Bachelor and bachelorette parties are so ubiquitous in Western culture that they’ve inspired several films, from the eponymous “Bachelor Party,” starring Tom Hanks, to the newer “Bridesmaids.” Of course, the more off-course the fete goes, the greater the opportunities for comedy (we’re looking at you “The Hangover”).
But why do we feel the need for one last great hurrah, one more taste of “bachelor or bachelorette freedom” prior to tying the knot? For some, it’s one last chance to recapture their youth before real adulthood commences. But for others, like myself, it’s a chance to reconnect with old friends (boys turned men) to celebrate, well, being dudes.
However, the history of a final sendoff goes back some time, and we’re here to help you sort out that antiquity (you know, just in case there’s a pop quiz at your next bachelor or bachelorette party.)