London In Love Weekend

London In Love Weekend

To celebrate the Royal Wedding, the Southbank Centre is hosting a London in Love Weekend and we can't think of a better location to host your hen party. Having spent the Friday glued to the TV, Saturday April 30 is all about putting YOU back onto the Princess pedestal.
To kick off the day, head over to the Southbank and join in their 'Wedding Party' workshop at 12noon or 1pm: it's a complimentary one-hour group dance lesson to give you a little more confidence for your own first dance (or just to have a right giggle). Next up, it's 'Today I Love'; a DIY workshop where artists and poets are on hand to help you create a romantic postcard looking at the statement 'Today I Love'. Whether it's your fiancé, the sunshine, your new Topshop blouse or your engagement ring - whatever you love today, get creative with it! It's a complimentary drop-in class between 11am and 4pm and you'll leave with a gorgeous keepsake of your hen weekend.

Finally, the evening ends in a celebration of all things romantic, wild and fabulous with the travelling party company Guilty Pleasures, who will be taking over the Southbank's Core Ballroom to host their 'Love is in the Air' club night. From 9pm until 2am, dance to the happiest, cheesiest and most feel-good songs on the planet and should you accidentally run into your stags, there's an opportunity for 12 couples to get married right there and then at the Southbank Centre! For those a little less impulsive, keep dancing the night away then catch your breath while the Guilty Pleasures performers light up the stage with their hilarious dance numbers, or head to Father Oates' confession booth for a shot of Holy Vodka. The club night costs £16 (£14 advance; see below for contact details), and guarantees a brilliant night of fun.

Visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk for more details.
To book your Guilty Pleasures 'Love is in the Air' tickets, visit www.guiltypleasures.co.uk or call 0844 847 9910

Room Service

Room Service

Want to make it as easy as possible for your guests to book accommodation for your big day? Then direct them to Get Back To Me (www.getbacktome.co.uk), a new online room search and booking service. Just enter your details (location, number of people/rooms/night, email address) and the top price you want to pay, hit 'start' and Get Back To Me will search its database of 15,000 B&Bs and hotels that have vacancies that match your requirements. Within a few minutes, the results will be pinpointed on a map of the area and you can choose which one to book. Alternatively you can request that the hotels contact you directly to make the booking.

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