Wedding garters are a lacy, stretchy band of fabric that goes around the bride’s thigh, to then be removed by her husband and tossed into her wedding guests. But where did this tradition come? Read more to find out whether you should include this tradition in to your wedding day.
Turns out that the garter comes from one of the oldest wedding tradition dating back to the Dark Ages. Wedding guests would help couples de-robe after the ceremony, in order to prepare for married life. It was considered good luck to get a piece of the bride’s wedding dress, and thus the garter was invented.
Often in today’s weddings garters are a way to incorporate ‘something blue’ – another tradition that is suppose to give the bride good luck on her wedding day. Some brides add a charm or monogram and some are simply lace.
The tradition now is to ceremoniously have the groom go up the bride’s dress, retrieve the garter, and toss it to the crowd of eligible bachelors. The bride does the same with her bouquet for the bachelorettes. The idea being that the two who caught the garter and bouquet are next to be married.
In the end wedding garters are just meant to be a fun tradition, the important thing is making sure you’re comfortable with including it. We promise no one is going to come up to you afterward and demand a garter.