Published : 18/03/2009 14:18:41
Categories : Party Planning and Entertainment
I remember when I got married, back when dinosaurs ruled the earth. In those days, before running water and electricity, male friends and relatives of the groom got together and had a party. Female friends of the bride would get together and knit sweaters, bake pies, or whatever women do when they get together. I am up to date on running water and electricity, but apparently am not current on the latest protocol for newly engaged couples. Specifically, I had no idea that there was such a thing as a couples bridal party.
My niece is newly engaged. Rather than having a normal bachelor party and a normal hen party, the couple has decided to celebrate together. I always thought of these parties as a last blast before marriage, not as another opportunity to get together with the in-laws. I mean, after all, you are marrying into the family. Won't you get enough time with the in-laws? My wife very kindly explained to me that I was wrong about this, especially the in-laws part, and that I would be in serious trouble if I didn’t change my tone. Attending this party was a great honour, and I should certainly behave as if it were. Or else.
We did not have to bring a gift to this party. A good thing, I think, as the wedding itself is just around the corner. We did bring some congratulations confetti. I brought cigars too, just in case some manly fun accidentally broke out.
As it turned out, I did have a good time. I am very fortunate in that I get along famously with my in-laws. My niece's fiance is a nice guy, and his friends were a lot of fun. And, I did not have to knit a sweater or bake a pie.