Hen Party

For some women, organising a hen party is a dream. It’s the excitement of their best friend getting married, being a part of their special day and celebrating it with her. Normally by getting her hideously drunk and embarrassing her.

For this reason, the idea of coordinating a hen do is a nightmare for some people. I’d consider myself to be in this category. There’s nothing worse I can think of than being responsible for ‘fun’ activities that cater for everyone’s tastes with the mentality similar to that of New Year’s Eve – everyone must have a good time!

Does that make me a bit of a hen Scrooge? Perhaps so but I’d just want something a bit more interesting than the typical cheesy ‘hen do’, and ideally, I’d want someone to take the pain out of arranging the entertainment. That’s why hen do organisers like Hen Heaven are brill – it’s hassle-free! So let’s forget about the L plates and inflatable dolls and look at hen party ideas that are a bit more appealing.

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We partnered with Crafty Pie to bring you our Altitude Summit coverage, and now we’d like to show you why — they’re amazing! Beautiful typography, details, and little beautiful touches. Read all about them below:

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Crafty Pie is an online wedding invitation boutique. We specialize in unique, modern, elegant and vintage wedding invitations, save the dates and all other wedding stationery. All of our designs are completely customizable. You can choose from a variety colors, fonts and update your wording to match your wedding or event without any additional fees. Our online shop makes it easy and safe to order your custom designs.

To celebrate our new website launch, we are offering 15% off your entire order until March 31st. Just apply the coupon code LOVEROCKS13 to your cart before checking out. We are also offering buy one get one free samples for a limited time. Just use the coupon code BUY1GET1.

Check out more examples of Crafty Pie’s beautiful work below!

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PrimeStyle is an online jewelry boutique, featuring discount and factory priced jewelry from 50-78% off retail. From their website:

Here at we carry our own merchandise as we are a true manufacturer. was created to offer you a new way of shopping for the finest jewelry and diamonds that compliment your lifestyle. Our business philosophy offers you the widest selection of popular designs and best quality merchandise at the absolute lowest prices. Our factory was established in 2001 and we will continue to offer shipping locally and internationally.

They offer some beautiful pieces at a big discount — these are some of my favorites!

primestyle engagement ring

0.95CT emerald and round cut diamonds engagement ring ($848.99 — retail price: $3,700.00, saving 77.10%)

primestyle wedding set

3.20CT princess cut diamonds bridal set ($1,986.99 — retail price: $8,600.00, saving 76.90%)

primestyle heart pendant

0.55CT round cut diamonds heart pendant ($647.99 — retail price: $2,210.72, saving 70.70%)

PrimeStyle offers some really great features:

  • Free Shipping
  • Direct Factory Prices
  • 30 Days Returns
  • Low Price Guarantee
  • Life Time Warranty
  • Green Jewelry Manufacturer

To see more, check out PrimeStyle’s engagement rings, wedding sets, or their entire jewelry collection!

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Dollar Dance indeed! With the expense of weddings these days, you might need to up the ante on taking a few steps with the bride during the reception. The average wedding in the U.S. now costs $27,800, according to The Knot. It gets worse. In urban areas, the price of saying “I do” is closer to $40,000 or more.

All of which might explain something else. The most requested Dollar Dance song in recent years, at least according to DJ Intelligence, is “If I had $1,000,000 (A Million Dollars),” by Barenaked Ladies.

So as you write and send off check after check for all of the things you’ve planned in your dream wedding, it’s important to also think about how you can help protect this huge investment. Say, for example, you’ve chosen to have the ceremony in a beautiful, romantic outdoor venue or on the beach in an exotic, tropical location. However, when the big day arrives, Mother Nature rears her ugly head and the wedding is rained out in the biggest storm of the season. Now you’ve got to reschedule the entire event, AND you’re still responsible for paying the venue, caterer, band, photographers and everyone else you’ve already booked for that day. Your dream wedding has quickly turned into a nightmare.


How can you manage the costs? Well, if one of those checks you wrote is for wedding insurance, formally known as special event insurance, you could file a claim for all non-refundable deposits you lost as a result of the cancellation.

The amount of coverage you should purchase depends on the total price tag on your dream wedding, but typically policies range from $125 to $400, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Here are just a few examples of when having a wedding insurance policy could help you save the big day:

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Love With Food

One of my favorite fellow startups in my batch when I was going through the 500 Startups incubator was Love With Food, headed by my near friend Aihui. The benefit to her company is obvious: Sign up for Love With Food and you’ll receive a box of gourmet food samples in the mail every month, and Love With Food will donate a meal to charity for every box you receive!

For if you need a late — but awesome — Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetie, or a great present for a friend or family member, Love With Food is running a great promotion! Use code WEDDINGLOVELYVIP to get your first box free. Just pay $2 shipping.

Find out more about Love With Food here, sign up for your free box, and happy snacking!

There are affiliate links within this post which go to supporting this blog and keeping it running. Thank you for your support!


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Photo by Jenna Walcott Photography

Few purchases get more care and consideration than the purchase of an engagement ring. There are websites and books dedicated to the topic. If you read through all of the information available on selecting a diamond then you could easily became a certified gemmologist as soon as you learned to work the jeweller’s loupe.

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So pleased to bring you PictureThis, an awesome touchscreen photobooth, guest book, and mobile app for your wedding, or any other event you run! This blows disposable cameras out of the water, especially since it comes with an awesome guestbook keepsake after the event.

picturethis: photo booth, guest book, and mobile app

The day of the wedding can be a blur. It’s a whirlwind of events, faces, emotions, tastes, and more. As a bride, one of the most stressful parts of a wedding is worrying about all these special moments being collected and remembered. Especially those moments you’re not there for. PictureThis can help capture all of this and make the most memorable day of your life truly memorable. They do this with three products: the world’s most advanced Photo Booth, a one-of-a-kind Photo Guestbook/Album, and your very own Custom Wedding Mobile App.

picturethis: photo booth, guest book, and mobile app

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As your wedding day approaches, it’s sometimes difficult to think about anything but your wedding plans. However, while your wedding is clearly about you and your groom, your friends and family certainly play an integral part in the process – especially your bridesmaids. Keep reading for some tips to avoid conflict with your bridesmaids and to ensure you keep them all as friends after the big day.

Forgetting their gifts, or picking gifts according to YOUR taste

It goes without saying that bridesmaids’ gifts are a tradition that should probably not be ignored. Lets face it. They’ve listened to you talk about the wedding for the past year, ponied up money for dresses they probably don’t like very much, and pampered you all day. Saying thank you with a small token of appreciation should never be something you overlook.

While it’s obviously important to select bridesmaids gifts relevant to both who you are and your wedding, it is also important to keep in mind that these gifts are for your bridesmaids, and not for you. Try to think about each individual girls specific tastes, and cater to those.  If you are thinking about getting the same gift but in different variations, personalization is key. Engraved or monogrammed gifts, or even colors specific to likes and dislikes of your bridesmaids shows added effort and appreciation on your end.

See the rest of the post after the jump!

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Photo by Robert London Photography

More and more couples are choosing to get married abroad and the benefits can be huge.  Even July weddings in England are often blighted by bad weather and the ‘wedding rate’ from hotels over here can be extortionate, so how best to plan a wedding in sunnier (or snowier) climes?  Here are our top tips for a great overseas wedding.

The Destination

Obviously, this is one of the most important decisions and you need to be absolutely sure about your choice.  Guaranteed sunshine is often a key reason for marrying abroad, but being too warm won’t be pleasant; remember that the men will most likely be wearing suits, and red faced sweating grooms ruin wedding albums.  So, if you are going to a Mediterranean country or somewhere south of the equator, high summer might not be the best time.  If you do have your heart set on a super sunny wedding, cotton or linen suits for the boys might be good idea and not too many structural layers underneath the bridal dress.

See the rest of the post after the jump!

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Today we have something quite exciting — win some beautiful jewelry by retailer Anjolee, who sells gorgeous customizable rings, bracelets, earrings, and more!

Anjolee was founded in 1977 as a high-end jewelry manufacturer. The company originally started selling its products to wholesalers and retail stores and quickly gained recognition as the leading manufacturer of high-end diamond jewelry. Anjolee’s product line has expanded throughout the years and includes an extensive collection of bridal jewelry, customizable rings, diamond bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and pendants.

Anjolee is the original manufacturer of all jewelry seen on Anjolee. The operation is based in San Diego, California, and currently has over 100 employees, including talented model makers and an expertly trained production team. When you buy from Anjolee, you benefit from over 35 years in the jewelry and manufacturing experience.

Anjolee has graciously allowed us to do a giveaway of one of their pieces of jewelry!

Prize options:


  • Winner can choose ONE of the above beautiful pieces of jewelry!
  • Winner’s jewelry will be silver and cubic zirconia (sorry darlings, not diamonds!) Still gorgeous and beautiful — people don’t need to know it’s not a real diamond. ;)
  • Approximate value of winner’s prize: $150
  • Contest ends at 9pm PST on September 3rd (one week from now).

How to win (get up to 6 entries!):

  • (1 entry) Like WeddingLovely on Facebook, and leave a comment saying you have! (If you’ve already liked us, you can leave a comment too!)
  • (1 entry) Like Anjolee on Facebook, and leave a comment saying you have!
  • (1 entry) Write a tweet that links to this post and mentions the contest, and add a comment to this post with a link to the tweet.
  • (3 entries) Write a blog post about the contest, then add a comment with a link to your post!

Each of these can be put into one comment, we’ll tally them manually. :) Best of luck, and thanks to Anjolee for providing such a lovely giveaway!