Bachelorette parties continue to provide opportunity for fun and partying before the big day
Jesicca Skoloda Frohman looks back at her bachelorette party as an opportunity to celebrate friendship, look to the future and have a lot of fun.
Frohman, now married with a young daughter, said the event marked a turning point in her life, from being single to being married; from being carefree to being willing to take on a bit more responsibility.
Frohman and her “besties” chose to go to Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Poconos for that special night. But, they could have headed in a hundred different directions to do a hundred different things.
Spending time with friends, she said, was the most important part of the evening.
What happens at the party …
In many ways bachelorette parties have changed in the last 40 years, yet in some ways, they have stayed very much the same.
According to the Ultimate Bridesmaid Census, 67 percent of brides-to-be, still look forward to dinner, drinks and dancing with their best friends and wedding parties.
Mitch Kornfeld, one of the owners of the Woodlands Inn and Resort, said brides-to-be seem to enjoy the opportunity to take time together to laugh — a lot.
As bridal parties and friends gather in several areas of the resort, you can hear voices and laughter echoing throughout the room, Kornfeld said.
An added benefit is that the girls can rent rooms, party into the night and not have to drive home.
“What happens at the Woodlands, stays at the Woodlands,” he said.
Partying all night
Not usually a quiet celebration, the bachelorette party seems to be a chance for girls to unwind, whether at a local venue or on a cruise ship off a New Jersey shore point.
Informal Facebook survey results indicate there is one thing bachelorette parties have in common: drinking.
One usually very conservative Facebook responder said, “we went up to Clark Summit for dinner, then to an Irish bar in Scranton and then to the Hardware bar where I drank to much even for three people. Then we met up with the boys.”
Laughing she said, “We both threw up at the end and went back to the hotel together. I slept the next day and missed our couple’s massage, helping set up for the reception and almost missed the time for picking up my wedding dress for the next day.”
If she had it to do over?
“I would have drank a little bit less,” she said.
Some of those responding to the survey said they had a joint bachelor/bachelorette party.
Chris A. said, “we both enjoy the same things and we love being together, why be apart?”
Still, Kornfeld said the current trend is about the gathering of 15 to 20 friends and family of the bride for a night of fun.
“The Evolution (night club) is free on Saturdays,” he said. “And we give out bachelorette party goods. Use you imagination.”
Kornfeld said groups also love to gather outside during nice weather.
A fancy ride for the evening
For those brides-to-be who might want do a bit of travelling before the big day, a limousine service provides opportunity to get out of town with the girls to a destination unique to the bride.
Carl Gross, owner of Luxury Limousine Service in Pittston, said the current trends in bachelorette parties is reflecting a bride-to-be’s unique interest, which might mean a trip to the shore, to the casino or the winery.
Popular destinations, he said, include Atlantic and New York cities, with limousines being able to fit 15 to 22 people.
Gross said his drivers ensure that the girls are safely transported and that they have a good time.
For brides-to-be on a budget party supply stores including Party City have everything from specialized stemware to pink caution tape to the perfect tiara.
Whatever the venue or the trend, it seems that as long as there are brides-to-be with friends and family who love her, there will be bachelorette parties.
Reach Geri Gibbons at 570-991-6117 or on Twitter @TLGGibbons
From the Ultimate Bridesmaid Census 2013:
Favorite destination cities for a bachelorette party: Las Vegas, Miami, New York and New Orleans
Brides by the Numbers:
59 % like the idea of a beach getaway
67 % want the party to include drinks, dinner and dancing
9 % say no to the party
12 % want the traditional experience with a tiara, sash and party favors
3 % want a stripper
23 % want a non-traditional party that reflected personal interest
32 % didn’t want to go crazy at the party, just enjoy themselves and their best friends