Check out this gender-neutral "love for everyone" alternative bouquet toss #Reception Advice#bouquet#reception#steal-this-idea December 4 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Photo by Steve Sunserie Related Post See how a plush cat turned a wedding tradition into a super inclusive moment Brittany and Taylor's goth history nerd wedding featured a pretty spectacular way to honor ALL of your friends during what's sometimes an awkward moment at... Read more Julia and Ben had a wedding in Berkeley with a taco buffet, sangria, homemade beer, and rainbow bridesmaids. But one detail we (and the bride!) hardcore loved was her "love for everyone" alternative bouquet toss. It was inclusive, full of sentiment and gratitude for everyone, and just a rad way to celebrate the guests without weirding anyone out with categories or gender or single/married issues. Want to hear about it? Here's what Julia told us about it… Bouquet tosses have always been my LEAST FAVORITE part of weddings. To me, the traditional bouquet toss feels like women are just desperate the get married, the design doesn't accept LGBTQ couples well, and while I love my husband and am thrilled to be married to him, I feel like many people are just as happy without marriage. Why wish something on people they don't want? So, for the bouquet toss, I had all my bridesmaids stand with me, and all guests gather in front of us. I gave a little speech, along the lines of… 'Hello! I had to do things differently, so thank you all for standing for the bouquet toss. Obviously I love marriage, otherwise none of us would be here today. However, I feel that marriage is only one expression of love, and so, my wish for all of you today is: may love come into your life.' Then my bridesmaids and I all turned our backs to the guests. We had cut the ties on our bouquets in advance, so that when we all flung them above our shoulders, the flowers spread out and could be caught by many people. I loved my bouquet toss. SO DO WE! Thanks for sharing it, Julia! More alternative bouquet toss ideas: Instead of throwing your bouquet, lock it up in a birdcage for one lucky keyholder Holly and Matt came up with an amazing alternative to tossing the wedding bouquet: they tied in a love lock theme! They grabbed a bunch of keys, a birdcage, a… Read More Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Dark Garden Corsetry: not all dark, and not just corsets! NEXT A wanderlust-inspired alternative industrial wedding (with gold succulents!) Show/Hide comments [ 2 ] This is a lovely idea. I did this with my bouquet in 1984 – it's why I used silk flowers. All of the little girls were happy to scoop up flowers and I know that at least one still has hers. Reply That is such a wonderful idea. I've always thought the traditional bouquet toss was a bit exclusive too, though I know lots of people think it's a good bit of fun so whatever works. But I love the idea of everyone being able to share the love and catch a flower! At our wedding there were more single men than single women, so the day before we had the last-minute idea of my husband getting all the men together and throwing a (light, plastic!) sword to them instead of the bride throwing a bouquet (which I didn't have anyway). We didn't get round to it in the end, but we had a good subversive giggle over the thought of turning the tradition so much on its head 😀 Reply Leave a Reply to Cat Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.