Bouquet Toss & Garter Toss
All video stills are thanks to Stratosphere Videography.
Nearing the end of our reception, our DJ asked everyone who would like to participate to meet us outside on the patio for our bouquet and garter toss. This is one area of the whole reception timeline where I felt pretty confident. I used to play softball, so if I can’t throw something at somebody…well, that’d just be sad.
I know that the bouquet toss can be sensitive for some people, but I always loved doing them in other people’s weddings. In fact, Mr. Blue Moon and I caught both the bouquet and the garter at the last wedding we attended together!
So because I love all things competition, and because we knew we wouldn’t pressure anybody to participate, we decided to incorporate this tradition into our reception, and I’m so glad we did! We had a fair number of girls participating, including my three bridesmaids and several of our friends. I gave it my best toss…
…and after a brief battle with Bridemaid H, MOH K emerged victorious!
We shared a celebratory hug (because honestly, y’all know I was sort of aiming for her)…
…and I avoided the stare-down from her dad, who warned me far in advance NOT to aim for MOH K. 😀 We’ve been getting up to trouble together since we were five, so there’s no stopping us now.
It was all in good fun! Next, the boys queued up for the garter toss, and participation was surprisingly high. Mr. Blue Moon had a throwaway garter in his pocket, because there’s no way I wanted him digging under my dress in front of my grandparents for a sweaty undergarment to hurl at a group of our mutual friends and family. Nope. No thanks. Not for me.
After much advice-giving from these guys’ girlfriends and dates to Mr. Blue Moon on which direction he should aim for, he opted for the reverse rubber-band approach over his shoulder.
As you can see, this thing is clearly destined for my friend Reader Renwick, who must have really thought through his choice to stand around guys who would keep their hands firmly glued to their sides. Good choice, Renwick!
Our bouquet and garter tosses were truly hilarious, and so much fun. I’m really happy we incorporated them, but in the moment I was feeling really sad that they were over. After these final two traditions, several guests began to slowly trickle home while the rest of us either cozied up to the firepits with drinks and s’mores, or kept the dance party going. All good things must come to an end!
Blue Moon wedding, read all about it:
- My girls and I indulge in some R&R.
- We have a fancy bridesmaids’ luncheon.
- We rehearse, eat, and forget to take pictures.
- I get ready with my girls.
- My dad and I pretend like we are not the most awkward people on the planet.
- We have the hottest first look of all time.
- Our wedding party takes a hike.
- We share all the little details.
- My inner diva comes out.
- We wait impatiently.
- The family and bridesmaids walk.
- I walk down the aisle without embarrassing myself (too much).
- We begin our ceremony with some laughs.
- Our best man saves the day.
- We seal it with a kiss.
- We take advantage of the Tennessee twilight.
- We take a turn about the dance floor.
- We honor our parents with a dance.
- We cut the cake.
- We are toasted.
- The party begins.
- The party continues.