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Second time's a charm: the musings of a second time bride - Part eight

16 Apr 2018

Second time bride Karen Turner celebrates her hen party and details the benefits of shockwave therapy for older brides in the penultimate instalment of her blog series

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There are now only 26 days, or 624 hours if you prefer, until our big day.  When I started writing this blog back in September 2017 it seemed like we had all the time in the world, and now our wedding is almost here. The time has gone so quickly and Mark and I have loved the planning - well most of it anyway. The criteria for writing this blog were that the editor was looking for an older bride who was getting married for the second time so that comparisons could be made. So here we are, getting married next month, and comparisons between this wedding and my first one in 1990 are becoming more apparent by the day.

For a start, I am just what the criteria was suggesting: an older bride. Regular blog readers will be aware that I am 50 four days after our wedding and all this planning has quite successfully led me to forget this fact, although one look in the mirror in the mornings is a stark reminder. I am fortunate that I work in a healthcare environment and have been offered some sessions of shockwave therapy.  Although it sounds quite alarming the treatment is painless (relatively) and stimulates collagen formation which results in the skin becoming more elastic and firm. I have had two treatments and can honestly say that I have noticed a difference already. I have four more to go and would recommend this treatment to anyone looking for a non-invasive and simple treatment to restore some youth. I would certainly never have considered this when I was fresh faced and 22.

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One big concern for me was whether I had a hen party or not. I had a very small one last time which involved a meal and a night at a club - brides these days would shudder at the very thought of something so simple. The internet once again is awash with an array of suggestions that every bride must consider, but elaborate plans are not for everyone. I have to admit I left it until the last minute to arrange mine but I am delighted now that I did. My brother-in-law owns The Dining Room in Great Yarmouth and I took over this for the night and turned it into a casino with a roulette table provided by Kings and Queens. It was a sophisticated evening with good food, some dancing to cheesy classics and one or two typical hen party games thrown in. Fortunately, there was not a stripper in sight.

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Mark is gearing up for his stag weekend. He has a day of clay pigeon shooting with his regular shooting friends and some people who will be new to it, followed by an evening of putting the world to rights over a few pints and some food. And then he’s going to do the drinking part of it all over again the following day. Time to make myself scarce I think…

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Next time I write will be just before our wedding. I have a weekend of making table runners and decorating other items for our big day to look forward to - the big question is: will I be quite this calm next month when I write my last blog? To be continued...