Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Now that the weather's getting nicer, I've seen a lot more bachelor and bachelorette parties out and about. One of the biggest differences I've noticed in France is that they usually make the bride/groom-to-be dress up in a ridiculous costume and wander around town, collecting bisous and/or money.

Exhibit A:
Exhibit B:The other day at the gym, a girl walked in dressed up as a giant bonbon. Her hat was decorated with candy kebabs that she was trying to sell in order to raise money for her honeymoon. I thought a gym was a sort of weird place to choose - though I guess it could go either way: she could've either sold them all at once or not sold a single one at all. Too bad for her it was the second option this time around. I don't take my wallet to the gym, so I couldn't have bought one even if I'd wanted to.

After she left, I walked into the changing room and asked the elderly Portuguese woman if she'd seen her. She said no, but "De toute façon, nowadays people are married today, divorced tomorrow". I was a bit taken aback by her cynicism - I'd like to hope there's still at least some chance that 1) I'll get married someday and 2) that I'll stay that way.

So has anyone out there had a French-style bachelor/bachelorette party? If so, what did they dress you up us? And what kind of défis did you have to do?



Blogger Megan said...

Nope, no bachelorette party at all for me, and my husband went hiking in the snow in the alps with two of his friends.

April 27, 2010 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

I had my bachelorette party in Normandy but we were mostly all expats so we did it US-style. They did make me open my eyes to open all of my gifts, which were mostly embarassing, brightly colored sex toys. I was pretty drunk but I do remember having to go up to guys and asking them to buy me drinks.

April 27, 2010 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger L said...

Penis-man! We just saw a guy dressed up like that Saturday in downtown Toulouse. We also saw a group of girls walking around with t-shirts "Meetic a marché pour elle". I wonder how many expats would have a "Study abroad worked for him/her" t-shirts...

April 27, 2010 at 10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen lots of bachelorette (hens) parties around at the moment too. Not so many Bachelor (stag) parties however. I like what some of my friends are doing now back home - they go to a vineyard or a spa retreat instead of going out to the bars dressed up silly and doing tasks like getting a guy to buy you a drink. I think if I get married I'd prefer a girls trip to the vineyard.

April 28, 2010 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Jacquelyn said...

Yup, spas are the thing to do right now. A night girls day at the spa starting with a mimosa breakfast of course! Then afternoon drinks somewhere and an elegant dinner. Maybe a bar later on in the night, but nothing crazy. Also destination parties are in. Just had a friend have one in Miami and another in Las Vegas...they are quite the event!

April 28, 2010 at 11:38 PM  

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