(Closed) Bouquet/Garter Toss Advice

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

i would say single women, that might help!

Post # 4
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I had the same thoughts.

That’s why I am eliminating the bouquet & garder toss all together. But I have been to a wedding where they said "single women who want to get hitched come onto the dance floor".

Post # 5
38 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

I think it would be rude to say a specific age. I’d say if the youth are having fun let them. It usually makes for good pix. If you prefer you could say something along the lines of "all elegable bachelorettes to the dance floor for the bouquet toss"

Post # 6
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We are only going to have a couple of single ladies at the wedding and don’t want to single them out so we too are cutting out this tradition.

Post # 7
3363 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think we are cutting this part too.  I have older sisters nearing forty who I would hate to "drag out" with the teenagers, etc.  Our planner told us it was a little outdated.  I like the idea of "casually" tossing my bouquet on my way out of the reception..of course I would have to have some people aware I will do this so that it doesn’t just fall to the floor.

Post # 8
2640 posts
Sugar bee

I like the idea that roquesparkle had.  "all elegable bachelorettes to the dance floor for the bouquet toss" 

Or it you want to be a little more bold, you could have the DJ say, "OK, time for the bouquet toss.  Only ladies who are willing, to have a drunk groomsman put the garter 3/4 way up her leg, need apply."  That should keep self respecting parents from allowing their daughter to join in…

I can understand not wanting the little ones to get the bouquet.  I’m not sure if it’ssomething to waste your brain power on.  But it does set the tone for the garter.  If a 10y girl catches the bouquet, who will want to catch the garter?  How many little girls are we talking?  If it’s just a couple, could someone say something to the parents?  Or could you be prepared to have maybe a single flower to hand to them?  (Something cheap like a carnation.)  Then they can walk off the dance floor happy.  And you can get on with it.  I don’t know your crowd, but maybe you can make light of it saying that the other ladies need the luck more than them.

Post # 9
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

I like Tanya’s idea! We actually did what someone commented was rude. We had the DJ say, "All the single ladies over the age of 18 out on the dance floor for the bouquet toss" and same thing for the guys. The only children we had at our wedding were the ring bearers and flower girls, so I didn’t think i was offending anyone. I honestly don’t think that any parents would be offended if you spared their children from something that was clearly meant for adults. I find it helpful…not rude at all!

Post # 10
47 posts

We won’t be doing the bouquet/garter toss at our wedding, but will be doing a couple other things to keep the same sort of tradition/superstition of a bouquet toss. There’s a Turkish tradition that says for all single women to sign the soles of the bride’s shoes before the wedding. The name that is worn off the most at the end of the night is the next woman to get married.

So, maybe to keep the superstition you can do the shoe tradition, and still do the bouquet toss as well. In case a little girl catches the bouquet and you definitely want to do the garter toss, maybe the woman whose name has worn off can participate instead?

I don’t have an alternative for the garter, but as for my bouquet we are going to have all the married couples stand and then ask the couples married for 1 year sit down, 5 years sit down, 10 years sit down, and then the couple who has been married the longest gets the bouquet. 

Post # 11
512 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Im planning on tossing mine casually as I leave – dont want a huge production out of it. 🙂

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