My paintball hen's party adventure #Parties & Showers#bachelorette party July 18 | Guest post by Lozz I'm by no means a pro paintball player — I just think it's hilarious fun! So for my hen's weekend [Editor's note: aka "bachelorette weekend"], I demanded we go and play paintball for a day. I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate my upcoming wedding than by running around in the mud and shooting my best friends. I set a rule that everyone had to wear the most hideous bridesmaid dress they could find (or make). My Chief Maid of Awesome ended up finding my dress at her local op shop — it was a never-been-worn vintage creation that was probably someone's dream dress back in the day. She also customized a stack of paintball masks snaffled for free from her local paintball field. Just so damn pretty. It was so muddy that day, I was sinking halfway to my knees in some parts of the field. The puffy skirt bit kept getting snagged on trees, so I was leaving a trail of tulle and lace everywhere I went. Not to mention all the fallen branches that managed to get kicked up into the skirt and just stuck there! Luckily The Chief was there to help me get over some obstacles… The people that ran the place could not stop laughing at us and our silly hijinks, particularly because the boys that were invited to the party really got into the spirit of it with their fishnet stockings, feather boas, and over-dramatic princess posturing. How to make things easy for your bridesmaids — no penis cake necessary "Is it too presumptive to tell my bridesmaids that I don't want a bachelorette party OR a bridal shower?" Yep, those are the dudes in the front. When we turned up to the fields, I told the owners to treat us like a buck's party [Editor's note: aka "bachelor party"], so we ended up doing all sorts of fun manly games. Including one which was meant to be everyone firing three shots each at the bridal party. What the Maids of Awesome and I didn't know is that the game was actually Unload The Entire Hopper At The Bridal Party… Unless They Scream Stop. We also created our own game which involved me being the only armed person, tossing a fake flower bouquet from one end of the field then firing randomly at people as they wrestled each other for possession, until one person made it back to the safe zone clutching the bouquet. Pro-tip: if being shot at from the front, DON'T TURN AROUND! Getting shot in the back hurts more. I ended up with twenty-two welts on my body. Surprisingly, despite not wearing chest armor, no-one shot me in the boobs. Win! So if you're a bit more of an adventurous bride, I would totally recommend paintball as a hen's activity — just do it a couple of weeks out from the wedding so your bruises disappear. I'd share those pics too, but it might put you off the idea. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Lozz Twenty-eight-year-old Australian social media and community management geek. Mother to two furbabies (a cat and a whippet). Engaged on Christmas Eve in New York. I love graphic design, origami, all things web and techy. I'm an Agony Aunt with a weird sense of humour. http://offbeatbride.ning.com/profile/Lozz PREVIOUS Dips and toppers, comics and colors NEXT Jax & Andy's geeky glam Gwen Stefani-loving wedding Toggle comments [ 17 ] I LOVE THIS. my love and i are big paintballers and i wanted to incorporate it somehow into our celebration, and this idea is great. I also thought of having a game going on after the ceremony so guests could get a chance to play. rock on… 1 agrees Reply Oh. Hells. Yes. Post-vow paintball would be so bad ass. DO IT! 1 agrees Reply what a hoot! the Darth-Vader-of-brides shot is spectacular. bet you have a very fun wedding! 1 agrees Reply Thank you! I really hope to inject the same sense of fun into the wedding day – 10 days now, so will update The Tribe soon 0 agree Reply The mask and veil is UH-MAZING. 0 agree Reply The Chief is a freaking creative goddess, I'm so lucky to have her! 0 agree Reply I think paintball would be a good idea for an anniversary gift. That way the bride and groom can take out any pent up aggression 1 year down the line. 0 agree Reply We're planning a yearly event now so we can revisit the awesome – will pick a new dress-up theme every year. 0 agree Reply Awe. Some. I fall at the feet of such badassery. =) 2 agree Reply I love love love this idea…. 0 agree Reply Just a heads up – it's not for those who are easily bruised or sensitive to pain. I did paintballing for a hen party activity a couple of years ago and got massive bruises – 15cm/6in across – on my legs. As I bruise easily they took longer than 2 weeks to disappear so unless your wedding party are all made of iron I'd suggest going at least a month before your wedding. I had slight marks on my thighs for about 6 months afterwards too. Nice. I'd also recommend finding somewhere that allows you to play on your own. We found that the stag parties and kids didn't follow the basic rules (when you're hit, you're out and have to leave the field of play without shooting). Their actions spoilt our enjoyment and put off many of the first time paintballers like myself. I wish we'd gone quasar/laserquest instead. You get the adrenaline without the pain! 0 agree Reply Absolutely, the first-timers did freak out, but threw themselves into it. My bruises were skanky for 3 weeks before disappearing, so I would recommend a minimum of 4 weeks to make sure your body doesn't look like a punching bag. 0 agree Reply I really wish I knew how to shoot a paintball gun now! 0 agree Reply Point and click you'll pick it up reeeeeal easy!! 0 agree Reply LOVE. IT. If I were not a pain-fearing wussypants, I would so do this. 0 agree Reply Me and my boys play paintball all the time. This is such an awesome idea. We play on our own fields, but it would be awesome to do groom vs bride paintball day. Except the boys are in the gowns and the girls are in cheap tuxs! As an experienced player, I would recommend you do this at least a month in advanced depending on your party. I don't think paintball hurts at all (most field regulated pressures just sting a little as long as you follow the distance regulations) but I bruise like crazy! And it takes a while to heal up, even though I never felt it in the first place lol 1 agrees Reply Best way to celebrate a hen party by far! 0 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.