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You know how I’m all over alternative weddings? Well, same goes for hen and stag parties. If going wild in town with matching t-shirts, deely boppers and fluffy handcuffs is your thing, go for it, but I think it’s been well-covered everywhere and we all know where to get that stuff. What I’m excited by is something new that caters for a different style of hen, although no less raucous! Imagine you can dress up in vintage-inspired dresses and accessories, style your hair and beauty in the fashions of yesteryear, and have a good old knees-up in your own home before hitting the town. You’ll be the classiest and sassiest hens around. If you’ve not heard of Frocks in a Box, the company that will grant this wish, be prepared to change any hen plan you have now for this one!!

Basically, you can either have a dressing up party (which includes range of vintage style dresses with petticoats, a variety of vintage and vintage inspired accessories, a range of vintage style dresses with petticoats, a variety of vintage and vintage inspired accessories, vintage hair and make-up styling tips, a set of digital photographs, a free hair accessory for you to keep), or a dressing up box (containing one swing dress, petticoat and two accessories per person. The dresses in this box are made in England by Oh My Honey!), or you can simply hire the dresses alone.




“When I planned my hen party, the last thing I wanted was a weekend full of plastic willies, strippers, cheap veils and L-plates. In fact, my first instinct was not to have a hen party at all and opt for a joint do with my husband. But after seeing how so many people were starting to break out of the cookie cutter wedding, I thought why can’t I break out of the cookie cutter hen party? So I opted for a vintage themed weekend with make-overs and a photoshoot. It was awesome, and I got such great feedback after it that I began my life in alternative hen parties.

“It started with the Vintage Hen House, and I had to give that up after I had my son, but when he was old enough I felt I wanted to do something again. But instead of just blogging about hen parties, I wanted to do hen parties myself. One thing I always felt was missing from the vintage hen party experience was the dressing-up element. You can get lots of services that offer hair and make-up, but a dressing up service that comes to you just wasn’t out there.

“So, confession time: I’m a dress addict. I have wardrobes full of pretty dresses and hardly any practical items of clothing. So they say ‘do what you love’ and I love dresses and dressing up and dressing other people up! So I thought I would do that, and I did.

“There was something about being a kid, finding treasures in your dressing-up box and twirling around that made you feel like the most beautiful girl in the world. I don’t think we should ever lose that feeling, and I’m bringing it back!

“I also love trying to mash the vintage dresses with the things the bride loves – themes like mermaids, comic books, rockabilly, Dr Who, Harry Potter, Harajuku, unicorns, fairies, or anything retro or kitsch rocks my world. I love working with the hen party to create something unique.

“I only use dresses made in the UK, and all my dresses are handmade to order and of the best quality. Party packages include a dressing-up box, vintage hair and make-up session, and a photoshoot. Other extras, such as crockery hire and professional hair and make-up, are also available. I also have an extensive little black book for anything else you may fancy doing.

“Dresses are available from sizes 6–20, and parties currently cover the West Midlands.”


Abbie has also branched out into reinventing those hen sashes into something way cooler with her side business Hard Felt. Check these out!

So, you see, there are alternatives to the traditional hen party props, and damned fine ones at that! Which ones have you  got your eye on?



Photography – Chris Barber Photography

Dresses – Frocks in a Box

Sashes – Hard Felt (Facebook page // Etsy shop)

Hair – Sarah Russell Hair and Make-Up Artist

MUA – Jax-Glam Beauty