Where does tradition of the bride tossing the bouquet to the single women originate from?

January 27, 2013 | By

Question by beachbaby76: Where does tradition of the bride tossing the bouquet to the single women originate from?
Who came up with the idea of having the bride toss the bridal bouquet to the single women in attendance at her wedding?

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Answer by Amanda Moretz
The practice of the tossing the bridal bouquet is believed to be an outgrowth of an idea that was popular in the 14th century, particularly in early French tradition. It was considered lucky to get a fragment of the bride's clothing. In those days, the bride was treated poorly. Guests would grab at her wedding dress in order to tear off pieces. Although brides continued to believe that they would not be wearing their wedding gowns again, they objected to its wanton destruction. They looked for an alternative and, instead began the custom of throwing personal articles, such as the garter, or the bouquet, to the guests.

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