The History Behind Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties

A person’s life changes after marriage. That’s not a bad thing. But before you make the leap, you may want a final moment of remembrance for everything that’s come before. Get together with the friends and family who have been a part of your pre-marriage journey.

That’s part of why bachelor and bachelorette parties have become such staples in wedding tradition. They’re one last outing as a “single person” (even if at that point, you’re really not). It’s a chance to get together with your closest friends to celebrate, remember, and have some fun.

You may not know it, but this idea has been around for millennia.

History of Bachelor Parties

The exact roots of the bachelor party remain a little foggy. However, bachelor celebrations can be found as far back as 5th century BC in Spartan culture. On the night before the groom’s marriage, the Spartan soldiers would hold a feast in their friend’s honor, making toasts, congratulations, etc.

This tradition continued in various forms across cultures around the globe. In more modern societies, it was celebrated with a formal dinner held for the groom, often put on by the groomsman’s father. This has become its own tradition, known as the groom’s dinner, essentially an alternative to a rehearsal dinner.

Meanwhile bachelor parties have evolved into something a little different.

The truth is, they can be whatever the groom (and/or best man) wants them to be. They often take place months before the wedding. Sometimes, they’re a weekend getaway. Other times, they’re an informal night out.

“Kidnapping” the groom has also become a popular way to start off the weekend.

Bachelorette Party

The bachelorette party doesn’t date quite as far back as the bachelor party. In some cases, the bride and family were invited to the groom’s dinner. Eventually, the ladies started having their own informal event, which generally consisted of a luncheon and tea.

This would be hosted by the bride’s closest friends and family.

It wasn’t until the 60’s that this became known as a bachelorette party. Even then, it remained relatively “civilized” until the 70’s and 80’s. From there, it’s turned into an event fairly similar to bachelor parties.

Ultimately, a bachelorette party is whatever you want it to be. Even if it’s just a luncheon and tea.

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