The wedding day is most certainly amongst the most important days in a woman’s life. The thrill and anticipation of the walk down the aisle are unmatched and could hardly be compared with something else. But with the wedding season coming, there is another occasion that has turned into a custom. Before you celebrate your first day as a married woman, you need to celebrate your last as a single one. Referred to by the Canadian as “stagette”, and by Europeans as the “Hen’s night”, bachelorette parties are a way to celebrate the end of single hood by the bride-to-be and her friends.
The first bachelor parties date as back as the 5th century BC, when the Spartans used to celebrate the groom’s last day as a single man. Women, however, needed a little more time before they started organizing their own bachelorette parties. Up until the 1800s, the definition of a “bachelorette party” was a proper and staid bridal shower, hosted, so the brides-to-be could add up to their dowries and receive useful gifts.
In the 1960s, however, things changed and the female version of the bachelor party was born. The 1960s are generally associated with greater sexual freedom and women’s liberation, so it’s not surprising that women too wanted to experience a wild night of alcohol-drinking and hiring strippers. However, even though women were somehow more liberal at that time, they still preferred a more sophisticated version of the bachelor parties. With gender equality growing stronger in the 1980s, so did the bachelorette parties.
Today, bachelorette parties often include weekend getaways and lots of drinking. It’s often referred to as the Last Night Out, where the bride-to-be and her friends can do whatever they want to celebrate. In fact, the bachelorette party is growing more and more similar to its male version.
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