We’re all familiar with those classic wedding traditions, like throwing the bouquet, the first dance and the best man’s speech. But did you know that the females of the Tujia people in China are expected to cry for an hour a day the whole month before their wedding? Or that people of the Neur tribe in South Sudan believe a marriage is not complete until the woman has had two children? We’ve collected some weird and wonderful wedding traditions from around the world for your entertainment – and perhaps inspiration…
There’s a reason why you wanted these women to be so involved in your big day. They’ve been there for you, calmed you when you needed it, and picked you up when you were down (maybe literally, depending on your hen do!). So it’s no wonder that a tradition has arisen of giving your bridal party a small gift at the end of your hen do, to thank them for everything they do. This is usually jewellery, but why not treat your best friends to something a little more unusual; something that’s a little more personal? Here are a few ideas for what you can give the most important ladies in your life.
Planning a hen party can seem pretty daunting, especially when you’ve got a large group with different budgets and different ideas of what’s fun. While a raucous night out may appeal to some of the group, it’s usually not to the taste of the mother-of the-bride. Likewise, afternoon teas and a spa day may be heaven for your childhood best friend, but a bit too quiet for your sister. At the end of the day, you have to accept that you’re never going to please everyone, but while (obviously) the bride is the most important person to please, it’s still possible to please most of the group. So here is a plan for the ultimate Hen Party Weekender. You can, of course, pick and mix parts of this to suit your party. We recommend that the bride and bridesmaids stick out the whole weekend though – we never said it would be easy. But it will be fun, not to mention unforgettable.
When it comes to wedding gifts, it can be so hard to find the perfect thing. You want to find something they’ll treasure forever, that isn’t too clichéd but isn’t so out there that it will be hidden away in a drawer for ever after – something that lets them know just how much they mean to you.
We’re continuing our wedding blog series this week with perfect present ideas. Not all of them can be homemade, but all are guaranteed to be a personal gift that the happy couple will treasure, and will be more than happy to have out on display.
For the second instalment of our DIY personalised wedding touches series, we’ve put together some ideas for DIY centrepieces for your big day. Home-made, crafty touches are such a great way to make your day unique (and they’re great for the budget too), and creating something beautiful can be much easier than you think!
Anyone who has been to a wedding (or been on Pinterest) in the past few years will be aware of the huge rise in the popularity of home-made, rustic style themes. Getting crafty with your wedding decorations is a great way to keep within your budget, and add kitsch, personal style to your day.