So why do you want to do the Bouquet and Garter toss?
Really, think about why do you want to. Your dance floor is pumping, the wedding guests are having a great time, then the MC announces it’s time for the Bouquet and Garter toss….Woosh, just like that your dance floor is completely empty. Sorry if I scared you, that could be one possible scenario if you don’t have it timed right, but there are alternatives to the infamous party stopper. Over the years Silvertunes has accumulated several ideas to help facilitate the bouquet and Garter toss to ensure the energy of your wedding is not affected. here are a couple of ideas to discuss with your MC/DJ at your planning meeting if you either want to keep it or abort the tradition completely and keep the dancing going.
1. Before you begin the dancing, invite all the single guys and girls to the dance floor for the tradition and have them stay on the dance floor after the toss, right into the music.
2. Anniversary Dance- invite all the married guests onto the dance floor -have the MC announce 5yr increments of marriage to make their way off the dance floor and surround the cake, leaving the longest-married couple on the dance floor.
3-Reverse Bouquet Toss and Garter Toss -invite the newest couple to the dance floor, then with 5 yr increments based on the earliest years of a marriage slowly start to build the dance floor with married couples then invite all the singles and couples with a significant other.
4-Battle of the sexes- invite your singles out to have either a dance-off or trivia competition to win the coveted title and the Bouquet and Garter. ( caution- not for the shy type and is sure to generate a lot of laughs)
Here is also a great little article we found on The Knot. you can also find more on wedding traditions.
Why It Might Be Time to Nix the Bouquet and Garter Toss
Don’t want to single out your single guests? We feel you. Some traditions are awesome, but others are still around just, kind of, because while everyone secretly hopes they’ll make a nice, orderly exit from our lives. Enter, the bouquet and garter toss, which held relevant superstitious symbolism back in the day, but often add a layer of awkwardness at modern weddings. (People once believed stealing a piece of the bride’s wedding clothing or accessories would bestow some of her good fortune upon them seriously, they would try to tear off pieces of her dress! And removing the garter represented the consummation of marriage.)
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