Planning a wedding is an exciting time, and the pre-wedding celebrations can be just as important as the big day. One of the latest trends in pre-wedding parties is joint bachelor bachelorette parties, where the couple and their friends come together to celebrate the upcoming wedding. This coed celebration is an excellent way for everyone to bond and have fun before the big day.
If you’re in charge of planning a joint bachelor bachelorette party and need some inspiration, you’re in the right place! Here we’ll explore some fun and unique ideas to make the celebration unforgettable. From adventurous outdoor activities to relaxing spa days, we’ll cover a range of options that will appeal to everyone in attendance. So, we’ve got you covered whether you want to keep things local with a staycation bachelor-ette party or go all out. These are some of the best ideas for joint bachelor bachelorette parties.
Traditionally, the groom celebrates his bachelor party with his groomsmen, and the bride celebrates her bachelorette party with her bridesmaids. But more grooms are moving away from the gendered stereotypes associated with the bachelor party. They are having more inclusive wedding parties (including anyone vital to them as a grooms person, regardless of gender).
This has led to more couples having joint bachelor bachelorette parties where the entire wedding party celebrates the couple together.
If you’re unsure if you want to have a joint party with your partner, but want your bachelor party to be more gender-inclusive and LGBTQ+ friendly, learn more about planning a BachelorX party.
Separate parties can be fun, but joint parties have some benefits. Here are some reasons why couples are opting for a joint bachelor bachelorette party:
While a joint party can be a great idea, remember that only some aspects of the party have to be done together. Don’t forget to incorporate each partner’s interests.
The invites are essential for a joint bachelor bachelorette party because you want to make it clear to guests that it’s a combined party so they know what to expect.
Join us for a night of [pre-wedding fun] as we celebrate the upcoming marriage of [bride’s name] and [groom’s name] with a joint bachelor/bachelorette party!
Whether you want to go out, organize a party at home, or take a weekend away, here are some great combined bachelor bachelorette party ideas to get you started planning.
If you’re on a tighter budget and have the space, planning a party at home can be a great way to spend your bachelor bachelorette party. Still, you want to do something unique to make it stand out from any other regular party.
Some fantastic group bachelor and bachelorette party ideas for a night in include:
Who doesn’t want to have a game night? Many party games can amp up the fun, think typical drinking games, but consider some options that can break the ice with the group and help everyone bond before the wedding.
Alternatively, you can keep with tradition and go out on a pub crawl, brewery tour, or to the casino. But you can do so many other things with a night out on the town that would bring your wedding party together.
Some other ideas include:
You could even grab a party bus and do more than one of these activities!
If you have the time and the budget, plan a weekend with your wedding party. A weekend away for the bachelor bachelorette party can be an excellent way for the wedding party to bond and give ample time to have separate parties or activities that portions of the wedding party enjoy. For example, some people may want to go golfing, do a brewery tour, or lay on the beach (or go to the spa) during the day. Then, the entire group can get together in the evening for a nice dinner and drinks.
If you are doing some separate activities during the weekend away, ensure you allow people to choose which activities they engage in. Ditch the gender stereotypes.
Camping is another great way to get away and celebrate. If you love the outdoors, book a big enough camping spot for everyone, bring outdoor games, and have a friendly fire. But if you’re less outdoorsy people, you could consider renting cabins.
It’s becoming increasingly common for couples to have a joint bachelor-bachelorette party, especially with LGBTQ+ couples. While combined parties are great and absolutely encouraged, remember not every activity needs to be communal. Indulge yourself and each person’s personal interests while having some aspects of the party combined.
A joint bachelor and bachelorette party is often called a Jack and Jill party. Feel free to be creative with the name, but ensure the guests know it’s a combined party.
Typically, the best man plans the bachelor party, and the maid of honor plans the bachelorette party, so they can plan the joint party together. But more than the best man and maid of honor can be involved in planning the party. It’s what works best for you.
Generally, guests will pay for themselves, and everyone will split the costs for the couple getting married. Everyone has different budgets, so it’s essential to consider that when planning the party.
The celebration is typically focused around the wedding party and the couple getting married, but there’s nothing to say you can’t invite other close friends or family members; it’s ultimately up to you. However, avoiding asking people who aren’t invited to the wedding is recommended.
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