The garter and bouquet tosses were huge in the 90s but over the last few years, it has pretty much fizzled out.
In case it’s been a while since you’ve witness it, the bride would wear two garters, one for her husband to toss to the guys, and also has two bouquets, one being smaller to toss to the girls. Traditionally, whomever caught the garter and bouquet were said to be the next to marry. Of course, it somehow often ended up that the male and female were related, which is all sorts of ick!
Being related aside, there’s two other main reasons that couples are tossing the idea. The most important thing to take into consideration is your guests. Urging your single friends to gather onto the dance floor, basically holding up a sign reading “single”. While it’s totally cool if they aren’t in a relationship, most people aren’t comfortable with that type of spotlight. In fact, forcing your single friends to take center stage could just add to the pressure others have been putting on them to get married. Honestly, whomever catches the garter and bouquet most likely won’t end up together forever, so it’s best to nix this idea. If anything, nudge your single friends towards other single guests.
Not sold on skipping the toss just yet? Here’s one other thing to consider!
The music is blaring. Your dance floor is packed. Everyone is having a great time…then the DJ tells everyone to take a seat for the garter and bouquet toss. Major mood killer, right? Any time you ask guests to move away from the dance floor, it’s going to be more difficult to get that same vibe going again.