In the US, pre-wedding events can include an engagement party, a bridal shower, bachelorette and bachelor parties, and a rehearsal dinner. But engaged couples in Manitoba, Canada have one tradition that's unique to their community: Socials are pre-wedding parties thrown by engaged couples hoping to raise thousands of dollars for their weddings. These types of parties are held in other parts of Canada, too, but Manitoba considers the tradition to be a rite of passage.
The socials are thrown at an inexpensive venue and the couple makes money from the admission fee guests pay and the no-host bar. Businesses and sports teams are asked to make donations that are raffled off at the social, and the couple makes money from the raffle proceeds as well.