Why not turn end of your marriage into a celebration of your new found freedom and throw a party?

They say that your wedding is the biggest day of your life, but with almost 40% of marriages now ending in divorce, there’s a new trend that may just rival the day you got hitched. Divorce parties initially gained popularity in the US, but are now on the rise in Australia, ranging from extravagant affairs featuring caterers and live music to a simple night out with friends.

Embracing The Single Life

Psychologist John Aitkin told Body and Soul that the stigma around divorce has largely disappeared and couples are able to share the news without feeling ashamed. “Attitudes have changed around the divorce experience and the shame attached to it,” he said. “Years ago, people would tend to see marriage as lasting forever and divorce as being unusual, but now so many people are on the receiving end that it has become more commonplace and accepted. People are now more realistic that relationships can go wrong and couples do get divorced.”

Divorce parties have added an element of fun to what can be a painful experience, with couples choosing to hold the party together in the case of an amicable separation and others opting for a celebrating their new status as a single person. Gift registries, dress burning and ‘pin the tail on the ex’ are all part of the experience, but Mr Aitkin warns that things can easily turn sour. “If there’s anger, hate and regret involved, things could get ugly,” he said.

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A New Chapter

Melbourne mum Bronny Fallons, author of the children’s book My Super Single Mum, said her divorce party was less about getting revenge on her partner and more about celebrating the start of a new chapter. “I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I hadn’t married him,” she said. “It was a celebration of my independence and letting the world know I was starting a new chapter. In all, 80 women turned up and it was a cathartic experience. I felt so loved and supported. There was something powerful in the ritual. It symbolised the new me, no longer defined as part of a couple.” Bronny says that her ex was understanding about her need to mark the beginning of her new life as a single woman. “My ex thought it was amusing…we ritualise starting a new life as a bride, so it’s a natural progression to ritualise the start of a new life as a single woman.”

We think that divorce parties offer a wonderful chance to let go of the past and celebrate the future – just so long as they don’t get too personal!

Did you hold a party to celebrate your divorce? Share your story in the comments!

 


  • Another marketing ploy, each to their own however.

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  • Not sure I like the sentiment in the cake. I think I would be too sad to party if we got a divorce. But I get that some people have bad marriages and are happy when they end. That wouldn’t be me though

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  • Parties to me mean something wonderful has happened – the break down of a marriage is not usually that. Most people are hurting so why would you? My personal experience was so hurtful that all I wanted to do was creep away and hide.

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  • I know a divorced lady who threw a large party which would have cost a lot of money (yes a lot).
    In the meantime her Dad has paid all the legal fees which because of her ex claiming 75% instead of 50% cost thousands $ more that it would have otherwise. 3 years later although she has a good job she has made no attempt to pay him back any of the money although she knows he is struggling financially. He is disabled but managed to work until retirement age, she has a very well paid job. There is no children involved so she can’t use that as an excuse.

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  • Not sure I would throw a party… but there would be businesses that will jump on this band wagon to generate more sales

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  • I haven’t been divorced, never married either. I guess if it was a bad marriage or it ended cos hubby cheated on me, I might have a celebration that it was over. A lot of people are devastated after divorce and I don’t think celebration is anywhere in sight

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  • I don’t think I could celebrate it.

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  • I don’t know of anyone that has held a divorce party but I can understand in some instances where it may be a celebration. I think for those that I know of, there has been a lot of emotion, sadness, family issues… not a celebration! But, each to their own.

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  • Haven’t been divorced. But I think it’s a great thing to do if you were in a bad marriage. Why not celebrate freedom and the single life

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  • How funny! I can’t believe this is becoming a thing now

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  • Any excuse for a party I suppose?

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  • Never been divorced but personally I would never throw a party if I ever did. :-)

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  • I think if I was to get divorced I would hold a celebration – it would be a great mental way to close that chapter and put it behind you. A party excites the mind and senses and could only be inspiring to move forward with your life with a new energised spring in your step and a new freedom and courage to take on anything you want to – I think it would be very liberating and I am pretty sure men go to the pub and have a few drinks with their mates after a divorce too so why not have a party

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  • Interesting way to celebrate, each to their own I say

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  • I’ve never been divorced, so didn’t throw a party. But if both partner are happy to split their ways and kids (if they are there) are happy too, then why not ?!

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