Why so many names?

  • Hen’s Party
  • Bachelorette Party
  • Staggette
  • Stag & Doe, Buck & Doe, Jack & Jill, Bachelor & Bachelorette
  • Bridesmaid Luncheon
  • Bridal Shower
  • Kitchen Tea
  • Blackening
  • & in Paris, the city of love, it’s called ‘une soirée filles’ which means ‘A girls night out’.

Well it just depends where you live!

The term ‘Hen’s Party’ or ‘Hen’s Night’ are common in Australia and New Zealand.

‘Hen Party’ and ‘Hen Do’ tend to get used more in the UK..

‘Bachelorette’ is used more in America & Canada.

‘Staggette’ is sometimes used in Canada!

The above terms can be classed as a more raucous event than those below! But you can choose to have a more sophisticated hen party as well!

‘Stag & Doe’, ‘Buck & Doe’, Jack & Jill, Bachelor & Bachelorette is the Canadian way to describe a joint party. It’s a way to raise money for the couple for their future wedding plans or honeymoon,

‘Bridesmaids Luncheon’ hosted by friends of the Brides Mother usually the day before the wedding. Includes family, bridesmaids and close friends. The Bride will thank everyone and give bridesmaids gifts. Often this takes part at Weddings now.

A ‘Bridal Shower is similar to above but a significant aspect is presenting small gifts to the bride to be, you can read more about the history of this in the next blog post! You can also combine a ‘Bridal Shower’ and ‘Hens Party’! That’s what seems to be very common these days. Starting off with family at a venue such as Hazy Tales and celebrating with something creative, then following on with a lunch at a winery. Then continuing on for night on the town with her friends ins act would be called a ‘Hens Party’. They seem to be more raucous and a bridal shower more demure; so they can be a good combination!

‘Kitchen Tea’ used in South Africa and is also similar to a bridesmaid luncheon.

‘Blackening’ – from Northern Scotland, this entails rituals such as feet washing and blackening which is the ceremony of washing the feet (dating back to 17th century) and smearing the bride with boot polish (dating back to the 18th century with soot which was believed to possess magical virtue and protective and fertilising powers and be purifying) on the eve of the wedding.

So this takes us on to the ‘The History of the Hen’s Party‘. read about that on the next blog post here.

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