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WEDDING LORE

IF ONE CATCHES THE GARTER AFTER IT IS THROWN BY THE GROOM
BEHIND HIS BACK, THAT PERSON WILL SOON GET MARRIED.
IF ONE CATCHES THE BOUQUET FROM THE BRIDE AFTER SHE THROWS
IT BEHIND HER BACK, THAT WOMAN WILL GET MARRIED SOON.
THROW RICE AND MONEY AFTER A WEDDING ON THE COUPLE, AND
THIS WILL BRING GOOD LUCK AND ABUNDANT RICHES AND
HEALTH.

Submitter comment: THESE ARE TRADITIONAL CHALDEAN CUSTOMS IN CHALDEAN WEDDINGS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FRANKLIN VILLAGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Rice
BELIEF -- Marriage Bouquet toss
BELIEF -- Marriage Garter toss
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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The single girl who catches the bride's wedding
bouquet will be the next one to get married.

Submitter comment: Informant says that at every single wedding she has
attended, this is believed to be true. She said it
has become a tradition or a common element of a
wedding.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Bouquet toss

Date learned: 00001950S

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Wedding receptions

It is customary for the bride to throw her bouquet away at her
reception. The lady who catches it is said to be the next one to
marry. A friend of mine is getting married on May 2 and all of us
are predicting that another friend of ours named Bridget (who is
the last of us to be married) will be the one to catch the
bouquet.

Submitter comment: Hopefully she will be the one to marry next.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Bouquet toss
BELIEF -- Use of Object

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CATCH A BRIDAL BOUQUET AND YOU'LL BE NEXT TO MARRY.

Submitter comment: I MUST ADMIT I KNEW THIS ONE MYSELF, BUT I PUT VERY
LITTLE FAITH IN IT!
THIS IS A SUPERSTITION COMMON IN THE OSWALD FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Bouquet toss

Date learned: 09-20-1967

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WHICH EVER GIRL CATCHES THE WEDDING BOUQUET IS THE NEXT
TO GET MARRIED.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Bouquet toss

Date learned: 00001920S

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THE BRIDE AT A WEDDING THROWS HER BOUQUET TO ALL THE
SINGLE GIRLS AT THE WEDDING RECEPTION AND THE GIRL WHO
CATCHES IT, IS TO BE THE NEXT ONE MARRIED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Bouquet toss

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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WHOMEVER CATCHES THE BRIDE'S BOUQUET WILL BE THE NEXT
TO MARRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Bouquet toss

Date learned: 02-02-1970

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CATCHING A BRIDAL BOUQUET MEANS A GIRL WILL BE MARRIED
WITHIN ONE YEAR

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; COLUMBIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Bouquet toss

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WHOEVER CATCHES THE WEDDING BOUQUET WILL BE THE NEXT ONE
TO GET MARRIED.

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Bouquet toss

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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