Special Wedding Photo Book Offer for Budget Bride Co Readers

Wedding Photo Book Offer

I am pleased to share a nice Budget Bride Co offer with you today! You lovely readers can qualify for a 50% discount (usual price £20) on these full colour wedding photo books from Photo2People. Just type in the code BUDGETBRIDE at the checkout to get your wedding photo book half price at £10 (plus shipping at £4.50). I think these would make a lovely wedding gift or a keepsake for your hen do!
Wedding Phot Book Special Offer

The Wedding Photo book Template, that you can find on the site, contains 28 pages and in unchanged form has room for 74 photos – you then have the option to add more pages and photos (the cost of a 2 page insert is £1.)

Wedding Photo Book Special Offer
You are also able to change background colours and patterns on each photo book page. The wedding photo book is printed with a hard cover with a personalised front with your own photos and text.
Happy photo booking!
Laura xx

Home Made London – Hen Do Review

I was lucky enough to attend an incredible hen do on Saturday in London. With about 15 hens to entertain and a mixture of expectant and new Mum’s, friends and family, it was important to choose a venue and activity that would be suitable for everyone. We definitely hit the nail on the head with Homemade London. Nestled in a beautiful two floor shop in the little back streets behind Marble Arch, Homemade London offers an amazing array of activities to suit your hen do.



With options ranging from Lingerie workshops to learning how to make your own natural skincare parties, there seems to be an option suitable for all sorts of hen party.

We were able to bring along our own bottles of bubbly, which the Homemade London staff cheerfully poured into champagne flutes for us – they also kept us topped up the whole way through the afternoon without us having to ask – bonus! The cost of the workshop did include cakes and tea, which were served up in some fantastic crockery…




We decided to go on the Perfume Making Workshop, which worked out at £39 per person (based on 15 of us attending). This included a 2 ½ hour workshop where we learned all about natural perfumes and how to mix base, middle and top notes to create a unique signature scent just for you.




I discovered a love for Neroli, Jasmine and Vanilla (and a definite dislike of cardamom and frankincense!) After having a chat with the lovely Nicola (who runs Homemade London), I discovered how to blend my favourite fragrances and I ended up with a gorgeous concoction that was packaged up into a handy bottle for me to take home!



You can find out more about Homemade London on their website www.homemadelondon.com or you can give them an email on info@homemadelondon.com


Love from a sweet smelling Laura x

Budget Hen Do Ideas

Hen Do’s can be a fantastic source of excitement in the run up to your wedding day. A time to get together with your very best friends and celebrate one of the most important events of your life. Whether you decide to hand over the planning of the hen do to your bridesmaids / best friend or run the whole thing yourself, your hen do should be an expression of who you are and a celebration of the end of your single life and imminent start of a newly married life together with your partner.


As a party girl through and through, I absolutely adore receiving hen do invitations. All the better if there is a theme or some way to completely throw myself into the day, evening or weekend.  But I understand that every girl about to be married has very, very different ideas of what fun is and what makes a good hen do. There was a time (not very long ago!) when hen do’s were getting more and more extravagant. What started as a few drinks with friends in a cosy local pub soon became a weekend city break away, then a mini break to Ibiza and then a weeks holiday in Vegas! It became the norm for hen do’s to be all out extravaganzas – an excuse for a no holds barred party wherever it might be and however much it might cost.


Times have changed. Unless you are very fortunate, Hen Do’s including long haul flights really just aren’t a realistic option. So, it’s definitely time to really think about what you want from a hen do and how you can achieve what you want on budget.


Here are some low budget hen do ideas to get your planning off to a budget friendly start!


1. Keep it Simple…

We absolutely love the idea of the old fashioned hen do. Keep it as simple as you possibly can – invite your very best friends round to yours, get ready at home together with some wine and then head out to your local pub or a couple of bars. Girly giggles, minimum spend and easy to get home afterwards – what’s not to like?! Just make sure your other half is out of bounds from your chosen pub for the evening!


Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdn/2590745465/


2. Party Nights…

Book a party evening at your house or one of your bridesmaids. From Body Shop at Home  to Partylite and Ann Summers using your own home as a base for a party night is a great cost effective idea. Usually as the host, you will also get some kind of bonus dependant on what your fellow hens buy from the Party Night Company which makes it extra rewarding for you. The representative will bring along the products for you and your hens to trial and you just then need to add a little bit of food and get your hens to bring along a bottle each and you’ve got a fun night sorted without having to leave your front door!


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3. Get away the cheap way…

This is a great one if you have tonnes of friends. Instead of forking out for expensive hotels or B&Bs, why not hire out a country house or apartment that is able to sleep lots of people. What is an unachievable cost for one can be a really reasonable amount when there is a crowd of you. Have a look at websites such as Bath Hen Weekend,   Hen Party Venues and The Big Domain for ideas.

Options for entertainment when you arrive are endless – have a themed fancy dress dinner, go for long walks in the country or organise treasure hunts in the garden! Fun guaranteed.


Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ugardener/7079449023/


4. Book a class

Lots of local councils now run leisure courses for adult learning. From Indian head massage to one off trampolining courses, there can be an incredible array of fun activities that you could book you and your hens on to for around £40 per person. Learn how to cook a French three course dinner or take a creative writing one day course – you can learn a new skill and sort out your hen do in one go. Enquire with your local council to find out what courses they run. Northampton offer an excellent selection that you can have a look at here.


 Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zitona/4053097146/



5. Run your own wine tasting or cocktail making evening

Arrange with your hens who will bring along which bottles, and then you can get in the necessary accompaniments. For a wine tasting evening, buy in some olives, cheese and biscuits and grapes and get your wine glasses ready. For a fun cocktail evening, buy in a selection of fruit and some fun straws and mini sparklers. You can find endless recipes on line for all of the cocktails under the sun, however, it might be best to choose 4 or 5 recipes that you like the sound of and then create all of the different variations you like dependant on the bottle of spirits that have been brought along.


Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdbaywinefoodfest/3653839577/


Have a great time whatever you choose to do! How will you be celebrating your hen do?

Laura xx