Monday, March 28, 2011

Tossing The Bouquet & Garter

With our first anniversary quickly approaching in June, I’m determined to get through a few more fun wedding recaps before then! While I know some bloggers prefer to post their recaps chronologically, going through them all at once, I’ve really enjoyed jumping around, sharing a piece here and there, remembering and reliving our amazing wedding each time.

Today, I want to share a couple stories and photos from our garter and bouquet tosses, one of which didn’t go exactly as planned, and the other which we almost skipped altogether!


Those of you who have been reading for a while may remember that Stephen and I went back and forth about whether or not to do a garter toss, especially since neither of us was comfortable with the whole over-the-top groom-removes-garter-with-his-teeth idea.

In the end, rather than skip it altogether, we toned things down and did it in a way that worked for us. While our DJ played the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love,” which is one of our favorites, Stephen kneeled down, kissed my hand, and removed my garter by hand. After that, he tossed it to all the eligible guys at the party, who got so into it that one of them even tripped and went tumbling to the ground!




The bouquet toss was just as fun, although my original plan of doing it as a “good luck” toss for all the ladies at the party went awry when the DJ announced that only the single ladies should head to the floor. I was having too much fun to care, though, and it actually worked out great, since one of my bridesmaids was incredibly excited to snag the bouquet, allowing for lots of fun pictures, hugs and laughter!





Are you doing a bouquet or garter toss? How will you make them unique?

(Photo Credits: Alex Neumann Photography & Personal Library)

12 comments:

  1. Yes, to both, to my mild chagrin.

    I'm getting my way, though, by tossing one of my sock monkeys to EVERYONE!

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  2. It looks like everyone is having a great time, and I love that one of the groomsmen actually fell over himself to try and catch the garter. We skipped both traditions for a variety of reasons, but I still think they can be sweet and make for great photos.

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  3. We did both and my husband did it was tasteful as your husband did! Some people go a little far and I couldnt think of doing that around family and friends! Love all of the photos, your bridesmaid looks so happy! <3

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  4. Great photos! We ended up doing both tosses, but called up all ladies and gents (not just single ones) and attached a gift card to the throwing objects :)

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  5. The wedding I'm in this fall has a GREAT idea. It is 21 and up only - single or taken. With the item you catch, they also plan to give a 5th of their choice of beverage! They also plan to do a kids' toss with something fun. I thought it was a great take on this old tradition, and it totally fits this couple!

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  6. i love the excitement in your photos :) we didn't end up doing the tosses, but i don't think anyone noticed.

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  7. wow heather... a year is coming up fast!

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  8. we never did any tosses wither...we had a brunch for our wedding. :D

    I cannot believe that it's coming up to 1 year!

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  9. Love the pictures! We didn't do either, because they weren't traditions I felt strongly about.

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  10. Looks like fun even if the bouquet toss wasnt how you wanted.

    The garter toss isnt a british thing so we didnt have that. I decided not to throw my bouquet; no one noticed at the time and think just one person asked afterwards. I took it to my grandparents grave instead, as did my sister when she got married in December.

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  11. I love the way you did the garter toss...that toned down version is great! I don't think we're going to do either...we actually will not have very many "single ladies" at our wedding at all! But I would like to have an anniversary dance and give my bouquet to the winning couple of that!

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  12. Cute pictures! :)

    I'm not too keen on the idea of doing a garter toss because I'm pretty modest, but my fiance wants us to so I may end up doing it. We're just doing the traditional toss of the bouquet and garter, nothing unique.

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