Bridal Shower Vs. Bachelorette Party – What is the Difference

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As the wedding day gets closer, a bride gets busy in numerous activities besides taking care of herself, trying the bridal wear once more or simply in last minute shopping/packing. There come the besties of the bride to save her from these pre-wedding rituals and activities for a while by arranging bachelorette parties or bridal shower or, sometimes, both. After all, that’s what friends are for! But, “what’s the difference between bridal shower and bachelorette party?” Or, are these two occasions synonymous? Such questions often plague the minds of the invited guests who often face difficulty in understanding their roles for particular occasion. Today, we will take a look at basic differences between Bridal Shower Vs. Bachelorette party.

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While both bridal showers and bachelorette parties are based on almost same reasons, certain differences make them stand apart. Now, to understand the differences between these two pre-wedding occasions, you need to learn what these two occasions actually stand for.

What is Bridal Shower?

Traditionally, bridal shower is a party arranged by one of the bridesmaids or closest friends of the bride. More than one friends or bridesmaids may even join hands to organize a beautiful bridal shower for the bride-to-be. Though family members never play hosts, they are always cordially invited to join this special party. Only men are the ones who do not get a chance to be a part of bridal showers. Wondering why it is called a shower? Well, this is the time when the bride is showered with gifts from friends, families and relatives. Hold on if you are thinking it’s all about gifts!  More than gifts, it’s the bridal shower games which are the main attraction of such parties. The games and activities played at bridal showers vary across countries and regions.

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What is a Bachelorette Party?

A bachelorette party, on the other hand, is less formal and more fun and wild as just a few special friends of the bride-to-be join for on this last day to celebrate the singlehood one last time. Hence, it can go as wild as one can imagine it to be. Unlike the bridal shower, a bachelorette party is hosted by the bride herself for a couple of her BFFs. It’s time to unwind, to let the hair down and to have all the fun boys think only they are entitled to enjoy. After all, why should boys have all the fun? So, expect unlimited fun (read naughtiness) with crazy activities as regular norms of such parties. If you are planning one before your big day, plan it just like your good old girls night outs. It is up to you to make it a little wilder!

In fact, the modern brides-to-be are going a step ahead and planning their bachelorette parties abroad to make the most out of the night, just like a female version of Zindegi Na Milegi Dobara.

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So, if you are an adrenaline-junkie, tag along your girl BFFs and go for some crazy bungee jumping, sky diving or scuba diving. It’s your day after all.

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