Wedding History 101: Uncover The Truth Behind Bouquet Flings & Garter Tosses

Bouquet-Garter-Toss Picture this.  Travel back in time to 14th Century England… where kings are kings and old world ideals rein supreme.  Every religious, political and governmental infrastructure is held accountable for a completely different set of rules.  Rules, reflecting pre-Enlightened thinking and semi-barbaric irrationality, affect everything.  They even affect a nervous bride, preparing to start anew with the man whom she loves is betrothed. 

Put yourself in her shoes.  (Feel free to make them glass slippers – You know I did :))  You’ve more than likely just  recently grown out of your “awkward years,” and now, you’re uncomfortably marrying a man twice your senior, because he gave your father “a steal” on a couple prize-winning goats.  You’re nervous.  You’re uncertain, and even if you’re not ready, you’re getting married. 

Then, imagine your shock and awe, as you run past a mob of wedding guests for the first time as Mrs. Claudius Cromwell III of Essex, while they pick, poke, pry, tear and tug at your dress!  You heard me right, kids.  Back then, “owning” a piece of the bride’s clothing was thought to bring luck to it’s possessor; so, people took it upon themselves to pilfer parts of the gown for their own accord.  And ridiculous as this may seem to us now, it was the faint beginning of the bouquet and garter toss tradition we know and love today.

In order to keep her dress in tact, brides everywhere began giving up their garters as “replacement sacrifices.”  Which in turn, were handed off to the grooms who gladly flung them towards all the single men in the audience.  But what about the ladies (All the Single Ladies!)? 

Not to be outdone, single women also wanted a chance at good luck or – in many cases today - love.  Enter stage right: the bridal bouquet.  Still considered a part of the bride’s attire, the bridal bouquet became the piece of good fortune tossed out to the women.  Which only goes to show you, that some brutal beginnings can sometimes have the sweetest endings.  And look out below for popular song choices and links:   

Popular Songs for Bouquet Toss

  • Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) by Beyonce
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
  • It’s Raining Men by the Weather Girls
  • Man! I Feel Like A Woman! by Shania Twain
  • Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar
  • Wishin’ And Hopin’ by Dusty Springfield
  • Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani
  • This One’s For The Girls by Martina McBride
  • Addicted To Love by Robert Palmer
  • Lady Marmalade by Christina Aguilera. Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink

Popular Songs for Garter Toss

  • Another One Bites The Dust by Queen
  • Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye
  • Legs by ZZ Top
  • Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard
  • I’m Too Sexy by Right Said Fred
  • Foxey Lady by Jimi Hendrix
  • Sexyback by Justin Timberlake
  • Oh Yeah by Yello
  • You Can Leave Your Hat On by Joe Cocker
  • Theme From Mission Impossible by Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen

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Wedding History 101: Uncover The Truth Behind Bouquet Flings & Garter Tosses
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