The bride's bouquet toss is one of the most anticipated moments of the wedding reception, especially since it's a fun tradition that gets every female guest out of her seats and onto the dance floor. While it's always fun to vie to be the next bride to say their "I do's," the bouquet toss doesn't always go as planned. Here are some hilarious stories of mix-ups from real weddings that'll never be forgotten.
Blooms for everyone!
"I was the maid of honor at my best friend's fall wedding," says Amanda. "We were in a luxurious reception tent with fans. When the bride turned around and threw the bouquet in the air, it hit the fan and chopped into a million pieces. There were gasps and I started laughing uncontrollably. Everyone got a piece. Luckily, we had a good group who had a sense of humor."
Not a chance, ladies.
"I'm a very competitive person," says Cara. "I was on a roll catching bouquets at weddings, and I [thought I] would do nearly anything to get this one." Long story short, one of the five women vying for the bouquet ended up on the floor! "We don't know how or why she does," Cara recalls. After looking at a wedding photo from the toss, she admits, "I may or may not have pushed her."
"When it was time for the bouquet toss, I had no intentions of going out there. But I saw there was no one from our side of the family out there. I've been divorced twice, so I went out there thinking nothing would happen," says E.A., of her cousin's fall wedding. "When [the bride] tossed the bouquet, it came straight toward me. It hit my shoulder, then I watched as it landed on my shoe. One of the other guests behind me picked it up. I threw up my hands and said, 'Woohoo!' as I danced on the floor—I wasn't taking that home."
An unintended recipient.
"I was recently married in August, and was ready to throw the bouquet," says bride Murissa. "The DJ played 'Single Ladies' by Beyoncé and my aunt, quite tipsy from our open bar, came rushing over to me. 'It's time I should get married, don't-cha think?' she asked me, grabbing my arm, gazing into my eyes rather seriously. I paused. My aunt isn't married to my uncle, and hasn't been for nearly 30 years of being together."
"'Where should I stand?' [she said as] she scanned the group of 12 ladies of all ages," Murissa says. "'Stand to the left and I'll toss it your way,' I assured her so that she would join the others. She stands at 5'9" and towers over the single ladies—one of which is her 22-year-old daughter. I leaned back as far as I could to see the top of her head...[and] I threw the bouquet into the crows and heard a scuffle. When I turned around to see who emerged victorious, I saw my aunt disappear into the kitchen. Her daughter, my cousin, with big green eyes and smiling into the bouquet only slightly damaged, lifted her prize triumphantly."