Your day is finally here. You and your fiancé said your vows. You danced your first dance as a married couple. You just cut the cake, and now it’s time to toss the bouquet. One. Two. Three! And it’s gone forever, only to be remembered in photographs.
Although I am very sentimental, the thought of keeping my bouquet never crossed my mind. We left for a 10-day honeymoon less than 48 hours after the ceremony. I figured it would bite the dust before our return. And I’m OK with that. But in retrospect, I had options.
Consider keeping your bouquet for yourself. A bouquet toss is not a wedding requirement. You could still have your husband throw the garter. Or don’t throw anything at all! Another option is to get two bouquets—one to toss, and one to keep. More and more florists are offering two bouquets as part of the “deal.” If it doesn’t tip your budget, then go for it.
In either case, I would suggest preserving the bouquet if you want it to last. There is the DIY version of preserving it, where you tie a string around it or hook it to a hanger so that it hangs upside down until it dries out. For the daring brides, go a step further and visit your local craft store for silica gel or sand to preserve it. I found a good how-to explanation of both at essortment.com.
Or take it to a professional. Prices start at $100 and go up depending on the technology (freeze dry, press, etc.) and the finished presentation.
If you’re like me and not so worried about keeping the bouquet, then you have options too. Throw it or bestow it, as I like to call it! If you want to throw it, it may be wise to consider the crowd. (Click on the photo below to check out the entire bouquet battle—a classic!)
Spread the good fortune! One of my best friends tossed a bouquet that separated into multiple mini bouquets mid-air, allowing many of us singletons at the time to catch one. (Anna Michalska caught a similar toss below.)
With the throwing option, the chances of your maid of honor catching it could be significantly reduced. In that case, bestow it! Present it to your maid of honor, or your mother or the closest gal to your heart. Share a special moment with her in private, or toast her at the reception.