Brides: what do you think of wedding garters? Do you like the tradition, or are you skipping it? Will you toss the garter, keep it, or buy an extra just to toss? Ooh, so many questions! And, we’re here (+ happy) to do it! Read on to get answers + contribute to our discussion! Plus, enter for a chance to win a free wedding garter by Southern Ever After. Enjoy!
Do you plan to wear a garter? A wedding garter isn’t required, but it’s a popular accessory for the bride to have. Today, when a couple participates in the garter toss, the groom removes the bride’s garter and tosses it to a group of unmarried men. The man who catches the garter is to then place it on the leg of the unmarried woman who catches the bouquet. Based on tradition, this man and woman are the next to marry (not necessarily to each other).
If you’re shy about having your wedding garter removed in front of everyone, skip the toss (you can still wear the garter anyway). If you think having your garter removed in front of everyone is embarrassing, have you ever heard of the origin of the garter? Apparently in the 1800’s, the garter toss happened in the newlywed’s bedroom. After consummation, the garter was tossed and a family member would pick it up as “proof” of consummation. Awkward.
Thankfully, that’s in the past, and today the garter toss isn’t a requirement, just a fun tradition. Still, many brides love the idea of wearing a beautiful garter as a keepsake from her wedding day.
There are so many types of garter from which to choose: today, you can find vintage lace for your “something old”, favorite team garters (check out Garters by Kristi for these, she has ’em all!), wedding garters to tie into your theme, and much more. Wedding garters are a perfect item to have made for you because they’re custom made to fit.
A garter doesn’t have to be boring. Look for a garter that incorporates feathers, rhinestones, a vintage brooch, or a favorite pop of color.
Win a Wedding Garter!
All this talk about wedding garters makes us want to give away one for free! Thanks to Southern Ever After, one lucky Emmaline Bride reader will win a rhinestone garter valued at $50 (shown in photo below). Free shipping included to the U.S. only. Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win. No purchase necessary. Enter between 9/9/13 – 9/15/13 (11:59pm EST). Winner randomly selected, mentioned in this post, and emailed. Use entry form below to enter. Garter must be ordered within 6 months. Good Luck!