Alternatives to bouquet toss?

posted 3 years ago in Traditions
  • poll: What should I do with the toss bouquet?
    Bouquet dance - give it to the longest married couple asking for their marriage advice : (10 votes)
    77 %
    Prize toss - whoever catches it (male or female) gets a prize : (3 votes)
    23 %
  • Post # 3
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    148 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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 # 6
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    8418 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    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
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    1286 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
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    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • 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 # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
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    91 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @housebee:  OMG! I love this idea~! All single people participate! Love it~

    Post # 12
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    1464 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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
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    931 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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
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    279 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    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
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Maybe you and FI could toss the bouquet together to guests of both genders?

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