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I know these parties are bad etiquette but I can also see how they could be a lot of fun. Maybe just because I love a raffle, lol. I only picture this being for young couples though, I would expect the over 25 crowd to host properly. ETA: I assumed that these parties were the bachelorette/bachelor party, not in addition to.
What's the point of this party? Is it just to raise money for the bride and groom?
These parties, and the opinions around them, were HUGE on these boards several years ago. Some of the posts had wedding parties complaining regarding the incredible amount of time, energy, and money they were expected to spend to plan these parties. Search Stag/Doe parties and let the reading fun begin.If I recall, it was predominantly a Canadian "tradition" but I think it trickled down to some of the more northern states in the US. I personally find it beyond tacky to fundraise for a wedding, tradition or not. Logic says if you plan on going out on a Saturday night, this is as good as anything in terms of having some fun, but the premise sours it for me.
I had never heard of these until TK. As far as I can tell, they're more common in southern Ontario and maybe Manitoba. If they exist out west, I've never heard of one. We have showers, and stagettes/bachelorettes, and an occasional engagement party.