Post # 1
We were not planning on doing a bouquet/garter toss, because as a single woman I always hated them.
I was just reading someone’s recap and they said if you are on the fence, to do them. I read this idea rolling around in my head after reading it here and am wondering if others would find this fun.
Have the DJ annouce we are doing a bouquet/garter toss -but with a twist. Anyone who would like to come out to the dance floor and participate is welcome – married, single, doesn’t matter. Ladies for the bouquet, men for the garter. Here’s the catch – there’s a $100 gift card attached to each one. Maybe Ross or Bed, Bath, and Beyond for the ladies, and Home Depot for the guys. Or maybe something more generic, like a Visa gift card. (I would do Target for both but half the wedding guests are coming from a town without a Target and the other half hate Walmart.)
Fun? Dangerous (LOL)? Still think the bouquet toss is lame?
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC
I think its in Spain that they break apart the bouquet and give a flower to each single girl. I think this is much better than fighting for the damn bouquet.
I cant imagine how much fighting there would be with gift cards attached. I still say no.
Post # 4
I would definately be more interested in participating! It’s the whole “next to get married” thing that makes mme cringe. So if it’s not about marriage I’d like it!!!
Post # 5
I would just skip it. I think it’s a dumb tradition and not really worth much consideration.
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2017 - Bristol zoo
$100 on each is probably more than I would be willing to spend XD but it’s certainly a fun incentive for people to get involved. If you like the idea go for it! ^^
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2013 - Canal St Inn
That actually sounds really cool. It’s the “next to get married” thing that bothers me too. I think if the result was something tangible that has nothing to do with the original tradition, I say go for it. I think I might do something like this now. 🙂
Post # 8
Similar to what I did
Sorry that photo is massive, but I did a toss bouquet of dollar bill roses that added up to $20. The toss garter had a $20 bill stuck to it. I think I had like 1 single person at the entire wedding.
Post # 9
Im doing a break apart bouquet too and I wanted to do a gift card like that but Im too cheap and so I decided to put a rolled up scratch off lotto ticket on each piece. FI says he thinks its cheesy but my dad is kind of into the lottery and I think its kind of a cute nod to him. A lot of my family loves the lottery! So i also have a fortune and a charm on each one (Idea taken from martha stewart) and FI will throw 5 garters too that I have decorated to be themes in his different likes. They will all have funny sayings about marriage and a lotto ticket on it too. I too hated the garter and bouquet thing when I was single so I needed to rethink the situation!
Post # 10
@NAvery: That sounds like a great idea!
Post # 11
@Eight6Eleven: Love that idea!!! I bet the guys will go out there to fight too!
Post # 12
Sounds fun to me. All the stick in the muds can stay seated 😉
Post # 13
I was actually seriously considering the bouquet toss with “money flowers” until I mentioned the idea to my wedding planner and she shot it down and basically ranked it up there with the “honeymoon fund” jar that brides and grooms leave out.
Even though it would be the guests receiving the money and I’m sure they’d like it, I did agree with my planner that it would make my wedding feel pretty tacky by giving out money. I don’t want to make it feel like it’s a cheesy party with a raffle and I don’t want it to feel like I’m bribing people to enjoy my wedding. So we are skipping the toss altogether.
Post # 14
@texasrandi: Well your wedding planner is a turd. My wedding certainly didn’t feel like a tacky raffle.
Post # 15
My sister invited all of the married couples on the dance floor & they eliminated couples by how long they had been married. The last couple standing was the grooms grandparents married 52years. My sister and bil returned to the dance floor and she gave her the bouquet. It was so sweet, grandma cried! It was really nice & lasted 1 song.
Post # 16
@MsSparklyBee: That’s a nice idea I have seen – out family has a lot of widows and several touchy divorces so I wouldn’t be comfortable doing it.