Gloves in Love: Tossing Some Flowers

After the dance, hive, things start getting a little hazy. Why yes, it certainly could be the gin-and-cider I’d been sipping all evening, but I think it had a fair amount to do with the fact that, after dinner, the entire evening was just the most ridiculous party! Since all of the fun is jumbled together in my head, I have a hard time suggesting what order things happened in. I do know a few things for certain, though—I tossed my bouquet, and every single person I saw was having a great time. (Aside: I know that gin isn’t the most popular liquor for people of a certain age, but I really do encourage all of you lovely ladies to try it with cider—it’s delicious! Plus, my grandma has been known to consume some gin, and I always strive to be Edna-chic in my booze consumption. :) )


First up, my bouquet.  In the planning stages, I was vehemently opposed to a garter toss, and not really that into a bouquet toss, either. McGlovin could get behind nixing the garter toss, but he still tried to talk me into tossing my bouquet. His argument was it’s a wedding, and you’d never chuck flowers at your friends otherwise so”¦why not? And then I went to a few weddings and actually participated in the toss and realized—it all depends on how it’s done. One wedding was terrifying, and all. single. girls. were called to the dance floor and it felt accusatory and mildly stressful, but another wedding was a hilarious and giggly time. So I started to think of how to achieve the second atmosphere.



What we settled on was this: after everyone had been drinking and dancing a bit, the DJ announced the toss. Rather than having all single ladies come to the floor, though, we asked all of the lovely women in my life to join me on the dance floor—sort of a “ladies only” dance. We played “What a Man” to set the scene, and after a tiny bit of dancing with my friends, moms, sisters, etc., I sashayed my way up to the front and tossed my flowers backward. And”¦it was awesome. I mean, for me, anyway, and no one would ever really tell the bride that they didn’t like the wedding. :)



Unbeknownst to me, there was a plot to get Heather to catch the bouquet—and she swatted it away. I only realized this when I saw my photos!


OK, so how did you get people to participate in the garter or bouquet toss? I know they seem to be going out of fashion, and usually for good reason, so did anyone have a particularly good or bad experience? Share!


Mrs. Gloves

Columbus, Ohio
Wedding Date:
January 2013
Classifieds: January 14, 2014
Handing out Invitations (Literally)
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  1. milkcow Bee
    Mrs. Milk Cow 216 posts, Helper bee @ 1:33 pm

    The bouquet toss always stresses me out, but I love that you made yours more relaxed – it looks like it went over well in the pictures! As of right now, we’re planning on skipping both tosses.

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    melizabe 108 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:50 pm

    “a hilarious and giggly time” – this is how I hope a fair amount of my wedding day goes! It looks like you succeeded!

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    Barika 728 posts, Busy bee @ 3:22 pm

    I love your pics! My toss had some of my favorites as well.

    Since we were in our 30’s singling out the 2 ladies seemed to be cruel. We decided to ditch the garter and just do the bouquet toss with a twist. We had all the singles (men and women) out for the toss. It was tough at first to get people out but our outstanding DJ got on the mic and asked me for the singles names. One by one he called them to the floor. I switched out my bouquet to a “fall away” one for a cute surprise. In the air the bouqet fell apart and showered everyone with roses and most people got a stem. It was pretty cute to see and everyone was excited to get a rose….especially the guys!

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    Mrs. Pyramid 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:44 pm

    Seems like all the girls had a good time doing this, it’s cute!

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    luluvohn 1194 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:57 pm

    We’re also planning on inviting anybody who wants to come up for the tosses, single or otherwise occupied. I hope it’ll work as well as yours did!

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    Fotógrafo de boda en Valencia, Guest @ 5:31 am

    Nice pics! I love it! 😉

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    LumpySpacePrincess, Guest @ 6:22 am

    We’re planning on offering bottles of top shelf booze as the prizes for the bouquet and garter tosses. I think my friends would totally try to catch them then!

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:52 pm

    I love the look of horror on your friend’s face as the bouquet is flying her way. Priceless!

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    Mrs. Border Collie 102 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:29 am

    I LOVE Gin. (old lady alert, I guess.) I’ll definitely try it with cider. I think anyone who doesn’t like it, just hasn’t had the right cocktail yet. Your bouquet toss photos are priceless! SO FUN. With such a small wedding, and only 3 single ladies, I skipped the toss. 🙁

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