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Alternative ideas for your hen party

Alternative ideas for your hen party


Written by Katie Byrne


Ditch your L-plates for fine floral arrangements and a get-together you’ll remember forever

 

The boho garden party

If you go down to the woods today... You’ll step through the trees and into a small clearing filled with sweet things. We love the playful, bohemian vibe behind this bridesmaids’ picnic shoot. “We wanted to create a twist on the casual afternoon picnic,” says Angela Margolis of Sterling Social Events. “We used tufted furnishings, quilted blankets, floor pillows and ottomans in vibrant colours and mixed prints to create a cosy environment beneath a canopy of trees.” Guests were seated at a low, wooden dining table with a stunning floral centrepiece. 

“Each personalised place setting was adorned with botanicalinspired china, glassware, gold cutlery and place names made of laser-cut wood,” says Angela. She also explains how the shoot was designed to show the true meaning of a bridal party, with handmade wooden boxes presented to each guest inscribed with the words ‘she chose us’. “We filled the boxes with mementos, including a note from the bride and swatches from their dresses.” A meaningful medley of natural bohemian beauty.

ADDRESS BOOK Styling: Sterling Social Events & Experiences; Photography: Braedon Photography; Flowers: JL Designs 

Vintage blooms

Imagine blush-coloured blooms alongside a wrought iron birdcage, peach and coral posies in jars, sea-foam green and gold tassels hanging from peach balloons, and it’s not even your wedding day! This high tea shoot by Confetti & Crumbs shows just how beautiful a pre-wedding party can be, and we love the delicious mix of coral, mint and metallic which is stamped all over this floral scene. Vintage floral crockery is contrasted with modern displays of ranunculus, anemones, roses and daises.

“The theme was created around a bride who loves flowers, pearls and lace,” says Renee Mikhail. “We started with the stationery and everything else evolved from there.” Crocheted doilies adorn the tables with Robert Gordon crockery coordinating with the floral menus and place settings. “Props including old wooden crates, a tea trolley, suitcases and balloons with tissue paper frills decorated the room.” A mix of old and new designed for the happiest hen party.

ADDRESS BOOK Styling: Confetti & Crumbs; Photography: Silk Truffle Photography 

Chintz for tea, anyone?

If you’re a blushing bride it’s less likely you’re a little shy and more likely you’re making a serious style statement. This shoot by Lovely Jubilee encapsulates all the beauty of a rose-tinted tea party. “We filled the scene with lush florals, delicate china and lace with pink, mint and gold accents,” says Wilmarose Orlanes from Lovely Jubilee. “The flowers played an important part in softening and elevating this table setting and we wanted to create arrangements which felt feminine without being too fussy.” 

A rustic wooden table grounds the delicate details in the crystal glasses and dainty china. “We wanted the tea party to be nothing short of luxurious with a splash of whimsy,” says Wilmarose. And long after the guests have gone, we’re dreaming of creamy florals, pale yellow details and peachy perfection – a classically cool way to celebrate impending nuptials. 

ADDRESS BOOK Styling: Lovely Jubilee; Photography: Caroline Tran 


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