Wedding Traditions : Tossing the Bouquet

Wedding Traditions: Tossing the Bridal Bouquet


Tossing the bouquet is a tradition that stems from England. Women would to try to rip a pieces of the bride’s dress and/or flowers in order to have some of her good luck.

To escape from this the bride would toss her bouquet and run away. So, tossing of the bouquet became a way of passing along her good fortune.


The reason why brides started carrying bouquets:

In Ancient Rome, brides carried or wore flower garlands, believing that flowers signify new beginnings, fidelity and hope of fertility. In the Middle Ages, strong-smelling herbs and spices were thought to ward off and drive away evil spirits, bad luck, ill health and help mask the smell of body odour.


How does the bouquet toss work?

Traditionally, the garter toss takes place during the wedding reception. The groom removes this from the bride’s leg, sometimes with his hands or with his teeth, while the crowd watches. Following the bride’s bouquet toss, the groom tosses the garter to all of the eligible bachelors at the wedding.

What does it mean if you catch the bride’s bouquet?

As superstition has it, the lady who catches the bouquet and the man who catches the garter will be the next two to get married. This doesn’t mean to each other, but it is a fun thought.

Do bridesmaids have to have bouquets?

If your bridesmaids will be carrying bouquets down the aisle, there are a few easy ways to differentiate between theirs and your own. Most commonly, brides opt to have their ‘maids carry a slightly smaller version of their own bouquet, sometimes designating a certain flower to appear in the bridal bouquet only. This is a very personal choice, and there is no right or wrong way of doing things.

Does the bride throw her actual bouquet?

Traditionally, yes the bride should throw her bouquet as she leaves the reception, but this only works if you are planning to make a formal exit fairly early on. … otherwise the throwing of the bouquet can be another form of entertainment during the evening.

Many highlights of today’s modern weddings, such as tossing the bouquet to single women, are steeped in ancient traditions, some which are surprising and downright shocking. They reflect a less civilized time of superstitions, evil spirits and deadly epidemics. You can add rude and rowdy guests to the list, too.

Before we get to the bouquet tossing, take a quick look at how some of these “civilized” traditions began:


Bridesmaids – Today the bride chooses female relatives and best friends to honour them and to provide emotional support on her wedding day. Hundreds of years ago, bridesmaids were there to provide protection for the bride. They were deliberately dressed similarly in order to confuse evil spirits that might be lurking, eager to harm the bride.

The Wedding Ring — Wearing a wedding ring on the third finger of the left hand dates back to ancient Roman times. The Romans believed that the vein in the third finger ran straight to the heart. The circle of the ring itself symbolizes everlasting love.


Bridal Bouquet – In medieval times, bridal bouquets in 14th century Europe had a more practical purpose. The worst pandemic in history, known as the Bubonic Plague, ravaged Europe, killing 25-million people in five years. Even on joyous wedding days, the Plague was never far away. As a result, brides carried bouquets of garlic and herbs, designed to protect her from the Plague, evil spirits and foul odours. By happy contrast, today’s bridal bouquets are stunning floral arrangements and symbols of fertility.


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  • Thanks for sharing wonderful information!!

    14th May 2020 at 11:01 am
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