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The Tradition of the Wedding Garter

The Tradition of the Wedding Garter

Modern weddings are filled with customs and traditions. One of the most celebrated wedding traditions involves the tossing of the wedding garter. The practice of garter-tossing dates back to as early as the mid-fourteenth century. In order to confirm the union was consummated, it was customary for a family member to retrieve a piece of the bride’s clothing, particularly an undergarment. It was believed that the piece of clothing would bring good luck to the person who received it. Through the years the tradition was altered, as the bride was often rushed and had her clothing torn off as guests fought for the coveted prize.

What is a Wedding Garter?

The “garter,” which was a garment used to hold up stockings, became the sought-after item. This tradition evolved as the groom began removing the garter and tossing it to the guests so they would not endanger the bride. Fortunately we still practice this very tradition today. The bride typically wears the garter on her right leg as the groom removes it during the reception. He then tosses the garter to the single men in attendance. The gentleman who catches the garter is the proud recipient of the “good luck” and is said to be the next to be married.

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While some brides continue with the traditional garter custom, others will wear two garters: one to be removed at the reception for tossing and the other to be kept as a keepsake of her wedding day.

Many brides decide to make their garters blue so they have “something old, something new, something borrowed and something BLUE.” However, this isn’t entirely necessary. Any bride can still use traditional white garters and even create garters in colors to match their wedding themes. Garters today are even personalized with your names and wedding date to make it a perfect keepsake.

There are an unlimited ways to customize your wedding garter. So when your wedding day is here, continue the customary garter tradition, or start your own!

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About the Author: Laura Martin

My name is Laura and I am a proud journalism graduate of Northwestern University. I love to research pretty much any topic, and I especially enjoy writing about my passions. Current events, lifestyle, fashion, health, and beauty are just a few of the things I enjoy. My articles have appeared in a number of print magazines, as well as various online publications.