Bouquet and Garter Toss Alternatives
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Weddings are full of traditions. Many of these traditions you’ll want to take part in because of that bridal feeling. But others, you may be reconsidering.
One of the many traditions we hear about is the bouquet and garter toss. These traditions involve throwing the bouquet and garter into a crowd of single guests on your dance floor. The bouquet and garter toss are one of the traditions that couples tend to toss (no pun intended) quicker than other traditions – like the first dance or wedding reception toasts.
Why are couples opting to forgo these traditions? Some couples don’t like the history of it. In medieval times, guests would literally tear at the bride’s dress for a piece of “good luck,” so brides began tossing their garters to get away. Other couples don’t feel comfortable with it. Some brides don’t want to toss their beloved bridal bouquet.
Luckily, it is your wedding so you have the freedom to personalize all the traditions to fit your personality. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite bouquet and garter toss alternatives. Whatever you choose, your wedding photographer and wedding videographer will be there to capture the memories.
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Recognize Another Couple
Rather than tossing your precious bridal bouquet, gift it to someone at your reception. One popular choice is to gift the bouquet to the couple that has been married the longest. This is a sweet way to acknowledge their long, happy marriage. Another option is to pass the torch, literally! Gift the bouquet to an engaged couple who is getting married next.
Was your maid of honor a huge help in the wedding planning? Couldn’t have made it through wedding planning without your mom? Consider gifting your bridal bouquet to someone who helped out with wedding planning. Show your appreciation with this symbolic “thank you” gift.
If your bouquet allows, break off the individual flowers and gift it to all of the singles at your reception, rather than just tossing it to one. Make all of your guests feel special and involved in this tradition!
The best part? It’s your wedding! Hate the bouquet and garter toss? Just skip it altogether. If this tradition doesn’t feel right for you, don’t feel pressured to do it. There is no reason to include any traditions just for the sake of tradition.
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