The bride originally tossed her bouquet to a
friend as she left the festivities to keep that person safe (helping
to ward off evil spirits) and to offer her luck, since getting lucky
in those days meant getting married.
||This came to mean that the single woman who caught the bouquet
would marry next.
||These days, the Bride gathers any eligible single women on the
Dance Floor area, and throws the bouquet over her shoulder. As expected,
the female who catches the bouquet, will be next to be married.
The Garter Toss
||The origins of the garter toss are humorous, as guests would literally
rip off pieces of the bride's gown for luck. In an effort to defend
herself, the bride would throw her garter to them.
||These days, the Groom removes the garter from the Bride's leg
using his nothing but his teeth, and then tosses it over his shoulder
to any awaiting eligible bachelors.