"Bouquet", Dearie, not wreath. Wreaths are for funerals.
The practice started about a zillion years ago, in Europe, where the garter was thrown -- but that was something unwholesome to do with checking that the marriage had been consummated, apparently, so brides started throwing their bouquets, instead.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
The garter tradition originated back to the 14th century. In parts of Europe the guests of the bride and groom believed having a piece of the bride’s clothing was thought to bring good luck. They would actually destroy the brides dress by ripping off pieces of fabric. Obviously, this tradition did not sit well with the bride, so she began throwing various items to the guests – the garter being one of them. It became customary for the bride to toss the garter to the men. But this also caused a great problem for the bride….sometimes the men would get drunk, become impatient and try to remove the garter ahead of time. Therefore, the custom derived at having the groom remove and toss the garter to the men. With this change, the bride began to toss the bridal boutique to the unwed girls who were eligible for marriage.
An Old English custom was while the bride and groom were in their bridal chamber, the wedding guests would sneak into the chamber picking up discarded stockings and throwing them at the couple. Whoever flung a stocking that hung on the bride or groom’s nose, would be the next to marry.
You have to wonder where else they got hung, and what fate befell the thrower...
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