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Why Do We Toss The Bouquet?

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Two of the most exciting events of a wedding reception are the tossing of the bride’s bouquet and her garter. Tradition says that the single girl and guy that catch the bride’s objects will be next in line to be married; but have you ever wondered why this is? What is it about these two items that possess magical marriage powers?

The tradition of tossing the bouquet and garter dates back to the fourteenth century. Any piece of the bride’s attire was considered lucky, so guests were excited to claim their own bit of marriage luck. Some of the single guests would become so eager to have the bouquet that they would rush to the bride and enthusiastically try to grab it from her. To prevent the bride from being attacked by her guests, brides started tossing their bouquet to the crowd.

The tossing of the garter also evolved from trying to protect the bride. Way back when, when the reception was over, guests would accompany the newlyweds to their bedchamber. It was custom that the groom’s friends would try to remove the bride’s garters for good luck. Obviously this caused some discomfort. To avoid being bothered by drunken men, brides started tossing their garters in their direction instead.

 

Marriage Advice Guest Book

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Have something out of the ordinary at your reception and display a decorative board saying “Share Your Key To Success.” This is a fun activity for guest to give their marriage advice to the newlyweds. Have  a jar on the table with antique keys with tags attached, and then have guests write down their words of wisdom on the blank tags. The guests can then place their filled-out keys onto the board. The board would be ideal to have near the guest book.

Charming Ideas for Wedding Favors

Favors have been associated with weddings for centuries and have greatly evolved over time.  Wedding favors also vary in different parts of the world. In Italian weddings, five almonds are given to each guest, symbolizing health, wealth, happiness, fertility and longevity for the bride and the groom.

An essential element to remember when selecting a wedding favor is that they should either be edible, drinkable or useful.  It’s important to realize that outside your family, people won’t want a keepsake from your wedding. Here are some fun favors to consider.

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Honey Jar

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Wine Bottle Topper

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Shea Butter Lip Balms

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Custom Jack Daniel’s Mini Bottle Labels

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Soy Candle

Fun Bridal Shower Game – Memories of Us

Shower games are a great way to bring together a group people who might not know each other well.  Even if you’re not a game person, this bridal shower activity is ideal for everyone.

To start the activity, instruct the guests to write down one of their favorite memories that they shared with the bride-to-be on an index card. When everyone has their memory written down, have them place it in a jar. Ask the bride to draw the memory cards and read them aloud, then she will guess the person the memory belongs to.

This game is unique because it reveals fun and sentimental stories about the bride and is enjoyable for the entire group to participate in. The bride especially loves hearing all the special memories she’s shared with her friends and family.

Wedding Ceremony Toss Options

Ceremony tosses are a fun way to celebrate a couple’s marriage.  The original choice of rice was tossed as a symbol of prosperity and have been used in weddings for hundreds of years, but since it can be less than ideal to clean up after and is also known to be slippery, other alternatives have become very popular for the timeless tradition.

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Ribbon Wands

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Rose Petals

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Fall Leaves

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Paper Airplanes

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Twinkle Poms