Ever wondered where the idea of tossing the bride’s bouquet came from? Well, if you didn’t before, you’re probably curious now. (My bad…)
When I started to think about it, the only reason I could come up with for this tradition to start was that it’s just fun. Or someone was acting kinda crazy, thought it was a good idea, and then the tradition just caught on. Maybe it was Pinterest…just kidding.
Through further research, (thank you Google!) I found out that the bouquet toss originated in England during the 14th century. Women would try to rip off pieces of the bride’s dress to try and obtain some of her luck. And from what I’ve read, it wasn’t a pleasant experience.
Side note: Can you imagine the uproar if someone had tried this at the royal wedding about a year ago? Imagine the crowd in Westminster Abbey rushing toward Kate Middleton, ripping off pieces of her Alexander McQueen gown, as Prince William attempts to fend them off. But hey, you can’t completely blame them, right? If you’re going to steal luck from someone, steal it from a girl who’s marrying a prince! Okay, looking at the consequences, maybe it wouldn’t be such a good idea…
Anyways, back to the story. In order to escape the crowd, the bride would throw her bouquet and run away. (Good thinking!!)
Over time, this tradition has turned into what we see today. The belief now is that whoever catches it will get married next.