Post # 1
Ok, so I know that all the non-married guys are supposed to go and try to catch the garter when the groom tosses it. What I don’t understand and only saw someone mentioning on the boards is that the guy who catches the garter has to put it on the girl who catches the bouquet?? I’ve never seen this done at any of the weddings I’ve gone to! Only once have I seen the garter catching guy and bouquet catching girl having to dance with each other after. But the thought of some potentially random guy putting a garter on me would scare me away from wanting to catch any bouquet!
What are your thoughts on this? Can you explain how it started or maybe where it’s popular?
Post # 3
I’ve never heard of the garter catching guy PUTTING the garter on the bouquet catching girl – that’s weird and creepy.
I’ve also never heard of the catching couple dancing with each other.
At most – I’ve seen each take a picture with the respective thrower – or all four of them take a picture together.
But – yes – it’s typical for the groom to toss it to the single men in attendance (to signify the next to marry)
I believe the tradition of throwing the garter was taken from the olden days where it was said to be good luck to have a piece of the brides clothing. Wedding guests would follow the couple after the wedding and wait by the door to catch the brides stockings (that were thrown outside by the groom)…..
Post # 4
I have seen the one who catches the garter putting it on the bouquet girl. I actually caught the bouquet at my FSIL’s wedding. The ring bearer got the garter and was told to copy the actions of a groomsman (and a whole act ensued involving putting the garter on me and FMIL).
I will be having the garter removal/toss, but I won’t be making the receiver put it on the bouquet winner.