(Closed) Garter Toss Problem!!

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper

Ew… supposedly it goes with the single woman catching the bouquet – she can marry the guy who caught the garter, or he’s next to get married or whatever.  Including people who already have SOs would be grosser than the garter toss already is.  If he really must do it and you’re agreeable, he could just do the unmarried’s, with lotto tickets attached to make it worth their while.  Personally I’d skip it 100% but that’s your decision.

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

We did the garter toss because DH really wanted to but we didn’t single out only the “single” guys. Everyone regardless of martial status, age or gender was encouraged to participate in both the garter and bouquet toss.

It ended up being a lot of fun, we had ladies trying to catch the garter and the boys got really competitive after that for the bouquet.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Attach some scratch off lottery tickets to it after taking it off and throw that into the crowd. That way there is some fun incentive for people to try to catch it. And don’t limit it to single guys.

(personally I’d say you should skip it though. A guy going up his new wife’s dress in front of every one is gross and awkward.)

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

The garter hunt (without the toss) sounds better to me. I’ve only seen the garter toss at two weddings but both times when they threw it no one tried to catch it. It landed and sat there by itself for ages ,being avoided and stared at like a lost pair of undies at school camp. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2017

I find it awkward and antiquated but if you’re going to do it, I agree with other PPs and just forgo the tossing.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

So my cousin and her husband went crazy with all the old traditions. There was exactly 5 single men and 3 single women. It was the most awkward and embarrassing thing I have witnessed. Like everyone in the room was embarrassed for them, and you could tell they regretted their decision as soon as they realized how few single people there was! Don’t make those 8, or less, guys go through that. 

I read on all the old traditions and how they started and even though we will likely have a lot of single people at our wedding we’re refusing to do them because of what they symbolize. You want nightmares, read up on the garter toss and how it got started! 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I wouldn’t tie money to either the garter or the bouquet- that makes it look like you’re desperate for participation and doesn’t look so good. If you end up tossing it, I’d let everyone participate 🙂 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

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NikkiMaeBerry :  with so little single men I say just skip it. Talk some sense into your fiancee. The last wedding I went to did the garter toss and it was dreadfully painful and a huge waste of time since no one wanted to do it. 

You’ll find little support on the garter toss here. Most aren’t doing it.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Instead of a garter toss and bouquet toss, we’ll be giving my bouquet to the couple who has been married the longest. We’ll do this by having the DJ have all married couples stand up then annouce “keep standing if you’ve been married __ years” until the last couple is standing. We already know if will be FI’s grandparents, but I like this idea SO much better. Maybe suggest it to your Fiance to do this instead because of there isn’t many singles at your wedding? 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’d skip it – I haven’t seen the garte or bouquet toss at a wedding in years. It’s so cheesy and tacky. 

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