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Our Favorite Alternative to the Garter Toss

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If you’re anything like us, you’re not thrilled about the garter toss tradition at weddings. I always felt uncomfortable as a guest and even more so thinking about it for my own wedding. That is one tradition I was happy to pass on. However, we still wanted to do an activity at the reception that would entertain the guys after the girls did the bouquet toss.

Then we attended a friend’s wedding in Arequipa, Peru. We learned that their culture does a “Whiskey Box Toss” instead! We witnessed firsthand how much the guests looked forward to this tradition and how invested all the guys were in the fun. It was by far the best alternative to the garter toss that we’ve ever seen.

We incorporated this into our own wedding and now encourage every couple to do the same. The prize of winning a bottle of whiskey is far more appealing to your guests and its a practical gift for the winner too. Even with little knowledge of this tradition, we found that it was easy to get guys on board. Have the DJ make an announcement then send the bridesmaids to spread the message and gather guys on the dance floor. The confusion fades away when you tell them, “catch the box, win the whiskey.”

You should see the way the guys’ eyes light up. I mean, who doesn’t love a little healthy competition?

Give it a try at your wedding and let us know how it goes! We hope y’all have as much fun as we did!

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