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There are some things in life that girls share with each other and us guys don’t and shouldn’t get to know about. For example girly shopping days, the true fascination of the Diet Coke ads, and appreciating the need to visit the ladies loo in pairs.  For many men, I believe hen parties fall into this category, if only to reassure the groom that their own Stag night, in comparison, was in fact quite tame.

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So what really goes on during a Hen Party?

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Well I was fortunate enough to be asked to photograph the Hen Party for one of my future brides. Let me start by saying that my professionalism will remain in tact and I am not going to betray any confidences or reveal what really happens. I am sworn to secrecy and ‘what goes on tour stays on tour’. And for you men out there who want to know, become a photographer!

Hen and Stag parties can vary from a night down the local to lavish holidays abroad and anything in-between. The common denominator is that you share it with your best friends and consume copious amounts of alcohol. Call it not being brave enough or out of respect but I did not stay the whole course, dropping out as the girls went on to dance the night away until the early hours.

The parts of the meticulously planned event that I had been asked to document took place one August Saturday afternoon. From the personalised name badges, the individual gifts and the bespoke, one off Hello Kitty corsage the organisation was faultless.  Even the threat of rain meaning a change to the planned champagne picnic in the park which was replaced effortlessly with us completely taking over the upper floor of All Bar One in Villiers Street, London. www.allbarone.co.uk – Notice already the second mention of alcohol!

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Our next visit was to Bring your own Cocktail (BYOC), a small hidden basement bar with a secret entrance in Covent Garden. The odd thing here is that the bar doesn’t stock any alcohol. As the name suggests you bring a bottle or two of your favourite tipple and your very own cocktail waiter / mixologist will mix your drink with the necessary tasty ingredients to create something very special.

As you enter the bar you are greeted with the soothing sounds of the 1920’s to get you in the mood. Bare brick walls and soft glowing candle light creates the warm ambience. The dimly lit space is tiny with low ceilings which all added to the atmosphere, although created a photography challenge. You do have to book in advance but it is certainly worth checking out. You could easily miss the entrance for BYOC which is found at the Bedfordbury Street Juice Club, Covent Garden. Visit www.byoc.co.uk for further information and reservations.

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Now its not to say that this or any of the other hen parties happening in and around London this particular weekend needed alcohol to get the party started. But I think it is fair to say that it was always going to be the order of the day. When so much organisation has gone into making the day one to remember for the future bride it would be rude not to let your hair down a little.

As we left BYOC the girls and I bid each other farewell with them left to continue partying, stopping on route to have photographs taken with various unsuspecting visitors in town that evening.  I love my job and the fact that now on two separate occasions I have been asked to enter a world normally reserved for very close knit friends.

Thank you for allowing me to be part of this day. In advance of the big day I now feel I know so many of the guests. I wonder if there will be any red faces ?

Disclaimer – Permission has been given to write this blog and the identity of attendees have been protected as much as possible.

Regards

Mark

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