Is it for everyone?
Have you noticed that weddings seem to always follow a certain pattern? First your ceremony, where there are centuries of old traditions. Then comes the party with first dances, speeches, and of course something blue. One confusing and often unanswered question is how did the wedding bouquet toss tradition come about? Why do single women basically tackle each other like football players in order to catch the coveted prize, a bouquet?
Alexa Erickson says tossing flowers is a bit outdated. She also states that the bouquet is a sign of good luck, but only to the person that is fortunate enough to catch it. Legend says that this good luck is surely to bring a handsome suitor to sweep the single and ready to mingle winner off her feet! Brides are encouraged to throw or pass good fortune to those who attend her wedding.
It was believed that obtaining anything attached to the bride was lucky. This meant pulling at her hair, earrings, and even tearing apart her dress. Now a day, these acts seem rude and uncalled for. Perhaps this is why brides in modern times have opted to toss their bouquets. Maggie Seaver says to call it quits on the bouquet toss as to not single out any guests for their lack of companionship. Why would you want to embarrass them? Instead skip these traditions and opt for something to involve all guests!
What suggestions do you have to modernize the bridal toss tradition? Would you include all of your guests or only the single ladies? Or do you say no all together to the toss? We would love to hear your input! Visit our Facebook page to chat with us!