Far Beyond Forever: One Last Tradition, and a Midnight Snack

If you remember in my last post, even Mr. Guinea Pig’s grandfather was dancing from his chair! And as the evening got later, the dance floor stayed packed. Having said hello to everyone at this point, Mr. Guinea Pig and I had also jumped onto the dance floor, only stopping so I could throw some flowers.

I would just like to point out the look of determination on my face right before I threw the bouquet. I have no idea why I thought I needed to focus so hard, ha! (Click photos to see them bigger)


Ready…. set?


Throw! (Maybe I had to focus because of how far away they’re all standing. I really had to launch that sucker!)


Friend H caught it! She’s Best Man J’s girlfriend of many years, so there was much laughter at the look on his face when he realized his girlfriend caught the bouquet, and what that ‘symbolizes’.

Honestly though, I put no stock in that part of the tradition – we did a bouquet toss because I got a free toss bouquet as part of our flower package, and they can be fun. I’m pretty sure our DJ announced the toss without specifying who should be on the floor (ie, single ladies), because really – anyone was welcome to try to catch it! It was pretty fun to tease Best Man J after that, though. 😀

The bouquet toss was the last of the planned events in the reception timeline – the rest of the evening was purely for dancing – and break it down, we did.




(I have no idea what’s going on in this photo, but I think it’s hilarious)


(Did we do-si-do? I don’t remember that!)



At some point there was even a conga line?! What can I say, we were having fun. :) In the midst of all this late night dancing, we had arranged for a ‘midnight snack’ of milk and cookies. It was deeeelicious!


The cookies were warm and the milk shooters were just the right amount. It was the perfect late night snack for us because Mr. GP and I have a running joke about the amount of milk we consume (some weeks, we can go through 3 gallons!). When we first started dating we laughed about how we’d have to have milk at our wedding — and we did!

With that, it was almost time for our last dance and sparkler exit. Up next though: a quick run through of our details and some favorite photos of mine that somehow haven’t made it into posts yet, before I get to the end of the evening.

Did you do a bouquet toss despite not ‘believing’ in the tradition? Are you having a midnight snack?

*** All photos in this post copyright Amy Deputy Photography ***


Mrs. Guinea Pig

Baltimore, MD
Wedding Date:
May 2010
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    BelaBBear 85 posts, Worker bee @ 11:38 am

    In the photo where you have no idea what’s going on — Looks to me like they’re fist pumping like champions! I love it!

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    knitting 1072 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:39 am

    Your reception looks like so much fun. I’m not a huge fan of the bouquet toss, but I’ll probably still do one since there’s a balcony at my venue and I can’t pass up throwing stuff at my friends from a balcony!

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    gill84 731 posts, Busy bee @ 11:41 am

    We definitely had a bouquet toss ‘just for fun’ even though we didn’t believe in the tradition.

    I was so excited to see that my sister caught it though! It was such a great surprise/happy moment!

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    mak418 356 posts, Helper bee @ 11:55 am

    We somehow had a conga line too… it seemed like a great idea at the time! hehehe. Great pictures… it looks like everyone had wonderful time!

  5. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:06 pm

    Love the midnight snack of milk and cookies!

  6. scissors Member
    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 12:41 pm

    Mad props for fist-pumping by Mr. GP. Also, big fan of the milk and cookies!

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    misspug 3668 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:52 pm

    ooh, nothing like a midnight snack! looks like the dance party was awesome!

  8. sand dollar Member
    sand dollar 1334 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:05 pm

    Milk and cookies are such a cute detail!

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    Florin 70 posts, Worker bee @ 1:06 pm

    I’m unsure if I’ll do a bouquet toss yet, though I don’t put any stock in it either. I caught a bouquet when I was 12, so I hope the ladies who were there aren’t still waiting around for me.

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    sarahcisme 347 posts, Helper bee @ 1:24 pm

    I love the midnight snack idea! The mister and I are big milk drinkers too. We did a bouquet and garter toss. We don’t take it very seriously, but decided to include it because it’s always been my favorite part of weddings as a guest. I just love the fun and silliness it can bring to the party.

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    star 659 posts, Busy bee @ 1:44 pm

    I am super jealous of your midnight snack!! :)

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    jgoulart 1069 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:46 pm

    In the pic with the conga line, is she fist pumping?! Sweet. Haha. Looks like a ball!

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    bRooklynRocks 4048 posts, Honey bee @ 1:52 pm

    My venue comes with chocolate cookies and milk shooters. I hope they love it as your guests did. I must say, yet again, your dress is AWESOME.

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    Miss Twigs 126 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:00 pm

    That vibe captured in your photos, you know the one where everyone is just having the night of their lives (bride and groom included)? I want to bottle that and put it in the champagne (or milk) at our wedding. Congrats on an awesome reception!

  15. frenchfries Member
    frenchfries 2168 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:14 pm

    I so wish we could have had cookies & milk at our reception — but we figured with the copious amounts of candy + our dessert buffet, it might have been a bit overkill for us. 😉 The pictures of everyone dancing really show that everyone was having so much fun!

  16. frozen yogurt Member
    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:24 pm

    That midnight snack is so adorable!!

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    cinnamonbun 1116 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:24 pm

    I read (I’m pretty sure it was a Bee, but can’t remember who) about a bride who didn’t like the meaning behind the two tosses, so she attached a gift card to the bouquet/garter, so everyone would try for it. I like that idea, although instead of attaching, I might do a ‘whoever catches this can exchange it for a Chapters giftcard’.

  18. hotwings Member
    hotwings 2200 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:08 pm

    I love looking at people’s arms in dance photos! It’s so awesome. You swishing in your dress with a glass of wine.. classic! Mike Shooters!!! I bet your guests will remember that for years to come. I know I would.

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    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:13 pm

    Love the late night snack, I’m so glad we had snacks at our after party to keep the night going! And I love the picture where you’re dancing and your dress is swirling around you, so pretty!

  20. cheetah Member
    cheetah 297 posts, Helper bee @ 6:33 pm

    Your wedding looks like so much fun!

  21. msgiraffe Member
    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 9:06 pm

    What a cute snack! Who doesn’t love milk and cookies?

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    MissMargie 769 posts, Busy bee @ 11:56 pm

    love the midnight snack!!

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:49 am

    That midnight snack looks delicious!

  24. glasses Member
    glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:28 am

    Conga line! And your midnight snack was way cute and perfect!

  25. cheeseburger Member
    cheeseburger 1020 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:33 am

    omg that is a lot of milk to drink in one week! you are too cute :) I love this idea! So great :)

  26. msbuttons Member
    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 7:56 am

    Haha – I love friend H’s face after she caught the bouquet. And Mr. GP’s fist pumping is pretty fierce.

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    nicoliolihpf 232 posts, Helper bee @ 12:10 pm

    OMG, I LOVE the midnight snack idea! That’s awesome. I might have to steal it from you. Actually, I might have to steal your entire wedding because seriously, this is exactly what I want mine to look like. You are amazing!

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