top Hen Party Destination for an Active Bride: Go Ape

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A hen do doesn’t have to be spent inside. Take on an outdoor activity like a tree top adventure at Go Ape and work together as a team to tackle the ropes, zip wires and swings. There’s even adventure playgrounds suspended 30 feet up with nets, inflatable balls and slides for a whole host of thrills.

Most Memorable Hen Party Destination: Suffolk

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For many hens, what could be more appealing than a weekend away somewhere truly memorable. A fortress in Ipswich complete with games room, a cinema, a hot tub and even a roof garden is sure to make for a magical weekend away. With Suffolk Food Hall and a beautiful reservoir nearby there really is something for every hen to enjoy. You can book the fortress here[1].

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References

  1. ^ here (big-cottages.com)
  2. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  3. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

10 Hen Party Games That all Your Girls Will Love

Whether you’re the maid of honour, a guest or the bride-to-be herself, there’s one pre-wedding event you all can’t wait for – the hen party! Hen party organisers Chillisauce have rounded up the ten hen party games that all your girls will love…10 Hen Party Games all Your Girls Will Love

10 Hen Party Games That all Your Girls Will Love

Banned Words

Fun, easy and as naughty as you like! Choose a list of words that cannot be spoken throughout the night. Make sure you choose words that are hard to avoid! You get to decide how severe the penalty is for breaking the rules, such as doing a shot, paying a fine or doing a dare.

Hen Night Bingo Cards

This one takes some organising, but it works a treat over daytime cocktails or afternoon tea. Have guests write down what gifts they think the bride-to-be will receive, and as she opens them, mark off any of the presents written down. Once a guest gets five in a row, they shout out Bingo! The prize can be as silly as an extra slice of cake or a second glass of Prosecco!

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Balloon Question Time

This one is a lot of fun, and manages to take care of the decorations too! Write down 20 embarrassing questions and place them in 20 separate balloons. Throughout the party[1], have guests pop the balloons and make the bride either answer the question or take a shot! Perfect for a giggle over a few drinks – just check that your party venue is happy with all the balloon popping!

Consequences

This one calls for the following headings:

  • Her name
  • His name
  • Where they had sex
  • What position
  • Who caught them doing it

Fold over each piece of paper after each heading and pass it to the person on the left. At the end, unfold each piece and read out your story! True or not, it’ll have everyone roaring with laughter.

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Male Model

This one calls for some crafts and creativity, so come prepared! Split the hen party guests into teams and have them create male body parts out of play dough in a time limit. Double points for realism (or optimism as the case may be!). We can all guess which body part most will opt to craft…

When time’s up, award prizes how you see fit – with drinks, treats, or a dance with the best-looking guy in the bar!

Pass the Balloon

Another great game for using decorations creatively! Divide the party[2] up into two teams, and using long balloons, each team member must grip the balloon between their knees and pass it up the line to the rest of their team without using their hands. You have to start again if a balloon is dropped or popped! The first team to get their balloon to the end wins.

You could combine this game with the ‘balloon question time’ game above, by placing an embarrassing question in each balloon. The winning team can then force the members of the other team to answer the question.

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DIY Bride

This one can be messy, but is plenty of fun, especially after a few drinks! Split the party into two teams and have them create a wedding dress and a maid of honour dress using only toilet roll! You could also try this with safety pins and a sheet. Best dress wins a prize of your choosing, but we think shots will be appreciated!

Post-it Note Game

Each party guest must write a short sentence about the bride, or even a memory they have of her. When everyone is finished, place them all in a bowl and have the bride pick them out one by one. She then has to read them aloud and guess who wrote which one. This can be a great game to start the evening and get nostalgic with your girls.

The Question Game

If you only play one game[3] at your hen party, this has to be it! Light-hearted but hilarious, you’ll need to rope in the groom-to-be to pull this one off. The aim of the game is to ‘test’ the bride to see just how well she knows her future husband. With the cooperation of the groom, devise a set of questions to ask her about him. You can step this up a notch by having guests wager bets on how many the bride will get right. Take turns asking the questions and keep the drinks flowing!

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Story Time

Last but certainly not least, this great game can be as naughty or as nice as you want it to be. Get every guest to anonymously write down an embarrassing or unusual experience they have had (make it an embarrassing date story if you want to spice things up). Then put them all in a bowl and have guests take it in turns to draw one and read it aloud. Everyone has to guess who wrote the story, and you can fish for more embarrassing details once you find out who it is! This is a great game to get everyone talking and laughing. Mix in a few drinks and your hen is off to a great start!

For fantastic hen party packages and weekends, visit Chillisauce[4] – and don’t forget to check out our Hen Party Ideas[5] for more great tips!

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  5. ^ Hen Night Ideas at Wedding Ideas (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  6. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  7. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

Winter Makeup Colours To Suit Your Skin Tone

Looking for the right winter makeup colours for your wedding? Bold, rich makeup colours are the go-to for any winter wedding and glowing bride-to-be. We’ve got suggestions of winter-perfect wedding makeup to compliment each skin tone.

Sasha Pallari shares her advice (as both MUA and bride-to-be) on choosing the bridal makeup artist for you, plus find out the best bridal beauty productsinterlacephotography.co.uk

Winter Makeup Colours To Suit Your Skin Tone

For light skin tones

Lips: Cherry red or pale pink

Eyes: Charcoal grey or silver

Try the Urban Decay Naked 3[1] palette for a good selection of greys and the Bobbi Brown Starlight Crystal Eye Shadow Palette[2] for some sparkle.

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For medium skin tones

Lips: Wine or nude

Eyes: Dark violets or black

We would suggest Charlotte Tilbury’s The Rock Chick[3] palette for darks and complimentary greys. However, for violet tones, the Too Faced Just Peachy palette[4] offers a nice variety of shades that blend together perfectly.

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For dark skin tones

Lips: Dark purple or berry red

Eyes: Copper or gold

For some real sparkle, the Too Faced Chocolate Gold eyeshadow palette[5] is highly pigmented with plenty of glitz. Though we’d recommend not going over the top for the sake of your wedding photos. Charlotte Tilbury’s Dolce Vita[6] has a lovely selection of copper colours with some added sparkle.

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Finally, When choosing your wedding day foundation, opt for a light-reflecting one to neutralise your skin tone. However, avoid powder foundation as it can make your skin appear dry. It will also sit in any creases and wrinkles. Instead, opt for a liquid foundation.

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  2. ^ Bobbi Brown Starlight Crystal Eye Shadow Palette (www.amazon.co.uk)
  3. ^ Charlotte Tilbury’s The Rock Chick (www.amazon.co.uk)
  4. ^ Too Faced Just Peachy palette (www.amazon.co.uk)
  5. ^ Too Faced Chocolate Gold eyeshadow palette (www.amazon.co.uk)
  6. ^ Charlotte Tilbury’s Dolce Vita (www.amazon.co.uk)
  7. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  8. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
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What type of hen are you?

Before the wedding celebrations comes the hen party celebrations! Are you a raucous hen, or a relaxed hen? Find out which kind of hen party suits you best from our list below.

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Fun-loving

If your idea of a great hen party is full of pink sashes, penis paraphernalia, and a whole lot of drinking, a big night out is the one for you. The locals better watch out. You guys are party animals, so what are you waiting for? Get all glammed out and paint the town red… or pink! Be sure to check out these hen party supplies first. [1]

Sun-loving

Fancy heading overseas to celebrate your last days of freedom? It will be a different experience for you and your hens, as well as a well-deserved break from wedding planning. It can be fun and relaxing in equal measure. So, get searching, booking and sunning yourself.

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Culture-loving

Perhaps you’re not into a having a big night out, or want to avoid that dreaded hangover. Why not book in for a stay at a nice hotel for a chic city break with you and your best girls? Whether you’re keeping it in the UK or heading abroad to the European cities, there will be a ton of things for you to do!

Dance-loving

If you think of yourself as a dancing goddess, how about a dance class for your hen do? You could even arrange a little something for the wedding day itself. Or, keep it a little more private with a pole dancing class. We’re sure your groom might like the sound of that hen party. If that sounds up your street you should check out LoveSpin[2]!

Entertainment-loving

For the hens that prefer not to be the ones in the limelight, heading to a show of some sort is a great idea. It could be a play or musical the bride-to-be has always loved or always wanted to see or it could be something a little more silly. How about a comedy show? A little visit to see The Dream Boys[3] is always bound to get a few giggles.

Relaxation-loving

For those brides who just want to forget ‘planning’ for a little bit. Book a spa package, it’s the perfect excuse to put the stress in someone else’s hands – literally. A massage can do you the world of good, and you may as well make a day of it so you’re ready to crack on with that wedding planning at the end of it. Hen Heaven[4] has lots of choices for Spa Weekend packages – go on, you know you want to.

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Tradition-loving

If you’re feeling like you want to be ever-so-traditional for your hen party, book you and your gals in for a posh afternoon tea or Tea Party[5]. If tea won’t quite hit the spot with you, opt for the champagne option too. Besides, it’s only going to take up your ‘afternoon’ isn’t it? Who says you can’t have a few more bevvies after you’ve scoffed the scones?

Adventure-loving

There are so many options if you’re looking to get a bit of an adrenaline rush to celebrate your last few days as a single lady. Have you had a look at Chillisauce[6]? They can certainly help any adventurous brides-to-be out there find the perfect activity for their hen party. From abseiling to zorb football, bobsledding to watersports – the list is endless! You could really up the ante with some competitive go-karting.

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Home-loving

Sometimes there’s really nothing better than a chilled night in with your favourite friends, a few glasses of wine and a delicious box of Chinese takeaway. However, sometimes that group chat on Whatsapp can get a bit much when it comes to organising something. The dilemmas and repeated conversations of who’s bringing the crisps, who’s bringing the DVDs. Does that sound familiar? This is where UK Girl Thing can help out with their Ultimate Girls Night In[7]!

Unique-loving

Finally, for those who want something a little different. Does the sound of hen party ring ‘same old’ to you? You’ll probably want something a little bit different then; something you’ve never heard done before. Why not put your skills to the test and do something like a murder mystery, life drawing or perfume making?

This way, you’ll get something to remember it by at the end of it, unlike the lack of memory and a hangover of a night out. Alternatively, hire a barman or chef or enrol in a cocktail making class.

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  2. ^ LoveSpin (www.lovespin.co.uk)
  3. ^ The Dream Boys (www.dreamboys.co.uk)
  4. ^ Hen Heaven (www.henheaven.co.uk)
  5. ^ Tea Party (teaparty.uk.com)
  6. ^ Chillisauce (www.chillisauce.co.uk)
  7. ^ Ultimate Girls Night In (www.ukgirlthing.co.uk)
  8. ^ READ MORE: (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  9. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  10. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

Hen weekend ideas for the super stylish bride

As wedding season approaches and many of us are struck by wedding fever, those chosen few bridesmaids need to start planning. If you have been tasked with organising a luxury hen party, look no further! Red7[1] offer their top tips on planning a celebration fit for the most stylish of bridal parties, with these top hen weekend ideas.

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8 top hen weekend ideas

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz

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When it comes to luxury, Afternoon Tea[2] at the Ritz is an obvious choice. Served in the spectacular Palm Court, hens can tuck into finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and a range of delicate pastries. All this erved alongside a selection of teas, or a glass of bubbles.

Countryside retreat

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For those looking to enjoy the English countryside in style, a Punting tour[3] whilst sipping champagne in beautiful Cambridge, is sure to be a hit.

Pampering in Rural Ibiza

For hen’s who prefer a healthy retreat, the beautiful surroundings of a luxury day spa[4] set in the Ibiza countryside is a perfect choice. Hens can enjoy 5-star pampering in an oasis of tranquillity with enticing aromas and the calming sounds of waterfalls.

Parisian Wine tasting

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If sipping on champagne is a key part of the celebrations, then there’s no better place to sample the fizzy delights than in its country of origin. Queue a trip to Paris for champagne tasting. In the heart of a stylish district in Paris, your group can exude elegance whilst sampling the finest champagne France has to offer in a Parisian Wine Tasting Session[5].

English Spa

Suitable for all ages and tastes, a luxury spa weekend a little closer to home will be a popular option. A pamper day at The Grange[6], the 5-star hotel set within a stone’s throw from St Paul’s Cathedral is a great option. Offering all the pampering a stylish bride and her hens need plus access to the spa’s amazing facilities and a treatment of choice.

Luxury Barcelona Yacht

If a sun-soaked break is on the agenda, then chartering one of the private yachts[7] in Barcelona’s beautiful harbour is certainly your style. There’s no better way to celebrate the upcoming nuptials than by sipping champagne aboard a luxury yacht.

Create your scent

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For something different, creating a unique scent in a Perfume Making[8] class could be just the thing. Using the finest ingredients from around the world you cnan make your own elixer. Ingredients include night-time jasmine from Africa, spices from The Orient and vanilla from Southern France. Once the scents are bottled and named, a celebratory glass of bubbles is next on the list.

Private Pool Villa

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Relaxing in the sun is a must for many hen parties and Marbella offers a host of luxurious activities. Staying in a private Villa[9] which can accommodate the whole party. Plus, when it’s boasting a private garden and pool it will no doubt be the perfect setting for relaxation and group bonding!

Whether you’re partying or pampering, Red 7[10] has got your Hen do[11] experiences covered. Plus, Red 7[12] can also help out with the Groom’s party Stag do.

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  5. ^ Parisian Wine Tasting Session (www.redsevenleisure.co.uk)
  6. ^ pamper day at The Grange (www.redsevenleisure.co.uk)
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  8. ^ Perfume Making (www.redsevenleisure.co.uk)
  9. ^ Villa (www.redsevenleisure.co.uk)
  10. ^ Red 7 (www.red7.co.uk)
  11. ^ Hen do (www.redsevenleisure.co.uk)
  12. ^ Red 7 (www.red7.co.uk)
  13. ^ READ MORE: (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  14. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  15. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)