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TNWC Real Brides: Kerry shares the details of her many hen parties including a join hen-stag to Glastonbury Festival

For our 2014 TNWC Real Brides we have just Kerry and Nick left to get married in August – I can barely believe it, this year has gone so fast! Kerry is sharing the details of what became a hen-a-thon with four hen parties (including a hen and stag do at Glastonbury Festival).

Over to Kerry to tell you more…

TNWC Real Brides: Kerry shares the details of her many hen parties including a join hen-stag to Glastonbury Festival

Nick and I originally said we weren’t going to have hen and stag do’s.  The very idea of such an event is to “celebrate” your last night of freedom prior to becoming man and wife; however we’ve been together for 15 years and didn’t see the need, so we opted for Glastonbury Festival instead.

However, my bestmate and bridesmaid Raz had other ideas. She convinced me I needed something a bit more hen-like. So I gave her a date and a list of names and off she went, organising a surprise extravaganza! I was instructed to make my way to Covent Garden for lunch at Dishoom a fantastic Bombay café, which was followed by a Michael Jackson dance lesson at Pineapple Dance Studio.

TNWC Real Brides: Kerry shares the details of her many hen parties including a join hen-stag to Glastonbury Festival

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Rowan Tree Studio crafty hen parties

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend – it has been mixed weather in Cornwall and Devon with a lovely day on Saturday in Padstow, but rain on Sunday up on the north coast of Devon.

On Saturday I paid a visit as part of the TNWC South West Roadtrip to Rowan Tree Studio, a lovely business run by Sarah who offers a range of crafty hen parties, as well as making wedding soap favours.

Rowan Tree Studio crafty hen parties

Rowan Tree Studio crafty hen parties

Rowan Tree Studio crafty hen parties

The afternoon I arrived Sarah was just finishing off a hen party of eighteen, who had spent a fun afternoon making a bridal trousseau.  I hadn’t heard of a bridal trousseau, but thankfully Sarah told me more about it:

“Traditionally a bride to be started making her trousseau to take into her marriage often before she had a groom in mind.  Mothers and daughters collected special toys, cherished books and family recipes to keep in a trunk or case with monogrammed linens, patchwork quilts, stationary, soaps and much more.”

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Honeymoon yurt beneath a starry sky

When I was planning my own honeymoon I looked for places and pictures that inspired me – I wanted to take one look and think, “that’s what I want to do” or “that’s where I want to be.”  That beautiful nighttime picture above of one of the honeymoon yurts at Secret Cloud House Holidays does that for me.

Secret Cloud House Holidays have a lovely selection of luxury yurts, including a brand new wooden yurt, situated in the rolling countryside of the Peak District.  Their yurts are available for both honeymoons and hen parties, and there’s even a woodfired hot tub with some of the loveliest views that a hot tub could have!

Romantic honeymoon yurt

A Secret Cloud House Honeymoon

At Secret Cloud House Holidays there is a choice of three yurts and a bell tent that you can choose from as your romantic bolthole.  New for 2013 is Bilberry Lodge, a Scandinavian inspired wooden yurt, filled with rustic furniture, a log burning range cooker, and a cosy double bed.  It is also available to book all year round so perfect for a cosy winter honeymoon.

Wooden honeymoon yurt

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Silver Sixpence "Made By You" bridal workshop

I am priveledged to live near a vibrant community of small, independent wedding businesses with more and more opportunities to meet with them and experience the products and services they offer.  A few weeks ago I got to spend the evening with Nicola from Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe at her new “Made By You” bridal workshop.

Bridal workshop

Manchester bridal craft workshop

We were joined by a group of brides-to-be, two of whom I’d previously met at my 5th birthday party the month before, and another couple I’ve exchanged emails with.  Each bride-to-be was there to create a unique bridal accessory that they could wear on their wedding day.

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Hooe's Yurts Devon open day

The Easter weekend saw a fabulous open day hosted by Hooe’s Yurts in deepest, most beautiful Devon.  They were celebrating the completion of their huge new 44ft yurt – a cathedral sized structure that can seat 120 wedding guests, or even linked to smaller yurts to create an even bigger space.

Hooe's Yurts cathedral size wedding yurt

Hooe's Yurts cathedral size wedding yurt

Hooe's Yurts

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An Era of Experience vintage party

There has been so much going on recently in my TNWC world that I can barely keep up – much of it very exciting.  Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to the press event that launched a fabulous new travelling vintage party called An Era of Experience.

Before I jump in to telling you all about my experience of An Era of Experience, I’d like to introduce you to the four talented ladies behind this collaboration.

They are Sharon, owner of vintage china and prop hire company For The Love Of Vintage; Bethany Jane Davies, the glamorous make-up artist behind The Vintage Beauty Parlour; Nicola, bespoke bridal accessories designer for Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe; and Anna, the baker and owner of boutique bakehouse And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon.

1920s Speakeasy vintage party

An Era of Experience combines glamorous vintage styling, Speakeasy cocktails served in teacups, boozy cakes and a chance to create your own era inspired headpiece.  If you’re planning your hen party then the ladies from An Era of Experience have got everything you need to create a wonderful celebration for you and your guests.

Vintage hen party

It’s always lovely to be invited to an event or party, but this one was particularly lovely as it’s a collaboration between a number of businesses, many of whom I’ve come to know really well through The Natural Wedding Company.

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Love a Locavore seasonal catering

Love a Locavore specialises in seasonal, locally sourced catering for weddings and hen and stag do dinner parties.  To celebrate our 5th birthday, Alice is offering complimentary canapes when you book a hen or stag do lunch or dinner party.

Love a Locavore alternative hen and stag party

For the past two and a half years, Alice has been running a pop-up restaurant from her beautiful entertaining space and garden in Fulham, London.  She cooks up delicious meals for an alternative and incredibly special hen or stag do, and can seat up to 20 of your friends.

Love a Locavore seasonal wedding catering

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