Bachelor Party

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A bachelor party (in the United States, Canada), also known as a stag party, stag night, stag do (in Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, and New Zealand), or a buck’s night (in Australia) is a party held for a man shortly before he enters marriage, to celebrate his “last night of freedom” or merely to spend time with his male or female friends, who are often but may not be at his wedding party afterwards.

A bachelor party is usually planned by the best man or other friends of the groom, occasionally, with the assistance of a bachelor party planning company. As it is a celebration of a man’s last night of freedom, it is quite common but not always the case that friends of the groom will organize female company such as strippers or topless waitresses as a last goodbye to that part of the groom’s life.

It is also common that it is a last-ditch attempt to lead the groom into temptation before the wedding and to make sure he is fully committed to his marriage proposal.

The equivalent event for the bride-to-be is known as a bachelorette party or hens’ night. Formally, a party in honor of the bride is hosted by others.

Some also choose instead to hold a so-called Stag and Doe party in the US, or a hag party or hag do in the UK (“hag” being a combination of the words “hen” and “stag”), in which both the bride and groom attend.