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Garter: To Toss or Not to Toss That is the ?

Posted by Tina on July 30, 2011 at 4:49 PM

The garter toss became common at weddings back in the 1500s. It was originally related to the concept of consummation of the marriage. The bridesmaids and groomsman would sneak up to the bride and groom’s bedroom for proof that the deed was accomplished, so to speak. Then they would take an item of the bride’s clothing for good luck. This was often the garter used to hold up the bride’s stockings.

However, those days have since changed. Brides who want to get involved in the history and traditions of their wedding day will see the garter as an important accessory on their day. The garter makes brides feel sexy and is the “finale” to the underwear attire and one of the first things your new hubby will remove.

Not every bride is interested in “tossing her garter”. It is optional. And for those who are, you should wear two garters – one semi-plain one (which the groom will toss), and one the symbolizes a more “sexier” side of you (which your hubby will remove later). This one will be kept with the rest of your sentimental items that you store away.

Just a few tips and tricks for garter wearing:

1. The garter is worn on the right leg. If you are doing the garter toss, it’s best to wear both garters on the same leg. The one to be thrown goes on last and is therefore the first to be removed.

2. Just because you have decided to wear a garter doesn’t mean you have to toss it. :)

3. If you are wearing a slinky fitted gown, your garter will need to be narrower and less full so it doesn’t show through the fabric.

4. The “garter toss” is usually done at the end of the reception with the throwing of the bouquet.

Remember: it’s important to make your wedding day be a reflection of who YOU are. Be creative!

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Information gathered from --The Event Planning Queen

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Reply Michael
4:33 PM on November 17, 2017 
Incredible a lot of useful info!
Reply Michael
4:33 PM on November 17, 2017 
Incredible a lot of useful info!