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How to Catch the Bouquet

If you must take part in this sexist, quasi-misogynistic ritual, you might as well win.


  • Step 1: Change your shoes Shortly before the bouquet-tossing ceremony, start warming up. Kick off your heels and do a stretching routine. Or, if you’re deadly serious, change into athletic shoes. Good footing is key to beating out the other brides-to-be.
  • Step 2: Pick your spot When the single gals are called to the center of the dance floor, wait until everyone else is assembled. Then plant yourself in front of the bride’s closest friend or relative—that’s who she’ll be aiming for.
  • TIP: Take into account the athleticism of the bride. Is she going to show off with a big throw, or just plop it over her shoulder? Adjust accordingly.
  • Step 3: Adopt a wide stance Adopt a wide stance—the kind former Senator Larry Craig claims to use in airport bathrooms. Put one foot slightly in front of the other, so you can dash forward or backward as needed.
  • Step 4: Bend Bend your knees slightly and have your arms raised in the ready position.
  • TIP: Don’t take your eyes off the prize, even for a second.
  • Step 5: Make adjustments As the bouquet begins its flight path, adjust your position as necessary, even if that means stepping on a few toes—or smacking a few faces. Don’t be afraid of a little body contact, especially if the throw goes long—and people are in your way.
  • Step 6: Grab Leap into the air, grab the bouquet with both hands, pull it close to your chest, and hold on for dear life!
  • Step 7: Celebrate Savor your victory. More importantly, enjoy the others’ defeat.
  • FACT: Still-single Kylie Minogue caught the bridal bouquet at fellow pop singer Natalie Imbruglia’s 2003 wedding.

You Will Need

  • Determination
  • A game plan
  • A stretching routine
  • Athletic shoes

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