When you think about getting engaged, you think about the love between two people that want to tie the knot. I knew when I thought about getting engaged that it would prove how much my boyfriend loved me; that he wanted to stand up in front of all our friends and family and declare that he would be with me forever.
It did do that.
What I didn’t realise was that getting engaged would do something further. I never realised that it would prove how much my friends and family love and want to support me. How far they are willing to go to make me happy and how much they will do in the name of friendship. My hen weekend was another example of that. Before I even get into specifics I want to say thank you, primarily to my sister but also to every single one of my friends who put in so much effort and added all the little details that made it such an incredibly special weekend. I really love you all so very much and it was quite overwhelming at times to realise that you do all love me back!
My hen do was just outside Bath in the beautiful Somerset countryside. I met my friend Fiona on the train, where we couldn’t get a seat so stood, giggling, drinking Prosecco in the aisle, being frowned at by business people on their way home!
I was picked up and driven to our gorgeous four bedroom cottage which my amazing sister and friends had decorated perfectly with a beach theme – perfect for me, especially as Ian and I got engaged in Cornwall!
My friend Alexa had pulled out all the stops with beach balls, lollipops, heart shaped balloons, banners and even the most gorgeous personalised bunting, which I will keep forever.
And my friend Nikki (Instagram @cakesivebaked, go check her out!) had made me the most insanely amazing beach-themed cake!
We immediately cracked open the champagne as the others started to arrive!
There were ten of us in total and we got dressed up before heading over to the local pub for a previously ordered meal, which was SO good. Again the girls had decorated the private room we had, and Alexa had made little bags of fudge to go along with the Cornwall theme! So thoughtful!
And again heavy on the wine and shots!
Before we headed back to dance the night away in the cottage to our hen-themed playlists. A lot of cheese and a lot of drunk dancing and hugging involved, followed by a good old game of Cards Against Humanity!
I had to keep stopping and thinking to myself ‘this is my hen do.’ I sent Ian a photo and he was like ‘oh my god, you’re the hen! On a hen do! You’re wearing the sash! We’re getting married!’
And that’s kind of how I felt too. It was the perfect evening (apart from my sister losing her ring – which I TOLD YOU WE’D FIND, SARAH!) and as a start to my hen do went, it couldn’t have been better.