There’s been a lot of discussion in the office recently about the more upmarket end of hen dos and the wedding industry in general. Inspiration has been flying around and we’ve decided to set up a Wedding category on our Hen Ideas page – a hen party, after all, is thrown ahead of a wedding, and we want to inspire our hens in all things leading up to the big day (as well as entertaining you with our trademark whimsy and rude willy-shaped products).
LNOF attend The Circle's exclusive launch party at Manchester's Media City
With this in mind (and also being so proud of our northern heritage), we were delighted when Julia from the award-winning blog, Brides up North, invited us to a terribly exclusive VIP unveiling of her new project, The Circle. Hosted in Manchester’s swanky boutique 7th Floor Bar at Media City UK, I headed down there for an evening of champagne, canapés and plenty of sequins. The place was packed with wedding planners, dress designers, cake-makers, photographers, hair stylists, bridal journalists and the like – quite out of my comfort zone. I’m used to being surrounded by L-plates and luminous shot-glasses – but shamefully (and admittedly) I was completely seduced by the pastel-coloured femininity, glitter, flower arrangements and retro sweet stall.
Head Honcho got a right earful about this and I told him in no uncertain terms (and very maturely) that it was not fair that I’m surrounded by a mountain of willy straws at the office and Kiss the Midget sits on the wall of the editorial department, when I could be looking at a vase of dusty pink roses in a mosaic mirrored vase.
We were taken into a plush cinema where 1950s-style beauties served us retro ice-creams and we watched a mini-film about The Circle. Julia has teamed up with a group of industry professionals to host a series of seminars teaching all the secrets of girly event planning. I met lots of wonderful industry pros who were all really excited to hear about LNOF and our plans. So watch this space, ladies - there’ll be a glitter-storm coming your way. Just a small one though - by the end of the night the novelty of pastel shades had faded slightly and I recall slurring something about being chuffed to return to LNOF HQ so I could ‘say hi to Tasty Tyrone again’. Ah, you can take the girl out of LNOF…
Champagne, Canapés and Pretty Things
By Louise Henderson
Ex-Byker Grover. Ant and Dec called her a third wheel. Now sings show tunes at Butlins in a stolen sequinned dress.