Farewell to the Bride & Groom

The party’s over. It’s been a wonderful day, but it’s time for you to go. Farewelling your family and friends as you leave your reception can be an emotional time, so don’t be surprised if you (or your mum!) shed a few tears.

However, the festivities aren’t quite over yet. As we have already mentioned, there are a few fun formalities to observe first, such as tossing your bouquet. But wait! It’s not your bridal bouquet you’re throwing. What you toss is the beautiful little posy you asked your florist to make. Your MC will announce the event and when all the single women are gathered together, you can either play fair and turn your back before throwing the posy over your shoulder, or cheat wickedly by aiming it at a single friend or sister. According to tradition, the girl catching the bouquet will be the next in line to marry.

If you’re wearing a garter, your groom now has the pleasure of removing it – with his teeth if you’re both comfortable with that. He then tosses it to the gathered group of single men. And yes, he who catches it will also be next to wed!

Most brides choose to wear their fairytale gown until their groom has carried them over the threshold of the honeymoon suite. But if you’re going to change into a going-away outfit before you leave your reception, now’s the time to do it.

Saying a final farewell to your family and guests involves everyone forming a large circle. You and your groom make your way around the circle in opposite directions, saying a personal goodbye to every guest. When you meet up again in front of your parents, thank them and say goodbye.

From all of us at The Bride’s Diary®, congratulations! We wish you love, joy and a wonderfully happy life together.

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