Bouquet & garter toss ideas

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Bouquet & garter toss ideas
The bouquet toss is a fun wedding tradition. (Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Many wedding guests, especially those who are single, look forward to the bouquet and garter toss. Traditionally, the bride and groom give away the bouquet and garter as a form of good luck, and many claim that the single lady who catches the bouquet and single man who catches the garter will be the next to marry. In the spirit of romance, these two can kick off a slow dance together. There are many fun ways to follow this traditional event, so choose your favourite and pass on your good luck to a pair of your guests.


Follow tradition for the garter toss and have the bride sit in a decorative chair or on the best man's lap while the groom retrieves the garter under the bride's dress. Tame grooms can use their hands, while more daring grooms might choose to use their teeth. Play songs, like the Mission Impossible theme song, to create a fun atmosphere. Once the groom has retrieved the garter, he should be blindfolded, spun around several times, and then asked to toss the garter into the crowd of single men. For the bride, traditionally she is given her bouquet, spun around several times, and tosses it to a crowd of single women. The lucky recipients of the bouquet and garter can share a dance to celebrate their good luck.

Dance Off for the Garter

Instead of letting the groom simply start his task of removing the garter, make him work to earn the privilege of searching under her dress. Preface the garter removal by making the groom dance in front of everyone, while seeking the approval of the bride. Have the DJ play fun music, like "I'm Too Sexy," for the groom to dance to, so he can show off his moves trying to impress the bride. The bride will give either a thumbs up to allow the groom to retrieve the garter, or thumbs down, prompting him to come up with better dance moves. After earning approval, the groom searches for the garter to remove, and throws it to the waiting group of single men.

Bouquet Toss for Children

If your guest list includes a lot of children, have a separate toss just for them. Have a smaller bouquet or bridal-themed stuffed animal to toss. This gets the children involved and saves them from the chaos of the real toss. Start this toss earlier in the evening, when children are still present, or you can preface the real bouquet and garter toss with this mini toss.

Bouquet and Garter Toss Games

Mix up tradition by changing up the rules of the conventional bouquet and garter toss event. One idea is to switch up the receivers, by having the men catch the bouquet and the ladies catch the garter. Another idea is to attach prizes to the bouquet and garter to encourage everyone to participate. Prizes can include a dance or kiss from the bride or groom, a wedding memento or cash prizes. To add challenge for the groom in removing the garter, line the bride and bridesmaids up and have the groom find his bride blindfolded. These ideas make for a new and fun way to highlight the bouquet and garter toss.

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