Happy #TipTuesday! Today’s wedding tip is to consider merging your bachelor and bachelorette parties. When planning our wedding, we considered a lot of different ways to do this and landed on having a Wedding Party Olympics...Team Bride vs. Team Groom! The day was full of team events aimed at giving everyone a chance to get to know each other.
Nothing brings people together like a little friendly competition! Our wedding party was made up of family and friends that would’ve never been able to meet before the wedding weekend had it not been for our olympic-themed day of fun. While the team challenges were obviously boys versus girls, we paired our bridesmaids and groomsmen up with the person they would be walking down the aisle with for all the two-person events. When the big day finally arrived, there were no awkward introductions to be made, and our wedding party danced with each other as if they were old friends!
Another positive result of combining our celebrations was a shift in tone from the traditional bachelor/bachelorette party. Rather than having a “last hurrah” of our single lives as if it were something we would miss, we got the chance to celebrate our upcoming marriage with our closest friends.
Hosting a Wedding Party Olympics is just one way of bringing your bridesmaids and groomsmen together before the big day. A few other ideas include spending a day at the lake, hosting a murder mystery party, or even renting out a suite at a sporting event!
As with all your major wedding planning decisions, just be sure to do what is right for you regardless of what’s expected. Whether you plan a joint celebration or opt for the traditional separate parties, use this as a chance to bring your friends and family together to celebrate what’s to come!