The bridal garter is a personal accessory to a bride's wedding outfit, hidden beneath her gown. Brides could follow tradition and have the groom retrieve the bridal garter and toss it to all single men (much like the bridal bouquet toss to single ladies), or to keep it private - only for the eyes of your husband.
Here's some history about the bridal garter toss tradition so that you can make up your mind on which route to choose.
Hundreds of years ago, there were countless of superstitions regarding the wedding day.
The main superstition that prevailed was that owning a piece of the wedding dress would bring good luck. This led to wedding guests essentially 'attacking' the bride to rip off and get a piece of her gown. What a chaotic scene!
As a result, brides started wearing an article of clothing that was meant to be given out to wedding guests. The lucky clothing item: the bridal garter.
Today, the act of retrieving the garter is reserved for the groom.
In the West, couples set set aside some time during the wedding reception for the groom to toss the bridal garter to unmarried bachelors in the crowd. It is a fun and intimate session with the couples' friends.
Brides typically do their bridal bouquet toss first, before the groom does the garter toss. The rule of 'ladies first' applies here!
Like the bouquet toss, it is said that whoever catches the garter will be the next man to get hitched. For entertainment purpose (especially if the witnesses are close friends and don't mind some indiscretion), the man who caught the garter will slide the garter up the leg of the lady who caught the bouquet.
How to Wear a Bridal Garter
There is a functional purpose for the bridal garter - and it is to hold up stockings on the bride’s legs. It is typically positioned above the knee, mid-thigh.
Brides can choose to wear the garter on either the left or right leg depending on personal preference. They may choose to wear two garters too - one to toss, and one to keep as a reminder of the wedding day.
If so, it is advisable to wear both garters on the same leg with the to-be-tossed garter positioned lower than the to-be-kept garter. That will help the husband easily retrieve the right garter for the tossing session.
Tips on wearing the bridal garter
For photo moments of you with your dress lifted to reveal the garter, have the garter placed low enough on your thigh so you don't flash the photographer or show off more flesh than intended to your tossing session audience!
Also determine the height at which it's most comfortable - where the garter doesn't slide off, or cuts off your blood circulation.
Bridal Garter Inspiration
Pick one that fits your personality, or looks great in photos. You could even go for a colour that matches the palette of your wedding!
These are bridal garters we absolutely adore for their chic styles:
Craft Your Own Bridal Garter
If you are crafty by nature, why not make your own bridal garter to make this accessory even more personal and memorable?
We're in love with this lace and feather bridal garter. Here is the DIY tutorial to help you make your own.
We hope you feel more informed about wedding garters and are inspired by the swoon-worthy pictures from our article Irresistible Bridal Garters For The Wedding Day.
If you're crafting your own wedding garters, send our miracle workers the pictures at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll feature them here to inspire other brides-to-be!
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