GrayCatVintage
Master October 2015

When to hand off the bouquet?

GrayCatVintage, on September 28, 2015 at 10:11 PM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 0 9
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So, I know that once you walk down that aisle the bouquet is given to the MOH to hold - as well as holding the groom's wedding band. For the recessional, do I then take the bouquet back from the MOH and hold it as my groom walks with me back down the aisle? I was talking with some ladies at work who insisted that the bride holds the bouquet UNTIL the exchange of rings then it is handed off but I did not think this was the case and that it was handed off just before the ceremony? Then no one could agree if the bride then takes back the bouquet after they are announced. Can someone clear this up for me?

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Latest activity by Tori, on September 29, 2015 at 8:19 AM
  • Celia Milton
    Celia Milton ·
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    Most of my brides hand it off as soon as they get to the front, to the MOH, or sometimes on the little table we'd use for the sand, etc. Usually, our BM has both rings.

    The bride should take it back right before you recess. But like most everything else, you can really do what you want.

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  • MrsMcD
    Expert August 2015
    MrsMcD ·
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    I completely agree with Celia, but its YOUR wedding. You can do whatever you want. I had it planned out when I was going to give my bouquet and take my bouquet back, but it turned out completely different. There are so many things going on, the bouquet is the last thing on your mind. I didn't even know where mine was 95% of the day.

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  • KitandKaboodle
    Master November 2016
    KitandKaboodle ·
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    Mine will be a little heavy, so I'm handing it to my my mother who will be sitting on the end of the front pew. When we make our way back up the aisle, she'll hand it back to me.

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  • OMW
    Master August 2013
    OMW ·
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    I held on to mine during the ceremony, handing it off for the ring exchange. Then it was handed back before I went back down the aisle with my husband.

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  • Margaret
    Master September 2015
    Margaret ·
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    I handed mine off at pretty much the beginning of the ceremony. I wanted my hands free because we acknowledged our parents/g-parents and handed them flowers. I took it back after the first kiss as we were being presented as "Mr. and Mrs." so I had it for the recessional.

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  • Kris
    VIP October 2015
    Kris ·
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    Been thinking about this myself. I always seen it done right after the bride gets to the alter. But like others have said, no right or wrong way. But, for example, at what exact moment after you arrive at the alter?

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  • Celia Milton
    Celia Milton ·
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    Before your officiant starts talking.

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  • Jersey
    Master November 2016
    Jersey ·
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    I've only seen it done the way Celia explained. As soon as the bride got up to the front, she handed it off and held FH's hands and took it back right before they started back up the aisle. I

    That's how I was planning on doing it, but as Celia said, you can do whatever you want!

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  • Tori
    VIP September 2015
    Tori ·
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    My officiant said I can hold onto it as long as I want. He said I will know when I want to hand it off. Pretty much as soon as DH reached for my hands I handed it to my MOH, my bouquet was heavy. Smiley smile

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