Wednesday, May 25, 2011

French Inspired Wedding Custom #3 - The Bouquet Toss


As I mentioned in a previous post, in 14th century France young brides would throw their garter belt to the male wedding revelers in an attempt to keep them from tearing off pieces of her wedding dress (which was considered good luck.)  One bride, apparently quite fond of her garter belt, decided to toss her floral bouquet instead!  This began the custom of throwing the bride's bouquet!

Today the garter is tossed by the groom to his single male guests and the bride tosses the bouquet to her single female guests. The male and female who catches the garter or the bouquet is supposed to have good luck and be the next to marry (but not necessarily to each other.)

Isn't it amazing that these two popular American wedding customs originated from attempts to keep intoxicated male wedding guests from tearing the bride's wedding dress to bits?  I'm intrigued, I can't wait to research other wedding customs and their origination.

Love the hat, the black and white wedding dress, and most of all, the attitude. 

Always what I think of as the classic bride - Jacqueline Kennedy at Hammersmith Farm in Newport, Rhode Island on the day of her wedding, September 12, 1953, preparing to throw her wedding bouquet.

Au revoir, Mitty

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