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So there are many words that describe the event that takes place before the wedding: stag do, hen do, bachelor party, bachelorette party.

Is there a single word that encompasses all those things?

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You'll need at least two words here. I think pre-wedding celebration is OK, but could also include a rehearsal dinner, which you're excluding.

I'd suggest last hurrah or if you're in the UK, you could use hag party (which is a combination of hen and stag).

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Stag Party is often used in the UK to mean either of a Stag party or a Hen party, but generally the two are kept distinct, as they tend to be quite different in the nature of entertainment and activities.

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I know what each means, I wondered if there was a term that encompassed both. – Piers Karsenbarg Oct 24 '13 at 13:56
Rehearsal Dinner. – John Lawler Oct 24 '13 at 14:02
That's nothing to do with Stag or Hen dos. – Piers Karsenbarg Oct 24 '13 at 14:28
Piers - yes. Stag Party can encompass them both! – Rory Alsop Oct 24 '13 at 14:35
I was referring to @John Lawler's comment. – Piers Karsenbarg Oct 24 '13 at 15:32

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