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Hen Parties To Get To Know Each Other

Today we have a guest post, written by Hannah Carrier from listoflife.com! This will go into Hen Party ideas for your bridesmaids to get to know each other! 

Hen Parties To Get To Know Each Other

When the bride to be’s most important ladies have been in her life for many years, it is easy to forget that not all of these special ladies know each other. Some might meet each other prior to the hen party, for example, they might meet for the task of helping the bride find her perfect wedding dress. Others will meet each other for the first time at the hen party itself. That’s why it is important to recognise the integral part that hen parties play in the stages of forming the hens’ friendships. We have, within our range of hen parties, activities that allow quality time for talking and getting to know one another, but also some hen parties that cut right to the chase and destroy awkwardness immediately. If you need ideas on how to best help your hens get to know each other, look no further!

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Wine Tasting

Wine tasting is one of the most laid-back hen parties there are since it largely involves sitting around relaxing whilst several small glasses of wine are brought to you to taste. This hen party leaves plenty of room, peace and time for talking, getting to know one another and becoming less shy with each glass of wine tasted! No one is looking for an expert taster, it is a hen party that allows you to trust someone else’s expertly chosen wines from around the world and learn a little bit about each other – and if you learn about wine along the way that can’t be a bad thing!

French Cooking Class

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Culinary Therapy

If there’s one thing we all enjoy, it’s food. Rather than having a simple meal among bridesmaids, a culinary hen event entails choosing a menu and cooking the meal as well. These events have canapes and drinks upon arrival usually to allow you to get settled and designated to cooking stations before the real hands-on fun begins. Pick meals that everybody will enjoy eating and let the chefs assist you in making the meal a success. By the time you sit down to eat the meal you have cooked, you will have already spoken to each other enough that there will be plenty of things to ask about and share about each other while you enjoy the delicious result of your teamwork.

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Dance Class

There are a range of hen party dance classes that teach a variety of dance styles. Whether you choose street dance, Bollywood, 20’s or even burlesque, dance classes are a great way to get to know one another because they are fun and involve working together. A typical dance class will do a warm up before teaching you some basic steps so everyone will have to let themselves go a little bit ready to have fun. They typically end with your group performing a set routine which means you will all learn each others’ names and positions and work with each other while you move around. This type of hen party keeps the whole group laughing and is bound to form friendships!

Whatever hen party you choose is right for you, consider the opportunity it gives for bonding the bridesmaids. The more they get to know each other, the more special the wedding day will be with everybody communicating with each other and having fun with their new friends.

Written by Hannah Carrier from listoflife.com

Keeping Wedding Costs Down

In planning our wedding, my fiance and I decided we wanted to have a big party where all of our family and friends can have a fun time. Neither of us are religious, and neither of us care about a lot of wedding traditions. This means that we can keep costs down by simply not including things in our wedding that we don’t care about. Here are choices we’ve made so far to keep prices low:

Venue- We chose a venue that includes tables and chairs in the price. This way we don’t have to rent them. The venue also sets up and tears down our tables at no extra cost, and allows us access to the building earlier in the week for a rehearsal.

Flowers- I’m not a flowers girl. I don’t need unnecessary plant death associated with my wedding. We’re going to decorate with paper flowers made from pages of books we like. I’m also doing a brooch bouquet with jewelry from family and friends, as well as some thrift store/yard sale finds.

The Dress- I found the perfect dress at a local wedding consignment shop! I knew I loved it before I even looked at the price, and I loved it even more when I saw it was only $150! I will be paying for it to be fitted, but it need minimal adjustments- taken in a little at the bosom, and possibly taken up an inch, depending on my shoes.

Other Dresses- My bridesmaids will pay for their dresses, but I’ve found some super nice dress options that run around $30. I’m not making the bridesmaids pay to have their hair and makeup done. They can if they want, but otherwise they can just do it themselves. I know they’ll be helping me a lot and I don’t want their out-of-pocket expenses to add up too much.

The Cake- I have a friend who is making the cake as my gift. I just have to pay for supplies! She is really skilled and has a lot of experience with cake decorating, so I know it will turn out great!

Photography- I feel super lucky with this one. I found a super affordable local photographer. Her wedding package is about half the price of other local photographers and her work is amazing. We already had our engagement shots, and they turned out beautifully!

Paper Goods- We make our own Christmas Cards every year, so there is no reason for us to pay for someone to design our invites. We’re designing our save the dates, invites, and programs ourselves and printing them either at Costco or through Vistaprint.

The Guest List- We have about 80 people who we are inviting to our wedding. Since we don’t have hundreds of people, we’re able to allow everyone a date (that’s included in the 80 number). I feel great about that. If we had more people, I would probably limit plus ones, because catering costs are by the person and that adds up fast!

The Food- We’re doing a buffet with two entree options and a few sides. This saves some money, but also eliminates a lot of hassles. We don’t need people to include food preferences with the RSVP. We don’t need to assign seats and make a seating chart, placement cards, or any of that crap.

The Bar- We’re doing a partial bar, meaning we’ll pay for a couple kegs of beer and a certain amount of wine. Other drinks will be available for our guests to purchase. I really wanted to have some complimentary alcohol available, but a full bar just isn’t feasible. So this option works great!

Things we’re not doing:

We’re not paying for a wedding planner. I have lots of people around me who are super organized and willing to help out.

We’re not paying for a videographer. I just don’t see paying thousands of dollars for something we would rarely watch.

We’re not having a flower girl or ring bearer, mainly because we don’t have kids that young in our lives. So that was a convenient decision that will end up saving a little in stress (dealing with kids) and money (for either us or the theoretical children’s parents).

We’re probably not doing a photobooth. I just think that’s super overdone right now. Work parties have photo booths. It’s not special enough to be in my wedding 😛

That’s what we’ve figured out so far! We still need to book an officiant, a deejay, and figure out a lot of the details, but we have just over six months so I feel like we’re in a good place!