What’s a Jack and Jill Pre-Wedding Party?

Couple planning pre-wedding on laptop

There are plenty of pre-wedding rituals for soon-to-be brides and grooms, the most common of which are bridal showers and stag parties. The problem with these parties, however, is that they’re both exclusive.

One great alternative is an all-inclusive gender-neutral shower, also known as a Jack and Jill, which is reminiscent of a friendly get-together. So, the next time you organize a party for your engaged friends, go ahead and book a private event space in Kansas City, and celebrate a Jack and Jill party instead of a traditional shower.

The Wedding Social

Although still relatively uncommon in the United States, a Jack and Jill party is a great way for a couple to celebrate their upcoming wedding with both male and female friends, minus the cost of hosting two different events. Also known as the “wedding social,” this type of party is also designed to raise money for the happy couple.

This pre-wedding tradition is particularly popular in Ontario and Manitoba, Canada. More often than not, it’s the couple’s parents who initiate the event. Here, the guests are more than happy to help the lovely couple with their wedding expenses in exchange for a night of dancing and drinking. All guests are guaranteed a wonderful time throughout the night.

Not for Everyone

Jack and Jill parties, however, have their own share of critics. For one, some people see fundraising for a wedding as tacky. There is the opinion that if a couple wants to get married, they should raise the money on their own, or they should choose to have a smaller wedding celebration instead. But what most people don’t realize is that a lot of wedding socials only break even. Only a few couples make money at the party.

In the end, wedding socials are a great way to party with the soon-to-be bride and groom. It’s a win-win for both the couple and their guests.