Our unique handmade garters are a must for upcoming brides. They are made to order and are handmade at Occasions and Delights. A lucky tradition that still lives on and a way to add in your something blue.
Wedding garter history and meaning
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 ancient beliefs result in the garter being removed from the bride and given to someone who attended the wedding.
Today, the practice of removing the bride’s garter is traditionally reserved to the groom, who will then toss the garter to the unmarried male guests. This is performed after the tossing of the bouquet, in which the bride tosses her bouquet over her shoulder to be caught by the unmarried female guests. According to superstition, the lady who catches the bouquet and the man who catches the garter will be the next man and woman among those in attendance to be married (though perhaps not to each other).
How to wear a wedding garter?
The function of a garter is to hold up stockings on the bride’s legs. Therefore, there is no correct leg to wear it on. You may choose to wear your garter on either your left or your right leg based on your personal preference. Many brides choose to wear two garters: one to toss, and one to keep. If this is the case, you should wear both garters on the same leg with the tossing garter placed lower than the keeper garter. The most important thing is to make sure your partner knows which leg it’s on so that he can retrieve it easily when the time comes. You want to make sure that you don’t wear your garter too high or too low, so generally the best spot for it is just above your knee.
Want to order a bridal garter?
Our handmade soft lace garters are elasticated and can contain a blue bow and embellishment, the choice is entirely yours. For our Bridal handmade garters please specify your measurement when completing the order to ensure a proper fit upon arrival. Measure approximately 5-6 inches above the knee as this is the most common location for garters to be worn. If you have a measuring tape this will be simple. If you don’t, you can use a ribbon to measure, place a mark on the ribbon, lay it flat and use a ruler to measure the distance and then provide us with your exact measurement for a custom fit. Prices for bridal handmade garters are €12 including shipping.
Songs for the garter toss
Here are a few popular songs that will get the party started during the garter toss.
- AC/DC ~ YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG
- GUNS N’ ROSES ~ PARADISE CITY
- DAFT PUNK ~ GET LUCKY
- ROY ORBISON ~ OH, PRETTY WOMAN
- MADONNA ~ LIKE A VIRGIN
- SPICE GIRLS ~ WANNABE
- SHAGGY ~ BOOMBASTIC
- LMFAO ~ SEXY AND I KNOW IT
Whether you choose to follow tradition or want to take a more playful route, the wedding garter can play as big or as little of a role in your wedding as you’d like. Do whatever is most comfortable for you, if that means only your husband gets to see the garter on you, or if you want him to retrieve it in front of a crowd, ultimately, it’s your wedding day and you get to decide how to handle this tradition.