Post # 1
I know Jack&Jill’s (or Stag&Doe’s) are not common practice for a lot of bees but they are very common where I’m from.
We had ours las night, it was hosted by my parents and bridal party and it was such a bigsuccess! We were so overwhelmed by all the people who came out to support us (there was just over 100 people), and in total just over $4000 was raised for us after all expenses were paid. We were just beyond words, our family sure knows how to host a good party!!
no point to this post, just felt like sharing because I had so much fun and it really was one of my favorite parties. I will post pics when I get them from my Maid/Matron of Honor tomorrow.
Post # 3
Thats awesome everyone had a great time i know they do get pretty pricey throwing those partys. I had to host one for a girlfriend of mind it was so fun.
Post # 4
@FortiesFlare: That is so awesome! Me and my FH are planning on a Jack and Jill. Any ideas that you can give me that I can send over to my bridal party? Some people call it tacky but I dont think so!!! My girls had so many ideas for a bridal shower but once I told them we are having a J&J they had to clear the board and start all over, so any ideas would be great!!!
Post # 5
@FortiesFlare: That’s great! One of my brothers made a fortune at his stag and doe too. It paid for their honeymoon and then some 🙂
Post # 6
@TaraSondra: First, I would let your bridal party take care of everything. I don’t think they are tacky at all (they at very common around where I am), but I do think it would be very weird if the bride and groom had any hand in organizing it, as it is essentially a fundraiser for YOU.. You don’t want to organize that, it’ll come across as money-grabby and strange. BUT, of your Bridal Party throws it for you, then that’s perfect!!
second, we made most of the money on our raffle draws and silent auctions. A lot of my family members (one cousin specifically) donated a lot of prizes that were raffled off. Basically people bought a certain amount of tickets and they put their tickets in the box for the prize they wanted, if their ticket is drawn, they win. For the bigger ticket items (sporting tickets, tools, leaf blower, etc) we did a silent auction. That’s where most of the money (besides from the alcohol) came from.
Tickets were $10 to get in. Drink tickets were 8 for $20. DON’T RUN OUT OF BOOZE!! Find someone who can do the DJ’ing for you. You don’t want to pay that expense. Find someone with a loaded iPod and just rent the speakers, etc.
We also did a twoonie toss. (you could use whatever coin you guys have there. Basically someone donated a 60 of crown royal (rye) and people lined up throwing coins at the bottle and whoevers coin was closest at the end won the bottle. It was a lot of fun. ( make sure someone gets these coins from the bank before the event so people can buy them for this game).
We also did a 50/50 draw. People can buy tickets and at some point in the night, a ticket is drawn and someone wins half of the pot and the other half of the pot went to the bride and groom (our guest who won it donated her winnings back to us, which was super nice).
We did jello-shots also. They were $1 each and they were a big hit.
I think that’s all I can think of for now. Let me know if you have any more questions!! Good luck with your event!!
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@TaraSondra: Oh, and a lot of people brought food!! Mostly my family, there was a lot of food!
Post # 8
Wow – I had no idea about these. Wish I heard of this before I got married. Sounds really great.
Post # 9
@bettylicious: It was awesome.
The only thing is its not common in a lot of places. Where I am (in southern Ontario), it’s almost like a given in my circle that if you’re getting married their will be a jack&jill, we usually forgo showers in lieu of this, although sometimes people have both. I’m not having a shower.
My dad is from upstate New York, and he basically thought it was the most disgusting thing he’s ever heard of. He told me about every other day what a bad idea it was. It’s just not done where he’s from, so I kind of get where he’s coming from.