The Bouquet Toss – How To Catch The Bouquet

Bouquet Toss - Tossing The Bouquet - Wedding Customs
The bouquet toss, you know that fun custom during the wedding reception when the bride throws a bouquet to all the single ladies, didn’t start out so jovial and fun.

The practice of the bride tossing her bouquet originated in 14th century Europe. At that time, the belief was that all brides and everything they touched was lucky. By merely touching a bride, or getting a piece of something she touched, wore, or carried would give a person a little bit of that luck.

A very unromantic concept – as the bride was often aggressively chased, guests tearing at her dress and bouquet in the hopes of obtaining some of her luck. Eventually brides began throwing bits of their bouquets to the crazy crowd.

This new practice of tearing apart her own bouquet to throw to several people eventually transformed to the bouquet toss practice we know today. Bride’s used to toss their own bouquet, but this eventually turned into a small toss bouquet, allowing the bride to keep hers. Instead of getting some of the bride’s luck, whoever catches it will be the next to marry.

Tossing the bouquet is the easy part. Just be wary of low ceilings or the bouquet will be bounced directly down to the floor instead of reaching the intended target – the single ladies.

Catching it takes some finesse.

Check out this entertaining infographic from our friends at Larson Jewelers which gives the single ladies an easy (and amusing) how-to and tips to increase their odds of a successful bouquet catch.

The Ultimate Guide to Catching the Bouquet Like a Lady - - Infographic

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International Wedding Customs

I Love You in different languages

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Every culture has it’s own customs and traditions for celebrating a wedding. Here are a few international wedding customs:

mehndi hindu wedding

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In India traditional Hindu weddings include the Mehndi, a pre-ceremony celebration held the night before, or even a few days before the wedding day. The mehndi artist applies intricate mehndi, or henna, designs to the bride’s hands and feet. Often the groom’s name or initials is hidden in the design.

Korovai Ukraine Wedding Cake

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In Ukraine, instead of a wedding cake, they have a special bread, called the korovai, made by the two families to signify their new connection.

International Wedding Customs

Japanese Shinto Ceremony

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In Japan, during a traditional Shinto ceremony, the couple each takes sips of sake from three cups. This symbolizes their dedication to each other.

Norway Silver Wedding Crowns

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In Norway, the bride wears a silver crown with crescent shaped bangles dangling from it. Their clanking fends off evil spirits that are known to attack newlyweds.

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Why June Is Traditionally The Month For Weddings

Juno, the Roman Goddess of Marriage

The Roman goddess Juno rules over marriage, the hearth and childbirth, hence the popularity of June weddings.

June, named after Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage, has long been the most popular month. She would bring prosperity and happiness to all who wed in her month.

Ok, that’s the romantic version.

The real scoop?

Waaaaaay back when, people did not take daily baths and showers as we do today. Sure, they cleaned themselves on a regular basis, but a bath was an annual event. Due to the warmer weather, the annual bath usually took place at the end of May or early June.

So what better time to have a wedding than when everyone is so fresh and squeaky clean?

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