Bachelorette parties haven’t always been the norm for brides to be. According to Bachelorette Superstore, brides didn’t have bachelorette parties before the 1960s.
Men have been indulging in pre-wedding festivities since the 5th century BC. Spartan soldiers would gather together to toast their fellow soldier on the eve of his wedding.
In the 1600s, brides would spend the evening alone considering their dowry. (That sounds depressing!) It wasn’t until 1840 when Queen Victoria began the white wedding dress tradition. Modern handcuffs were invented shortly later in 1862. In the late 1800s, grooms to-be would take a night to say good-bye to unseemly friends.
In 1922, the term bachelor party was used for the first time in print. In the 1960s, bridal showers began to take on a more edgy feel in celebration of gender equality. The Chippendales formed in 1979 and the term bachelorette party was first used in 1981.
It’s crazy to think that it’s only been 33 years since women have started regularly having bachelorette parties before their wedding. It wasn’t until the 1990s that bachelorette parties started getting a more wild reputation
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