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"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 mom probably paid off Ellen Gibson to throw it directly at me. I wonder how much my misery is worth to my mother."
Lizzie, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, "The Most Awkward Dance Ever"

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:

  1. The bridesmaids all tackle each other to what transforms into an all-out brawl for the bouquet, or
  2. No one wants the bouquet at all, or
  3. 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.
  4. Whoever does catch the bouquet is teased about being next in line, or about being an Old Maid.
  5. Even without the teasing, whoever catches the bouquet begins to realize that she isn't getting any younger, and that if she wants to get married and have biological children, she only has a limited window of time in which to do so and needs to find a husband soon.
  6. Ship Tease for the catcher and her Love Interest — or Foreshadowing that she's about to get one. Bonus points if said party catches the garter.

The bouquet toss usually happens outside of the building where the ceremony is held, immediately after the wedding has taken place. Real-life bouquet tosses, however, are often executed as part of the reception, hours after the ceremony. 99% of the time, the bouquet toss occurs in slow motion to emphasize the importance of the event. Also, while it doesn't have the same exposure, the groom will toss the bride's garter, with similar results (though result 1 is considerably less common, as are concerns about feeling pressured to marry ASAP).

In fiction, the bouquet toss's predictive powers are almost infallible, although how this plays out depends on how much time there is left in the story. If it happens at the beginning or middle of a work, the character who caught the bouquet will almost certainly get married by the end. If the wedding is the Happily Ever After ending of the entire work, the character who caught the bouquet will probably catch the eye of someone they've had some prior romantic tension with, implying that they'll soon tie the knot.

A case of Truth in Television, but note that the traditional bouquet toss is not ubiquitous in all weddings. Some brides (especially those who belong to churches such as Catholicism and Anglicanism) elect to leave their bridal bouquets at the church at the altar, or in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary, or place them instead at a tomb, usually of a deceased family member. The latter was made famous by the late Elizabeth the Queen Mother of the UK, who placed her bouquet at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey, shortly after her wedding with the future King George VI. Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge also did the same after her wedding with Prince William in 2011. In other cultures, it is customary to keep the bouquet as a keepsake in memory of the happy occasion; in cultures where the bouquet toss is common, many brides nowadays acquire a separate bouquet for tossing purposes so that they can keep their own bouquet for posterity.


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  • MetLife: A pair of birds get married in one spot and throw Snoopy the tiny bouquet, causing him to gulp nervously.

    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.
  • At the end of Mr. Right Turned Out to Be a Younger Woman!?, two of Takagai and Shiina's coworkers get married. During the wedding, they throw a bouquet and Takagai and Shiina simultaneously catch it, implying their turn to get married might come soon.
  • Professor Burnet tosses one for her and Professor Kukui's wedding in Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon. Olivia ends up catching it...more than 50 episodes later, she meets Brock and might be as interested in him as he is for her.
  • 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.
  • In the epilogue of Valvrave the Liberator of all things - caught by A-drei, who's implied to be in a relationship with Saki (there, and in the audio dramas). His reaction is precious.
  • 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 card called Devoted Love inside of it. The card is key to winning the tag duel with Yuma – against Tobio and a brainwashed Umimi – in the present time.

    Comic Books 
  • 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.
  • The Robin (1993) 80 Page Giant, which covers Tim's father remarrying, ends with Dana's bouquet toss after the ceremony is finally able to safely take place.
  • In Spider-Man, at the wedding of Betty Brant and Ned Leeds (The Amazing Spider-Man #157), Aunt May catches the bouquet.
  • 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.)

    Comic Strips 
  • 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.
  • Safe Havens:
    • Jenny catches the bouquet at her father's second wedding... and promptly began taking bids from the other women for it.
    • Samantha tossed the bouquet and it landed in the hands of her (divorced) mother-in-law. She notes how it actually looked more like one of her son Dave's crazy basketball tosses not knowing that thanks to a genetic mishap, Samantha and Dave accidentally transformed into each other, and Dave tossed the bouquet during their rush to leave since the transformation was wearing off.
    • In Safe Havens's sister comic On the Fastrack, after Fi's wedding, Fi winded it up and threw it hard at Dethany's head, saying if she had to go through the trouble of a wedding, Dethany did too. (She and Guy then married on Halloween 2020, naturally.)
  • In one Apartment 3-G strip, LuAnn's then-boyfriend Paul caught the bouquet. Unfortunately, they actually broke up shortly after that.

    Fan Works 
  • When Lydia throws her bouquet in Cinderjuice's Meteor Shower, it's caught by Donny.
  • 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 "Wedding Bells For Bigmouth", Bigmouth's bride Bignose tosses a big bouquet of flowers, and Brainy and Clumsy are flattened as it lands right on top of them.
  • In Flowers of Antimony, Winry gets Riza to catch the bouquet by throwing it at Roy note 
  • At the beginning of Hellsister Trilogy, when Clark Kent and Lois Lane get married, Lois tosses her bouquet, and Clark makes sure with a tiny gust of super-breath that it's caught by his cousin Linda Danvers.
  • At the end of the Hero: The Guardian Smurf story "Hero's Wedding", much like the ending of The Smurfs (1981) special "Smurfily Ever After", Smurfette catches the bouquet, signifying that she will be the next to marry. She does, although years later after Hero's first wife Wonder dies.
  • I Hope You're Prepared For An Unforgettable Wedding! has a variant. During Principal Skinner and Superintendent Chalmers' wedding (which is held at Springfield Elementary, during school hours, with all the students in attendance), Principal Skinner carries a bouquet. However, during the reception, instead of throwing his bouquet to the guests of marriageable age to predict who will be next to get married, Skinner throws it towards the Springfield Elementary School students and says whoever catches it will get a pizza party for their whole class. The lucky kid who catches the bouquet ends up being Ralph Wiggum.
  • In Luz Clawthorne: Two Worlds, One Family chapter "It's a Nice Day For a Witch Wedding", Luz and Amity have a faux wedding that doubles as a way to stay connected throughout their future ordeals and as a promise to one day be married for real. Following the ceremony, Luz does this, with the bouquet being caught by Barcus to give to the Cerberus sisters.
  • Gender-Inverted and Played for Laughs in this Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun fancomic. At Kashima and Hori's wedding, Kashima (who's giving her groom Hori a Bridal Carry), gives it to Hori, who angrily throws it at her once she lets him down. She dodges, and the bouquet is caught by Mikoshiba (also a guy).
  • Done repeatedly in the Skyhold Academy Yearbook series, and each time the Dragon Age character who catches it is the next to get married. As of the current state of the series, the next "bride" will be Dorian.
  • In Time Fixers: Nicktoons of the Future, when Jimmy and Cindy are married, Cindy tosses her bouquet and it is caught by Yuki, making Danny concerned.
  • 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.

    Film — Animated 
  • 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.
  • 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 Charming, we see Philippe's three ex-fiancées (Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty) fighting to catch the bouquet near the end.
  • 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 LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part: Discussed. Batman suggests that he throw a Batarang instead of a bouquet at his wedding, and whoever it gets lodged into is the next to get married.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • At the end of Robin Hood, when Robin Hood and Maid Marian are finally married, Maid Marian tosses the bouquet out of the coach as they're leaving. Skippy's sisters end up fighting over it.
  • 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.
  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie: When Princess Peach is about to be wedded to Bowser, Toad gives her a bouquet to throw, which she's surprisingly receptive of. It turns out to be hiding an Ice Flower, allowing Peach to power up and put the wedding on ice.
  • At the end of Thumbelina (1994), after Thumbelina finally marries Cornelius the prince of fairies, the pair leaves on Cornelius's bumble bee while Thumbelina tosses her bouquet, which is caught by Jacquimo when it lands in his hat.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • In Addams Family Values, Debbie the Gold Digger tosses the bouquet at her and Uncle Fester's wedding, and while Wednesday is the only one not fighting for it, somehow it winds up in her hands at the end. This while she's standing next to her Love Interest, Joel.
    Joel: Now you have to get married.
    Wednesday: It's not binding.
    Disgruntled Relative: Tramp.
  • 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.
  • The two friends in Bride Wars were about to catch it but they never showed who was the one who managed to catch it.
  • 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 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 "Crocodile" Dundee In Los Angeles, after Mick and Sue finally get married in Walkabout Creek, she tosses the bouquet only for it to be caught by the giant crocodile that Mick was hunting at the start of the movie.
  • In Ella Enchanted, Ella's bouquet is caught by her best friend, Areida, who happens to be the only main "good guy" who's still single. In this case, it was also a casual throw, without anyone competing for it.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King — At Sam's wedding, Rosie's bouquet is caught by Pippin.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nutty Professor II: The Klumps: The bouquet is tossed and lands on the Dean carrying boxes of gifts.
  • 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!"
  • At the end of Three Men and a Little Lady, Jack catches the bouquet when Peter marries Sylvia. His shocked face is the freeze-frame before the credits.
  • In A Very Brady Sequel, after Carol and Mike have a second wedding, many women clamor for the bouquet, with Alice even wearing a baseball glove. It is picked up by Jeannie, claiming to be Mike's original wife.
  • A Wedding (1978): When Muffin tosses the bouquet, her new husband's ex-girlfriend Tracy catches it. Tracy angrily tosses it away, and it ends up in the hands of the wedding photographer.
  • Though the wedding was called off due to her fiancé Louden Trott confessing his love for Nikki Finn, Wendy Worthington in Who's That Girl tosses the bouquet when Buck the delivery guy carries her away, which is caught by the bridesmaids that are still tied up with each other.

  • Doctor Who Expanded Universe:
    • 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.
    • The predictive powers of the bouquet toss are not to be trifled with — in Grimm Reality, the Doctor catches a bouquet. In the next book, he gets 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.
  • The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks: In book 5, when Shawn Smith is getting married, his wife tosses her bouquet, which is caught by a friend of hers who plays basketball. Earlier, when he's told about this, Norman thinks Shawn should have one to toss too, so the person who catches the bride's bouquet will have someone to marry right then and there, but is told it doesn't work like that. (Traditionally, the groom would toss the bride's garter for the same purpose, but this is never mentioned and doesn't happen at this wedding anyway.)

    Live-Action TV 

In General:

  • Wedding Bouquet disasters are a staple of home video shows.

By Series:

  • An episode of 2 Broke Girls has Max and Caroline cater at a wedding. Max puts on a wedding dress and throws the bouquet (despite not being the bride); however, she gives the bouquet to Caroline directly instead of throwing it in mid-air. The two then run away after being spotted by the security taking the bouquet with them.
  • In an episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun, it's mentioned that Dick got into a brawl with the maid of honor.
  • 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 the heart to refuse, and Ally has to dance in the street wearing her pajamas, which was a bet/dare/"punishment" agreement with her roommate Renée.
  • Bones:
    • Brennan catches the bouquet at the wedding of Booth’s mom. She insists she won’t be the next to marry but it ends up that she is. The bouquet catch was one of several Foreshadowing bits in the season.
  • 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 comes right after Kira had told her, "He's all yours." Anvil much?
  • A deleted scene in Chuck has Sarah whack away the bouquet at Ellie and Devon's beach wedding.
  • 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. However, he is still the next main cast member to get married - in the Sequel Series Major Crimes.
  • An episode of Dead Like Me where a guy at a gay wedding was accidentally crushed by desperate guys trying to catch the banquet.
  • Doctor Who: In "The End of Time", at Donna's wedding, Minnie the Menace expresses an interest in catching the bouquet, although the toss is not actually seen.
  • In an episode of Friends. Monica and Phoebe put on wedding dresses and start throwing a bouquet to each other as a joke. Phoebe attempts to be "real" by not throwing it directly at Monica who complains that she couldn't catch it.
    • Played for Laughs when Monica accidentally catches a bouquet as one of the "signs" that she and Chandler should get married.
  • Scott Baldwin, Laura's ex-husband, famously caught the bouquet at her wedding to Luke on General Hospital. This was after he had been off the canvas for months.
  • 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.
  • Played with on Glee. Since Emma ran from the altar from her wedding with Will, Sue decides to throw the bouquet instead during the reception (while wearing an identical wedding dress, no less) so as not to disappoint the girls who were looking forward for this part. Who is the lucky girl to catch it? Rachel.
  • Also played with in Good Luck Charlie during Bob and Amy's second wedding. Teddy Ivy and all the single ladies in the ski resort fight over who will catch the bouquet. The one who ends up catching it is Charlie.
  • 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!"
  • Jessie: This happens during Jessie's father's wedding. Ironically enough, the one who ends up catching is none other than Ravi's pet lizard, Mrs Kibbling.
    • Jessie also catches the bouquet at Luke and Connie's fake wedding.
      Jessie: It's mine! Better not take down the decorations on the terrace cause Jessie's gonna land herself a man! this foreshadows Jessie's engagement to Brooks.
  • M*A*S*H:
    • At Margaret's wedding, when she tosses the bouquet, it lands in the hands of Frank Burns - he then tosses it to Nurse Kellye.
    • At Klinger and Soon-Lee's wedding in the final episode, Margaret catches the bouquet.
  • 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.
  • At Phyllis's wedding on the American version of The Office, Ryan swats the bouquet aside to stop Kelly from catching it.
  • Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon's Special Act ends with one. Motoki, of all people, catches it. He then uses it to propose to Makoto.
  • In Red Dwarf, Rimmer catches the boquet when Lister is forcibly married to a mutant in order to acquire an essential piece of machinery; when one of the mutants starts waving flirtatiously at him, Rimmer drops the boquet.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • When Corabeth Walton marries Ike Godsey on The Waltons, she throws the bouquet and it's caught by one of the elderly Baldwin sisters. (Both sisters remained unmarried throughout the entire series.)
  • 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?"

  • Sheila on 7: The music video of "Lapang Dada" is centered around a wedding so the bride naturally throws a bouquet. The guy who catches it happens to be her friend whose proposal she rejected. Fortunately, just like the song's theme, he accepts his loss.

    Professional Wrestling 

    Stand-Up Comedy 
  • Jeff Foxworthy expounds on the difference between this and the garter toss.
    "Ugly women will hit pavement to get that bouquet. It's like throwing a ham bone in a room full of pit bulls. 'Let the blood flow, boys. There they go.' But when they throw the garter, men run. We act like the thing's a hand grenade dipped in age. 'OH GOD! IT TOUCHED MY PANTS! IT TOUCHED MY PANTS!'"

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In Mamma Mia!, during the song "I Do, I Do, I Do", Donna, now married to Sam at what was supposed to be her daughter's wedding, throws the bouquet which is caught by Tanya, Donna's friend and wealthy three-time divorcee. At first, she is happy, only to notice an overjoyed Pepper, one of Donna's employees who had been after her the entire show. Tanya freaks out and throws the bouquet to Rosie, who stated multiple times throughout the show that she doesn't believe in marriage. The two women play hot potato with the bouquet until it ends up being tossed into the audience or to the orchestra conductor.
  • 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.
  • Janet throws one into the audience while singing "Dammit Janet" in The Rocky Horror Show Live.

    Video Games 
  • Kuukiyomi 2: Consider It More! -New Era-: In the 55th situation, the player controls the player protagonist either to catch the bouquet thrown by a bride or avoid it and let a crowd of women catch it instead.
  • The Legend of Dragoon: An optional scene after clearing the Valley of Corrupted Gravity has Kate and Lynn's wedding in Donau, upon which Kate tosses the bouquet. An Action Prompt will appear during this time — reacting in time has Dart move Shana into its path, making her catch it, but failing it causes either Meru to make an impressive leap to grab it, or Haschel will snatch it out of the air with amazing timing, which Meru will chase after him for.
  • Millium catches the bouquet at the reception for Olivert Reise Arnor and Scherazard Harvey's wedding, seen in the credits of the true ending of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV, much to the apparent chagrin of Jusis.
  • Mario Party 5: In the minigame Flower Shower, a newlywed Koopa Troopa 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 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, there's a bouquet toss during Meryl and Johnny's wedding. Mei-Ling tries to catch it, but it's intercepted by Little Gray, Drebin's pet albino hairless monkey.
  • 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 an Old Maid.
  • 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.

    Visual Novels 
  • Galaxy Angel:
    • At the start of her route in Eternal Lovers, Milfie reminisces of her vacations with Tact, mentioning that they passed by a small church that was celebrating a wedding, and Milfie got so excited that she tried (but failed) to catch the bouquet.
    • In the second game of the Galaxy Angel II trilogy, Tact explains that Ranpha temporarily returned to her homeworld to attend her little brother's wedding, and a CG shows her catching the bouquet. If she's already married to Tact, the flashback has her saying that she wants to catch it regardless to make their love even stronger.
  • At the end of Turnabout Time Traveler in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, Athena, Maya, and Ema try to catch the bouquet. It ends up getting caught by Larry, who is initially thrilled about catching it, until he sees the three women angrily running towards him.

  • 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.
  • 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 Kevin & Kell, Caniche prepares to perform the bouquet toss... and uses it to ensnare the second assassin sent by her former employers to murder her.
  • Heather's second appearance (the first was one panel) in Misfile happens when she catches the bouquet at Harry and Kate's wedding.
  • Miss Abbott and the Doctor: Happens at the wedding of Kira Aquila-Salazar and Sebastian Nero, though Andreas catches it before any of the bridesmaids can.
  • Discussed For Laughs in The Order of the Stick:
    Empress of Blood: When do we get to catch the bride? I'm hungry.
    Sabine: After the reception, I think?
  • 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.

    Web Animation 
  • Etra chan saw it!:
    • When Akane the bride tosses the bouquet, Karin ended up grabbing it. However, Akane refuses the result and insults her, in which Karin returns the bouquet back to her. On the second toss, Karin's friend, Yuri, grabs it, which Akane also disapproves of. It then culminated in the girls passing the bouquet around, from Tsutsuji to Azami to the other background women, who all reveal that they never liked Akane. Eventually, it had to be given to a relative.
    • Another episode with Akane as the bride has her tossing the bouquet at Azami in an attempt to humiliate her for being single; however, she ends up kicking it instead because she believes receiving a bouquet from an arrogant person would bring bad luck.
  • In the Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures episode "Barb's Bouquet Grab", Barbara caught the bouquet just before it landed in the hands of the woman in front of her because she was much taller and was able to reach over the other woman's head.

    Web Original 
  • 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 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!"

    Western Animation 
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Futurama:
    • 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.
  • 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) minister who conducted the ceremony.
  • 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 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.
  • In one episode of The Simpsons, the bouquet is caught by Jasper, Grandpa Simpson's pal from the retirement home.
  • In The Smurfs (1981) 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 the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Married to Money", SpongeBob assembles a bouquet using flowers and other objects (including someone's hair) taken from random attendants. When Mr. Krabs' bride tosses it, many women, including Mrs. Puff, try to catch it. It lands in Patrick's mouth, who then swallows it. In response, all the women except Mrs. Puff start bawling hysterically.
  • Steven Universe: In "Reunited", at the reception for Ruby and Sapphire's wedding, Garnet throws the bouquet so high that it becomes A Twinkle in the Sky ... only to fall back to Earth a few minutes later, landing on Bismuth's head, who catches it with a confused expression.
  • In X-Men: The Animated Series, it is Beast who winds up with the bouquet at Scott and Jean's wedding - well, the first attempt at a wedding, anyway. Rogue catches it the second time around.
  • Zootopia+: At the end of The Real Rodents of Little Rodentia, Fru-Fru tosses a bouquet of flowers to her friends at her wedding. Unfortunately, the flowers are night howlers, which turn animals into bloodthirsty savages.


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Gus catches Lacey's bouquet after she trips, prompting Shawn to joke that he'll be the next married.

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