The morning of the wedding, the Starfish Girls asked me what song I’d be playing for the bouquet toss. I told them I wasn’t doing one. They seemed a bit surprised, especially since our wedding was on the traditional side. They kind of expected it, but what they didn’t know is I had something else planned for the bouquet.
The night of the wedding, I was dancing away when I heard my cue.
I had asked the D.J. to play Bridesmaid M and her boyfriend’s (let’s call him Jessie) song as a surprise. As soon as it came on, I ran off the dance floor, grabbed my bouquet and ran over to bridesmaid M. I pretty much yelled “Bridesmaid M” and as soon as she looked up, the bouquet was flying in her direction. I had been planning this “toss” for months. Bridesmaid M is one of my best friends and I have probably been waiting more anxiously for a proposal for her than she is—we have very few married friends, and I’m looking forward to having a few more. Jessie is awesome and I can’t wait until he’s officially a part of our family (Bridesmaid M is also my cousin).
Every time we go out, I request their song. Since they’ve been dating, I don’t think we’ve gone out together without having their song played. It’s become a joke amongst our friends.
Jessie kept saying he couldn’t propose until after our wedding, so I thought this would be a fun “hint” that he didn’t have to wait anymore. When I planned the toss, I thought BM M and Jessie would get a laugh out of it, but I got a totally different reaction.
After I tossed the bouquet, she gave me a big hug and started to cry.
It ended up being one of my favorite moments of the wedding. Throughout the rest of the night, we found her walking around with the bouquet. It was by her side during Shout, Sweet Caroline, Don’t Stop Believing and every song in-between. I don’t think she let go of it all night. I heard she may have even slept with it…
It’s been funny going through the guests’ pictures, because I thought people were exaggerating, but pictures don’t lie. The bouquet did not leave her side.
Last photo by David Bibeault
Did you do a traditional bouquet toss, or did you do something else with your bouquet?
All photos by guests, unless noted