Karyn and Mark share the same group of close friends, so it made sense for them to have a sten do as opposed to two separate celebrations ahead of their wedding at Glasgow’s House for an Art Lover.
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“The hen/stag tradition was never going to be our kind of thing. In particular, we never understood the traditional gender split of the parties,” says Karyn. “We wanted to be together with our friends and take some time out to enjoy the lead-up to the wedding.”
The pair planned a relaxed weekend away at a house in Argyll four months before the big day. “We invited our bridesmaids, groomsmen and their partners to arrive and leave as they liked over a long weekend. We had bonfires on the beach, forest walks, long lies, movie nights, good food and, of course, a lot of drinks in the garden!”
Everyone had an amazing time, and Karyn says there are lots of advantages to taking this approach. “No one had to worry about paying for flights or hotels abroad, they didn’t need to take time off work if they didn’t want to, everyone was free to do their own thing, or we did stuff together like the bonfire on the beach at night,” she explains.
“It was incredibly relaxed with no financial or social pressure on anyone. I guess the disadvantage was it was a bit like herding cats at times, but that’s how we are in general as a group anyway!”