(Closed) Do people still do the garter thing?

posted 10 years ago in Accessories
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2008

A lot of people use that as their something blue. We are doing the garter toss (something my Fiance cared about..) But I mainly got mine because I thought it’d be cute with my lingerie!

Post # 5
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Worker bee

I’ve made it clear that there will be NO garter toss.  But I do still want a garter, mainly because I realized that I have no something blue, and I am REALLY superstitious.  I saw some on Etsy that even come with a little sixpence (the last part of the rhyme goes, "and a sixpence in your shoe") and a teeny little pocket you can put it in when it’s all done.  SO CUTE!  All my superstitions in one, except maybe for the "borrowed"…anyway I think the garter is a cute, fun thing to have that can be meaningful and a nice memento, even if it stays on your leg until the party’s over. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I skipped it.  Putting my leg on display for the entire room was just not something I was looking forward to, haha.  I have known some brides that got one their husbands would like to wear on the wedding night (or, you know, whenever they, um, get down to business after the wedding.)  😉

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

We are not doing the garter.  We don’t have a lot of singe friends in the first place, and so the tradition of throwing the bouquet and garter doesn’t make a lot of sense.  Plus I just think it’s kind of distasteful – the idea of Fiance putting his hands up my skirt in front of my dad and all my elderly aunts and uncles and his kids and removing an article of my underwear…  not for us.  We’ll wait until we’re at least in the limo after the reception to get that intimate, thank you very much.

Post # 8
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Newbee

We will not be doing garter either. I really don’t like the whole idea, especially doing it in front of everyone. I’m also very ticklish, so that would definitely be a big problem for me 🙂

I guess it’s just depending on your preference. The tradition is still around but if you don’t like the whole idea of it, i’d say just skip it!

Post # 9
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Newbee

I originally was dead set against the garter. But then we went to my friend’s wedding last month where they did it and it was so much fun! The groom made a big show of being like, "aw man I gotta do this!" (putting his head in his hands at the embaressment lol) and it was very tame. Plus it was mostly our close friends participating so it was fun!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think it partly depends on the age of your guests. Most of our guests will be 28+ years old and if they’re single, they don’t want to be singled out on the dance floor. Also, most weddings I’ve been to haven’t done a garter toss, so it’s not really expected. However, at the weddings I’ve attended where one has been done, it’s been fun.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We are among those who will be skipping it…no garter nor bouquet toss for these folks. To me it is a silly waste of time rarely enjoyed by more than a very small handful of people. If you’re not especially interested in keeping the tradition alive, I would feel free to skip this part of the reception…although it would always be cute to still wear one even if you don’t do the garter toss.

Post # 12
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Newbee

I wore two.  My mom actually still had hers from her wedding to my dad (celebrating 31 years of marriage in October), so I used that as my something borrowed and then I had a new one of my own.  We didn’t do the garter toss, but it made for fun "getting dressed" pictures.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

We didn’t do a garter toss but I still wore a garter and I’m really glad I did. I made mine (it’s super easy, but I’d recommend not waiting until 3 days before the wedding to figure it out! Duh!). I used it to hold important things that I wanted to have with me. I’m pagan, my fiance is non-practicing christian, but his mom is really religious. We had decided to compromise by having a ceremony without religious references. (The last thing I wanted was my Mother-In-Law having a heart attach right there in her seat when god was refered to as a "she".) But I still wanted to carry something with me that would signify my religious beliefs. So I used my garter as that place, since I was the only one who was going to see it. I sewed a small goddess charm that a good friend had given to me. I also sewed a four leaf clover/horse shoe charm. We were having a celtic/irish themed wedding and I wanted to have a horse shoe but didn’t want to carry a honking one in my bouquet like the original tradition. It worked out perfectly. So long story,…longer… the garter can be a place for you to have very personal things that you might not want everyone asking about.

Good luck!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

No garter here.  Not sure how it worked out but no one single came to the wedding.  I just wasn’t into that tradition.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I am doing the garter toss — I love the tradition — it is so much fun and it is one of the few things my fi has actually talked about with regards to the wedding.  I bought a UCLA garter so that the lucky guy who gets it has a memory of our venue!

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I wore a garter and planned to toss it on my wedding day, but decided on the day of that I didn’t really want to show my underwear to everyone. It probably would have been fun, but at the moment I was just not into it. Probably should have drank more.

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