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The bachelorette party may be considered an unavoidable piece of the premarital puzzle, but many modern brides choose to skip the celebration altogether. From completely forgoing the bash to planning a quieter soiree, bachelorette parties are no longer the tequila-steeped extravaganzas they once were. But is it truly acceptable for the bride to pass on her bachelorette party? Our etiquette experts weigh in on the merits and drawbacks of the bachelorette bash.
The bachelorette party is by no means required as a pre-wedding celebration. Unlike the rehearsal dinner or vows, a bride can skip hosting a bash for her bridesmaids without missing out on an integral part of the nuptial experience or feeling remorse for disregarding the tradition. After all, some brides simply don't want to kick off marriage nuptials with a rowdy last hurrah.
However, the bachelorette party is a chance to relax before the wedding and bond with your bridesmaids. If the traditional notion of a boozy, wild evening is unappealing, there are other ways to cap off your singledom without the fuss. Brides who crave tranquility and pampering can opt for a soothing spa evening with their entourages. Those craving a more culturally stimulating fete can schedule a night at the theater, and brides simply in the mood for food can schedule a high tea or elaborate dinner with friends. Consider customizing your bachelorette party before abandoning the ritual completely.