Remember these two? It seems like yesterday My best friend and her fiancé were engaged on the end of a dock at midnight in the summer (awwww):
But really it's been about 8 months and the wedding festivities are officially UNDERWAY!!
Last weekend was the Stag and Doe - it's an event in support of the bride and groom. Some people think it's like the "stag" or "bachelor" party - but both wedding parties together. Not true.
A Stag and Doe is NOT about holding a party for your "last night single" (which I think is SO tacky by the way. If you have to have a party to celebrate "last night single" you probably shouldn't be getting married in the first place... I mean celebrate the event with your friends for sure, but the way these Bachelor and Bachelorette parties have evolved into meat market type parties kinda makes my skin crawl.)
Actually a Stag and Doe is an amazing night where everyone in the community comes together, pitches in and helps out. Really, it's just a fun opportunity to have a relaxed party before the more high stress events can pick up and it's such a great way for the bride and groom to feel love from their community and the people in their life.
It was about an eight hour trek across the province so we had to pack Cliff dog up and left him for the weekend with my parents (who live about halfway from where I live to where the Stag and Doe was held).
One of the pitfalls of growing up is the fact that sometimes you meet partners that live hours and hours away from your best friend :( It still pains me at random moments throughout my life that it's not like it used to be, when we lived a phone call away and spent every spare minute together. All things considered I think we still do a pretty good job of seeing each other - and growing up, more often then not, means things can't stay the same way forever.
It really was such a good weekend, and it was so amazing to see Jessie and John and made the fact that they will be married in only 3 short months very, very real!! (YAY!!)
I've included a few pics below. If you haven't been to a stag and doe or you've never heard of one, you need to put it on your bucket list (find one and attend... there's no such thing as "Stag and Doe Crashers"). There is just so much positivity in the air at a party like this. Plus, the DANCING. (Oh the dancing!) A "do not play list" does not exist at an event like this - which is just fine by me. I don't think I've ever enjoyed Gangnam Style so much ;)