When it comes to planning a wedding, you’ll no doubt know that it comes with about a million decisions you’ll inevitably have to make. These range from the colours of the dresses to table arrangements, but one such area seems to be causing more bother than usual and that’s the wedding bouquet toss. The problem that appears to be arising more and more, is the fact that so many brides are now choosing to keep their bouquets for themselves and why not? After all, with companies such as the wonderful Gracie Day Flowers providing the most exquisite bouquets, can you really blame a bride for not wanting to part with it? It’s for this reason that we’ve come up with a few bouquet toss alternatives! No longer is it just a foregone conclusion as to whether you’ll toss that treasure into a pit of rabid single friends, now anything’s possible. Your wedding is your special day and that means anything’s possible.
- The “Breakaway” bouquet – while some brides opt for a second bouquet, made specifically for them to throw, more and more now are choosing to use something called a “breakaway” bouquet. While it may look like your average, run-of-the-mill solid bouquet, it’s actually made to separate once it’s thrown which means everyone gets a piece and you get to keep your beautiful bouquet that was made especially for you. It also means a lot more guests leave extra happy as everyone gets a chance to snag a flower or two.
- Toss something from your wedding theme – wedding themes are becoming more outlandish by the season, which gives blushing brides ample opportunity to throw something that’s related to their wedding theme instead. A great example would be to throw chocolate coins if you’re wedding theme is something sweet. Or perhaps even beautifully decorated plastic snowflakes if you’re going for a winter wonderland theme. Having a sunshine themed wedding? Then why not throw single sunflowers and keep your exquisitely made bouquet to yourself?
- Honour lost loved ones – instead of throwing the bouquet and losing it forever, why don’t you put it to a more meaningful use and use it to honour those who couldn’t be there? More and more couples are now choosing to remember lost loved ones on their special day and one way to do this is to place a vase next to pictures of deceased family and friends. Then after the ceremony, place your bouquet into the vase to serve as a reminder that you’re thinking of them on your special day.
- Have a ladies-only dance – the ladies-only dance is becoming more and more popular. Instead of throwing the bouquet, brides are now choosing to invite the single, taken and married ladies onto the dance floor to enjoy a girl’s only party. Some even pick a special song and create a dance to perform on the night itself. That way you’re celebrating all of the women in your life while forgoing the bouquet toss, allowing you to keep it for yourself.
For more information on wedding flowers and bouquets, give Gracie Day Flowers a call today. Their exquisitely prepared flowers will quite simply take your breath away. We couldn’t be more proud to be working with this award-winning florist.
Are you looking for some hints and tips for your wedding music? We thought we’d get some ideas from one of our resident DJ’s, Andy from Herts Events. We hope you find this helpful!
TAP – Hi Andy! As a resident DJ of That Amazing Place we thought it’d be a great idea to come to you and have a little chat! We’re after some top tips for our lovely couples! Are you ready for a little Q&A?
Andy – I certainly am; go for it!
TAP – How long have you been DJ’ing here at That Amazing Place?
Andy – I’ve been a resident DJ for the last 6 months and I couldn’t be more proud to supplying the entertainment for such a fantastic venue. Of all the venues I’ve played at over the last few years TAP is by far my favourite. It’s got beautiful scenery, it’s stunning inside and out and has such fantastic welcoming staff.
TAP – We’re guessing you’ve seen a fair few blushing brides and handsome grooms in your time? Any favourites?
Andy – Having started out as a full time DJ in 1998 I’ve had the pleasure of playing at hundred’s of weddings but the one that always sticks in my mind happened last year. The bride and groom began their first dance, The Ed Sheeran classic “ Thinking Out Loud”. Two minutes into the song, the music suddenly slowed down and stopped, all the guests were looking around expecting it to be a technical fault but little did they know it was all planned. I then had to start a completely different song, “Footloose”, all organised of course, while the bride then proceeded to push the groom off the dance floor. It was then that she was joined by 16 of her friends (from her hen party). They performed a superb dance routine with the bride front and centre. It looked fantastic and all the guests really got into it. I remember thinking to myself how lucky the groom was, he managed to escape a full first dance and keep his new wife happy!
TAP – How important is the DJ to the wedding?
Andy – A wedding DJ has become so much more than the person who stands behind the speakers and plays music. We now often guide you and your guests through the reception, from introducing the bride and groom to letting your guests know when the food’s served, to entertaining them and keeping them on the dance floor into the late night, choosing music is truly a talent in order to ensure things so smoothly and connect with all guests, of all ages too.
TAP – Would you advise couples to meet with a wedding DJ before the big day?
Andy – I personally always offer to meet couples that enquire for my services but sometimes it’s just not possible. In these cases, I suggest chatting on the phone, this way you can discuss what your requirements are and more importantly the style of music that you’d like to hear on your special day. I can also get a feel for you and your style too which I think is just as important.
TAP – Have you got any tips for some undecided couples when it comes to picking their first song?
Andy – It’s important for your first dance to mean something unique to the bride and groom. Every couple has that special song that reminds them of when they first met / fell in love. Whether it’s super slow, fast, anything, it doesn’t matter as long as it means something to you!
TAP – What would you say is the perfect genre of music that ticks all of the boxes on the big day or is it a great idea to mix it up?
Andy – In my experience the most popular genre’s from the last few years are Kisstory and the 80s/90s party classics but every wedding is different from the last and that’s why I love my job so much. You never know what you are going to have to play until you meet the guests, For me, there is nothing quite like seeing a packed dance floor full of people having fun, no matter what the music.
TAP – When it comes to organising a wedding, no matter how many helpful hands are on deck, a little stress will always ensue. Do you have any tips for keeping things simple and easy to manage?
Andy – Its natural to stress a bit when organising something as important as a wedding. I’d suggest once you set your date and book your venue, make sure you secure all the services you need quickly, a good supplier will always be in demand and to avoid disappointment you need to book early. Don’t forget to ask the event’s manager, they’ll have a list of trusted suppliers if you get stuck.
TAP – Last but most certainly not least, what’s your ultimate top tip for any couple reading this about to begin organising their big day?
Andy – DO NOT hesitate to book your wedding at That Amazing Place. Angie and the team are superb and will assist you through every step of your big day; this really is a special place to get married.