Expert advice about hen & stag

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to


Tales of the unexpected

Tales of the unexpected

Q. I'd like to make sure the hen day is actually full of nice surprises, not just the obvious predictable stuff. Any suggestions for making the day go better?

A. Danielle Kendall says: Our No.1 rule is to plan a hen party full of personal touches and surprises that your bride will love. You should also consider the level of surprise. Some brides-to-be are perfectly happy to hand over all planning and control to their friends, and others like to know what's going on and even have a hand in the organising.

If your bride is the latter type, maybe consider adding in surprises to the day that she's planned – if you've got a lovely weekend away in a big house sorted, arrange for a mobile bar to come and mix up some delicious cocktails. Or if you're going out, how about hiring a glam squad to get the bride looking her best?

Or for a low-key surprise, how about putting together a goodie bag full of little treats? Hen party accessories have come a long way, and you can get some gorgeous gifts, such as clutch bags, lapel pins and headbands to adorn your bestie. The best advice we can offer, though, is to remember the person you're planning for and plan accordingly!

Danielle Kendall


Take stock

Take stock

Q. I want to arrange something special for me and my bridesmaids before the wedding. Can you suggest something a bit different, a bit more meaningful?

A. Natalie Fernbach says: It's such a wonderful idea to do something special with just your bridesmaids. A hen do will involve more of your friends, and the planning can stress your bridesmaids out because it's something to organise on top of wedding planning with you – and everyday work. Organising a special treat for your bridesmaids will show them how much you value not only their friendship but also the work and effort they are putting into your special day.

For something meaningful, try a yoga or fitness retreat. There are lots to choose from, with some focusing on Vinyasa yoga (which is also a great workout) to meditation, or workshops on making your own natural products, knitting to foraging, so it will be a learning experience too.

My sister, Alicia, and I organise wellbeing retreats here at Poundon House through &Sister. These experiences give you some time away from everyday stresses to connect and relax. Or try a spa hotel day, if you can't make a weekend of it. Or try a free community event at Lululemon at Bicester Village. To see what's going on, look at websites such as Eventbrite, Book Yoga Retreats or MindBody, and you'll be sure to find something fun and different to experience together.

Natalie Fernbach

The Secret Fitting Room
Fairmile Vineyard
Hair and Makeup with Dren
Castle Hotel Windsor Wedding Show