Admit it, we’re all in absolute awe of the DIY bride. With bagfulls of patience and creativity, you just know everything she’s planned for her wedding will be unique and beautiful. Her album will be packed with stunning images of those little details that you see on the best Pinterest wedding boards that make us all a tiny bit jealous. Here at The Hen Planner we love a gal who likes a bit of the extraordinary. So why not give your bride-to-be a hen party where she can put her flair for make ‘n’ do to good use. Even better, her girls could help her put together something special for the Big Day itself. We’ve selected five of our favourite activities to suit the queen of those finishing touches.
Rock My Shoes
This is such a cool workshop for the DIY bride – especially if she loves a bit of sparkle. We all know how important the shoes are for any bride-to-be. Just ask Carrie from Sex & the City! Nicky Rox is a super talented designer and she will guide all you ladies as you crystalise your footwear. This is your chance to give the bride her Cinderella moment. She could design her own pair of Swarovski-encrusted heels for her wedding day, or you could all put your best foot forward on the hen night with your shiny new shoes. With four packages to choose from, check out the details here.
Bunting can make such an impact as a wedding venue decoration. Hung as a pretty backdrop to the cake or as a bigger feature in a marquee or outdoor location, it can really add the wow factor. So why not sign up for a bunting making class, where all the hens get to work together to make something fabulous for the wedding day. We think it’s a great bonding activity – and if everyone designs a flag each, you will all have made a very special and personal addition to your bestie’s big day. Awwww! The Crafty Hen offers two workshops so you can pick between a vintage or more modern style for your bunting. And you can even request colours and materials to tie in with the wedding theme. See here for all you need to know.
We all know flowers can really put a dent in your wedding budget – especially if your pick of the bunch are out of season or in demand. This advice is probably a bit too late for some, but for those newly engaged ladies, do not, I repeat, do not book your wedding on Valentine’s weekend as the cost of flowers almost doubles! But if you’ve already signed on the dotted line, don’t worry, we have a fantastic hen party activity that could solve this problem. Your hens are about to become top-notch flower arrangers. Cotswold Gardening School offers workshops where all the girls will learn the art of creating stunning hand-tied bouquets and table decorations. And all this takes place in a beautiful, rustic setting with tea and biscuits at the ready. For more on this activity see here.
With flowers, shoes and decorations sorted, it’s time to tackle the cake. The Little Cakery hosts Deluxe Decorating Days for hens, where you can perfect your piping skills and sample far too many cupcakes! The classes can be as basic or advanced as you require. Wouldn’t it be great if you all came out with the skills to make the sweetest table of dessert treats ever at your friend’s wedding? We’d call that the icing on the cake!
The bride may have already sent out her invites, but this activity could give her the perfect keepsake to use on her Thank You cards. Laura Felicity Design offers sessions where your group of girls can learn lino printing skills and design and create a lino stamp to keep. You will print on to wedding stationary and create a hen book or card, where everyone can print into and write a special message for the bride-to-be. We love this relaxed and fun activity and we are sure your DIY bride will too.