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3 Ideas to Make Your Day the Wedding of the Year

The modern bride and groom want to make their wedding personalized and fun. While there are plenty of wedding traditions worth following, there are also a lot of unique extras you can add to the day to make it more memorable. Check out these fun ideas, and your guests will be talking about your wedding for years to come.

 A New Twist on the Garter Toss

The garter toss is a timeless wedding tradition, but how many times have you seen the groom throw the garter toward the ceiling only to have it drop straight to the ground, feet away from all of the single men? Well, here is a fun and easy solution. Before tossing the garter, place it on a football and let the groom toss the ball to the guys anxiously waiting.

Gino Creglia Photography

Entertain Your Guests Before the Ceremony

Most wedding guests kill time before the ceremony by reading the wedding program, but most programs can be read in a few seconds. Why not add a little humor to your wedding program? Include some fun facts about the wedding party and explain any unique moments you’ve added to the ceremony. If you’re really worried about guests getting bored, include an activity such as a trivia game or crossword puzzle.

Meghan Andrews Photography

Rethink the Bar

Candy bars and ice cream bars have caught on as wedding dessert options, but we have another fun idea: a cereal bar. Simply fill some pretty glass bowls with your favorite types of cereals and let guests help themselves. This is a great late night snack, and it will be a hit with the kids.

 

Bouquet & Garter Toss Traditions

Much to the chagrin of single people everywhere, two of the most common wedding traditions are the tossing of the bouquet and garter. You know the routine…the single ladies gather on the dance floor and, after counting to three, the bride tosses a small bouquet over her shoulder to the waiting women. Whoever catches it is rumored to be the next to be married. The same thing goes for the garter toss, only the men are the ones doing the catching. Since these two traditions are observed at nearly every wedding, where did they begin?

Both traditions actually date back to the same custom from the 14th century. At that time, brides were believed to possess a surplus of luck therefore everything they touched was filled with good fortune. At wedding ceremonies, guests would actually attack the bride in an effort to steal an item from her. They would clamber around her, pulling at her dress and flowers, in hopes of securing a lucky souvenir for themselves. Many brides actually had their dresses torn to pieces before the end of the wedding celebration by greedy guests hoping to find favor and luck. Not surprisingly, over time this tradition evolved into a more refined, less dangerous custom: the tossing of the bouquet and garter.

Tossing of the bouquet and garter is a more civilized way for brides and grooms to pass their good fortune onto others. It’s believed that whichever man and woman catch the bouquet and garter will be the next to find love, quite possibly with one another.