Post # 1
We are having almost no single (not engaged) females at the wedding, 2 to be exact -with the exception of three female children. I want to nix the bouquet toss. We are thinking of keeping the garter toss though, all of Mr. Macs brothers are single and are not dating any one as of yet – so no plus ones. As well as my single brother. Is it weird to have one and not the other? Should we do away with both, or have both regardless of guest numbering?
Post # 3
were doing the same. I still really want to do the garter thing but not the toss Instead I’m going to give my “toss” bouquet to the couple that has been married the longest.
Post # 4
Well, that all depends. The last few weddings I’ve gone to the guy who catches the garter then puts it on the girl who caught the bouquet and every inch past the knee is how many happy years the couple will have. It might be weird to do one without the other in this sense, but if most your guests know nothing about that specific tradition and aren’t expecting it then it should go over pretty well. I think giving the bouquet to the longest married couple is really cute though.
Post # 5
We’re skipping both – to hell with tradition 🙂
Post # 6
There were not many single women and men at my small wedding either. So for both the garter and bouquet toss we just opened it to everyone. All the women were free to try to catch the bouquet and all the men free to try to catch the garter. Some people still refused to participate but others thought it was fun.
Post # 7
I gave mine to my grandparents who had recently celebrated their anniversary
Post # 8
here’s a post from a while back with ideas too…
Alternatives to bouquet toss??
Post # 9
Saw someone make a bouquet with one and five dollar origami flowers to toss. It’s fun like adding chocolates. Also, inviting all the girls up is fun too 🙂
Post # 10
we didn’t do either. we didn’t have any single ladies except for 1 or 2 (we had a small wedding) and i hate the garter toss. i think it’s weird to do something like that in front of family. i’ve seen garter tosses that have gotten really raunchy. it’s just really inappropriate and i’m not at all a prude.
Post # 11
There’s not going to be many single ladies at my wedding, but we’re still doing it!
Post # 12
It is kind of weird to just have one. I would skip both.
Post # 13
@papercrafter: Oh! I like that idea!
Because of this thread, I counted the number of single women attending the wedding. I’m up to 5, with 2 of them not interested in marriage (in their 50s, never married and proud of it).
I like the idea of the couple who has married the longest.
Post # 14
I’ve read somewhere on here that a bride opened it to everyone, single or not, and whoever caught the bouquet or garter won a prize. I’m thinking of doing this because I’m worried about the amount of people who will participate and my photographer said they make for great photos, and it’s fun!
Post # 15
Skip both. They kind of go together, honestly no one will care if you skip it.
Post # 16
@Mrs-Mac: I am in a similar situation. We are having a Destination Wedding with all family or married friends. The only single female will be my maid of honor cousin who will be 19. I am just going to bring her up on stage and give it to her. I am going to say that since she is the last single female on my side of the family, I wanted to give it to her with wishes for an amazingly happy future.