(Closed) Garter toss alternative ideas

posted 10 years ago in Traditions
Post # 3
634 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

What about a grooms cake with cake charms? Grooms cakes are a southern tradition where you have a separate cake made for the groom often reflecting his likes, maybe school colors, favorite sports team, hobby etc.  Cake charms are little silver Charms tied to a ribbon.  They are placed between layers of the cake with the ribbon hanging out.  Then the cake is frosted. The ribbon is pulled and a charm comes out.  Usually each charm has a meaning like good luck, prosperity, stability, wealth etc. 

Post # 5
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@linsoid:  I’m with you here, and I’m a guy. Fiance and I agree – we want to have the bouqet toss. In the same way it’s always done.

We also agree – we both hate the garter toss.

Finally, we also agree – we want a substitute that is virtually the same. We just think it would be unbalanced otherwise, plus we’re kinda viewing it as “my” moment in the reception.

We thought of having me toss one of those silly little nerf footballs or something like that, though we’re not thrilled with that idea and it’s obviously conflicting in style with the boquet.

It’s funny, this seems to be an area where MANY people are searching for options but no one is finding them…lol

Post # 6
936 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Being an older couple with few single guests, we skipped the bouquet and garter altogether. We did a anniversary dance where all couples were invited on the dance floor. As the song played, the DJ asked anyone married less a year to leave the floor, then less than 5 years, etc. Until it was just us and the couple who had been married the longest. I gave the wife the toss bouquet and we switched partners with them for the last couple seconds of the song. This worked very well and our guests loved it. Stole the idea from another Bee:)

Post # 7
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Georgia Bee:  What an awesome idea! I love that. I’m gonna talk to the Fiance about possibly doing that at the reception.

Does anyone have any other ideas for a garter toss/bouquet toss alternative? My Fiance doesn’t feel comfortable going up my dress to grab my garter knowing my Dad will see, lol. Also, I will have no single ladies at the wedding, so therefore no one to toss my bouquet to.

Post # 8
89 posts
Worker bee

bump! More ideas please bees!

Post # 9
770 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Franklin Plaza


Post # 10
48 posts

@linsoid:  I found out the hard way that many people have different traditions. My new brother-in-law caught the garter. Their family had a tradition that you keep the garter until you marry, then return it. Needless to say, by the time he finally married at 40 he had lost it. If I had known that tradition I would have swapped it out with a substitute instead of using the nice one I actually wore that had an engraved heard dangling from it. 

So, to keep hubby from having to dive for it, why don’t you just have an extra he can use? 

You could give the bouquet to your oldest grandmother.

Post # 11
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Georgia Bee:  That’s such a cute idea!

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