How to Make Your Bouquet Toss Work

How to Make Your Bouquet Toss Work

The bouquet toss is a custom that dates back hundreds of years. Traditionally, the bride would throw her bouquet near the end of her reception to a waiting throng of single women, and according to superstition the woman who captured it would be the next one to walk down the aisle (or at least get a gorgeous bouquet for her trouble). 

Bride gets ready to throw her bouqet to guests - Photo by Dark Roux - Texas wedding photographers
Photo by Dark Roux - Texas wedding photographers

Today’s brides often choose to have two bouquets, one for themselves and one for their bouquet toss. And some brides add guys to the mix, because after all, single men can be just as excited as women about getting some good luck in the marriage department.

Guys go after bouquet and cause a mishap - M & G Wedding Photography - UK wedding photographers -
Guys go after bouquet and cause a mishap - M and G Wedding Photography - UK wedding photographers

Below you will find 5 tips to make your bouquet toss seamless along with lots of photos of the big moment at real weddings, all photographed by the world’s best wedding photographers.

Bride tossing her bouquet on windy beach - photo by f5 Photography - UK wedding photographers
Bride tossing her bouquet on windy beach - photo by f5 Photography - UK wedding photographers

#1. To get prepared count all the single women and/or guys on your guest list. If there are only a few you may choose to forgo it, however we've found even small groups appreciate the game. Should you find that you have more married couples than singles you can add the "couples dance" where partners are slowly eliminated from the dance floor until the one pair with the most longevity is honored with a centerpiece or champagne. 

Seated guests at courthouse ready to catch the bouquet - photo by Rich Howman - UK wedding photographer
Seated guests at courthouse ready to catch the bouquet - photo by Rich Howman - UK wedding photographer

#2 To ensure you don’t break the momentum of your party, we suggest you throw the bouquet after you cut the cake or when the toasts are finished, or just before your big exit.

Bridesmaid eagerly awaits the bouquet - photo by Bee Two Sweet - Washington D.C. wedding photographers
Bridesmaid eagerly awaits the bouquet - photo by Bee Two Sweet - Washington D.C. wedding photographers

#3 Have your DJ call the participants to the dance floor and choose an upbeat song that will make people smile.

Guests flying to catch the bouquet - photo by Daniel Aguilar - Texas wedding photographer
Guests flying to catch the bouquet - photo by Daniel Aguilar - Texas wedding photographer

#4 To keep friends from getting injured during what can be a wild free for all, assemble them on a dry, flat surface with plenty of room around them, and suggest they take off their high-heels. 

Bride looks over her shoulder while she throws her bouquet - photo by Julien Laurent Georges - wedding photographer in France
Bride looks over her shoulder while she throws her bouquet - photo by Julien Laurent Georges - wedding photographer in France

#5 Practice throwing an object that is the size of your bouquet. If you can get access to your reception area before guests arrive, use a pillow or a squishy ball. Seriously, throwing your bouquet isn’t as easy as it seems but if it fits your wedding style, it’s well worth doing!

Hesitant bride gets ready to throw her hydrangea bouquet - photo by Rich Howman - UK wedding photographer
Hesitant bride gets ready to throw her hydrangea bouquet - photo by Rich Howman - UK wedding photographer

Keep scrolling to find more photos of real brides tossing their bouquets, and see how great photographers capture the moment.

Long line of bridesmaids and guests getting ready to catch the bouquet - photo by MandG Wedding Photography - UK wedding photographers
Long line of bridesmaids and guests getting ready to catch the bouquet - photo by M and G Wedding Photography - UK wedding photographers
Bouquet toss at outdoor reception site in Italy - photo by Andrea Bagnasco - Italy wedding photographer
Bouquet toss at outdoor reception site in Italy - photo by Andrea Bagnasco - Italy wedding photographer
Little girl get in the game and catches bouquet - photo by Jeff Tisman - New York wedding photographer
Little girl get in the game and catches bouquet - photo by Jeff Tisman - New York wedding photographer 
French bride in braids throwing her bouquet - photo by Amandine Ropars - wedding photographer in France
French bride in braids throwing her bouquet - photo by Amandine Ropars - wedding photographer in France
Happy bride throwing her bouquet to guests on dance floor - Car & Mel Photography - Mexico wedding photographers
Happy bride throwing her bouquet to guests on dance floor - Car & Mel Photography - Mexico wedding photographers
Silhouette of bride and bridesmaid holding bouquets in the air - photo by Area da Fotografia - Brazil wedding photographers
Silhouette of bride and bridesmaid holding bouquets in the air - photo by Area da Fotografia - Brazil wedding photographers

Good luck and best wishes! 

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