No time to siesta. It’s my final fiesta.

I think this has to be one of the most exciting parts of the wedding planning, especially when my friends are concerned. I am pretty certain most of them asked when the Henny would be before I booked the wedding!

Back where it all began…

Going against the grain, I kind of made it clear where I wanted to go…Marbella! This is a special place for us because it's where we met five years ago.Blogging Bride, Final Fiesta, Marbella
Seven years ago, I moved there for a teaching job, and Tim happened to be living over there too. A year or two after I moved, on one very cold February night, Tim and I met in one of the few bars open during the winter season. He came strutting out of Havanas wearing a fur coat
(not his, I may add), told me my eyes were pretty.  The rest is history! We spent 18 months together there before embarking on a trip around the world and then settling back in the UK.

Good times and tan lines

We are sentimental about Marbella, and I knew I wanted to go back there for my hen. I've also made amazing memories there with friends – I was lucky that my girls loved to come out for holidays and I enjoyed three summers of sunshine, sangria, and laughter with many of them! So, it is only right that we all head out there for one final girly weekend before the wedding.

Sun, sand and a ring on my hand

As you have probably guessed, I am a bit of an organisation freak. So, I put out the feelers a year in advance so we could get an idea of numbers and do a bit of research. We booked a hotel and flights early on to give people time to save. After that, I was kindly asked to remove myself from the group chat and hang up my organiser hat in this case, so the rest has been left to my amazing bridesmaids to plan. I have no doubt there will be lots of surprises along the way!

Last week, I was presented with an amazing card which thoughtfully included the lyrics of some old-school songs adapted as my list of what to pack. The only clue I got from this was that I need some white swimwear which I'm guessing might mean pool party? Surely you can't really go to Marbella without going to one?! Other than that, I have no idea what's in store, but I just know that with the amount of effort that has gone into planning –it will be the best weekend with so many of my favourite people.

The bride tribe

The girls I have by my side have known me for years. They have always been there for me through all the boyfriends, bad decisions and bad eyebrows! They love a party, they love a feast and are very thoughtful which are great qualities to have in your friends and bridesmaids. I am so incredibly lucky to have grown up with them, and I cannot wait to share more amazing times in the run-up to the wedding. I know it will be a hen do to remember. Now, I just have the dilemma of finding enough white outfits to last me a whole weekend.
Hen Weekend, Final Fiesta
Next month, a close up on our wedding photographer.
With love,
The Future Mrs Jones x
Barra's Blogging Bride

Top tips:

  • Give as much notice as possible for an abroad hen. It is expensive, so it is best to get the budget out as early as possible and stick to it. Also, don't be offended if people are unable to come – it is a big ask for people to go away with you when attending a wedding is already quite expensive.
  • Do your research and make sure you book a good location for what you want to do. I was lucky that I had lived in the area before so knew where it was good to stay and where things are. If you aren't sure, look up reviews and do your research online.
  • Trust your bridesmaids! They are your bridesmaids for a reason. I was involved initially (because I couldn't help myself), but I am so excited for the surprises as they know me inside out and will have organised the most fantastic weekend for us all.
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