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History of the Bachelor Party and Bachelorette Party

Origins of the Bachelor Party:

Cover of "Bachelor Party"

Cover of Bachelor Party

Think back beyond color tv and records to the 5th Century B.C, it is believed that the ancient Spartans were the first to celebrate the groom’s last night as a single man.  The Soldiers would hold a dinner and toast the groom.  Since then, bachelor parties have evolved and become a little more raucous.

The meaning of the term Bachelor used to be a young knight or a student with a bachelor’s degree, Geofffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales first used it in reference to an unmarried man in the 14th Century.  It wasn’t until 1922 that the world saw the term Bachelor Party  in a Scottish publication. It was used to describe a ‘jolly old’ party (Time Magazine).  It was also thought of that in the 1800′s gentlemen of the Victorian Era wanted a night to say goodbye to friends that won’t be allowed to come over to the house once the bride has moved in (Oakland Tribune).  The more recent traditions of humiliation, hazing and debauchery come from a bunch of 80′s  comedies like the Tom Hanks movie Bachelor Party. Continue reading →