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Bachelor and bachelorette parties are fast becoming a big part of the festivities leading up to the wedding. They have deep rooted traditions. The bachelor party can be traced back to the Spartans, when soldiers used to have a dinner and toast the groom on the eve of his wedding. The bachelorette party started in middle-eastern cultures when the women gather to paint henna tattoos on the bride-to-be on the eve of the wedding. These days, both women and men enjoy getting together with their friends to spend one last evening together, celebrating the rite of passage from singlehood to a more responsible married man or woman, before they take their vows.

Planning the perfect bachelor or bachelorette party is usually an honor reserved for a close sibling or the best man / maid of honor. Any member of the wedding party can assume the responsibility though. Take his or her personality and preferences into account. Even though you are celebrating the farewell to life as a single, you should still be respectful of the person’s future spouse. For a girl’s night out, you may paint the town red by dressing up and dancing or just have a slumber party complete with romantic comedies and girl talk. For the groom-to-be, a sporting event, golf, paintball, or poker is a great alternative to the stereotypical bachelor party fare. Regardless of what your party agenda entails, the event should be a celebration of the bride or groom and the friendship that you share with them.

Just like any other party you plan, the invitation is the first step to celebrating. Send your invitations out at least four to six weeks before the party and ask for responses two weeks in advance. This will give you time to book a hotel room(s), get dinner reservations, or plan accordingly for food, drinks, and anything else your party will include. In addition to the date, location, and time of the party, your invitation will convey the theme of the party. It will provide a nice souvenir from the event for the bride or groom to use in their wedding album or scrapbook, as well. Select the perfect invitation and let your guests and bride or groom-to-be know they are in for an unforgettable time!

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