Then came time for the bouquet toss. Or as it is to my mother, her last, best hope to match off one of her single, pathetic daughters. I didn't so much catch it as prevent it from smashing into my face. But I figured my mum probably paid off Ellen Gibson to throw it directly at me. I wonder how much my misery is worth to my mother.Ah, the Bouquet Toss. It's finally happening. The young couple is finally tying the knot, and now it's for real; no gatecrashers, neither one chickening out, they've finally said their vows, they've kissed, and maybe, just maybe, they'll live Happily Ever After. One thing left to do: The lighthearted tradition where the blushing bride tosses her bouquet of flowers behind her back where a group of wedding goers cheerfully try to catch it to determine who is the next one to get married. However, in fiction, one of the following will usually occur:
—Lizzie, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, "The Most Awkward Dance Ever"
- The bridesmaids all tackle each other to what transforms into an all-out brawl for the bouquet, or
- No one wants the bouquet at all, or
- Somebody whom no one expects to catch the bouquet does, after which Hilarity Ensues. Often, having a man catch it is expected to be an adequate joke in and of itself.
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Anime and Manga
- In the 3rd Fushigi Yuugi OVA, Mayo Sakaki goes to Taka and Miaka's wedding, along with the other girls on the Yotsubadai Basketball Team. She's the one that catches the bouquet, before becoming the Apocalypse Maiden of the OVA.
- In the last episode of Lady Jewelpet, Momona marries Cayenne and her bouquet toss is used to determine who, between Lillian and Elena, will become the next Lady Jewel (basically queen of Jewel Land). Lillian wins.
- Occurs at Keitaro and Naru's wedding in the Distant Finale of the Love Hina manga. Ema, the new and shy intern at the inn, is the one who catches it.
- One episode of Sailor Moon sees one of Usagi's teachers getting married. When the bouquet is tossed, Usagi, Rei and Miss Haruna all jump for it, but it bounces off all their hands and into the arms of Ami. Everyone is surprised by this.
- One of those happens at the last chapter of the Shugo Chara! manga at Nikaidou and Yukari's wedding. Amu, who formed an Unwanted Harem throughout the story, obviously catches it.
- Yes! Pretty Cure 5 episode 32. The fact that Milk was the one to catch the bouquet surprised all characters.
- In a Flashback scene in Yu Gi Oh Zexal, Anna catches it at Tobio and Umimi’s wedding, and finds that Umimi has hidden a strange game card inside of it; the card is key to winning the tag duel with Yuma – against Tobio and a brainwashed Umimi – in the present time.
- In X-Men, at Scott and Jean's wedding, Rogue catches the bouquet, due to the advantage of being able to fly. (Gambit proceeds to use his powers to make damn sure he's the one who winds up with the garter.)
- Infinity, Inc.: At the wedding of Alan Scott and Molly Maynne, Molly deliberately tosses the bouquet towards Fury, who's already engaged...but Fury's pet kanga leaps up and scarfs the bouquet instead.
- In Flowers of Antimony, Winry gets Riza to catch the bouquet by throwing it at Roy note .
- In the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf novel and its companion story "Empath's Wedding", the bouquet toss is combined with the garter toss, and while Sassette gets the bouquet that Smurfette tosses, Snappy gets the garter (which he calls a "slingshot") that Empath tosses. Nat points out that the one who catches the "slingshot" must marry the one who catches the bouquet, and both Snappy and Sassette stick out their tongues at the horrid thought that they must someday marry each other.
- The joke is repeated verbatim in Smurfette's alternate timeline wedding to Hefty in "Hefty, The Luckiest Smurf."
- At the end of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic "Wedding of the Millennium", just before Celestia and Discord leave for their honeymoon, Celestia throws her bouquet over her shoulder. It's caught by Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy who just became marefriends.
Films — Animated
- At the end of the first Shrek film, Fiona tosses her wedding bouquet into the crowd of fairy tale characters. Snow White and Cinderella slap each other in the face while trying to catch it, but the ultimate victor is the dragon, who then proceeds to nuzzle with Donkey.
- A weird example of the third variant: at the end of Corpse Bride, Emily throws her bouquet over her shoulder after letting Victor and Victoria be together. Although it's obvious she's aiming for Victoria, the person who catches it is a nameless extra woman. Who then gets leered at by Maggot, resting on her shoulder. The woman promptly yelps, tosses the bouquet away, and Victoria catches it.
- The Princess and the Frog culminates in the wedding of Tiana and Naveen as humans, and when Tiana tosses her bouquet from the wedding car, a throng of girls try to catch it - only to be completely outdone by the marriage-and-princess obsessed Charlotte.
- Susan from Monsters vs. Aliens never gets to throw her bouquet, but as she's suddenly growing into Ginormica her garter snaps off, hitting her groom in the head and knocking him out.
- In The Book of Life, Maria tosses her bouquet. Joaquin ends up being the surprised party to catch it; he is immediately tackled by a gaggle of girls who have been swooning over him in the background (and one nun).
- In Aladdin and the King of Thieves, the movie ends with Aladdin and Jasmine's long-delayed wedding. When the bouquet is tossed, Genie splits into several different women clamoring for it. Who ends up catching it? Razoul.
Films — Live-Action
- Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer: At Reed and Sue's impromptu Korean wedding, Johnny's girlfriend is about to catch the bouquet, much to Johnny's shock, so he shoots it in mid-air.
- The Boat That Rocked: One character catches the bouquet, frowns at it, and tosses it to another character. That character tosses it to another, then another, seeing how no one wants to get married.
- At the end of Clueless, the girls have a minor catfight over Ms. Geist's bouquet. It's helped by the rather large bet on who would get the bouquet.
- In Addams Family Values, Debbie the Gold Digger tosses the bouquet at her and Uncle Fester's wedding, and of all people, Wednesday catches it. However, she promptly notes, "It's not binding."
- Muriel's Wedding provides another example of the third variant, when the title character catches the bouquet, and the bridesmaids demand that she throw it back so that someone "more deserving" can catch it.
- The Nutty Professor II: The bouquet is tossed and lands on the Dean carrying boxes of gifts.
- At the end of the 1987 movie Mannequin, the two main characters are married in a store window display (natch), and the bouquet is caught by Hollywood Montrose, the store's Camp Gay employee.
- In the movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Betty Munroe-Hapschatte throws the bouquet after the wedding that the movie opens with. Janet catches it. The audience can participate by chanting "Who's got the clap?" and clapping while she throws it. Janet will "answer" the audience's question by shouting "I got it! I got it!"
- The two friends in Bride Wars were about to catch it but they never showed who was the one who managed to catch it.
- In the 1978 film A Wedding, Muffin tosses her bouquet and it is caught by the groom's sister. She tosses it to another bridesmaid, and she tosses it to another. This continues until it lands in the hands of the news reporter. No one really notices or applauds.
- Being about a wedding, Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past ends with the bride tossing the bouquet. It's caught by Keiko, the Asian archer who hasn't shown up since the beginning of the movie, who shoots it out of the air.
- After the two main couples get married in Calamity Jane, both brides toss their bouquets with no emphasis being put on who catches what. In fact, this trope seems to be used more as a tool to free up Doris Day's hands than anything.
- At the end of Three Men and a Little Lady, Michael catches the bouquet when Peter marries Sylvia. His shocked face is the freeze frame before the credits.
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King — Rosie's bouquet is caught by Pippin.
- Gia starts with Gia modeling a wedding dress◊, and wearing a large white fox muff with pink flowers attached. When she reaches the end of the runway, she throws it to the crowd to show it works just like a bouquet.
- The Doctor Who New Adventures novel Sleepy ends with a wedding at which the bouquet is caught, to her obvious surprise and alarm, by the Doctor's companion Bernice. In the novel immediately following, she falls in love and decides to leave the TARDIS and get married.
- In the final chapter of The Girls Guide To Hunting And Fishing, the narrator, who's at her best friend's wedding and has just felt sparks fly between herself and another guest, plays along with this ritual for the first time. When her friend sees her, she doesn't even bother to turn her back, just throws the bouquet directly to her.
- In Island in the Sea of Time, after the wedding of the town police chief and the librarian we see type three of this trope when a Butch Lesbian coast guard captain sees it flying at her face and grabs it on reflex. Guess who gets talked flat by the pre-British princess half her age within a month or so.
Live Action TV
- At Margaret's wedding, when she tossed the bouquet, it landed in the hands Frank Burns - he then tosses it to Nurse Kellye.
- At Klinger and Soon-Lee's wedding in the final episode, Margaret catches the bouquet.
- An episode of Sex and the City has Carrie and her friends attend a wedding. The bouquet lands at Carrie's feet. She looks at it, turns to the others and says, "Well, see you guys later." She leaves the wedding, with the bouquet still on the ground where it landed.
- In an episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun, it's mentioned that Dick got into a brawl with the maid of honor.
- Scott Baldwin, Laura's ex-husband, famously caught the bouquet at her wedding to Luke on General Hospital. This was after he has been off the canvas for months.
- In a That '70s Show episode, the gang attends a wedding, and Jackie helps Fez to pick up a girl. In return, she asks him to help her catch the bouquet; unfortunately, his new girlfriend asks the same. Fez decides to "do the right thing", and pushes Jackie out of the way.
- Wedding Bouquet disasters are a staple of home video shows.
- In The Closer, oft-divorced Lt. Provenza initially catches the bouquet at Brenda and Fritz's wedding reception. He immediately tosses it away in disgust.
- In Castle's "A Rose For Everafter", Castle's New Old Flame is getting married. Suffice it to say that Castle and Beckett end up attending the wedding, and when said New Old Flame tosses the bouquet, Beckett catches it. This right after Kira had told her, "He's all yours." Anvil much?
- Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon's Special Act ends with one. Motoki, of all people, catches it. He then uses it to propose to Makoto.
- At Phyllis's wedding on the American version of The Office, Ryan swats the bouquet aside to stop Kelly from catching it.
- An episode of Dead Like Me where a guy was accidentally crushed by desperate guys trying to catch the banquet.
- At Helen and Antonio's citizenship wedding on Wings, a man catches the bouquet, while standing right next to Lowell, who has just caught the garter. After an awkward pause, Lowell remarks, "I guess it wouldn't hurt to have coffee?"
- In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Course: Oblivion", on board the biomimetic copy of Voyager, Seven of Nine catches the bouquet at Tom Paris and B'elanna's wedding, which leads to this conversation:
The Doctor: Congratulations.Seven of Nine: For what?Tuvok: You may not want to know.
- A late entry Get Smart had Max dating a gorgeous KAOS Black Widow as a mission. They get (fake) married with a very pregnant 99 weeping miserably in the audience. The bride tosses the bouquet and it hits 99 while she's not looking. A moment later Max gets the bouquet, thrown hard, in the face.
- The Nanny: By the time Fran and Maxwell get married, Fran is so used to waiting for the bouquet toss that Maxwell has to remind her that she is the one supposed to toss it.
- One episode of Ally McBeal has the perpetually-single-and-looking Ally fight for the bouquet with other bridesmaids. She's so embarrassed that she swears not to attend any more weddings. She breaks her promise in the same episode because one of her clients made her come to her wedding and she didn't have a heart to refuse, and Ally has to dance in the street wearing her pyjamas which was a bet/dare/"punishment" agreement with her roommate Renée.
- Discussed in How I Met Your Mother episode "Drumroll, Please" when Ted and Victoria steal the bouquet at Stu and Claudia's wedding. Lily says that is was good of them because it is such an evil tradition. However, she herself plans to toss hers at her and Marshall's wedding with the words "Crawl for this, bitches!"
- One The Broons strip had the family at the wedding of a cousin. While Paw Broon muttered about the cost of a wedding and how the bride's father was mad to pay for it all, Daphne and Maggie got into an argument about which of them would be married first. Because they were both fighting each other for the bouquet it was instead caught by ... the Bairn (aged about 4), at which the family joked that Paw would have plenty of time to save up.
- In Safe Havens Jenny catches the bouquet at her father's second wedding...and promptly began taking bids from the other women for it.
- Happens offstage in Avenue Q, at Brian and Christmas Eve's wedding:
Kate: Look, Princeton! I caught the bouquet! ...Well, actually a little girl caught it, but she wasn't holding it very tight.
- Not at a wedding, but in the final song of The Addams Family, the ghost bride throws Wednesday her bouquet as she re-enters the family crypt with the other ancestors. It's a cute moment that also symbolically resolves the question of whether or nor the latter's engagement would continue to its logical conclusion.
- In My Sister Eileen, Helen and the Wreck, as the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Loomis, pay Ruth and Eileen a final visit. Helen tosses the bouquet in the air just before they get going for their honeymoon, calling out, "Who's going to be next?" The bouquet is caught by the sisters' father, Walter Sherwood.
- In one Mario Party 5 minigame, a newlywed Koopa bride throws a bouquet into the air... followed by a bunch of flowers falling from the sky, which the players must collect. The winner (or winners if there's a tie) will receive ten coins and have the actual bouquet(s) fall into their hands.
- In Mitsumete Knight, this is one of Sue Grafton's Special Events. She's very happy when she catches it, as she desperately wants to have a lovely husband and fears becoming a Christmas Cake.
- In one of Valkyria Chronicles III's endings, the elderly Gloria is the one to catch the bouquet at Kurt's and Riela's wedding, much to the chagrin of the other women.
- During Nick and Ki's wedding in General Protection Fault, Sharon has PROMISED to very carefully NOT catch the bouquet, since her boyfriend, Fooker, has some severe hangups about marriage... and of course, the bouquet just lands in her hand by accident anyway.
- Heather's second appearance (the first was one panel) in Misfile happens when she catches the bouquet at Harry and Kate's wedding.
- In Something*Positive, a series of pictures from Davan and Vanessa's wedding album shows the female characters violently deflecting the bouquet away from them, until Pee-Jee punches it.
- In "Marik Plays Bloodlines" Part 8, he randomly decides that two characters are getting married and spins a bizarre scenario where he's their bridesmaid.
"Oh, and one other thing: I want to catch the bouquet at the end. I don't care how you work it out, but I want to be the guy who does that. If anybody else lays a finger on those flowers, I will murder them!"
- In Housepets!, Tarot caught the bouquet after King and Bailey's wedding, thanks to a boost from Karishad. It also showed Sasha, Natalie (one of the wolves), Lana Milton and an unnamed K-9 officer going after it. Sabrina was shown in the frame, but didn't appear to be after the flowers.
- In The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Lizzie suspects that Mrs Bennet paid off Ellen Gibson to throw the bouquet directly at her. And Darcy was thrown the garter. These events lead to what according to Lizzie was the most awkward dance ever.
- In one episode of Rugrats, the babies have wandered off (of course) during a relative's wedding. Stu and Didi wander into another wedding looking for them, and Stu accidentally catches the bouquet. Didi throws it back, yelling "He's already married!" Bridesmaid pile-up ensues, of course.
- Batman: The Animated Series: Bruce Wayne, having caught the garter, chats up the woman who caught the bouquet and strikes up a romance with her. She turns out to be part of a plot by Poison Ivy to Take Over the World.
- Played with when Bender attends his own (fake) funeral and throws his bouquet of flowers when he angrily storms out. It lands in the Professor's lap, and Amy playfully says she knows whose funeral they'll be attending next, causing the professor to giggle.
- Played with in the second movie/OVA, The Beast with a Billion Backs. During Amy and Kif's Fonfon Rubok (basically the equivalent of marriage for Kif's species), Kif pulls out a bunch of blood vessels shaped like a bouquet from his belly and throws it. It ends up landing on Fry and his then-girlfriend Colleen, who share a lovey-dovey moment... which is promptly ruined by Zoidberg eating the bouquet.
- Done twice in the season two finale of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. The first was a Go Fetch technique/gag to distract some brainwashed bridesmaids, the second for real. Rarity winds up catching it the second time.
- In King of the Hill, Luanne throws the bouquet at her wedding where it's easily caught by the twelve-year-old Connie. Her mother immediately orders her to drop it, and it's eagerly scooped up by the (female) priest who conducted the ceremony.
- In The Smurfs special "Smurfily Ever After", after Smurfette spends most of the episode dreaming of who would be the perfect Smurf to marry and not finding the right one among her prospects, she ends up being the one who catches the bouquet that Laconia tosses after her wedding to her husband Woody, signifying that she's going to be the next one to marry someday. (As you might expect, she quickly gets a lot of attention from the other Smurfs right there.)
- In one episode of The Simpsons, the bouquet is caught by Jasper, Grandpa Simpson's pal from retirement home.
- On The Cleveland Show, Cleveland meets the football player he idolizes and has an Imagine Spot where their stepchildren get married. The bouquet toss is presented with the women doing football moves in order to catch it.
- In one episode of The Flintstones where Fred dreams that Pebbles is marrying Arnold the Newsboy, the bouquet Pebbles tosses to him turns into a paper which promptly hits him on the head. Unfortunately, for Fred, newspapers from his time are made of stone.
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron episode has Beautiful Gorgeous marrying Jet Fusion (which was really a plot to use a hypnotized Jet to kill Jimmy). At the end when Beautiful Gorgeous is being arrested, she angrily tosses her bouquet in the air and it is caught by Cindy, who stares at Jimmy and both proceed to smile at each other... until they are grossed out and she tosses the bouquet away in disgust, which is then caught by Carl.
- In the X-Men '90s animated series, it is Beast who winds up with the bouquet at Scott and Jean's first attempt at a wedding, anyway. Rogue catches it the second time around.