Post # 1
So I’m aware that everyone hates bouquet/garter tosses. Unfortunately, i love the tradition of them!
For the garter toss, we’re giving the catcher a fancy bottle of scotch to make their participation more enticing.
Any ideas for an equilivent for the bouquet toss? I want girls to get on the floor for the event, not just the single girls. And my nieces will be involved too, probably trying to catch it.
Has anyone successfully gotten ladies excited/on the floor to catch the bouquet or have any incentive tips?
Post # 2
Seems silly to have to entice them. Good luck.
We didn’t do the tosses…because they are painful lol
Post # 3
How old are your nieces? If they’re little, you could get away with buying a Barbie doll (maybe in a wedding dress?) or another toy just in case one of them catches the bouquet, then have something nice like a good bottle of wine on hand in case an adult does. Worst comes to worst, you have a bottle of wine to keep or a doll to give to one of the nieces in the future!
Post # 4
I’d go out if there was a bottle of scotch on the line!
Post # 5
Do it just for your nieces, it sounds like you care a bit more about them getting it. That way you get to toss and they get the memory.
Post # 6
A bottle or two of wine in $ equivalency?
Post # 7
Do it just for your nieces – I’m sure they would have fum with it snd it will be a cute memory! If you have to entice your guests, you probably already know how tacky a lot of adults find this tradition.
Post # 8
How about the same bottle of scotch?
Post # 9
chigirl217bride : I was dreading the tosses because we don’t have single people in our lives. But Darling Husband really wanted all the traditional stuff so we ended up providing incentives that successfully lured people out and we also spread the word beforehand.
We had every single girl out on the floor for the toss (ages 7-62). I enticed everyone with a gift card. I considered doing a nice bottle of wine but several of the ladies were pregnant and we did have 2 little girls in the group as well. I ended up going with a gift card for both the garter and bouquet toss because it was more universal. I’m glad I did because the bouquet ended up bouncing around the group and one of the little girls ended up catching it! 🙂
Post # 10
spoilerssweetie : THIS. This is the response I wanted, thank you so much!
Can I ask how much the giftcards were for and where they were to?
Post # 11
chigirl217bride : It was $25 to Amazon for both tosses. We had to do something universal because we had people from many different parts of the country. If I remember correctly, the little girl who caught it spent the money on American Girl stuff which her parents send us a picture of. It was really cute.
ETA: The garter/boxer toss was caught by Darling Husband 6’6 married cousin. Not sure what he spent the gift card on. I think the guys like the competitive aspect of the toss and are more inclined to participate. We have a great photo of several of them diving for it at once.
Post # 12
chigirl217bride : We had a dance off and a hula hoop contest. Volunteers including my 7 yo nephew and DH’s 68 yo aunt and many guests in between participated. The hula hoop contest was the last person standing. For the dance-off, based on the applauses, we narrowed them down to final contestants and gave them Starbucks giftcards. If the kids didn’t like them, the parents would love them. For everyone, it was more about winning than the actual giftcards. People were laughing their butts off the whole time. I know this isn’t what you’re looking for, but it’s a great way to get your guests of both genders involved.
Post # 13
To be honest, there is still no way I would get out there to catch it. The process is so weird.
Post # 14
We did a $10 Starbucks gift card tied to the bouquet and the garter, and we invited “all men” and “all women” for each – not just single people. Our guests loved it! We got great pictures without having to make anyone feel awkward because the people competing were just the people who wanted to compete.
Post # 15
KatieBklyn : That sounds like fun, wish I’d thought of soemthing like this