A bachelorette party or hen party is a party held for a woman who is about to be married. The term “hen party” is more common in the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland, while “bachelorette party” is more common in the United States and Canada. It may also be referred to as a “hen’s night” in other English-speaking countries. Those attending the bachelorette party are usually all female. However, there are occurrences of a tame version to the bachelorette party which is called a Stag and Doe party, in which both the bride and groom attend.
Events such as the The Girlie Show in the United Kingdom (UK) add comedy to the male strip club where a bachelorette party is sometimes held. Another option is at home. If bachelorette party is held at home, it may be an occasion to hold a pamper party or compare products like lingerie or women’s sex toys or to play games like “Truth or Dare”, “Pass the Balloon”, or a risqué version of “Consequences”.
Sometimes companies are invited to bachelorette parties held at home to sell decorations and novelties including products like “piñatas”, “fur-lined handcuffs”, “willy whistles” and adult toys.
Some bachelorette parties will include a trip to United States Las Vegas, Nevada or other party cities but many happen at local bars or in the home. It is estimated by Bachelorette.com that less than 20% of all bachelorette parties include a male stripper. Most party activities include adult games, drinks, and gossip.
In the United States, it has become a common practice for bachelorette parties to consist of a bar tour combined with a scavenger hunt, which usually has a risqué or erotic theme. The bride-to-be is invariably dressed in some fashion so that everyone in the bar instantly recognizes her as being the subject of a bachelorette party. Usually, she will be wearing a wedding veil and a t-shirt, which is to be signed by guys she and her friends meet in the bars that night. The bachelorette is usually quite intoxicated by the end of the night, as both her friends and guys she meets in the bars will continuously buy her drink.