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Cluck, cluck...it's hen party time!

Wednesday, 6th September, 2017 6:05pm

Now I don’t know how it’s happened but I’ve ended up with having four hen parties being organised for me.

It may seem excessive but actually I’m not in the slightest bit surprised that this is how my pre-wedding build up is going down. Being low key has never really been a strong point of mine so why break with tradition now?

Seeing as I’m not exactly a young bride, it comes as no surprise that many of my friends have kids or are currently with child so I had a very relaxing pregnant lady hen party on Saturday with the girls who couldn’t make the wilder main event.

We went to an amazing spa and I had a facial which is something I rarely do, but I will definitely try and make this a regular treat for myself. I looked fresh as a daisy after it and even looked like I had had some cosmetic surgery done, but in a good way.

Of course the freshness didn’t last long as I was off to meet some of my other pals for cocktails and tapas for a more booze filled hen number two.

Naturally I was completely unprepared for the torrential rain of Saturday night and didn’t even factor in a coat to my look. I mean, really, it is so hard to remain stylish while the wind and rain are doing their best to dishevel you and I refuse to wear a raincoat on a night out.

I hadn’t really thought at all about what I might wear to my hen party until the Friday, and then, of course, it was all hands on deck at the panic station. It would appear that I am incapable of making style decisions regarding my own outfit choices until the very last minute and then I somehow manage to pull something out of the bag.

I know some people in the run up to their wedding seem to have a wardrobe packed full of whites, creams and beiges, lest we forget that they are in the final throes of bridal preparation but I’m not one for wearing those colours normally so why start now? That’s not to say I didn’t wrestle with the idea that it might be nice to get some practice in with a white dress.

I opted instead for a short mint green vintage 1960s dress with a light gold print on it which a high neck and long sleeves. It had a definite 'getting married to one of the Beatles', circa the beginning of Beatlemania before they discovered Ravi Shankar and the sitar vibe to it. I gave a little nod to white with a vintage beaded bag that I picked up years ago and then kept the look modern with tassle earrings and green heels.

While wearing white on your hen party night out works for some people, mainly the sort of people who don’t spill cocktails on themselves, it’s not for everyone but fear not there are lots of other options available to you.

Stay true to your own style and you’ll look great. I also like the idea of wearing a white print dress which is a bit more wearable and then adding a pop of colour with a statement heel.

I decided mint was about as light as I was going to go and managed to get a dress that had great structure to it, so it looked dressy enough for my hen party, because as the main chick, you definitely want to stand out a bit from your bride tribe.

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