Two Wheels Become One: The Tosses

We did the bouquet and garter tosses back-to-back, toward the end of the night. These tosses weren’t just accidental happenings—they were premeditated! I had written them into the schedule for the night (which was distributed to all wedding party VIPs and vendors), plus I crafted a garter and bought a mini bouquet specifically for the tosses. We even picked special songs to use. We were serious about the task of tossing.

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I chose No Doubt’s “Just a Girl” for the bouquet toss because:

  • It has “girl” in the title and refrain
  • It’s featured in my favorite movie of all time, Clueless.
  • Hopefully its feminist message could cancel out the whole girls-fighting-over-a-bouquet thing.
  • It wasn’t “Single Ladies.” I hate that song.

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I look like a robot-bride.

It ended up landing on the floor, right at one of my bridesmaids’ feet, but she was too drunk to know what was going on, so Mr. Unicycle’s little cousin stepped in and claimed it as her own. I respect that.

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Next up was the down n’ dirrrty garter toss. They sat me in a chair in the middle of the dance floor, turned on Michael Buble’s “Feeling Good,” and gathered the single guys.

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We chose “Feeling Good” because of the sock dance. We wouldn’t have even considered a different song.

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When your husband goes up your skirt in front of everyone you know, there’s nothing you can do but laugh awkwardly.

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This is Mr. Unicycle saying “Why is this so heavy?? What is this made of?”

Here’s a closeup:

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Hahaha I love this guy.

I don’t think I ever blogged about my garter, but I used Mrs. Honey’s tutorial and glued fabric flowers and pearls (leftover from my necklace) to a piece of stretchy lace. The flowers were made of some fabric I bought on a whim the day Mr. Unicycle proposed, and it was also my “something blue,” which made it extra sentimental.

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Somehow we didn’t get any pictures of it, so this heavily zoomed in, gratuitous-thigh shot is all I have to offer you.

The pearls I used were really heavy and, as you can see, I used quite a few. That thing was so heavy on my thigh all damn day, so it was a big relief to have it removed. Because of its heft, it became a dangerous projectile when Mr. Unicycle launched it across the dance floor, but luckily no one was injured.

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As I was lovingly crafting this garter before the wedding, I remember thinking that I wanted to ask whoever caught it to give it back to me for sentimental purposes, but I didn’t know if that was considered rude or not. Luckily, one of our good friends caught it, and before I even had a chance to ask for it back he came up to me and said, “What am I supposed to do with this??” So now I own it again. What am I supposed to do with it?

Are you having a bouquet and garter toss? If so, are you using your real bouquet and garter, or are you using stand-ins?

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Mrs. Unicycle

Location:
Chicago, IL
Wedding Date:
June 2012

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    Steph, Guest @ 3:55 pm

    I’m definitely using a “tossing” bouquet and saving my real one as a keepsake. I’m not sure about the garter, I may just let him toss the one I wear. For whatever reason it doesn’t seem to have the same sentimental value to me. Anyway, I’m most excited about our Beastie Boys themed tossing. Bouquet toss song, “Hey Ladies,” and garter toss song, “Girls!”

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    wb3245 4225 posts, Honey bee @ 4:11 pm

    I’m doing both, I am having a bouquet made, and my garter comes as a set, with a toss :)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:32 pm

    Clueless FTW!!!!!
    Also, your garter looks awesome.

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    melitabonita 116 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:39 pm

    I have been trying to figure out a good song for the bouquet toss that is not “Single Ladies”, “Just a Girl” is great :) I plan on having a toss bouquet and I’ve been looking at a lot of garter sets on etsy that come with one specific for the toss.

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    Anon. Whaaaa?, Guest @ 8:37 pm

    You look beautiful! Love this post.

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:28 am

    I did things the other way around – I tossed my real bouquet but had a toss-garter!

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    mrscash 715 posts, Busy bee @ 8:43 am

    Had a toss bouquet and a toss garter and used Single Ladies because hey, why not!

    Also, I found having my garter removed a ridiculously awkward experience. Anyone else?

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    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 9:25 am

    Thanks for continuing to prove that weddings CAN be fun and truly convey the spirit of the bride and groom! Your posts continue to crack me up in so many ways, and now I, too, would like a sock dance from the men in my life! You look so beautiful, happy and CUTE in all your pics, and your recaps continue to be among my faves.

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 1:52 pm

    Great song choice for the bouquet toss! “Single Ladies” has been done to death.

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    bailey12 366 posts, Helper bee @ 3:29 pm

    I love reading your posts! I can always count on them to make me laugh. :)

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    cicijapan 263 posts, Helper bee @ 7:50 pm

    Clueless is my favorite movie too!! Love your garter!

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    lisaelanna 528 posts, Busy bee @ 4:01 pm

    I made (and wore all day) two garters, so that I could have one to keep. In hindsight though, I should’ve just worn one and then switched it out with the spare after my husband took it off my leg. It was it was super sweaty when removed and, while I could really care less if my husband has to touch something sweaty of mine, having one of his friends catch it and carry it around was really pretty mortifying.

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    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:40 am

    Your garter turned out so pretty and I love the sentiment behind the fabric!! Also I’m so impressed you wore the thang all day, mine was off before the ceremony even started! I never realized how heavy the pearls would make it…Mr. U’s face is great in that pic btw.

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    abbygaile, Guest @ 11:50 am

    Clueless is sooo MY movie! I didn’t think there was anyone else out there that loved it as much as I do! Mr. Uni’s face is PRICELESS! whaaaat? OMG! haha I had a cheap garter that was supposed to be for prom I cut the “prom 2012″ piece of ribbon off of it. lol Yours was much classier and I really like it! Also, my wedding and reception were 2 weeks apart my wedding bouquet were all live peonies, but for the reception my neighbor made me a bouquet to keep and another to throw… My 10yr old niece caught it and that couldn’t have made me happier b/c it was also her birthday that day. :)

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