Broke-Ass Tag: bachelorette party


Affiliate Disclaimer NewHi BABs!

The big day is almost here, and I am super excited! Over the last few weeks I have been surrounded by awesome generosity: El Fiance truly stepping up and doing more than his fair share of wedding prep; a fantastic, hilarious, Hobbit-themed hen party organised by my wonderful ‘Maids with 22 absolutely incredible women; and so many random messages of support that it has been truly overwhelming.

For some light relief, here are a few snaps from my hen party …

Real Bride Emma's Hobbit-themed Hen Party
Me with “a Hobbit” — yes, I am dressed as a man.

Real Bride Emma Gets Into the Elvin Spirit
Me dressed as Legolas, about to do a spot of archery. I am aware how lame this makes me, and I don’t care.

Forget Strippers! Real Bride Emma's Hen Party was Hobbit-Themed
Me and some of the hen party dudes. Such love, many feels.

You might recall that a previous post was a bit, well, stressy. But I am delighted to inform you that all that is behind me, in part due to the fact that I have had so many brilliant people offering help, cake, and their own possessions all in the name of making the wedding planning as stress-free as possible. So I shall take the opportunity now to say thank you very much — I really appreciate it.

And that’s the wonderful thing about living this planning in the public eye — and why I urge you all to be open with your friends and family about your own wedding plans. It can be so easy in this day of Pinterest-pointless weddings and Insta-sham to feel that you should be able to create this magical, unique and social-media friendly day all by yourself. But the truth is BABs, that you can’t. No one can. And that’s OK! Instead of using these networks to endlessly obsess over weddings that have been created by a team of designers and creative types, use them to connect to people and ASK FOR HELP. It takes a whole village to raise a child, and it takes at least one cul-de-sac to organise a wedding.

OK. Preaching over. Here are some nice BAB-style tips.

1) We came into the possession of a significant number of battery-powered tea lights — massive thanks to my lovely friend Bex who is leaving the country for sunnier climes and therefore donated a shedload of wedding stuff to us. Electric lights are great because you can just leave them on all day without worrying about re-stocking them, and they also make a lovely flickering glow without adding any heat.

To make them fit in with our scheme, and also to cover them a little, I simply wrapped book pages (cut up into different sizes) around them. Et voila — sweet little paper covers that hide the plastic nature of the lights but allow their lovely glow to show through.

2) We have now bought all the wine! Hurrah! We used ALDI, which in the UK is a shop that sells really lovely wines at great prices. We had a terrible (not) time trying a few different bottles out, and I would really recommend any UK brides to take advantage of their selection. You can get some really nice stuff for about £5 a bottle (or even less — our red wine is only £3.70 a bottle and it is YUMMY and has totally won awards and stuff). Also, the staff are now pretty used to people coming in and raiding their stick for weddings and large parties, and are super helpful. Massive. Win.

3) Crafting ain’t so bad. And believe me, if I can do it, ANYONE can do it. In the UK I strongly suggest a visit to Hobbycraft, which is full of pretty inexpensive bits and bobs that you can use to spruce up you wedding. For example, I have added lovely bits of pearl spray into the bouquets (which I totally also made, alongside my lovely maids) and they only cost me £2.50 for a set of twelve. Boom.

I also have my eye on cute little letters, which are intended to be put on the doors of kid’s rooms, but could totally be spruced up and popped on the top table.

I’ll talk to you lovelies again after the wedding day!

Till next time, Am Dram Bride – out!

Emma Watkins
  • 9/24

    Affiliate Disclaimer New

    You guys. I’m getting married this weekend. In fact, by the time you’re reading this, I may already be married and suffice it to say, I AM ALL OF THE EXCITE. The DIYs are done. The booze is bought. All I have left to do is zip up that dress and marry the love of my life.

    In the style of silly tradition, several of my favorite ladies ushered me into the world of the wedded with a bachelorette party for the ages last weekend. Being that I’ve always had far more guy friends than girl friends, this old standby left me a little nervous. “Please no penises. Please no penises. Please no … wait, is it actually ‘penii’? Either way, please none of them,” I thought. I should have known my bestie would do right by me, but the giddiness really set in when I found the second-most exciting dress of my bride-to-be journey.

    landscape portrait

    “Hey, I thought this was the Broke-Ass Bride! That dress looks expensive!” Well, in another world, this to-die-for Kate Spade sparkledress was totally spendy, but in some broke-ass brilliance fashion, the borrowed dress was a whopping $30 from Rent The Runway. I was gifted a sweet $50 promo-code hookup and managed to snag the earrings as a bonus. Sparklez for days, y’all.

    UPS dropped off the garment bag the Friday before the party and all I had to do was wear it, then swap out the pre-paid shipping label and drop it off by noon the following Monday. No muss, no fuss, just a lot of feeling fabulous and mugging for the camera.

    pizza party

    As a lover of glitz, I knew I was going to have a great night, even though bachelorette parties aren’t really my “thing” … or so I thought. Part of me had been dragging my feet, muttering about gender stereotypes and societal expectations and wondering why these were even still a thing and if I could invite dudes. What I got was a killer reminder that, #duh, I know some really amazing women and I don’t celebrate with them nearly enough. Everyone came together using their respective skills and talents to make it a fun and totally creative night with plenty of quirks and inside jokes … including this glorious example of intentionally bad Photoshop that I will keep forever and display at my wedding.

    Wine and picture

    I’ve struggled a lot with trends and tradition in this process, but I’ve come to realize that “tradition” hasn’t ever let me down. A lot of things, including the bachelorette party, have been … call it “modified traditional” and it just works. Going for an all-out, no-boys-allowed party gave me the opportunity to re-learn why I love these women so much, but just like literally everything wedding-related, you can do whatever you damn well please if it works for you.

    I’m not telling you how to live your life, but I am going to tell you to celebrate. Celebrate everything! Even if it’s just a happy high-five, celebrate every little mundane moment of your love because this is it. This is forever and it’s freaking beautiful. Congratulations, everybody! Now I’m gonna go marry the love of my life. See you when I’m married!

  • 10/14

    Ever look back on a major event and wish that you had more photos/videos to capture those awesome memories? I sure do. So when it came to what I'll affectionately call my "Epic Bridal Weekend," I knew that I needed professional help with the documentation of all the fun details. Enter: WeddingMix!  My fiancé actually told me about the app first, and then I learned more about…

    Read the full article →
    Share this!


    Wow, Broke-Ass Brides and Grooms! My wedding is this Saturday, September 27th! On one hand, I entirely believe it, as I have been planning this day for almost a year. On the other hand, even with all the planning and wedding talk, it really snuck up on me. I will admit – I’m really over the idea of this wedding. I am ready to end…

    Read the full article →
    Share this!
  • 4/11

    Photo courtesy of Christopher Duggan Dear Heather, Our wedding is this coming August, 2014. Due to a job loss, our financial situation has changed majorly. I  have a venue - Maestro in the Bronx, NY - which  I love. I'm on a minimal budget of $8,000 and postponing isn't an option. My venue, which comes with a videographer, eats up most of my budget and…

    Read the full article →
    Share this!


    ATTN: All you maids of honor and best men! Wondering what to do for your bestie on their last big night of singledom? Well, if you're in the U.K., you can put your pretty little head to rest and hand over the responsibilities to Hangover Weekends. Specialising in planning for a hen and stag weekend in Newcastle, Nottingham and Brighton, Hangover Weekends takes control by…

    Read the full article →
    Share this!


    How cute are these before and after personalized rhinestone tanks? SUPER CUTE is the correct answer! Not only does The House of Bachelorette offer these sweet tanks, they have everything you could possibly need for a proper hen party from pretty to provocative, from tiaras to titillating games! Skip  the skeezy shops where the clerks eyeball you up and down when you plop an armload…

    Read the full article →
    Share this!
  • 6/21

    Got a question for Liz? Go to the contact page, and let us know what's up! Dear Liz, My fiance and I LOVE a good party. We have budgeted for 150 guests at our wedding, but there are more than 150 people that we want to celebrate with us. The long and short of it is: we cannot afford to feed everyone. We are having…

    Read the full article →