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Mixed Bachelor/Bachelorette Party: Yes or No?

Marriage is a colossal commitment, and can give even the most committed brides- and grooms-to-be pre-wedding jitters aka cold feet. So just prior to undertaking this engagement, what’s the harm in having a little fun? Right?

It may come as a surprise to many of us, but the tradition of bachelor parties dates back to the 5th Century B.C. during which Spartan soldiers would hold a dinner for the groom-to-be and make toasts on his behalf. Ever since, this trend is met with more and more and whoopee that sometimes the fun games end up in loss of control, accusations, breakups and heartbreaks. The 60s sexual revolution brought in a parallel trend: the bachelorette party. Traditionally what would be a bridal shower is now a party involving still the close friends, with the addition of booze and some stranger/entertainer male individuals, although many brides-to-be today choose to do both. Everyone loves a good party, don’t we all?

Here’s a thought. How about going crazy together? Unless you’re trying (intentionally or not) to cross the line with this celebration, there’s nothing to worry about, is there? The more the merrier, no? Co-ed bachelor/ette parties are in fact the in thing to have these days. Even Hollywood stars Eva Longoria and Tony Parker did it, as did Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro. Why not you?

Why should you have a co-ed bachelor/ette party? One, you or your significant other wont’t have to exclude friends of the opposite sex, and can have fun with them, like in any other party. Two, everyone can have a chance to mingle. Your cute single girlfriends and your groom-to be’s friends might just thank you one day. And three, take advantage of the occasion and have the best of both worlds!

If you’re looking for ideas to play around with for a bachelor/ette party, check out our Out-of-the-box Mixed Bachelor/ette Party Ideas.

Photo Credit: gomattolson

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Stephanie is the founder and curator of Chléa Living, and copywriter for Chléa Consulting. A peanut butter lover and a sucker for big band music, Stephanie loves to bake, karaoke, and obsesses over making lists. Her biggest pet peeve is a messy space, which is why she loves cleaning and organizing. While she loves waking up in the morning to make a smoothie and meditate, her secret dream is to win an eating competition (shhh). Follow @stephaniejaya on Instagram for a daily dose of all things sunny, happy, and yummy!

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