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You've heard of co-ed wedding showers, but a combined bachelorette-bachelor party? More and more couples are skipping the traditional boys or girls-only getaway and instead opting to throw a joint pre-wedding bash with their significant others — celebrities included. Before Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson tied the knot, the pair made headlines when she and and her fiancé said goodbye to the single life together by hosting a dinner followed by dancing. The party was so PG, that even their parents attended!
But would you want to combine your bachelor and bachelorette parties? Here, we weigh the pros and cons of throwing a co-ed bachelorette bash.
Pro: With a co-ed, family-friendly event, you're not limited to a night of drinking and debauchery — strippers need not apply.
Con: If you're getting hitched next summer, Magic Mike XXL may make you reconsider inviting special guests ...
Pro: Penis-shaped straws, piñatas, cupcakes and anything else that can be made to resemble the male anatomy gets left at home.
Con: You'll miss out on a night of hilarious stories that you'll relish retelling with your girlfriends for years to come.
Pro: Parents can participate. They'll appreciate being included, and savor the extra "single" minutes with their children.
Con: Your monster-in-law could be there.
Pro: If you share mutual friends with your fiancé, they'll enjoy an excuse to party together.
Con: You can't dish openly about all the dudes in your life when most of them are within earshot.
Pro: No awkward, "So, what did you do last night?" conversations with your fiancé. You can actually post these party pictures to social media.
Con: If you're combining your parties because you can't trust your significant other, that's a whole other story — you two need to talk ASAP.
Would you throw a bachelorette-bachelor bash? Why or why not? Tweet us @BRIDES.