The bridal garter is a small, but significant accessory that holds a special place in many weddings. The garter is worn on the bride’s right leg, just above the knee. Traditionally, it is a symbol of the bride’s “purity” and a token of good luck for the newlyweds. The garter toss is a wedding tradition that dates back centuries. The garter toss involves the groom removing the bride’s garter and tossing it to the single male guests.
While the bridal garter and toss have been a popular tradition for many years, some couples are opting to skip the garter toss altogether. This may be due to personal preferences, cultural or religious beliefs, or just wanting to modernize their wedding.
For those who do decide to include the garter toss in their wedding, there are a few things to keep in mind. The bride should select one that matches her wedding dress and fits comfortably. Some brides choose to have a special garter made just for their wedding day! Others may choose to wear a family heirloom or one with sentimental value.
During the reception, the groom will typically remove the garter from the bride’s leg and toss it to the single men. The guest who catches it is said to be the next to get married. Some couples also choose to include a bouquet toss in addition or in place of this tradition.
While the garter toss is a fun tradition, it is important to be respectful and mindful of your guests. Some guests may not feel comfortable participating, so it is best to communicate with them beforehand and make sure they are aware of the tradition.
In the end, the decision to include the garter and toss in your wedding ceremony is a personal one. Whether you choose to follow tradition or make your own, the most important thing is to celebrate your love and create a meaningful and memorable wedding day.
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