So you or someone you know is getting married.  Congratulations!  Or, perhaps not.  While the marriage is fantastic, there is often a great deal of planning that many people dread.  More then that there is the bachelorette party.  While the bachelor party has been shown in media again and again, the bachelorette party can be quite different, often including a wider range of activities.  As such, many people do not know what to expect when it comes to the bachelorette party.  So, lets take a quick moment and review the basics!

The Most Basic of the Basics

Also known as a hen party or a hen night, the bachelorette party is typically held for a woman who is about to get married.  A common activity in English speaking places, including Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, the bachelorette party that honors the bride to be.  The exact nature of the honor and the party will depend on the upcoming bride’s particular social circle.

Where Does the Idea for a Bachelorette Party Come From?

Bachelorette nightDating back over 100 years, the bachelorette party was seen as a brides version of the bachelor party, a dinner given by the groom to his friends before the wedding.  Not changing much until the 1960’s, the idea of a bachelorette party took off both in the United States and the United Kingdom.

What Can Go On During a Bachelorette Party?

As stated before, a bachelorette party can have a wide number of activities take place.  In the past few decades, it has taken on the idea of being about sexual freedom, with many games, toys, and activities centering on the idea of sex.  There are also other themes to bachelorette parties, including those that focus on relaxation (like spa parties) or those where everyone gets together and takes a class together (like cooking class parties.) Not to mention male strippers or life drawings for hens parties, feast your eyes on these hunks girls:

Regardless of activity, bachelorette parties are seen most often seen as a way for bonding before the big day.

Can Men Come to a Bachelorette Party?

Traditionally, bachelorette parties have been all women affairs, consisting usually of the bridesmaids, as well as a select few close to the bride.  However, this has been more recently broken, and it is accepted that men particularly close to the bride can come as well.

Do I have to Have a Bachelorette Party?

Nope.  It is perfectly normal for brides to be to not have a bachelorette party, and it depends entirely on your preference.

The Basics of the Bachelorette Party