The Bride Diaries. Chantelle’s Brighton Alice in Wonderland Hen Do

Brighton Hen Do Alice in Wonderland UK Wedding Blog Bride


It has been ever so exciting in the Dyson-Hughes household. Invites have gone out, and come back in again, so things are really getting exciting! I had deemed RSVPs, specifically the card version, unimportant, but how wrong I was… We provided both an address and an email, and not that I am fussed for whichever response our guests choose, I totally underestimated how exciting getting RSVP cards through the post is. We have some pretty amazing friends and family who have gone to town on this, with cards to match our wedding style/theme, cards to match us as a pair and personality and even PERSONALISED RSVP cards, it really has started to make it feel all real as opposed to just a day of giving lots of companies our money!

Alongside the invites going out, it also means that people have been booking their accommodation. Given the festival feel of the wedding, our tipi company, Magical Events, provide bell tents to hire and enough friends and family have hired these for us to create a bell tent village! We also have log cabins that groups and families are staying in so far and we have full on campers. It’s just all coming together.


The Hen Do


Wedmin has been the very top of the list: meal plans, logistics and final meetings left, right and centre. I took charge of my own family and friends Hen Do, so that has been a very exciting job to arrange (settled on a private screen at the Everyman Cinema, followed by a section at Walkabout) and helped George to find a location for his stag abroad, and off to Magaluf they will go.

I’m lucky enough to be having two hen dos, one of which, my beautiful mum and bridesmaids (plus a few extra friends) have organised and kept a total secret up until the day. Now I didn’t know anything about this, except the date and that I WOULDN’T (phew) need a passport, until we arrived there, and boy was it worth the wait!

Well… I had the most AMAZING weekend I could ever have imagined and my mum and friends got this completely spot on.

Friday night we drove down to Brighton (clues had been provided for where we were headed and the group chat had been called Mad as Hatters weekend goes live, cueing all sorts of Alice in Wonderland ideas).

First task on arrival was finding the road (alleyway!) and getting the key to where we were staying. Tucked away behind the Black Lion Pub was the cutest little Alice in Wonderland themed cottage I ever did see, the Looking Glass Cottage.

Inside, each room was themed to Wonderland delight, including the Flamingo room, deck of cards wallpaper and little cupboards under the stairs as well as the outside toilet, which had an ever so quirky teapot tap! Friday night was spent ordering takeaways, enjoying some music and a few drinks, as well as playing Never Have I Ever and watching an all-time favourite the Parent Trap!


Brighton Hen Do Alice in Wonderland UK Wedding Blog Bride


Saturday morning, despite the weather, we made a trip to the pier and the shops. Between us we won the ticket jackpot on Deal or No Deal, failed at getting all six of us into a photobooth, and I bought an aptly-themed flamingo umbrella.


Brighton Hen Do Alice in Wonderland UK Wedding Blog Bride

Brighton Hen Do Alice in Wonderland UK Wedding Blog Bride


Back to the cottage we returned for a surprise Mad Hatters themed tea party, with more food than was possible for the seven of us to devour, but was very much all my favourite flavours, thanks to my mum doing some sneaky investigative work!


Brighton Hen Do Alice in Wonderland UK Wedding Blog Bride


After a doze and another film, we started to get ready for our evening out at PROUD CABARET! We spent the evening hosted by Dolly Rockets dancing, drinking cocktails and watching the burlesque performances. It was full of glitter, feathers and laughter and was such a good evening for us. We topped it off with a visit to Pryzm nightclub, best music I’ve heard at a club in a long time, I loved it!


Brighton Hen Do Alice in Wonderland UK Wedding Blog Bride Brighton Hen Do Alice in Wonderland UK Wedding Blog Bride


It was one of my most favourite weekends ever, even if couldn’t cope with not knowing what the plan was at times, but it was well worth it in the end! Roll on Hen No. 2!!


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