Not only weddings, also bachelor parties are booming after Corona. But visiting the bar district with silly disguises and a vendor’s tray full of schnapps and condoms is out – at least for young women. Many prefer to get creative instead.
“Unfortunately, my wreath of flowers didn’t survive the bachelorette party,” says Cesarina Schmidt with a laugh. “It was very battered at the end of the day.” The bachelorette party of the 28-year-old was not as wild and violent as the cliché would have it.
Even if the flower wreath no longer exists, there are numerous photos from that day showing a happy group of girls in the same T-shirts having breakfast together, making wreaths or taking a raft tour on the Lahn with a party afterwards.” Homey and creative embarrassing – Cesarina is not alone in this.
Marriages in 2021 at record low
Since the post-war year 1946, fewer people in Hesse have married than in 2021. Compared to the pre-pandemic years 2016-2019, 12.8 percent fewer marriages were concluded last year.
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Especially in the summer months – and after the Corona low – weddings are booming. According to a study by the Weddyplaces portal, around 75 percent of all brides and grooms have a bachelor party (JGA for short). Exactly how it looks is subject to fashions.
From bachelor party to “hangover” event
Why is the JGA celebrated at all? Bachelorette or bachelor in the original sense are the fewest. Cesarina has also been living with her current husband for a number of years and has a child with him.
“The fact that marriage is a drastic event, in which the couple leaves the parental household and lives together for the first time, hasn’t been the case for a long time,” says cultural scientist Andrea Graf, who researches bachelor parties.
In the past, the transition from a bachelor to a married couple was not celebrated with separate farewell events like today, but rather with a bachelorette party.
No desire for garbage on the doorstep
However, since this has degenerated into unabashed dumping of rubbish in many places, many couples no longer feel like having a bachelorette party, according to the expert. Instead, since the 1990s, the bachelor party, which came from Anglo-Saxon countries, has become increasingly established in Germany.
Fueled by American films like “The Hangover”, the bachelor party was an event of border crossing and alcoholic excess, especially in the 2010s. To this day, the image of the jeering group in the bar district with a unfortunate bride or groom who has to carry out tasks bordering on the embarrassing stubbornly persists.
Very trendy: creative workshops
This way of celebrating the farewell to the bachelorette life is now out, especially for many women. “There is a huge need for creative workshops, far away from vendors’ trays, pink tutus and alcohol,” confirms Lisa Sochiera from the family business “anneschd” in Lorsch. She specializes in JGAs.
Whoever enters the premises in Lorsch, where the young entrepreneur and her team give creative workshops, is greeted by the scent of dried grass and flowers. A lavish selection of these are lined up in baskets on the wall. There are craft scissors and colored ribbons on the table. “Dried flowers are all the rage right now – as flower crowns, i.e. headdresses, or in the form of wreaths to hang up,” explains Lisa.
Demand for them is particularly high this year due to the many weddings that have been postponed. Up to six workshop groups can let off steam here on a Saturday in the high season and then have their creative handicrafts photographed in decorative photo corners. “A lot of brides want a creative program and like to take home a memento at the end of the day. I always say they want to create jam jar moments on the day,” says Lisa Sochiera with a smile.
Celebrate in private
Andrea Graf from the LVR Institute for Regional Studies in Bonn also found in her research that the ritualized process of a bachelor party with vendors’ trays and party games has been replaced by the tendency towards individualization: “Today, you can no longer recognize some groups in the public as a bachelor group, or some stay completely in private.”
Apparently, this applies above all to women: although “anneschd” also offers gin tastings or bartender workshops for bachelor parties, 99 percent of events in Lorsch are booked by women’s groups.
Celebrating a new chapter in life
Cesarina Schmidt was more than satisfied with her JGA without a vendor’s tray or pub crawl. “I wanted to spend a nice day to celebrate with my closest friends that I’m getting married. That was absolutely successful,” says the newly married bride.
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