What Happens If You Catch the Bridal Bouquet?

by Pamela Martin

Quests try to catch a bridal bouquet at a wedding.

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Wedding customs come and go as new trends influence brides but some have stood the test of time to continue through the centuries. One of those tenacious traditions is the tossing of the bridal bouquet. According to folklore, the single woman who catches the bouquet will be the next to marry.

Looking Back at History

As early as the 1300s, getting a piece of a bride’s clothing was considered lucky, so guests would try to tear off a piece of her dress. To escape the mob without injury, brides would toss their floral bouquets to distract the guests. Over the centuries, this evolved into unmarried female guests gathering around the bride to catch the good fortune that came with catching the bouquet.

Variation on the Theme

In Finland, the blindfolded bride slowly turns around the center of a circle of women who turn in the opposite direction. When everyone stops, the posy is handed to the lady standing directly in front of the bride.

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About the Author

Pamela Martin has been writing since 1979. She has written newsletter articles and curricula-related materials. She also writes about teaching and crafts. Martin was an American Society of Newspaper Editors High School Journalism Fellow. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching in elementary education from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Arts in curriculum/instruction from the University of Missouri.