If you’re planning a pop-up wedding or elopement, you may be looking for a casual, nontraditional celebration of your marriage. Traditions like the garter and bouquet toss may not match your theme, or you may not feel connected to the gesture.
As you plan your pop-up wedding, Pop the Knot can help you brainstorm fun alternatives to some of these common traditions. To start, check out some of our favorite options for the bouquet toss.
If you’re looking for a sweet alternative to the traditional bouquet and garter toss, there’s no better way to celebrate the power of love than by inviting all of the couples to the dance floor. As everyone dances to the song of your choice, have someone announce the amount of years couples have been married. The couple who has been together the longest ends up being the last one on the dance floor and receives the bouquet!
At a casual, pop-up wedding, this break in tradition can actually be a sentimental way to remind everyone of the beauty of marriage.
Throw a Breakaway Bouquet
If you like the idea of throwing a bouquet, but want more of your guests to be able to participate, try a breakaway bouquet. This type of bouquet splits apart in midair, so everyone can walk away with a stemmed flower. Many brides choose to tie a fun charm or uplifting message to each flower. No matter what you decide, consider how many guests you want to catch a part of the bouquet and make sure you tie enough flowers for everyone.
Plant the Seed
Want to give every guest a chance to go home with flowers? Make an announcement that they can take home one of the centerpiece arrangements. If you’ve opted not to go with centerpieces for your pop-up wedding, give out packets of seeds as favors instead. Not only will everyone get to enjoy fresh blooms, but they’ll be able to plant the seed and watch it grow–just like your love!
Pass the Bouquet
If you love dancing and are planning a lively celebration, have all the ladies gather on the dance floor. As the DJ or musician plays an up-tempo song, the girls can pass the bouquet around. Whenever the music stops, the person with the bouquet keeps it! This can be a fun way to loosen up the tradition of the bouquet toss and give it a casual feel.
Is there a friend or family member who has made a significant impact on your lives, or helped you plan your pop-up wedding or elopement? Consider planning a thank-you message and sharing your sentiments with the crowd. Before you’re done, offer them the bouquet as a symbol of your appreciation and love.
As you plan your pop-up wedding, don’t be afraid to create new traditions. With some of these alternatives to the bouquet toss, you can express your personality and create a celebration that represents your love. To get started planning your pop-up wedding or elopement, contact Pop The Knot!