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Parties & Showers

Wedding showers for couples, wedding shower games, engagement parties, bridal showers, bachelor and bachelorette party ideas, rehearsal dinners, hangover brunches… we’ve got ’em all! Check out these alternatives to traditional wedding parties.

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The ultimate offbeat engagement party checklist

Your engagement party is a totally optional gathering before the main event, and your chance to share your exciting news with your friends and family. The beauty of an engagement party is that it can be as laid-back or as formal as you want it to be… that said, there are a few engagement party checklist items you’ll want to make sure you think through.

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The hangover hack you need for all wedding events

If you love being hungover, skip this post. But if you plan to hit the open bar at any upcoming wedding event, then you need to get in on this hangover hack our assistant editor tested!

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4 unexpected gender-neutral wedding shower games that actually don’t suck

Sick of those cringe wedding shower games with questions like “Who cleans more?” Not thrilled to play “Pin the peen” in front of your Great Aunt Sue? Here are three gender-neutral wedding shower games that are actually super fun to play (without the weird sexist angle).

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My daughter-in-law won’t let me throw a bridal shower for her!

Hi! I’m a mother of the groom, and I’ve been so excited to throw my future daughter-in-law a bridal shower! I’m so excited to introduce her to my friends in a quieter environment, and just have some good old fashioned fun. But she says she wants no bridal shower… I think she’s being really selfish. What should I do? -FMIL

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The evolving etiquette around asking wedding guests for money

The Atlantic recently interviewed me for an article about Stag & Doe parties, known as “Jack and Jill” parties: The Pre-wedding Parties Where Couples Charge Admission. Julie and I got into a huge conversation about the issue, and of course very little of it made it into the finished article (because she had a lot of ground to cover!), but I got The Atlantic’s permission to share the conversation here….

Celebrate Harry's birthday today with a most magical Harry Potter party

The most magical Harry Potter bridal shower

On this day ins 1980, a wizard named Harry Potter was born. To honor his birthday, we’re sharing this MAGICAL Harry Potter bridal shower in Itasca, Illinois. Danielle and Gabe wanted to share their love of Harry Potter with their friends and family and they nailed it. Don’t miss the Hogwarts letter-inspired backdrop, golden chocolate snitches, and spooky magical greenery…