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I am breaking every Hen/Bachelorette Code by discussing this but what the hell!  I have to tell you how awesome my Hen weekend was and take the opportunity to thank my lovely friends and Maid of Honour Maggie.

Here she is…

and again…

Ms Maggie and I have known each other since the first day of school.  I was crying…she distracted me with lego…it’s been the same ever since.  She’s as lovely as they come.  Our arguments are some of the most fierce and painful you will ever experience, but isn’t that always the case with people you love!!  She is my daughter’s God Mother and I can’t imagine either of our lives without her.

Anyway, back to the Hen weekend.  Maggie insisted on keeping the nature and location of my Hen celebrations a secret, which drove me insane!!  I do not like surprises!!  But they were good surprises and my marathon weekend played out something like this…

A Tea Party at my Auntie’s Pub, The Ribble Lodge.  We had what my Auntie Liz called ‘WI’ sandwiches, because they were a bit posher and more old school than your average buttie!

My crazy Mummy friends danced to Agadoo and dressed me up in Hen Party regalia, including a beautiful hand-made, tea-cup fascinator with a  blusher veil.

And even my Grandma could come, complete with broken foot.

At the end of the night the girls gave me my T-shirt that I would wear for the next day and the most beautiful veil with hand sewn embellishments like silver charms…..what do you think???

These jeans were bought because Maggie thought they’d be embarrassing, but I LOVE them!

The next day saw us have brunch in Liverpool with my lovely little girl coming along, which was great because she is my absolute best friend!   After a quick ride on the Carousel, it was time for her to go home and the more grown-up festivities to begin.

Well, erm,  I have no excuse for my behaviour!  After a nice dinner, we boarded a party bus filled with Hen and Stag parties and went on a tour of Liverpool’s finest drinking establishments.

The night ended the following morning with the hotel security requesting that we ‘keep the noise down’ 😮  I am an upstanding member of the community, I promise!

The next day we said goodbye to a few members of our group and went onto our third and final activity.  I tried to work out what it might be considering who had bowed out (the fact that people had ‘bowed out’ did worry me a little) but was still none the wiser as we got on the first of three trains as the girls kept hiding the tickets from me.

We ended up in Wales!!

The town of Ruabon to be precise and what a beautiful, friendly place.

After eating Sunday Lunch with the locals at The Lord Nelson, we took a cab to White Water Active, a local adventure sports centre and got ready to go…….white water rafting.   Yes you read that right!  Now although White water rafting might not be on every hen party’s list of things they want to do and perhaps was not ideal given that it was 2 weeks ’til the big day…I loved it!  That’s why Maggie picked it…because despite (and possibly because of) the fact it’s an odd choice,  she knew I’d love it!

We were so well looked after by our instructor Carwen that afterwards we all wanted to take him back home with us and John, the centre boss even gave us a lift back into town!  Honestly they were so good, I could write a whole post just about the them!

I had the most diverse, unique and personal weekend and I could see that my best friend’s heart and soul had gone into every single moment.  I had a great time and love her so much for organising it for me.  I could happily have slept for a week afterwards!!

Thank you to all the lovely ladies who helped me celebrate my last few days of unmarried life!

Love Rachel

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  • Lizmoran_mohill

    She really did do a fantastic job , as did all your other close friends .. You are very lucky to all have each other and I am so glad you enjoyed it all ….

    • Anonymous

      WI sandwiches all the way ;-P

  • A hen do in a million was needed for a bride in a million! Rachel has been the least bridezillia ever! So much so, I was was nervously awaiting the force on the day itself. But it never came! Little hickups happened here and there, but she didn’t care. Rachel was marrying Phill and that was all that mattered to her. What a notion! Gorgeous! The hen do was made by the people there. The girls who just said “Yes Maggie”, to every crazy, maybe scary, and spare of the moment ideas! They too, didnt care. They were there to send Rachel off in style, and that’s all that mattered. I hope we did her proud, and I thank all the girls involved for the effort, help, enthusiasm and spirit that they not only put into the hen do itself but the weeks, and months coming up to it! Rachel, herself though, ultimately made it the hen weekend it was. I wanted something that caught every aspect of her….from the still child-like Rachel to Mummy Rachel. From girlie Rachel to adventurous Rachel. And from vintage folly Rcahel to just plain crazy Rachel! Whether I created that, only she could really tell you, but all I know is that there wasn’t a single “I can’t!”, “I won’t!” or “Phill will kill you!” to be heard. Like everything in life Rachel put everything into everything! Her smile lit up liverpool and out shone any other bride hovering near by (“It’s a bride off!!”), and how is it she can still look stunning in a freezing cold water rapid drenched wet suit!!! I won’t lie, and it will come as no surprise….I was nervous. About the ideas, the planning, the guests, the content.. and don’t get me started on the weekend itself! Why is this!? Because she deserved the best! Rachel is my friend, my inspiration and my sister. All through life she has been there for me. My rock. I had to do her justice! Watching each other get married is something we have spoken about for 24 years. I’m geting emotional now just picturing that moment we shared in the church together, before she walked down the isle. Looking breath-takingly beautiful! I felt almost like I was giving her away! Goodness knows how fathers feel!! And well, my bit is done. Its over to Phill now. To share with Rachel the happily ever after you BOTH so heartrenchingly deserve! xxxx Love me xx

    • Anonymous

      I don’t really know what to say to that Mags other than; thank you, so so much. I’m crying now… you may need to hunt out some lego lol. xxxx

  • Jonathan Smith

    She have done a superb job for sure. Hen Parties must be unique and awesome.