Authored by: Rinette Emerson
July 30, 2012

Throughout Europe and North America the toss of the bride’s bouquet to the single women present at the wedding, has become a tradition and anticipated activity at the reception.

Dating back centuries, a bride typically did not expect to wear her wedding dress again, and the dress was considered good luck for other women – a type of fertility charm.  As a result, after the wedding, single women chased the bride and ripped parts off her dress to obtain a piece of good luck – leaving the dress in tatters and the bride in tears.

The toss of the Bride’s bouquet evolved from the desire of the bride to give her female guests a lucky souvenir, while preserving her dress. To prevent guests from tearing her wedding dress, brides began tossing their wedding bouquets as lucky souvenirs. It has also been said that whoever catches the bouquet will become the next bride.

Over the years, wedding dresses have become more expensive and it has become somewhat of a tradition for brides to keep their dress, either as a memento of their Special Day or to pass on to their daughter for her wedding day.

The decision to toss your bridal bouquet is completely up to you. However as more and more brides are deciding to wait longer to get married or even deciding to remain single, calling out your single friends to catch the bouquet is not always well received.

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About the Author: Rinette Emerson

Prior to Enduring Promises, Rinette worked with clients on strategic communications, online development programs, corporate branding and helping clients “get found” online. After officiating her first wedding, many years ago, Rinette was hooked – and now she is a sought after wedding Officiant. A little-known fact about Rinette…she is an amazing artist! You can follow her on LinkedIn.


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