One event at a wedding that is going to split the genders is the wedding bouquet toss. The unmarried women are going to be desperate to catch it while the partners are going to do all they can to distract them. To suddenly be having all and sundry informing them that it is now their turn to go down the aisle is going to get boring very quickly. Regardless of whether or not the person who catches the flowers in the bouquet toss has a partner or not they will still be told they will be the next to marry.
Not every bride will want to do this as often the flowers are to be taken to the grave of a relative who is no longer around to attend the wedding. This can be overcome though by arranging that whoever catches is will return it and there will be a replacement bouquet to take its place. While the whole idea of throwing the bouquet may seem a strange thing to do it is a much better tradition than the one it replaced.
At one time it was not the flowers that were coveted but a piece of the wedding dress. As far back as the 14th Century in France it was believed that managing to rip a piece of the wedding dress away from the bride was good luck. Although few women would want to wear their wedding dress again they still did not want it ripped to shreds while they were still inside it. The wedding reception really would not be a lot of fun for the brides of old! It is also believed that the tradition of ripping the dress happened in England as well and it was here that the idea of throwing the bouquet began. It was a way to share out some of the good fortune that the bride had and still allow her to stay fully clothed.
In Finland there is an old tradition of passing on the bouquet but not by tossing it. All the single women are in a group and the blindfolded bride hands it to someone although they will not know who the recipient is. There is no date for when this started but it has been around for a long time.
A more recent change to the wedding bouquet toss is to involve all the female guests. It may mean that the meaning has been lost and it is no longer meant as an indication of the next person to get married but it does take away the need for all the unmarried guests to be paraded in front of the others as the “old maids”. In another variation, during the wedding reception the original bouquet is placed to one side and all single women are given a flower from a specially made bouquet.
In some ways it is sad that the old traditions are dying out but in some cases the tradition has had its day and needs to be replaced.
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