Wight Wedding Blog

Your bouquet - to throw or not to throw?

So it comes to that point where you are talking to your venue, wedding planner, or your florist about the itinerary for the day and start to discuss factoring in time for throwing your bouquet. Some people feel it’s tradition to throw the bouquet, with your back turned on the gathering hoards of your single female guests all standing feigning impartial desire to be the one that catches it, and so securing the luck that will ensure they are…next. The fact that they strategically placed themselves next to the woman shorter than them and at good elbow-to-the-head height, is neither here nor there.

I have to admit that when I have been at a wedding and someone has decided they are going to throw their beautiful bouquet, even the venue staff press their faces against the glass to capture a little of the atmosphere.  In these modern times anything goes and you can pick and choose which ‘traditions’ you would like to make an appearance at your Wight Wedding Day, and the bouquet throw is one of them.


It can largely be dependent on what type of bouquet you choose, as there are a growing number of styles to be had. Fresh flowers being the popular favourite with other such options as buttons, jewellery, fabric flowers, sweets and edibles or a handful of something that represents who you are. Each as lovely as the next and complimentary in expressing yourself and your relationship with your husband-to-be.

Each of these require consideration for the angle of throw, the resulting speed they fly through the air at, the direction they may go in and whether upon impact they will draw blood or break into too many pieces to pick up (advice is not to throw a button and jewellery bouquet). Don’t forget the fact that you may well pull a muscle from an enthusiastic throw.

Then again you may well be able to throw it at your maid of honour who happens to be with a dashing chap who hasn’t quite gotten round to proposing. Don’t forget the look on the +1’s faces as the lady they accompanied catches the bouquet! You could be the creator of those.


We are told by ourwedding.com that traditionally in the 14th century, women rushed at the bride to tear off a piece of her dress for luck! Thankfully we have moved on and your beautiful dresses should be left well alone (apart from the odd tug from a toddler perhaps), and now you can choose to throw something of meaning to the wide-eyed athletes that your female guests briefly turn into.

If this all seems like too much excitement, then why not save your bouquet to have pride of place on the top table. Save your luck making/match making efforts for when you are pushing people together to join you in your first dance.

In the meantime, if you are still deciding on which type of bouquet you would like then take a look at our mood board on Pinterest to get the thoughts going. We always love seeing you on your wedding day so feel free to send us a picture of your bouquet throw.

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All images courtesy of © Silk Wedding Photography


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