What are hen party memory books they and how do we make them?
We get asked these questions all the time so today Jayne is giving you the complete low down and sharing some practical tips to help you get started and telling you exactly how to make a hen party memory book.
Firstly, what is a hen book?
In short, it’s like a memory book or a ‘this is your life’ storybook. It’s full of the brides happiest memories, tells her story and includes messages from all the people who love her. It’s a gift she will treasure forever.
Ready to start? Grab a coffee or pour yourself a large glass of vino and begin at step one…
1 – Choose the best format
For crafty chicks, creating a beautiful handmade scrapbook bursting with photos and handwritten notes is ideal. Use something as simple as a guest book, photo album or scrapbook and add lots of personal touches along the way.
If the only cutting and pasting you do is on your computer, then a digital photobook may be a better option for you. They come in all shapes and sizes and you can control the overall design and layout of the photos and text. You’ll find lots of options on Photobox or Snapfish.
If you want something a little different, a personalised magazine could be the way to go. You can keep it simple and just create a front cover or go all out and design a magazine of her life story – if she loves glossy mags, she’ll adore it. Here is where you can get a glossy magazine style hen book.
2 – Start today
Whatever you do, don’t leave it to the last minute (like I did!). You’ll be relying on her family and friends to supply photos and messages so the sooner you ask for them, the better. You’ll be surprised how long it can take to gather everything together so make your life easier and give the girls a deadline date.
3 – What goes in it…
1. Lots of photos of the bride of course! Tell her life story… use flattering and funny pics but try to keep them clean or she’ll end up “accidentally” losing it and all your hard work will go to waste. If you can, add at least one photo of her with each hen so everyone feels included. The more pics you have the better and they’ll come in all formats so be ready to make prints, photocopies or scan in originals.
2. Special messages from the hens, her family and her future husband. Ask everyone for a note to the bride; it can be good wishes for the future, marriage advice, a poem, a funny story or whatever they like. If her mum or granny aren’t coming on the hen, make sure to still include a message from them and for a romantic touch, ask the groom to contribute too.
For photo books, it’s a good idea to let everyone know roughly how long their messages should be. Some people will struggle to write one line and others will send you a book so be ready to do some editing! For handmade books simply leave space free and ask the hens to fill in their messages secretly at the hen.
4 – Get professional help
If you’re really struggling to piece it all together, it may be time to call in the professionals. There are lots of design services to choose from, all you’ll have to do is hand over the photos and words and let them get to work.
5 – Relax & crack open the bubbly
After all your hard work, present her with the gorgeous hen book at her hen party. As she relives her favourite memories with all her best girls… there’ll be lots of giggles and sometimes even a few tears. Cheers to you bridesie – another job well done!
Best of luck making your books girls… we promise it’s worth the effort, she’ll cherish it long after the party ends.