As a chief bridesmaid, wedding duties can soon have your head in a spin. There’s the pressure of planning a fantastic hen party, fulfilling all your on-the-day duties and finding something personal to give as your gift to the bride.

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The good news is there are now a number of hands-on (and often hilarious) hen party activities, that will not only provide hours of fun for the girls on the hen do, but also create something special and unique for the bride to take home. What could be more fitting and personal to show the bride how much you all think of her than a special keepsake created with her best friends on the hen do?

Vintage make over and photo shoot

Whether her favourite vintage icon is Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly or Marilyn Monroe, your leading the lady is sure to love being pampered and preened like a 1950’s film star. This activity adds a big splash of glamour to the hen do, and all the girls will look and feel amazing when the professional make-up and stylist prepares them to take centre stage for an hour long photo shoot. Individual and group portraits are taken with imaginative vintage inspired props, and all the photographs are available for downloading after the session.

The bride’s gift: a personal portrait or group photograph of her and her best mates looking fabulous.

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Learn a wedding dance

It’s all the rage but few can pull it off successfully. Take the risk out of the equation and have an expert choreograph a bridesmaid dance to the bride’s favourite disco tune. In the safe hands of a professional you’ll learn a dependable routine tailored to the group’s level of ability. The wedding party will love it and the video is sure to make an appearance at family occasions and parties for years to come.

The bride’s gift: the chance to unleash her inner diva as you add the wow factor to the wedding party

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Bespoke accessory design

A new activity on the scene, design and fashion fanatics will love this creative hen session. During a three hour design workshop the hen group will work under the guidance of a professional shoe designer to customise (new or old) shoes, handbags and belts. The design tips, colours, crystals and gems, will help the girls create their own fashion masterpieces. It’s the perfect start to a party weekend as you get to take home your design to glam up your outfit for the dance floor later.

The bride’s gift: gorgeous accessories to wear on the hen party and honeymoon

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Lingerie workshop

Naughty, elegant or comical; whatever her lingerie style the bride will love all the giggles that ensue during this fun-filled hen activity. No craft skills are required for the activity coined as ‘Stitch before you hitch’, as all the expert tuition you need is included.  Washed down with champagne and cupcakes, this mobile workshop complete with pretty ribbons, silk flowers, frilly lace and bubble pink sewing machines, with come to you.  It’s a great option for hens looking to do something that keeps with the hen party tradition of naughtiness, but is a bit different at the same time.

The bride’s gift: a bespoke set of knickers to impress (or horrify) the groom.

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Perfume making workshop

From musky undertones to fruity top notes; in this perfume workshop you’ll follow in the footsteps of Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé and Rihanna to create your very own signature fragrance. During this 2 hour session, which can be done at home or at your party venue, the girls will be taken on a sensory journey sampling eighteen different perfume blends and selecting their favourites. Everyone gets to create and name their own signature fragrance which is professionally blended by a consultant to take away on the day. What’s more, the personal perfume blends will be kept on record so they can be reordered whenever you like.

The bride’s gift: a 20ml custom blended fragrance in a gorgeous atomiser.

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