(Closed) garter toss.. WHY

posted 6 years ago in Waiting
Post # 3
5073 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

sadly, this is a normal tradition.

a tradition you will not see at my wedding.

Post # 4
2616 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

thats not normal…. the GROOM pulls the garter off the BRIDE  with his teeth. he sling shots it backwards and the single guys try to catch it. the lady who catches the bouquet and the guy who gets the garter do a dance together.

Post # 5
1963 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

This post churns my stomache- I would be VERY upset too!  How distateful.

Post # 6
807 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

This is part of the reason that I literally hide during the bouquet toss. So uncomfortable!

Post # 8
457 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Oh wow I have never been to a wedding that does the second half of the bouquet/garter toss.  It’s always just been a girl catches the bouquet, a guy catches the garter, they get a picture with the bride a groom holding the bouquet/garter.  These people are supposedly “next” to get married…but not to each other.  I actually purposefully aimed my bouquet at my friend who had just gotten engaged.  I definitely would not have done this if the guy who caught the garter was supposed to put it on her with his teeth! haha  

That is a pretty tacky tradition 


Post # 9
2008 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

wait, he had to put the garter on the girl who caught the bouquet?  Is that what you’re saying?

Thats soooo awkward!

I’m glad we skipped the garter thing all together.  I don’t want my whole family seeing my husband pulling lingerie off of me.

Post # 10
3265 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Ugh. That’s so awkward. Soooo awkward. 🙁

We will NOT be doing any of that traditional stuff at our wedding, especially not the second part you mentioned! I’ve never even heard of that.

Post # 11
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@asianyoushi:  Nope, it’s totally the normal tradition for the guy who catches the garter to put it on the girl who catches the bouquet.

And like MichiganBride2012, it was a tradition not seen at my wedding!

Post # 12
287 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We had this, the guy just put it on her leg though, this is how I have seen it at other weddings as well. 

I thought it would be far more embarrasing than it was (getting the garter removed myself).  It was actually hysterical and I am really glad I did it. The pictures were also great. I also don’t have a very traditional crowd or family.  (Picture by Scott David)

Post # 13
1595 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@ my sister’s wedding I caught the bouquet, and the man who caught the garter did put it on my leg but not with his teeth!!

Post # 14
808 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Ugh…I’ve never understood the garter thing.  NOT going to happen at my wedding!

Post # 15
625 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve never even heard of the second part… I just thought they caught it, smiled, and said “cheese!” At least, that’s how it’ll go at my wedding. Hopefully someone will try to catch it anyway lol… with my FI’s friends, those bachelors may all run off in diff directions to avoid the wedding bug. 

Post # 16
3246 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Blaah! How vulgar!

At my cousin’s wedding, they pretty much did this whole thing– though nobody was pulled against their will onto the dance floor to participate. That’s not right– I don’t blame you for never wanting to see those people again!!

I definitely agree that these traditions can be done in an exceedingly tacky way (my cousin’s wedding was EXTREMELY tacky through and through, IMO. . . though maybe I’m being too judgemental). I’ve always liked the IDEA of the bouquet toss, but if you’re not interested in getting married, it’s a pretty annoying thing to have to participate in! As for the garter. . . I get the symbolism and all that, but eeeeewww. It’s pretty gross.

They shouldn’t have insisted that you participate if you really, really didn’t want to. Ugh.

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