A good friend of mine recently wrote a piece for The Sydney Morning Herald calling hens and bucks parties outdated. He had a whole list of reasons why, but I have one blindingly obvious rebuttal in favour of them sticking around—the outfits.
It's an opportunity just go for it—to wear something ridiculously fabulous, try a new trend, or buy a special piece you've always had your eye on.
Sydney It-girl and founder of The Audience Agency, Montarna McDonald hosted her hen's day in Sydney's Bondi Beach this past weekend. The bride-to-be wore not one, but two insanely beautiful dresses for her special day. The first, an Attico mini dress with oversized sleeves, and the second, a Pacco Rabanne white mini.
Read on to find out how Montarna prepared for special day.
How did you decide what to wear? How did you/do you want to feel on the day? Did you turn to any favourite brands?
I’m notorious for scrolling through Net-A-Porter, Matches and the Albus Lumen stores daily and was praying something would come up that I fell in love with before the hens weekend. I’m also lucky to be surrounded by some of the most talented stylists in the industry so between Caroline Tran and Elliot Garnaut I had a full time squad sourcing for me!
Was there a do’s and don’ts brief that you gave your bridesmaids for your hens?!
Yes! I love a good time but I don’t like all the attention being on me, so I put a veto on dressing me up with a sash and veil etc. I just wanted a really fun day with my nearest and dearest gal pals. I’m not keen on dress-up themes either, so I was insistent there was no theme and everyone could just roll in ready to party and feel comfortable.
Did you have any hens day outfit image inspiration? If so who/where was this from?
Not specifically – I wish I had found something as it would’ve made it easier. I ordered one dress months ago and when it arrived it was so small I could barely fit a leg into it (#fail) so I had to go back to the drawing board – at least I’d left myself plenty of time. I then found two options and couldn’t decide between the two so I thought I’d go all out and do a costume change mid party. You only have one hens party right?!
On McDonald: Pacco Rabanne Blossom Mini Dress ($1830), Hillier Bartley Bag, Attico Shoes.
What has gone into your skin/hair prep the week prior to your hens?
I’ve been spending a lot more time than I usually do on myself in the last month in the lead up to the hens and wedding, as I really want to feel my best mentally and physically on the day. I’ve been indulging in an infrared sauna once a week at La Porte Space, a fortnightly consult + massage at Venustus, and playing around with a mix of products from Mecca Cosmetica, Rationale and Rodan and Fields for my skin. I’ve been doing KX Pilates + spin at Cycology when I can fit it in and my hair wizard at Tarryn Cherniayeff sorts out my locks – I don’t’ know what she does or how she does it, but it’s amazing.