Let's Get the Party Started!

Article by
Anna-Mieke Anderson

With so much wedding planning going on, it can be confusing as to whether you should have a bridal shower, bachelorette party or both. Our suggestion...both! Why? Well...because each party serves a different purpose and let's be real, you deserve it.

Let us break it down for you...

Bridal Shower

Similar to a baby shower, but without the baby (of course). Typically hosted by the maid-of-honor or a family member; a bridal shower is a great way for the bride-to-be’s Mom, Grandma, Aunts, and girlfriends to come together and celebrate her.

The bridal shower is most often planned about 3 to 6 months before the wedding and involves food, silly games, and gifts (housewares or lingerie). Also, as tradition goes, the bride’s other half often shows up at the end of the shower to make an appearance.

Bachelorette Party

The bachelorette party (also known internationally as a hen(s) party, hen(s) night, hen(s) do or stagette) is typically planned by the maid-of-honor and usually does not involve Mom or Grandma, depending on the activities scheduled.

This party is most often an evening or weekend devoted to the bride-to-be letting go, having fun and forgetting about all things wedding. It is her ‘last hurrah’, a time to let her hair down and enjoy being the center of attention while surrounded by her tribe, squad or team of best friends - often including a theme, naughty adult humor and lots of alcohol (no judgments here). Whether it is a weekend away, think Vegas or spa treatments, wine tasting, clubs/bars or even a burlesque show, a bachelorette party is a must-have for any bride-to-be.