It’s called a Jack and Jill.

Or a Jack and Jack. Or a Jill and Jill. Or a Stag and Doe. Or a Buck and Doe.

No matter what you call it, this gender-neutral extravaganza is the best pre-wedding event that can be a great alternative to bridal showers, bachelorette/bachelor parties.

Put simply, a Jack and Jill is a large fundraising fiesta for friends and family for which guests pay an upfront ticket price.

Don’t freak out at the cringe-inducing words “fundraising” and “ticket price.” With a J&J, the weirdness of registering for expensive gifts that you don’t need and forcing your friends to pay for them is eliminated in favor of a cash admission price, usually as low as $10 to $15 per person.” – mic.com

“Given that the average cost of getting married in the US is $38,700 which includes engagement ring, honeymoon, and ceremony/reception (according to WeddingWire’s 2019 Newlywed report)…even couples lucky enough to have parental assistance could use a little extra cash ahead of their wedding — not to mention a kickass celebration.

“We’re glad we chose to have a Jack and Jill,” Amy*, a recently married 31-year-old from Hartford, Connecticut, told Mic. “Everyone enjoyed themselves, and the money we received helped a great deal in paying for the wedding.”

No lame gifts, no gender divisions: Jack and Jill parties are also inclusive, with much wider guest lists than the actual wedding.

“Everybody that you love and care about can be in the same place at the same time. Plus invitations extend beyond your wedding list, so the party can be pretty big,” said Claire*, a 30-year-old J&J supporter from Cromwell, Connecticut.

Tim and Claire held their J&J, a barbecue, at a rented outdoor venue and charged $25 for single tickets and $40 for couples. In exchange, guests were treated to a food buffet along with unlimited drinks, games and raffle opportunities ranging from tailgate gear to an iPad. The upfront costs of the event were covered mainly by the bride and groom, while the wedding party donated raffle items and made food and drink contributions on a volunteer basis. In other words, it was a win-win for both the couple and their guests.

As one 28-year-old female who has attended numerous J&Js told Mic, “I’d much rather show my support by purchasing a $20 ticket and drinking all day with my friends than charging something at Macy’s and having to sit through yet another game of bridal shower wedding trivia.”

 

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Regardless of where J&Js come from, those lucky enough to score a Jack and Jill invite should count their blessings. For couples getting married, they can be an essential source of financial help. For everyone involved, they’re a great excuse to party and let loose with those who matter most.

“We did end up profiting from our Jack and Jill,” Claire told Mic. “But it was more about just having a great time with friends and family.”

FRI, FEB 14 // POP-UP SERIES: VALENTINE’S COMEDY & DINNER SHOW
SAT, FEB 29 // POP-UP SERIES: LEAP YEAR CELEBRATION W/ MAJESTIC FUZZ & BIG DAWG ISSAC
SAT, MAR 14 // POP-UP SERIES: ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION #1


SUN, APR 12 // POP-UP SERIES: EASTER BRUNCH
SUN, MAY 10 // POP-UP SERIES: MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH
THUR, MAY 14 // RUSTIC BRIDAL SHOW – SPRING EDITION
SUN, MAY 24 // TAMARACK 4TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION


SUN, JUNE 21 // POP-UP SERIES: FATHER’S DAY + JUHANNUS CELEBRATION
SUN, JUNE 28 // CHARITY CHALLENGE – DOWN N’ DIRTY DASH MUD RUN


SUN, SEPT 20 // CHARITY CHALLENGE – POKER RUN & MUSIC FESTIVAL
SUN, OCT 18 // RUSTIC BRIDAL SHOW – FALL EDITION
THUR, NOV 26 // THANKSGIVING DINNER


FRI, DEC 4 // POP-UP SERIES: KRISTMAS WITH KRAMPUS
SUN, DEC 13 // POP-UP SERIES: GRINCH-MAS PARTY

Coming into our 4th year, we’re excited
to journey into 2020! Why??

Beginning in January, our business will soley be dedicated to
Weddings, Events, Retreats, Concerts, Festivals, Summer Camps, Indie Glamping and more exciting opportunities!

Weddings and private events have dominated our business,
so to make room for more,
we won’t have time for regular restaurant or tavern hours.

We will continue to host public events,
including the annual Charity Challenge Poker Run and Music Festival, The Down & Dirty Mud Run and annual holiday events such as our Grinch-Mas Party and Thanksgiving Feast.

Keep an eye out for a series of Tamarack pop-up events; a Valentine’s Comedy Dinner Show, a Leap Year celebration, Kristmas With Krampus, St Patrick’s Day, Tamarack’s 4th Anniversary celebration, specialty brunches for Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in conjunction with the Finnish Midsummer holiday Juhannus!

We also have two upcoming Rustic Bridal Shows in the Spring on May 14th and in the Fall on October 18th, produced by Bridal Shows By Kelly.

What’s Next?
Please visit our website for pictures of our event spaces,
wedding brochure and public events calendar
www.tamaracklodgetct.com.

For any booking inquiries, contact Amylu Meneses amylu@tamaracklodgect.com / 860-376-0224 (Office) or Valoree Longo val@tamaracklodgect.com / 203-223-6987 (Cell).