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).


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.

  • I know what each means, I wondered if there was a term that encompassed both. Oct 24, 2013 at 13:56
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    Rehearsal Dinner. Oct 24, 2013 at 14:02
  • That's nothing to do with Stag or Hen dos. Oct 24, 2013 at 14:28
  • Piers - yes. Stag Party can encompass them both!
    – Rory Alsop
    Oct 24, 2013 at 14:35
  • I was referring to @John Lawler's comment. Oct 24, 2013 at 15:32

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