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Monday, October 03, 2005

Tossing the Bouquet(s)

In keeping with Victorian tradition (Ron and Jen's favorite period style), Jen tossed her bouquet after the cake tasting. Tossing the wedding bouquet is an age-old tradition that originated as a bridal self-defense technique. Since getting married was pretty much the luckiest thing that could happen to a woman, guests wanted to share in that luck by taking a little bit of the bride home - literally. At the end of the wedding reception, guests would often tear off pieces of the bride’s dress, veil or flowers as take-home tokens of good luck. To escape unscathed, the bride would toss her bouquet into the throng and run away. Luckily, Jen had scraps of her dress that she embedded in glass pendants for each of her bridesmaids (see "A Touch of Glass").

According to wedding folklore, tradition states that the lucky lady who catches the bouquet will be the next to wed. Both Ron and Jen viewed the bouquet toss as a fun and lighthearted part of the wedding reception, and wanted to share their luck with the rest of their guests. However, Jen herself has never caught a toss bouquet at other weddings. Considering the original toss-tradition a bit outdated due to its surrounding folklore, Jen prefered to spread luck a little further: Jen made her own bouquet that broke into seven smaller arrangements. Each mini-bouquet had two fortunes of good wishes tied to it. Hence, Jen asked that both men and women who wanted to participate, stand behind her as she untied her arrangement.

Additionally, Jen's florist had made an extra bouquet that was meant to be tossed. Jen decided to honor and present this bouquet to her good friend, Chris Lee Gerardi, as a token of thanks for her role in assisting with the making of a smooth and stress-free wedding day.

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