It is believed that, dating as far back as the 14th century, the desire to take home a piece of the bride’s luck in finding herself a groom prompted wedding guests in Western Europe to try to tear off bits of her dress.
Groups of people would chase after the lucky woman in the hope of a scrap of cloth or ribbon. Such a keepsake would bring good luck in love.
Brides, naturally, were opposed to the idea of being chased and having their wedding garments destroyed. As such, the idea of throwing the bouquet emerged – by distracting the crowd, the bride would have time to get away unscathed.
Ever since, the idea of the bridal bouquet toss is wrapped around the concept of good fortune. Whichever unmarried woman catches the bridal bouquet, so the story goes, will be the next to marry.