I have honestly despised the moments when the DJ calls all the 'single ladies and gents' out onto the dance floor to have the bride and groom toss the bouquet and garter away to see who will 'get married' next. Yeah, right? Does it really ever happen that the people who catch these things get married next? Doubtful.
However, I knew I wanted to somehow have a toss and of course, it had to be unexpected. Originally, I had the fabulous idea that I would surprise the girls I tossed my bouquet* to by having the bouquet break up into 4 smaller bouquets so that more than one girl gets to catch it. :) But as I evaluated our guest list, I realized there weren't as many single ladies as I had expected there to be.
Instead, I had read on some blogs about how some brides were choosing to 'hand' their bouquet off to someone specific rather than just toss it away. I loved this idea and here is how I incorporated this into our own wedding for a very special lady in my life:
As for Mr Fix It and the garter toss, he wanted to do this for sure. But mostly just because he is a perv who wanted to get up my dress. He decided he wanted to be 'covert' about it and worked with the DJ to surprise me with the song selection that would play while he slithered across the dance floor to remove my garter. Here are some great pics and video of his little display:
As you can see, Mr Fix It tricked the guys they called on to the dance floor by acting like he was going to toss the garter, but then he decided to intentionally place it into the hands of one of his groomsmen that he calls a 'playa who needs to settle down finally.' :) I love how the DJ made the comment "If that isn't someone saying 'tag you're it' I don't know what is!"
Share time: Did you decide to do the tosses and if so, was there anything different or unique about how you incorporated them?
TODAY'S WEDDING TIP: Rather than tossing away your own bridal bouquet, *be sure to ask your florist about creating a smaller 'toss bouquet' for you to throw to the ladies. Usually this will be thrown in free as part of the contract (mine was). You can also do this with the garter as well. A lot of garter sets come with a fancier garter for the bride to wear and a simpler version to be tossed. The bride can wear both of them on her leg with the toss one on the bottom so the groom removes that one and leaves the fancier one for the bride to keep.
Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Robert Mullins Photography
Raw video footage courtesy of Video Keepsakes of Beverly Hills
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