Post # 1
So my florist is throwing in a tossing bouquet in our package. Problem is, FI and I don’t really want to do a garter toss, and I don’t think we should have a bouquet toss if we don’t have a garter toss.
Thus brings the question: what can we do to give away this tossing bouquet?
A BM of mine suggested a bouquet dance where we have all the married couples on the dance floor sitting them down by years of marriage leaving the longest married couple on the dance floor. We could present the bouquet to them asking them to give us their best piece of advice.
I kind of like this idea, but is there anything else out there? Suggestions please!
Post # 3
I negotiated with my florist to change the tossing bouquet (which always looks rubbish) to fresh flowers on the top of my cake.
I am also having a small properly arranged bouquet made for the bouquet made but not doing an anniversary dance. Since the last couple standing may not be fit enough to dance we are doing a toast instead and presenting the bouquet to the longest- married couple.
Post # 4
I was thinking about asking if she could exchange it for something else, but I couldn’t think of anything else that we’d need flowers for since the only other alternative (the cake) is fully decorated.
Instead of the dance, we might consider a standing up thing just cause most of the older people in our families aren’t really into dancing.
Post # 5
shameless bump. I really need ideas!
Post # 6
We did a bouquet toss that involved everyone (guys, girls, single, married, etc) and gave away a date night prize package ($25 starbucks and AMC theater giftcards). It was fun and we got some great pics.
Post # 7
We did the bouquet dance, and danced to “When I Said I Do”. My grandparents won (which I assumed they would) and my husband and I made sure to dance with them for the song after. The MC also improvised and put them on the spot to give us maritial advise, my grandparents are a hoot and said something about making sure we prioritize sex.
I’ve also seen instead of a garter toss, tossing a ball (football, basketball, etc) with a cute message on it.
If you want ideas to use extra flowers, what about just making your bouquet bigger?
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I was going to recommend donating it to the longest married or most recently married or the bride with the next wedding date. Or you can nix the toss altogether like we are. There are so few single ladies coming to our wedding that I don’t want them to feel singled out. Plus, I am making my own bouquets and the thought of tossing it makes me cringe. Not to mention I really hate the garter toss and by not having a bouquet toss, I can easily say no to the garter toss.
Post # 9
@housebee: That’s definitely a good idea to involve more people. I like that it’s to win a prize too rather than the traditional “who’s getting married next”
@KH: That is hilarious! I think my parents would win it, but they’re not into dancing, so they probably wouldn’t even be there in the first place. I just love the sentiment of this.
@beachbride1216: FI and I both veto’d the garter toss, so if we had a bouquet toss, that would be it – thus the need for alternatives.
Post # 10
You can also count backward (not including you), so the couple most recently married ‘wins’ the bouquet and your parents will only dance about 15 seconds of the song.
Post # 11
@housebee: OMG! I love this idea~! All single people participate! Love it~
Post # 12
If FI’s grandmother could attend we would give her my bouquet in lieu of the bouquet toss, as she is very important to him and is giving us her wedding band.
However she won’t be there (she doesn’t travel well anymore) and we probably will skip both the bouquet and the garter toss.
Post # 13
We didn’t do a garter, and still did the bouquet toss.
However, for your instance I like the idea of the dance and giving it to the longest couple.
Post # 14
We did the bouquet dance and I loved it. It was so neat seeing how long couples have been together. When I presented the bouquet to my grandma (they have been married the longest) she started crying so it was a really sweet moment. However, I do love the idea of the prize toss! That sounds like a lot of fun!!
Post # 15
We didn’t do a garter toss but did do a bouquet toss. If I’d known about the dance we might have done that. As it is, I’m one of my only friends to be married so there were tons of people lined up to catch the bouquet.
Post # 16
Maybe you and FI could toss the bouquet together to guests of both genders?