Tracey
Super May 2011

A brief history of the garter toss ...

Tracey, on February 11, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Posted in Etiquette and Advice 25

With all the talk of garter tossing, I looked this up ... Tossing the wedding garter is an old time held tradition. It is said that in the days gone past, the bride and groom had to show proof of their wedding consummation. In order for it to be proven, it was common tradition to have people like...

With all the talk of garter tossing, I looked this up ...

Tossing the wedding garter is an old time held tradition. It is said that in the days gone past, the bride and groom had to show proof of their wedding consummation. In order for it to be proven, it was common tradition to have people like family and friends come into the room with the couple. The "witnesses" would obtain the garter as "proof" of the consummation. Also having any article of the under garments was considered to be good luck so sometimes things would get out of hand in the newly wed's bedroom as crazed onlookers snatched at clothing to get for good luck. This was not appreciated much by the bride nor many grooms, hence the groom started tossing the garter out so that no one would need to obtain it themselves.

( How barbaric this sounds! glad things have changed since then)

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  • Monica
    Just Said Yes June 2019
    Monica ·
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    OMG that's so cute!
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  • Alicia
    VIP August 2019
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    This is absolutely ridiculous. Oh my word.

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  • #beautyandthebeard
    Dedicated October 2019
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    I want to do it... It's just a fun idea. Plus the bouquet toss is so important to me because I caught it for my friend's wedding and 6 months later I met the man I am marrying so its only fitting to do it!

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  • Michelle
    Super October 2020
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    It seems a lot of countries have their own traditions. In many Asian cultures, there is a bed ceremony lol it's weird. I don't mind the garter toss honestly, The only time I felt really uncomfortable was when they tried to make my fiance's coworker put the garter on me because I caught the bouquet. That was weird.

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  • Michelle
    Super October 2020
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    We're in the minority lol!

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