The last hurrah parties thrown for a bride and groom before they get hitched are generally called bachelor or bachelorette parties. What you wear depends on the party's tone. Most bachelorette parties involve lots of alcohol and games loaded with sexual innuendo, but they can be relatively tame and innocent, too. If you're planning the party you can also develop a theme or color scheme that is announced on the invitation. Matching colors and outfits are also a practical way to keep the group together as the night wears on.
Denim and cowboy hats are a simple and inexpensive way to pull together a bachelorette party. This is especially true if you're headed out to a Western-themed bar or plan to do some line dancing at some point in the evening. Avoid this theme though if you plan to dine out at an upscale restaurant or drink at a classy bar.
Short veils for the bride-to-be are always popular for obvious reasons. Change things up a bit and give everyone in the party red veils and the bride-to-be a white one. Variations on this are different-colored tiaras or one long veil for the bride and short veils for the other girls. Encourage everyone in the party to wear white or, for laughs, black. Give everyone a feather boa to wear or devil horns and halos.
Give your party a general sports theme with T-shirts using the bride's name. For instance, the shirts could proclaim "Team Rachel" or "Rachel's Wedding 2010." Make sure the shirts are tasteful and cute if your girls are going to sacrifice wearing their best outfits. Make sure that the bride is singled out in some way though so that servers and bar tenders can recognize her.
This being a bachelorette party, there should be some element of dirty fun. Hand out candy necklaces to the girls in the party and offer nibbles for a dollar to cute guys at bars. Alternately, decorate a shirt with real candy for the bride to wear. The bride-to-be can offer a lick for a dollar. This is a great way to raise spending cash for the honeymoon. Another "audience participation" idea is to bring black markers with you as you go bar hopping and offer people the chance to write on her shirt.
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