Here in America, bachelorette parties have earned themselves a particular reputation. One that involves exotic dancers, straws in the shape of body parts, and often a plastic tiara for the bride and matching outfits for her maids.
Meghan Markle’s bachelorette party — or “Hen Do” and "Hen Party," as they are called in the UK — won’t be anything like that.
Her tiara will be real, of course.
Kidding, kidding! But in all seriousness, what can we expect from the tight-lipped bride-to-be? Meghan reportedly told a crowd during the couple’s recent visit to Scotland that she doesn’t know what her friends have planned for the big event. “I’m not sure — it’s sorted but it will be fun,” she said, according to .
She will have to navigate the cultural traditions of both an American bachelor party and the British “Hen Do,” in which there are a few key differences, according to school founder and royals expert Myka Meier.
In America, it’s not uncommon to have ten bridesmaids and a maid of honor. Bridal parties are much smaller in the UK, and you have a “chief bridesmaid” or “bride chief.” Meier predicts Markle’s party will be “more American than British,” and will take place either in London or as a weekend getaway trip. She might even do both, but any partying will be more discreet than your typical Las Vegas girls’ trip.
“I don’t envision them in clubs, which would be very American,” Meier says. “I can see them going to the countryside, but taking over a little mini village and going wild in the village.”
Hen Do’s only started in the 1980s in the UK, and it’s not unusual that Markle doesn’t know what her friends have in mind, as some UK parties steal away the .
One British tradition, according to Meier, is a roast of the bride-to-be. Markle may be in for some teasing about new British and royal customs. It’s also very customary to do an afternoon tea during a weekend getaway hen do, so the group can soothe over any bruised egos there.
Meier says there are no bridal showers or rehearsal dinners in British weddings, which means Markle’s friends may come bearing more gifts than you typically see.
Meier predicts Kate Middleton will be invited, as it’s common to invite in-laws in the UK even if they aren’t in the wedding party, and will most likely come if the festivities are in London.
For Middleton's own "Hen Do," her sister Pippa apparently to keep guests (and press) guessing and threw a separate Dirty Dancing-themed bash.
One thing we can count on for Markle? A “proper party.”
“She is known to have a fun, wild side,” Meier says. “It’s not going to be a lazy spa weekend is probably be pretty certain.”