(Closed) what’s the deal with the garter?

posted 8 years ago in Accessories
Post # 3
326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m doing it because in my area it is a pretty strong tradition.  Folks would definitely be wondering “but where was the garter toss?!” if we opted not to have one.  I have never found it gross or offensive, as I have heard many ladies on here describe it, but it has always been done in good taste when I have seen it.  My fiance and I plan to keep it fun and lighthearted (none of the head up the skirt stuff).  As it has been told to me, the bride is supposed to wear the garter during the ceremony and reception, but I’m sure many brides just put it on at the reception.  I will have 2, one to keep and one for my fiance to throw. Oh, and it will also serve as my “something blue!”

This was a pretty good article on the origins of the tradition 🙂 


Post # 4
965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m doing it because me and my FH are pretty touchy feely as it is, so i’ll take any chance I get at foreplay. Lol. Some people think is preverse, but I think it’s sweet.

Traditionally it was meant to prove that the couple were trying for a baby right away, as marriage used to be strictly political and having a baby (boy) was the desired result.

Post # 5
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

@coffeekitty.. thanks for the info! I never knew the tradition behind the garter!

We decided to pass on this because most of our friends and family are engaged or married so it would have been pretty awkward with only a couple people to catch it!  The garter did a one time serve and actual purpose but with today’s undergarmets they aren’t functional and are just for fun.

Post # 6
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We didn’t do it or the bouquet toss.  We didn’t have a lot of single people at the wedding.

Post # 7
47 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

Im wearing one just mosty “for fun” and as my something blue no garter toss tho but there are only a couple guys that are single and they are like under 18 (HAHA) We are still debating boquet toss fmil says its a must i say i will do what i want 🙂

Post # 8
4465 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve gone back and forth on this whole thing.  Fiance really wanted to do the garter toss so I went and bought this beautiful and pricey garter….which shows under my dress.  At first I was going to put it on quickly before the toss and then that seemed like a waste of $50.  So my mom is making me a super-cheap and super small garter which I will put on quickly and let it be tossed.  Honestly, I would just scrap the whole thing if it wasn’t for how much my Fiance apparently wants to do it ;o)

Post # 9
965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

…only SINGLE people are supposed to catch either one by the way…married or engaged people do not participate.

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