Wedding Garters: Steeped in Tradition

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Bridal garters might seem like a somewhat outdated and far-from-essential wedding accessory, but this is one wedding tradition that actually boasts roots in truly ancient customs. Brides and grooms in more cultures than one would toss items of clothing at rowdy guests to avoid being ransacked by revelers as they made their exit. Whoever snagged pieces of the newlywed’s clothing would be blessed with good luck!

Today, it’s slightly less common to see the groom tossing the wedding garter over his shoulder at the reception, but the tradition isn’t going anywhere any time soon. The right time to buy your wedding garter — if you plan to wear one — is any time after you’ve chosen your wedding gown and your wedding colors. That way, if you want to coordinate fabrics or colors, you can.

Tips for Choosing Your Bridal Garter

Though bridal garters come in every possible color, pattern, and material, many brides opt to have their garters be their “something blue.” If you’re planning to do just that, don’t limit yourself to common hues like baby or Tiffany blue. Consider a wedding garter made of deep navy, cornflower, or Majorelle blue fabric.

Wedding garters are commonly made of beautiful feminine materials like satin, organza, lace, Swarovski crystals, pearls, and delicate ribbon, but why not think outside the box? These days, brides can choose garters featuring everything from sports teams logos to animal prints to vintage charms.

Finally, if your new husband is going to toss the garter at the reception and your garter is just too pretty (or meaningful) to give away, don’t forget to buy a tossing garter. These are wedding garters that are as pretty as, but usually less expensive than, your main garter. Sometimes garter sets will include a matching tosser.

But that said, consider that a lot of singletons are committed these days and don’t necessarily have plans to marry. The reason the toss is falling out of favor is because it turns out a lot of people just don’t like being paraded in front of a crowd of wedding guests! So our advice? Wear a gorgeous garter under your even more gorgeous gown, and let your new husband remove it in private 😉