Everything you need to know about the Wedding Bouquet Toss

Weddings are filled with traditions, both old and new, but the bouquet toss is a tradition which has existed for hundreds of years, dating back to the 1800s to be exact! In this tradition, the bride tosses her bouquet over her shoulder towards a group of single women and whoever catches the bouquet, is supposedly “next” to walk down the aisle. In this blog, the Wedding Team at Delamere Manor has delved into this classic tradition to provide you with all the details you need to know about the bouquet toss, along with some tips on how you can include this in your modern affair.

The History

The tradition of the bouquet toss started in England in the 1800s and was created to bestow luck upon the guests. Single women were desperate to catch the bouquet as marriage was the only way to bring a woman and her family out of poverty, meaning it was seen more as a necessity, rather than a romantic act. Over the years, this tradition has now evolved into a fun way for the bride to share the spotlight with her close, single friends.

Who participates?

Traditionally, all single women can participate in the bouquet toss but not every guest may wish to take part. It’s important to invite your single friends to the bouquet toss, but not to force them. 

When does the bouquet toss take place?

There’s no strict rule as to when the bouquet toss should happen, however, it usually happens after the toasts, dinner and first dance. 

How long is the bouquet toss?

Many believe the bouquet toss is just a matter of the bride throwing the bouquet over her shoulder, however, this event can be made into a truly memorable affair for the bride and her single friends. Ask for your DJ or live band to call for the single ladies to head to the dancefloor and play an empowering song to get them excited for the toss. 

When should you order your wedding bouquet?

Whether you’re tossing your wedding bouquet from the ceremony, or you’ve ordered a package deal for two bouquets, you should order your wedding flowers around six months before the wedding to avoid any issues with orders.


Delamere Manor is Cheshire’s most sought-after wedding venue. To find out more, including availability for 2021 & 2022 weddings, get in touch with the Wedding Team at Delamere Manor on 01606 261361 or email us at [email protected]

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