Now that you’re engaged, it’s time to start planning your wedding! Before the main event, however, there’s the fun of hen’s and buck’s nights. Traditionally, these are organised by your best man or maid of honour, but many couples these days are throwing tradition to the winds and doing their own thing. As an LGBTQ+ couple, your celebrations are more likely to be mixed-gender gatherings (as opposed to the all-male or all-female split that happens with straight couples), while many couples are also choosing to host their party together.
The options for your bachelor and bachelorette parties are endless, so here are just a few ideas for things you can do to celebrate your upcoming nuptials. Remember, you no longer need to stick with tradition, so don’t feel like you need to have your hen’s or buck’s the night before the wedding. You can have it weeks or months before, have the parties on the same or separate nights, meet up later, or combine your parties!
Take a group class
There’s something about a group class that always brings people together. Maybe it’s the combination of good company and good wine, but we love nothing better than learning a new skill with our friends. Your bonding activities can range from the serious to the ridiculous as long as everyone is willing to have a go! Consider:
- Gourmet cooking
- Belly dancing and dance routines
- Aerials and circus tricks
Themed dinner and drinks
Do you and your friends love dressing up? Then why not do a themed dinner party with drinks? Whether you have a scrumptious dinner at home or at a restaurant, food is always a great way to bring everyone together. And, of course, there’s nothing better than getting all dressed up and seeing what outfits your friends put together. Bonus points if you get the cuisine to match your theme! For different theme ideas, consider:
- Great Gatsby
- 80s or 90s
Another fun way to spend time together with all of your friends and loved ones is with a physical activity. There’s no reason it needs to be competitive, so choose something that will guarantee laughter and good times. Consider:
- Laser skirmish
- Bubble soccer
- Mini golf
If you’d like something a bit more immersive, why not plan a camping trip together and head away for the weekend?
Have a surprise wedding
Are you the sort of couple that prefers intimate gatherings with your nearest and dearest? Or maybe you love surprising your friends and family and have a reputation for doing wild and crazy things together? If you want to avoid the stress of planning a wedding (and can get away with it), invite your closest loved ones to a pre-wedding party and surprise them with a wedding ceremony! No one will be expecting it and you’ll definitely have a wedding that people will talk about for years to come.
Before planning your wedding, make sure to get your rings! We have a stunning range of wedding rings for LGBTQ+ couples so get in touch with our team to find your perfect match.