The tossing of the bouquet is that moment at every wedding that single guests either can’t wait for or can’t wait to avoid. The bride has married the love of her life and tradition dictates that she shares that luck in romance with her guests. But where did the tradition start? And does the bride have to lose this one symbol of love forever?
The tradition of flower bouquets is said to have begun in Egypt and spread to China where the practice took on a new, artistic level. From there flower bouquets spread to Japan and then to Europe where the iconic moment of tossing the bouquet, quickly replaced an older tradition that might sound a little extreme to us today. Before the bouquet, guests at weddings would rip the dress from the bride as a way of gaining luck in love. Over the years, wedding dresses became more elaborate, expensive, and cherished. Brides began to keep the dress as a memory or in the hopes of passing on the dress for a daughter’s special day. As one tradition faded out, another came into being and dress-ripping was replaced with the throwing of garter belts, veils, gifts, and eventually bouquets.
Weddings and bouquets are a perfect match. Flowers throughout many cultures symbolize life and fertility, so arrangements of all kinds were already a part of most celebrations. Flower bouquets were not only less expensive but also provided a splash of color as a stunning accent to a bride’s perfect white dress. It quickly became common for brides to keep their dress and toss the bouquet. However, even that is becoming a thing of the past.
Bouquets became the undoubted symbol for the passing of love. Arrangements became more colorful and varied. The attachment of a bride to her floral accessory also grew stronger. Bouquets became as important an accent to the dress as anything else. And it was prompting brides to be less inclined to toss this symbol of love away. But unlike the “ripping off of the dress” or the less impressive garter toss, the bouquet toss was still a beloved part of the traditional ceremony. The solution? Two bouquets: one to keep and one to toss to the person to be lucky in love.
A second bouquet can be treated with preserving sprays, left out to dry, pressed, or even freeze-dried to help retain their vibrant colors. Put the flowers in a shadow box, glass frame, or vase, and they serve as a reminder of that special day in your life. At the ceremony, a second beautiful arrangement can be displayed at the “sweetheart” table as a centerpiece. A second bouquet offers the chance to match flowers to a reception dress, as some brides are now buying two dresses for their special day.
Nosegay bouquets, Poesy bouquets, roses and wildflowers and succulence and more. There are a lot of choices to make when it comes to a bouquet, and sometimes it’s hard to pick just one. A second bouquet offers some relief for the indecisive bride too. Choose a simple, elegant, pomander to have for the toss, while the one used in photos, will highlight the dress with a beautiful arrangement.
It's your wedding, and it should be exactly how you want it. Don’t settle for one bouquet when two (or more) will make your special day exactly how you’ve imagined it since the day you said: “I do.” Keep the tradition of tossing a bouquet alive and well without losing a beautiful, vibrant, and important piece of the most romantic day of your life.