Brides Honeymoon Event

Brides Honeymoon Event

Brides, Turquoise Holidays and COMO hotels invite you to an evening of cocktails, canapés, exclusive honeymoon offers and big prizes!

Sip cocktails at COMO's glamorous London outpost The Metropolitan Hotel while finding out about the brand's other hotels and retreats in Bali, the Maldives, Caribbean and Thailand.

Indulge in mini-massages from the world famous COMO Shambhala spa and savour delicious canapés from across COMO's dream destinations.

Turquoise's honeymoon experts will also be on-hand to answer your queries and with exclusive honeymoon offers on the night.

Your honeymoon wardrobe will be taken care of too, as the Heidi Klein team will also be at the event sharing their must-have beachwear buys - with an exclusive discount.

Plus one lucky guest will win a dream four night stay at tropical paradise Parrot Cay in the Caribbean, plus flights and a £1,000 beach wardrobe form Heidi Klein!

Quick, book now!

The event takes place on Wednesday April 20 from 6.30-8.30pm at the COMO Suite at The Metropolitan Park Lane. Tickets are priced £10 for two. Book your tickets now by sending a cheque made payable to Arabella Foss-Sims, Brides Retail Editor, Vogue House, Hanover Square, London W1S 1JU.

Butterfly Wish Cards

Butterfly Wish Cards

For a modern take on the traditional wedding guest book, ask friends and family to write their wedding messages on these butterfly shaped cards. Thread the completed cards onto a length of ribbon suspended at your reception or hang the butterflies individually onto a decorative tree. After the wedding, frame the butterflies or glue into a bound photo album so that you can treasure them. £19.50 for 54 butterfly cards pre-tied with ribbon, available at www.talkingtables.co.uk

Photobooth Hire

Photobooth Hire

In our experience as seasoned wedding pros, that reception lull between the meal and the dancing can swing one of two ways: Slumpy, where overfed drunk guests have nothing to play with and fall into rambling deep'n'meaningfuls at their ex's table, or Sparky, where, like a good nursery teacher, the bride has laid on some brightly-coloured distractions to keep her class motivated and fired up.
If you'd rather your guests fall into the latter troupe, rethink your budget and allocate a portion to some fun and memorable reception entertainment.
We're not talking fire-eating tarot-reading contortionists, just clever ideas that everyone can be part of and one of the biggest trending out there right now is the photobooth. They're popping up everywhere, from New York Fashion Week parties to boutique openings and nightclubs. The concept is simple playground silliness - pile a group of guests together and let them pull funny faces, which seem SO RIGHT at the time, and capture the moment for a lifetime of taunts. Meanwhile you and your groom can get dolled-up to pose for a perfectly adorable strip of cute 'peck on the cheek' snaps, that you can cleverly have re-printed as an alternative thank-you card. Genius.
You can hire traditional and retro booths from www.boothnation.com (from £1,545) or a smaller, more affordable digital booth from www.sayfromage.co.uk (from £500). Or take it one step further and hire a mini studio from www.wonderscene.com. For five hours, at a cost of £850, you get a photographer, a ton of props (like a red carpet, dressing up box and picture frames), backgrounds and professional lighting. You'll also get a free guest book, an unlimited amount of 6"x4" prints and a DVD of all your photos (that's where the taunting comes in).
Sparky, silly, childish fun. What's not to love?

Called To The Bar

Called To The Bar

Hen partying in London but can't decide where to go? Then check out BarChick, a new website and iPhone app which provides the lowdown on the hottest nightspots in the capital. The brainchild of party planner Tatiana Mercer - who has worked on events from film parties in Cannes to actress Margo Stilley's upcoming wedding - BarChick features the latest bar openings, and has a search function that lets you look for venues by area, vibe and date. Once you've found a suitably stylish spot, you can forward the link to your girls via Facebook, Twitter or MySpace so they know where they've got to be (maps are included) and when. Easy. Find out more at www.barchick.com