It is not surprising that over time, traditions evolve. Even something as standard a as a bouquet toss at a reception may need to be tweaked to better fit the generation it is thrown to. I have been noticing at most of the receptions I have been to lately, there has been neither a bouquet or a garter toss. Seemed strange, so I looked into it… looks like with the new emphasis on not singling out singles, people have chosen other options.
Here are some of my favorite quotes:
topweddingquestions.com: “Musical salt shaker theme, you can do it at the reception, at every table, first just for the ladies. Whoever is left holding the salt shaker gets to take home the centerpiece. The man who is left with the pepper shaker has to bring drinks for every woman at the table!”
“My dj has suggested a “ladies dance”, not just single ladies. I think it will be fun to have the women of all ages out there dancing together. I believe we selected Dancing Queen for the song. I was very against doing the bouquet toss, and really liked this alternative.”
Certainly there are other fun options. It is important to have activities that involve the whole group in the celebration. A bride and groom can’t spend a lot of time with each guest, so they must entertain as a group at some point, so people feel a presonal connection to their special day.
I personally liked the idea of giving bouquets to each of your special single friends. You can keep your bouquet, and make or purchase mini-ones to give away. I think a sweet note of “luck for love” on it would be fun as well. Below are some fun, fresh ways of doing this that I found on Etsy.
These adorable bouquets are handmade, and cute enough to treasure for a long time.
I thought this was a good picture because it showed a large, one-flower bouquet as well as multiple silk flowers