Lynnie
WeddingWire Administrator October 2016

Keep or Skip: Garter Toss?

Lynnie, on May 30, 2018 at 1:33 PM

Posted in Wedding Reception 113

This week we're playing " keep or skip " with popular wedding traditions! We want to know which traditions you are keeping, and which ones you are skipping. ✔️❌ What about the garter? Are you keeping the garter toss tradition, or skipping it? Photo by Hyde Park Photography in Austin Next Question:...

This week we're playing " keep or skip " with popular wedding traditions! We want to know which traditions you are keeping, and which ones you are skipping. ✔️

What about the garter? Are you keeping the garter toss tradition, or skipping it?


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Photo by Hyde Park Photography in Austin


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113 Comments

  • Gabbie
    Just Said Yes December 2021
    Gabbie ·
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    Skipping as being the youngest all of my friends and family are older and I hardly kiss my FH in front of them for respect purposes so he will not be going up my dress
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  • Liana
    VIP March 2017
    Liana ·
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    We kept it. It was fun.

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  • Trilby
    Dedicated July 2018
    Trilby ·
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    Skip for sure

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  • Mrs. Belfon
    Savvy September 2018
    Mrs. Belfon ·
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    We’re skippingI.t! We want to spend as much time getting tipsy, dancing and all turned on for him to really go up my dress later! NOT IN FRONT OF MY GRANDMA AND OTHER SENIORS THERE
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  • Adriana
    Savvy June 2018
    Adriana ·
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    If you skip the garter toss.... does that mean you should skip the bouquet toss too?? I feel weird if i skip one and do the other because don't they go hand in hand??

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  • P
    Beginner November 2011
    Peter ·
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    As a groom, we did a bouquet toss, but no garter toss. As a wedding DJ, my observation is that more and more couples are skipping the tosses altogether. Of those that keep them, it seems about 50/50 whether they do both, or just the bouquet toss only. (And you never see anyone doing just the garter toss.)

    If you don't have a preference one way or the other, the timeline might make up your mind. At any reception, the cocktail hour, dinner and "usual formalities" (intros, first dance, parent dances, toasts) often total at least two hours, sometimes 2½ and pushing 3. So, if you have a 4-hour reception, that leaves less than 2 hours for "open dancing." Doing tosses not only disrupts the dance floor momentum, but it also takes about as much time as 2 or 3 songs would have taken.

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  • P
    Beginner November 2011
    Peter ·
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    Not necessarily. As a wedding DJ, many of my couples have done bouquet toss only. That's how we did it at my own wedding, too. It's perfectly acceptable.

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  • Lindsey
    Savvy May 2019
    Lindsey ·
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    Skip! We are the last of our friends to get married- so no singles to grow it to and I’d rather be dancing than take everyone’s attention for a raunchy tradition
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  • Holly
    VIP June 2018
    Holly ·
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    Definitely skipping!

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  • Mhm
    Dedicated August 2019
    Mhm ·
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    Keep! It’s fun! Especially the garter toss because anything goes during that.
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  • L
    Devoted October 2019
    Liz ·
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    Skip! I always thought it was creepy
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  • M
    Just Said Yes August 2018
    Michelle ·
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    Skip! It’s awkward and really outdated.
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  • Mrs.BowmanToBe
    Dedicated August 2018
    Mrs.BowmanToBe ·
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    We are skipping the garter toss, as well as the bouquet toss.

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  • Ellie
    Beginner July 2018
    Ellie ·
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    SKIP! Do I want to do this in front of my family and my new in-laws? 100% no. terrible tradition.

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  • A
    Devoted March 2019
    Amanda ·
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    Skip, it's not for us.
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  • Lindsay
    Just Said Yes March 2019
    Lindsay ·
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    Skip for sure!

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  • EllieRose
    Expert February 2020
    EllieRose ·
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    Skipping! My FH doesn't like this at all!
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  • Hannah
    Devoted July 2019
    Hannah ·
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    Definitely skipping this.

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  • Mrscolón
    Super September 2019
    Mrscolón ·
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    Skip! Just doesn't sit well with me.

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  • D
    Just Said Yes March 2019
    dominique ·
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    Fiance says skip and I do too were too private for that

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