The time leading up to your wedding is a wonderfully exciting time filled with pre-wedding events like a bridal shower, bachelorette party, wedding dress fitting, and more! There are many traditional events and parties to plan and attend, but what do all of them mean?
Bridal showers and bachelorette parties can sometimes be confused, and this article will walk you through the key differences.
Bridal shower vs. bachelorette party
Bridal showers and bachelorette parties are two very different celebrations to book ahead of your wedding. Each has their own purpose, but one isn’t necessarily better than the other.
What is a bridal shower and where did it come from?
A bridal shower is a party held prior to the wedding where the bride gathers with her female family and friends. A bridal shower is typically for the bride, but grooms may attend at times. The bridal shower typically consists of a luncheon or breakfast, followed by fun games and gifts.
Guests often include: the bridal party, the mother of the bride, the groom’s mother, aunts, grandmothers from both sides and any friends the bride wants to attend. The bridal shower is often thrown by the mother of the bride, or the groom’s mother.
Bridal showers originated from Holland in the 16th century. Bridal showers were thrown when the father of the bride refused to pay the dowry and the townspeople would give the bride gifts to assist with starting her new life.
While a bridal shower is thankfully no longer a crowdfunding event, it is a wonderful time to relax with your best friends and receive advice from the people you trust most in life.
What is a bachelorette party?
A bachelorette party is a party dedicated to celebrating the bride’s single life before entering her marriage. Bachelorette parties have a reputation for being a wild party weekend, but a bachelorette party can also be a quiet, relaxing weekend with the bride’s best friends.
Guests often include: the bridal party and the bride’s closest friends. There are typically funny games focused on the bride’s relationship with the groom, or going over historical events from the bride’s single days. A bachelorette party is traditionally thrown by the maid of honor and the bridal party.
What is the difference between a bachelorette party and a bridal shower?
The key difference between a bachelorette party and a bridal shower is the fact that one celebrates the bride’s single life while the other is preparing the bride for marriage.
While they can seem similar, both events typically include food, gifts and games, the parties have very different purposes. A bachelorette party is all about celebrating the single times you had with your best friends, while the bridal shower is an opportunity to prepare for your new marriage with the women you trust most.
Should you host a bridal shower or a bachelorette party?
Plan Your Bach recommends that you schedule a bridal shower and a bachelorette party. Both of these events are dedicated to celebrating you and your upcoming wedding, so don’t think that you have to choose one or the other.
The beauty of these events is that they are an opportunity to celebrate you. They should reflect your personality and provide you with an opportunity to enjoy the time leading up to your wedding.