(Closed) WHO and WHAT FOR?

posted 9 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Hen Night / Stag (Buck) Night 

A hen night is a bachelorette party; a stag, or buck, is the male version of a hen night (bachelor party). They’re European (mainly British) terms. =) Traditionally, the maid of honour plans the bachelorette party for the bride, and the best man plans the bachelor party for the groom. Sometimes only bridesmaids/groomsmen are invited, but sometimes other friends of the bride/groom will be invited as well. One new trend is couples doing their bachelorette/bachelor party together.

Shower

The shower is traditionally a party thrown by the maid of honour (and bridesmaids) for the bride. Many of the female wedding guests close to the bride are invited, and everyone brings gifts (usually bought off the registry) and chats. Usually a light meal is served; for example, finger sandwiches or mini deserts and tea/cocktails. Again, some couples are choosing to have a shower where both the bride and groom are present.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Also, if you want the FULL list of parties…in addition to the bachelor/bachelorette parties and the bridal shower, there’s also the bridesmaids luncheon, the day before the wedding (hosted by the bride; kind of like a shower, but a full lunch meal, and the bride gives gifts to the maids, instead of the other way around), the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding (hosted traditionally by the groom’s family; the rehearsal dinner is self-explanatory…there’s a rehearsal, and everyone present at the rehearsal joins the bride and groom for dinner…usually includes the bridesmaids/groomsmen, bride & groom’s immediate family, out-of-town guests, the officiant, and anyone else involved in the ceremony, ex. doing a reading, playing an instrument, etc.), and finally there’s the morning-after brunch (traditionally hosted by the bride’s family OR the bride and groom, I believe, although the bride and groom don’t technically need to be present, because it’s sometimes assumed they’ll have left for their honeymoon already; again, it’s pretty self-explanatory…it’s brunch, sometimes held at the bride’s parents’ house, and usually the same people invited to the rehearsal dinner and a few extras are invited). =) Hope this helps!

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

You don’t have to do all the events, just the ones you want to do or other people want to do for you. 🙂

Well we have no bridesmaids/groomsmen so that eliminates some of the parties already, but we’re only having a joint night out with the younger guests a few days before the wedding and possibly a brunch the day after if my parents feel like hosting it. 

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