(Closed) Alternatives to Garter toss?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

im doing a single ladies bouquet toss– one bouquet is gonna be 5 mini ones so 5 ladies will get it theorectically.. and then the longest married woman will get a medium size bouquet.. need to figure out what to give to the guy who is married the longest… maybe an orange tie…. we are doing a garter toss for single guys..

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I haven’t seen any alternatives. The only thing we’re doing with it is attatching a gift card to the bouquet and garter. We won’t be having the guy who catches it putting the garter on the bouquet recipient. I always found that part kind of creepy. The one time I caught it I got lucky and FI caught the garter at that wedding.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@FloretteLiz:  never heard of that tradition… the one time i caught a bouquet i had to dance with the guy who caught the garter.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve heard of attaching gift cards to them

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@asianyoushi:  That’s better than the tradition here! I have a really large family and it seems like EVERY wedding I’ve been to the garter recipient had to put the garter on the girl who caught the bouquet. *shudder so awkward! This seems to be the norm among all of the families my family has married into. Variations must be a regional thing.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

There are a few alternatives around here. One is to literally auction the garter off to raise money for the honeymoon. That can work well or terribly depending on your crowd, their spending habits, and the alcohol intake – lol.

We did a garter game of musical chairs. It. was. awesome! The bridal party sells (or just hands out) tickets for part of the dance. Then, all the stubs are put in a hat and a certain # of people are drawn. They come to the dance floor and play musical chairs as the DJ starts and stops the music and pulls the chairs out one by one. You can also do a later buy-in or re-draw to add in a few extra folks.

Then, when you’re down to two (as long as they’re both in good health), the DJ blind-folds them with ties, takes the chairs off the floor quietly and moves one to the corner, and lets the two grope around for a bit until he tells them to lift their ties and dash for the chair. It was seriously hilarious, and lets men and women (and kids) get into the party. And guests were chanting and shouting for their friend/relative/favorite. It was pretty fun. And in the end, DH took the garter off and flung it like a slingshot to the winner. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@indibee:  Sounds like people where you are know how to do the garter thing right! Those are some fun alternatives!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Have you heard of the tradition where you put strings in the cake and whoever pulls a certain one out is the one who will get married next, supposedly. I totally forget where that comes from, sorry.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

there is an anniversary dance where all the married couples go on the dance floor and the DJ calls out years starting small and working up. The last couple (married the longest) gets the bouquet

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I know that people have different views about the garter auction but we made a killing on it.  It’s a little weird to have someone go up your dress to get it but as long as you sit right and keep it close to your knees you’re fine.

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