Modeled after a bachelor party, a bachelorette party is a gathering held for a woman celebrating her last single night out before her wedding. Bachelorette parties can include anything ranging from a simple dinner at a fancy restaurant to a wild night at the bride-to-be’s favorite club. Since traditionally the party occurs the night prior to getting married, the bride must do her best to not drink herself into submission for the wedding the day. Unlike the bachelor party, there is little difference in how the bachelorette party (or stagette party) is handled outside of the United States.
Historically, the stag party superseded the creation of the stagette party, which eventually came around to give the bride a festivity of her own while the groom was too busy going out and being honored. At its creation, the bachelorette party was a symbolism of sexual freedom for the bride. It quickly turned into a party that very much mirrored the debauchery of the stag party. The most common elements of a stagette party include drinking, playing games, and sharing bonding moments with close friends. To be sure the bride-to-be is the full center of attention, she is often dressed in a bachelorette tiara, boa and garter.
Over time, the bachelorette tradition and the occasion itself has gotten rowdy and often lasting until sunrise. In the United States, there are few places that can compete with Las Vegas, NV, for the perfect stagette party location. The cities limitless strip clubs, bars, nightclubs, and overall party atmosphere creates the perfect tone for a final night of singleness for the bride-to-be. Since the entire night is supposed to revolve around a wild night, strippers and alcohol have come to be two staples of the bachelorette party. A wilder individual may enjoy something along the lines of a Stripper 101 class, which tries to teach a group of “students” how to move like the best strippers on stage. Also, with overseas airfare pricing becoming more reasonable, bachelorette parties can also be held worldwide in cities known for their partying such as Amsterdam.
Since women tend to be a bit more eclectic then men in the things they enjoy, the stagette party can take on many different forms. If the bride-to-be is far from being a partier, the event can take on some form of milder theme. Party ideas can include a day of pampering at a spa, a lighthearted night of cooking classes or even just an evening at home with silly bridal games. Attending a Broadway play or concert are other options that will be tons of fun.
Though the bachelor party may have come first, women have quite easily matched (if not exceeded) the events of the groom’s night out. Regardless of the actual timeline for the day, the most important part of the bachelorette party is that the bride-to-be has a memorable event with her girlfriends!