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.
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.
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!
Today’s Wedding Garter – Unique & Personalized
Everyone knows the old wedding saying, “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue.” When it comes to “Something Blue” many brides choose to make their garter that coveted color. That doesn’t necessarily have to the case anymore. Today, there are hundreds of choices available for your bridal garter. From fun and sexy, to colorful, to traditional. The plain, mostly white garter with the blue ribbon have given way to more personalized and colorful options. The garter has become an intricate part of the Bride’s attire and can be just as elaborate has her dress.
There are specialty shops out there that do nothing but custom garters. Perhaps you want to wear a black and hot pink garter to match your wedding theme. It may not be the traditional choice but it is certainly available. Maybe your or your Groom are in the Military. Why not have a camouflage garter? Are you a race fan? How about a checked ribbon? There are limitless choices of colors and themes available.
Today, so many things can be personalized so why not your garter? There are a few garter companies out there that can personalized garter ribbons with the Bride & Groom’s names and wedding date. Another fun thing to do is to add a novelty charm. There are hundreds of charm choices from tiny crystal hearts to motorcycles for that “biker at heart.”
Another tradition that has been updated to recent days is the actual garter toss. Many brides wear two garters so that one can be tossed during the reception while the second is kept as a keepsake of the day. When a garter to so unique and personal, why not keep it to remember your wedding day?
This post contributed by Michele Burkett of MyGarter.com.