Bride’s Bouquet Toss

Weddings are not all about the dress. They have so many traditions and I love to learn how they began and how they evolved to what they are today. One that really peeked my interest lately was the Bride’s bouquet toss. Where did this tradition come from?

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Well let’s travel back in time to the 14th century where the original tradition began. The bride has always thought to be a lucky woman. So it was common for wedding guest to actually grab and rip shreds of the bride’s gown. Yes you read that correctly. You would have guests grabbing and ripping pieces of your gown for good luck. 

As time went on Bride’s needed to find a way to change this tradition. Basically creating a new tactic to avoid the destroying of her wedding gown. So the tossing of the bouquet became the new tradition. The bride would toss her bouquet in to the crowd to distract her guest, so she could leave with her husband to the bridal chamber. 

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So now all the single ladies line up on the dance floor for the chance to catch the bride’s bouquet. Whoever catches the bouquet is the next to get married! They are receiving all the luck from the bride. The tossing of the bride’s bouquet allows everyone to be around the bride and her beautiful wedding gown instead of ripping her wedding gown to shreds. Something I am sure every Bride is thankful for. A bride spends a lot of time getting ready for your special day. No one better shred up their wedding gown!!


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