Have you ever wondered where the tradition of the bride wearing a garter and the groom taking it off and tossing it to all the single men at the wedding came about?
Well, according to folklore, hundreds of years ago there were many superstitions surrounding the wedding day. One was that owning a piece of the wedding dress would bring good luck. So, rather than have her gown ripped to pieces, brides started to wear a specific article of clothing to be given away as the lucky piece – the garter.
Just as there is a typical time set for the bride to toss her bouquet, the removal of the garter is reserved for the groom. Usually the bride will perform her bouquet toss first and then the groom will remove the garter with great drama and flourish and toss it to all the single men. The guy who catches the garter is supposed to the next one to be married.
If you want to take the ceremony a bit further, the man who catches the garter can then place it on the woman who caught the bouquet. There isn’t any special significance to this gesture but it seems enjoyed by all.
The garter has become a popular bridal accessory and there are lots of styles available to choose from. Some are just glamorous to look at and are made of satin and lace and others are funny and can make a statement about the couple.
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