The Garter Toss

Posted by Rebecca 27/07/2017 0 Comment(s)

Choosing your Garter

One interesting thing about weddings is the fact that they provide the bride with the opportunity of celebrating her day with her our own unique style and taste. The garter toss is an age old tradition. Hundreds of years ago, there were many superstitions and beliefs surrounding the wedding day. One superstition was that owning a piece of the wedding dress would bring good luck, leading to wedding guests essentially attacking the bride to rip off a piece of her gown. This led to brides wearing a specific article of clothing to be given out as the lucky piece: the garter. Another belief was that the garter was a symbol of the newlyweds consummating their marriage, so family and friends would take the garter as proof of consummation. Both of these ancient beliefs result in the garter being removed from the bride and given to someone who attended the wedding.

Today, the removal of the garter is reserved for the groom. There is typically a time set aside during the reception for the groom to do so in front of all of the witnesses, followed by the groom tossing the garter to all the unmarried bachelors in the crowd. Usually the bride will perform the bouquet toss first, then the groom will do the garter toss. This garter toss is very similar to the bouquet toss in that it is said that whoever catches the garter will be the next man to be married. The man who caught the garter will then place the garter on the woman who caught the bouquet.

The wedding garter is a key component of a bride's wedding day, hidden underneath her gown, waiting for the groom to retrieve it and toss to all the single men at the reception. The garter toss is an integral a part of the wedding day, yet many women partake in this old wedding tradition without really understanding its history and meaning. With so many varieties, styles and colors, you’ll want to make sure you select an appropriate one for your wedding.  We’re here to tell you everything you need to know about the wedding garter so you can choose the right one for your big day.

So at Veils and Tiaras for Africa, we take this tradition seriously and have worked hard to select the softest of stretch lace so that comfort is top of mind for the bride. We custom make to fit any leg size and can add something blue, something old...You get the drift. Get a set and keep one and toss one. After all its your day, you should get to keep one as a momento. Just saying...



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