(Closed) Are significant others of guests allowed at bachelorette parties?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Should significant others of bridal party members go to the bachelorette party?



  • Post # 4
    611 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @zonabee:  I think if they are coming from out of town with their fiances, the SOs should be invited. I think you’re worrying too much about their “couple” behavior, and not considering the fact that if the fiances aren’t invited, they then have to sit alone in a hotel room all night? Why not include them in the night before and get to know them better?

    Post # 5
    2143 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

    Well I really think that they shouldn’t, however from the perspective that your bridal party members will have to leave their SO’s all alone at the hotel having flown in, I don’t think there’s any polite way to go about not inviting them :1

    Post # 6
    1202 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Under the circumstances- yes.

    Post # 8
    7439 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Generally speaking, all the Bachelorette Parties I’ve ever known of were for a Bride and her immediate Bridal Party (or maybe some friends & family members thrown into the mix… like a Sister)

    Dates (be they gay or straight) have never made the list in my mind.

    BUT that said, there really aren’t any “strict rules” on what a Bachelorette Party is… can be anything from a trip to the Spa, thru to a day of Rock Climbing… to a Girl’s Weekend Away.

    So WHAT YOU WANT TO DO TO CELEBRATE… is what should matter the most.  IMO

    Hope this helps,


    Post # 9
    5995 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @zonabee:  Only if all other partners are invited. i.e. the bachelor and bachelorette parties are the same night, and all your fiance’s hetero buddies’ female partners are going to your bachelorette, and your hetero friends’ male partners are going to the bachelor party.

    Otherwise, no. Everyone else is leaving their partner back at the hotel, so Anna can do the same.

    Either way, it should be the same rule for everyone.

    Post # 10
    316 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I would invite their SOs b/c they flew in as a couple. If you only invite one person then the other person would just have to sit alone in a hotel room all night. You obviously care about these people (you invited them to your wedding) and they obviously care about you enough to pay for plane tickets and hotel rooms, so I don’t understand why you would want to make the person they love miserable just because you don’t like how PDA-y they are.

    Post # 11
    1125 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    Um, no. I’ve always viewed bachelor/bachelorettes as the bridal party + a handful of very close others. Yeah, bigger ones exist with less close friends, but I think it is hardly weird or rude to not have SOs. I’ve honestly never heard of FIs coming to a bachelor/bachelorette. 

    Post # 12
    424 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Isn’t it up to the ‘hosts’ of the party to invite whoever they want? I don’t think there are actually rules about this sort of thing…

    You say they are your 2 best friends. Is Steve also close to Anna? Maybe you can put the bug in Steve’s ear to tell Anna to cool it on the PDA for one night. Otherwise, since they are flying in w/ the fiances, it’s only polite to invite everyone.

    Post # 13
    697 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @zonabee:  I don’t think you’re putting it fairly.  You’re not having a bachelorette party a few weeks beforehand where your friends can leave their SO’s at home.  You’re making it part of the wedding festivities by putting it the night immediately before the wedding.  That’s an entirely different ballgame.  I’m actually in favor of inviting not only the same-sex SO’s, but also the hetero SO’s should be given the chance to go the respective parties as well if they had to travel to get there.  Or you can arrange for all the SO’s to get together separately, but SOMETHING should be done for them if you already are planning something where it will leave them alone in a hotel with nothing to do.

    Post # 14
    1974 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 1998

    Normally I would say no but given the circumstances I think they have to be invited. What are they meant to do if they aren’t invited?  I just can’t see how you can’t let them come without causing problems and to be honest I don’t think it’s worth the risk. 

    Post # 16
    15 posts
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I think it’s your bachelorette party, and you should absolutely not have to invite any SO’s if you don’t want to (which I wouldn’t either).  As for the fact that it’s the night before the wedding, I think the SO’s should either find something else to do or simply suck it up and realize the night isn’t about them.  Bachelor/bachelorette parties are about spending a last night away from significant others before you tie it down!  I think having partners there would definitely put a damper on that. 


    I went with my fiance to a wedding where he was a groomsmen, and there was no rehearsal dinner the night before.  So even though they’d already had a bachelor party, all the groomsmen got together again and rented a limo for dinner and drinks.  Not only was I not invited, but it never even occurred to me that I might be.  Additionally, if I had heard of any other SO’s tagging along, I would’ve thought they were seriously codependent and rude!  It wasn’t about me, so I hung in the hotel room and enjoyed a quiet night away from home – no problem! 


    Edit: Also, I get that it’s not ideal having it the night before the wedding and excluding Out of Town guests, but it sounds like the whole reason it’s that night anyway was so that your bridal party wouldn’t have to travel twice.  I really think their SO’s should appreciate that everyone is having to compromise their enjoyment for the situation (them spending a night entertaining themselves and you having to limit your party because it’s the night before the wedding!). 






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