Our Celebrity Hen this month is the delightful Brynne Edelsten. Brynne shot to fame when she arrived on the arm of her then fiancé, Dr Geoffrey Edelsten, in a plunging, black show-girl dress, complete with Swarovski crystal encrusted bra, at the Brownlow Awards. Since then, Brynne has married Geoffrey, in a lavish, star-studded wedding, on 29th November 2009.
1. Were you the hen or the organizer or both?
I was the hen. My good friend organized my hen’s night. She kept all of the details secret as a surprise for me.
2. When was the hen’s celebration?
22 November 2009, exactly 1 week before my wedding day.
3. Did your hen’s night go for the whole weekend or just the night/day?
The party started with my family’s arrival from Arizona around 11:00am. We then rushed to get ready for the activities and partied well into the morning hours the next day!
4. What sort of activities were involved?
We spent the afternoon on our yacht cruising Port Phillip Bay. Ten buff and bronzed male models in “Team Brynne” shirts served my friends and I an array of delicious foods and champagne. We chatted, we played games, we danced and we tried to keep our balance as the wind and rain unpredictably rocked the boat, which surprisingly added to the fun! Later we went to one of my girlfriend’s home to continue the party. We ended the night by going to local clubs.
5. Was there a theme, and how did you incorporate that theme into the celebrations?
There was not an official theme. The unstated theme was to spend precious uninterrupted time with the people I love most before the Big Day!
6. Who was the star of the celebration?
My girlfriends and family would tell you I was the star in my “Sexy Little Bride” jacket and tiara (gifts from the girls), but I can tell you that they were all the stars for making me feel so special and providing one of the most fun times of my life!
7. Did you meet up with the groom-to-be during the event?
No! That was off limits. He was having his Buck’s Party later in the week and we agreed to keep these pre-wedding traditions separate.
8. Any funny stories you can share from the event?
Due to the inclement weather, the water on the harbor became choppy, rocking the yacht and sending champagne glasses and dishes flying. We all joked that it was going to be difficult to convince my fiancé, Geoff, that the shattered glasses and broken dishes were caused by the weather rather than wild partying!
9. Did your bridesmaids make you do anything you didn’t want to do, or were there some strict rules in place!
Unfortunately none of my bridesmaids were at the event since 2 of the girls are children and the other girl had not arrived from America yet, but 17 of my amazing Aussie girlfriends made my hen’s day most memorable. There were no rules in place. Even if there were, I don’t think anyone would have followed them. The good thing is…when you celebrate with people who love and trust each other, no rules are necessary. You can truly have an “anything goes” day because “anything” will be appropriate. I’m fortunate to have such good friends!
10. If you were organizing another hen’s night or weekend (or having yours again!), what would you do the same and what would you do differently?
There is not one thing I would change. What could be better than celebrating the most important upcoming event in my life with the most important people in my life? It was a day I will always remember!
11. How would you describe your hen’s night in just three words?
Forever, Awesome, Memory.
12. Any final advice for a girl planning a hen’s party?
The most important thing to remember is that whatever type of Hen’s Party you have, it’s time to relax and celebrate this beautiful time in your life! Wedding to-do lists can wait. Enjoy your party!