Post # 1
We have very few single women at our wedding and most of them are well into their 30s (like me). The bouquet toss quits being fun after awhile. So . . . I was thinking of doing something else. I read about the bride tossing a bouquet of blessings to all the women at the wedding. You take the ribbon off and all the stems are separate, each one having a quote or blessing on the stem.
Has anyone done this or something like this? I want to know if it really works and what was your source for blessings or quotes.
Post # 4
For my wedding I didn’t want to toss the bouquet – there weren’t many ‘single’ women there and we weren’t doing a garter toss etc… During our ceremony our priest was talking to the congregation about marriage and asked each of our parents how long they’d been married, then asked for anyone who’d been married longer and my godparents (aunt and uncle) had been married the longest (I think 52 years?) so when they were leaving the reception I gave my bouquet to my aunt (who I ADORE) and told her I wanted her to have it. No one else saw but that was more meaningful to me than anything else I could think of.
We actually had another ceremony/reception here in Ireland and I decided my bouquet was too pretty to keep so I asked the DJ to call any of the ladies who wanted a pretty bouquet onto the dance floor (single/married/engaged etc…) and I tossed it – it was spur of the moment and just from sheer silliness but I was happy to pass it along to one of our guests to enjoy.
Hope you find something that works for you!
Post # 5
I saw that for the first time at a wedding we went to last June. I loved it and it worked really well. It also ended up being a nice ice breaker for the guests at tables that didn’t know each other well. Weeks later the bride said it was really easy, she just pulled the master ribbon and everything came loose. The hardest part was figuring out what to put on each ribbon.
Post # 6
@jennifer_espos:I’m glad it worked! I’ve never seen it done, so I didn’t know if this would go over well or not. I have a ton of silk flowers that I picked up for free that I plan to use for this.
Post # 7
I think you should do it. It was really cute and its not often done so it ends up being a really nice, memorable experience for the guests.
Post # 8
I think this is a beautiful idea – I have also been searching for an alternative to the bouquet toss
Post # 9
Other fun ideas (posting because I had a really hard time coming up with an idea, and like hearing about others’ creative solutions):
Give it to your new sister-in-law at the end of the night
Have one of those “married longest” dances and give it to the “winner”
Post # 10
I’ve also heard of people using those cake charms – tying them to each section of the mini bouquets – so when they’re thrown each woman catches one with a charm that has a special meaning like luck, happiness, etc.
Here’s a link for some inspiration… but if you’re not willing to shell out so much for silver, you can get them in pewter too, cheaper.
Post # 11
FI’s idea was to keep the bouquet/garter toss, but since there won’t be that many single guys/gals at our wedding, we’re inviting everyone for the tosses. The person guy who catches the garter will also get a gift card to an electronics store, maybe Best Buy and the lady who catches the bouquet will also get a Sephora gift card.
Post # 12
Those are some cute ideas, but I’m forcing people to suffer since my mom’s been divorce three times. I just want to make her suffer (obviously I don’t like her that much).
Post # 13
All great ideas! The mister and I haven’t reviewed the garter toss, yet. He likes it. I don’t. I’m hunting for an alternative. It’s mainly the part about the guy catching it putting it on someone else that I object to.