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Tradition dictates that the bride and groom celebrate their last night of single life separately, most often in the form of debauchery-filled bachelor and bachelorette bashes. However, the growing popularity of the joint bachelor/bachelorette bash is prompting some couples to ponder whether or not celebrating à deux is the wave of the future. Our etiquette experts weigh in on the pros and cons of a joint bachelor-bachelorette party.
Throwing a joint bachelor/bachelorette bash is absolutely an acceptable option for modern couples. Moreover, it is also an incredibly eminent wedding trend for 2015. Your forthcoming union is a celebration of the deep friendship you have with your fiancé, so why not celebrate the marriage by hosting a collaborative party? In addition to encouraging mutual friends to revel in unison, a combined fete will also allow you to spend more time with your hubby-to-be. Such a festivity is also an ideal option for couples who don't find bachelor or bachelorette party conventions particularly enticing. Some couples simply aren't cut out for an all-night soiree involving tequila shots and strip clubs, and would rather a more low-key evening spent with loved ones.
However, if you feel strongly opposed to the notion of a joint party, by all means indulge in a traditional bachelorette shindig while your fiancé entertains his friends at a separate bachelor party. Your pre-wedding festivities are meant to offer a respite from the stress of wedding planning and a chance to savor the joy of your engagement, and you're entitled to whichever form provides the greatest contentment.