Reverse Bachelorette Parties Becoming the Growing Trend with Jersey Divorcees
Everyone is always looking for a celebration. If there’s a reason to celebrate, have at it, even if it’s not something you would normally have a party for.
According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, there may soon be another reason to buy presents.
In New Jersey and across the country, 50% of all marriages end in divorce. It’s a pretty safe bet you may soon be picking up something for a friend’s divorce party.
According to WSJ, the events are picking up steam. They tracked recent divorcees who wanted to mark being released into the wild with a party. The Journal said they were like a “reverse bachelorette party” and followed Brandi Sellers, who recently had her post-marriage celebration.
There were fake rose petals to be thrown around, a “Bye Felicia” banner. There were also photos of pairs of penguins torn down the middle. “I ripped the penguins in half because penguins are monogamous birds who are supposed to mate for life. Well, I’m not your penguin anymore,” she said.
Retailers like Amazon and Etsy have taken note of the trend, offering divorce party essentials. They have sashes for the guest of honor that include one that reads “End of an Error,” and balloons reading “Divorced AF.” They reported that on Pinterest, searches for “divorced dad aesthetic” jumped $300 this past June compared to last year.
Divorce lawyer Nicole Sodoma is the author of the book, Please Don’t Say You’re Sorry. She told the Journal, “People have really decided to nip that societal shame of divorce and instead embrace being divorced as another stage of life that some of us experience.”
While both women and men are taking part in the trend, it certainly skews more toward women.
Kris Marks, is a mental-health facilitator. He says, “As a guy, we don’t call it a divorce party, we call it ‘Let’s go for drinks.'” He adds, “We just cope differently.”
I somewhat agree with Kris, I would not celebrate a failure of mine, but if it works for someone else then they should definitely make it happen.