Tossing the bouquet is a wedding tradition that has lasted through the centuries. Today it is great fun to throw the bouquet at the reception into the crowd of single ladies to see who may be the next to marry. Unfortunately long ago it was taken far more seriously and often ended in disaster. It is said to originate from Medieval Europe when women would try to rip pieces of the bride's dress in order to obtain some of her good luck, leaving her in tatters. The wedding guests believed that a piece of the bride’s dress was a fertility charm and would bring good luck and prosperity.
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As times changed wedding dresses became a cherished keepsake and brides did not want their expensive dresses to be ripped or torn. Instead brides preferred to keep the dress for its sentimental value and to hand down to future generations.
To escape from the crowd the bride would toss her bouquet as a distraction and run away. The tradition has filtered down through the ages and is now a fun tradition for modern weddings. Some modern brides and grooms do not like the tradition of throwing the bouquet and either modify it or do away with it altogether. Some brides choose to order a special throwing bouquet so as not to destroy their own. Others choose to pass a flower from their bouquet to their friends and family instead of throwing the bouquet at the reception.
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