Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wedding Traditions - Throwing the bouquet

As we take a peek into wedding traditions, I thought I would research the history of throwing the bridal bouquet. Through out history and cultures Brides have been considered particularly lucky people and their wedding dresses were no exception.

With roots in England and going back as far as the 14th century, the single women who attended the wedding believed that carrying away a piece of the wedding dress would bring good luck and love. In pursuit of this good luck wedding guest would chase down the bride and rip pieces of her dress to carry home for good luck.

As you could imagine Brides were not particularly fond of this part of the wedding, since their wedding dresses would end up in shreds. I could not imaging a Bride in her Vera Wang running down Fifth avenue being chased by a mob. So, someone had an idea to distract the crowd by throwing the bouquet and giving the Bride a chance to get away.

Now anyone who has planned a wedding will know that floral budgets can go very high. After months of planning and choosing the right bouquet for your dress, throwing it to a crowd would be the last thing you want to do. Today it is not an absolute must to have this tradition played out at your reception. However, should you choose to continue the tradition, you can have your florist include an additional "Throw Away" bouquet in your wedding package.

You can choose to use a silk "Throw Away" bouquet or for a unique idea try this bouquet made from crochet roses. I thought this was a unique find.


  1. I never knew the history of throwing the bouquet! I cant wait to hear more interesting facts on weddings and all its history! Thank you for sharing this with us, I love the crochet bouquet!!! beautiful and memorable!

  2. Great post, Kattia! Thanks for featuring my crochet bouquet!


  3. WHAT!!! I have never heard that tradition before! WOW I can only imagine how many upset brides there have been in the past. WOW if my dress had been torn i'd be so upset. Thank goodness we moved to the tossing of the bouquet! Great post and very educational!

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