There is an old custom that the bride and groom should not see each other after the rehearsal dinner the night before their wedding. With so many couples living together before they are married, this means that at least one of them will need to spend that night somewhere else. It is also customary that the bride will spend her last night as a single woman in the company of her closest female friends, having a wedding eve “slumber party”.
Unlike the type of slumber parties that girls have growing up, the wedding eve gathering should definitely end with the guest of honor turning in early. Don’t get so caught up chatting with your girlfriends that you forgo your beauty sleep! It is the job of the bride’s friends to see to it that she is well rested on the morning of the wedding.
The wedding eve slumber party is a great time for the bride to reminisce over the great times that she has shared with her friends. Often these are very old friends, and they have shared many happy adventures together. Although she will no doubt be keeping her close friends, things can change when a woman gets married, so it is nice to have this special time to share memories with her dear friends.
This is also a good opportunity for the bride to talk through any nervousness she may have about the wedding day. Hopefully at this point, she does not have any question about her decision to get married, but many brides will feel some anxiety about the actual proceedings. It is up to her friends to reassure the bride that everything will surely go off without a hitch, and that she will have the wedding that she has always dreamed about.
There are plenty of other things that go on the night before the wedding. If the bride or her bridesmaids need to touch up their manicure or pedicure, this is the perfect time to take care of it (don’t wait until the morning of the wedding). It is also fun to share a bottle of Champagne in celebration of the bride and groom.
The wedding eve slumber party can be a time when wedding jewelry gifts are presented. If the groom has picked out something special to give to his bride-to-be, he can give it to her maid of honor to present to her the night before the wedding. This works out very well, because often the groom will have consulted the maid of honor about any gifts of wedding jewelry that he was considering, to make sure that they matched the bridal gown. This is the sort of surprise that any bride would love to receive!
Most of all, the wedding eve slumber party is a time for the bride to relax in the company of good friends. These are likely the same women who have supported her and guided her throughout the wedding planning process, and it will mean so much to the bride to have them there for her at the end. If any of the bride’s friends are already married, this would be a good time for them to share with her their secrets for a happy marriage. The night before the wedding used to be the time when the bride’s mother would clue her in to the facts of life, but this has become largely obsolete!
A bride’s last night as a single woman should be a time to relax and prepare for the big day ahead. What better way to spend it than in the company of good friends? After the fun of enjoying this special time with her girlfriends, the bride will wake up on the wedding day feeling refreshed and ready to go get married.