Garters are an easy way to add old fashion elegance to your very modern and unique wedding. But did you know that you are supposed to wear two garters? One to throw away in the garter toss and the other to keep as a keepsake! The garter toss started in France in the 14th century but because this is not a history lesson I will keep it at that. I have been to several weddings that still include the garter toss and bouquet toss as part of their wedding routine and I have been to weddings that have forsaken the garter toss for other events.
In most weddings, the bride toss’s her bouquet to a large crowd of eagerly awaiting single ladies who want someone to “put a ring on it.” The new husband then sits his beautiful bride down and takes off her throw away garter so that he can throw it into a crowd of single men! Traditionally the man who catches the garter puts it on the leg of the woman who caught the bouquet! Superstition has it that this man and female will be the next individuals to get married and in some cases to EACH OTHER!
This tradition can lighten the mood at a wedding when you are surrounded by your friends and family. I have seen the garter retrieved by the husband with his teeth or even very playfully. This is definitely a tradition to be taken lightly and with good humor because good humor is what makes it all the more fun! My favorite part: Being able to tease the couple who caught the bouquet and garter about the idea that they could marry each other!
By the way be sure to keep your keepsake garter for its removal on your honeymoon night!