Further to my ongoing musings that we have to be more radical in our thinking about weddings. What about hen nights and stag nights? Where do these fit in with a godly approach to weddings? In fact should they be there at all?
The image of these events is of having a last big blow-out before you are spliced into the marriage bond. And consequently, they are associated with indulgence and inebriation. Now of course the Christian versions are not characterized by such excess. But should we have them at all? And if we do have them, what should we do? Are they just cleaned-up versions of the world? My observation is that there is a feeling that we have to include tawdry activities which imitate the world’s way because if we don’t then we have not had a proper hen/stag night. But does that not all seem so pointless?
I am not sure what the answer is, but at least think about whether you should have them . They are not mandatory after all. And this having day-trips and weekends away which seem to have become so popular, seem such a waste of time and money.
Possibly best not to have them at all. And if you do have them perhaps it would be good to at least give time to praying for the bride and groom.