50% of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. That statistic seems unbelievable when you are madly in love and a newlywed. There are many reasons why marriages end: infidelity, money issues, and plain-old losing interests. Unfortunately, many people just grow apart. The reason for the divorce, and how it all played out may determine the type of divorce party you should have. The planners at Salero On The Beach offer these 4 popular divorce party ideas.

1. Marriage Funeral

Since most weddings are so full of symbolism, the divorce party is just the opposite. Divorcees and friends wear raggedy clothes or jeans. There are some party games that you can play, Pin the Tail on the Ex; and The Good, the Bad, the Ugly. You can make VooDoo dolls of the ex and stick pins in him/her. Instead of Champagne, let everyone contribute to a “Make a Signature Drink” competition. Play some great break-up songs. Sing and dance and let yourself go with your friends. If the divorce was not your choice, burn off some steam, let some of your anger out. If it was your choice, celebrate!

2. Famous Divorced Couples

If you and your family and friends enjoy an occasion to don a costume, the Famous Divorced couples divorce party is a fun theme. If couples are not invited to the divorce party, pairs of friends can dress as any divorced celebrity they’d like. Some great examples are:

  • Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson
  • Jesse James and Sandra Bullock
  • Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore
  • Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez
  • Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise 
  • Caitlyn Jenner and Kris Jenner 
  • Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey
  • Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck
  • Michelle Rounds and Rosie O’Donnell
  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
  • Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, Kaitlynn Carter, Cody Simpson
  • Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock

3. Trash the Momentos

This divorce party theme can also be known as a Burn the Dress party. When considering divorce party ideas, this is the one for the angry divorcee that feels wronged, hurt and angry. Destroying the symbols of the union is cathartic for some people. Do not destroy your Wedding License or your Final Divorce Decree. You may need those later for some documentation. If you have children, do not destroy every picture that includes your ex. The kids will want to see those. 

If you have a daughter, you may want to seriously think about damaging your wedding dress. She might want to wear it for her wedding. If you don’t think it needs to be saved, burning, painting, and writing on the dress have become popular. Don’t destroy your wedding photos either. Burying the wedding ring has become a popular trend. You can feel free to destroy any personal photos of the ex in whatever way makes you happy.

4. Divorcee/Divorcerette Party

Think of a Bachelorette party when considering this theme for your divorce party idea. You and the gang do what you did for your Bachelor/Bachelorette party, or what you wish you had done. If you are going bar hopping, get a sash that says “Recently Divorced”; or “I Do, I Did, I Done!” Wear a tight slinky black dress and attract all of the attention you can. Dance with strangers, laugh at their jokes, and have a fun time.

Divorce is tough for everyone involved, even if you are the person initiating the separation. The longer you were married, the harder it gets. Try not to hang onto excessive anger; it just brings you down. Our planners at Salero On The Beach recommend a good divorce party to help get the pain out of your system. Contact us at 302.841.2229 or email dawnhorton@saleroonthebeach.com to see if we can help you.