June always bursts with weddings and one of the best parts of the celebration is when the bride tosses her bouquet.
The tradition began in England when wedding parties got a bit out of hand and single women tore at the bride’s clothing believing the pieces would bring them luck in finding a husband. Eventually brides began tossing their bouquets instead, and they remain to this day a symbol of hopefulness for women who have yet to find their true love.
In my newest romance, The Leftover Bride, the heroine has caught several bouquets at weddings, but she cannot seem to find Mr. Right. In fact, she has terrible luck with men and has begun to believe she just isn’t meant to ever be a bride and that the whole idea of catching a bouquet is meaningless.
What about you? Have you ever caught a bouquet at a wedding? Did your bouquet land in the hands of someone who found love? Or do you think the whole thing is silly?
Personally, I adore flowers, and regardless of the superstitious nature of it, I like to believe a bridal bouquet brings special luck in love to the woman who catches it.
Alicia Street is a USA TODAY bestselling author and Daphne Award-winner often writing in collaboration with her husband, Roy, as well as on solo projects. She spent many years as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. A compulsive reader of every genre, she also loves watching old black-and-white movies and inventing new recipes for soups.