- Bachelorette party
A bachelorette party, hen party, or hen night, is a party held for a woman who is about to be married. The term "hen party" or "hen night" is more common in the
UK, Ireland, and Australia, while the term "bachelorette party" is more common in the United States. The term stagette is used in Canada.cite book
editor= Barber, Katherine
title=Canadian Oxford dictionary
publisher=Oxford University Press
isbn=0-19-541816-6] It may also be referred to as a "girls' night out" or "kitchen tea" (South Africa in particular) or other terms in other English-speaking countries.
The bachelorette party is modeled after the
bachelor's party,cite book
title=Emily Post's wedding etiquette
isbn=0-06-074504-5] which is itself historically a dinner given by the
bridegroomto his friends shortly before his wedding.cite book
title=Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home'
publisher= Funk & Wagnalls Company
pages=335-337] Despite its inaccurate reputation as "a sodden farewell to bachelor days" or "an evening of debauchery", a bachelorette's party is a normal party, given in honor of the
bride-to-be, in the style that is common to that social circle.
Participants are usually all women.
Bridesmaids(if any) are typically invited, but any of the bride's close women friends may be included. Generally, people who are not invited to the wedding are not invited.
This party is typically hosted, and therefore organized, by one or more members of the
wedding party, although it is possible for any friend to host a party in honor of the bride-to-be. Formally, a party in honor of the bride-to-be is never hosted by the bride-to-be,cite news
title=Don’t Be Rude: Part III, Socializing by Margaret Berry - The Morning News
work=The Morning News
quote= Don’t throw parties in your own honor. Throwing a birthday party, a shower, or an anniversary party for yourself lacks humility. It also suggests that the party is a poorly camouflaged push for gifts, instead of a heartfelt expression of affection from a dear friend.
accessdate=2008-08-23] although she may participate in its planning. While it is normally the duty of a hostess to pay for the entertainment she gives her guests, it is common in most English-speaking countries for participants to share the costs of this event. Whether the bride-to-be pays her share, or whether her share is divided between other participants is something to be determined by the organizers and the bride-to-be during the early stages of the planning process.
Participating in a bachelorette party is always optional, and many brides decline these parties altogether. Neither bridesmaids nor other friends can be required either to attend or to pay for any part of this party.cite book
title=Miss Manners on Weddings
quote=Contrary to rumor, bridesmaids are not obliged to entertain in honor of the bride, nor to wear dresses they cannot afford.]
Since it is derived from a formal dinner, a bachelorette party is properly held in the evening, usually about a week (or at least a few days) before the wedding, and usually includes dinner, although alternative approaches are not uncommon.
Many different kinds of entertainment are selected, depending on what the organizers think will best please their
guest of honor. While notions of a bachelorette party as a night of drunken debauchery persist in some social circles, it is now becoming widely seen in America as an opportunity for female bonding.cite book
author=Hughes, Kathleen; Carolyn Gerin
title=Anti-Bride Etiquette Guide: The Rules - And How to Bend Them
quote=Squealing girls and strip clubs full of dancing, oily-chested men with socks stuffed in their banana hammocks are becoming a thing of the past. Bonding with your gals is what the bachelorette party is all about, not calling attention to how drunk and tarty you look in public.
isbn=0-8118-4458-7] According to etiquette expert
Peggy Post, "Whatever entertainment is planned, it should not embarrass, humiliate, or endanger the honoree or any of the guests."
When held in a private venue, such as the hostess's home, the party may take any form that pleases the hostesses and honors the bride-to-be. Dinners and
cocktail parties, which provide comfortable opportunities for participants to talk or to give intimate advice to the bride-to-be, are common. Other hostesses choose a themed party, such as a "pamper party", with guests indulging in spatreatments, or a cooking class.cite book
author=Kristen Finello; Bridal Guide Magazine; Diane Forden
title=Bridal Guide (R) Magazine's New Etiquette for Today's Bride
isbn=0-446-67822-8] While proposing a toast to the bride-to-be is common at most bachelorette parties, a few center on
Some parties take place in public venues, such as a restaurant or bar. A few parties are
bar tours.Fact|date=August 2008 A very few bachelorette parties are organized as holidays to destinations such as Las Vegas or other party cities.
Many companies sell products aimed at the organizers of bachelorette parties, including packs of themed games, pre-printed invitations, decorations, novelties, and
adult toys. Hundreds of websites provide "ideas" or "suggestions" for parties in an effort to sell their wares.
Although the practice of giving a party to honor the bride-to-be goes back for centuries, in its modern form, the bachelorette party may have begun during the
sexual revolutionof the 1960s. It was uncommon until at least the mid-1980s, and the first book on planning bachelorette parties wasn't published until 1998.cite book
title=Something old, something bold: bridal showers and bachelorette parties
publisher=Rutgers University Press
location=New Brunswick, N.J
isbn=0-8135-3811-4] Its cultural significance is largely tied to concepts of
gender equality. Compared to the bridal shower, which helps the bride-to-be acquire possessions or a dowryand reinforces traditional gender roles, a bachelorette party is an expression of social and sexual freedom.
Initially, parties in honor of the bride-to-be that were labeled as bachelorette party often involved displays of sexual freedom, such as attending male revues asking strangers intimate questions, or getting drunk, and parties that honored the bride-to-be without these elements avoided that label. Now the term is used for a wide variety of parties.cite book
title=Etiquette For Dummies (For Dummies (Psychology & Self Help))
quote=Bachelor and bachelorette trends vary from coast to coast and are changing fast in many social circles. Most every type of party is acceptable...]
A more traditional alternative is the "bridesmaids luncheon", hosted by the bride and/or her mother during the day, usually several days or a week before the wedding. At a bridesmaids luncheon, the bride often presents a small gift to each bridesmaid.
If a significant aspect of the party is presenting small gifts to the bride-to-be, then the event is properly called a
bridal shower. For the convenience of the bride-to-be, bridal showers are usually held earlier than a bachelorette party.cite book
author=Vanderbilt, Amy; Tuckerman, Nancy; Dunnan, Nancy
title=The Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette
location=Garden City, N.Y
stag and doeparty, also called a "Jack and Jill party" or a "buck and doe" party, is a similar party that includes men and women. It may combine aspects of a drinking gamewith fundraising.
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