Things have come a long way and the throwing of the garter is much more refined. Today, there are mixed feelings on the tradition of throwing the garter/tossing the bouquet. It is not a required part of the wedding and many couples opt to exclude it from their reception. One thing that does remain true is that most brides will wear a wedding garter for her groom whether or not they perform this ritual. At the very least, it can be a small treasure to be discovered by the groom on the wedding night.
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The Garter Toss
Step 1: Bridal Bouquet Toss
All the single ladies will join the bride on the dance floor where she’ll put her back to the girls and toss the bouquet. The girl that catches the bouquet is thought to be the next to marry. Tip: toss a smaller version of your wedding bouquet. This keeps your actual bouquet in your possession and available to preserve, if you wish.
Step 2: Throwing the Garter
The bride will sit in the center of the dance floor with her charming groom at her feet. Depending on the groom, things can get heated up rather quickly or things can remain tasteful. The groom will remove the garter however he chooses from the bride’s right leg. After retrieving, the bride leaves the dance floor while all the single men join the groom on the dance floor. The groom then flings the garter. The man that catches the garter is thought to be the next to marry. Tip: opt for two garters: one tossing garter and one keepsake garter. Both are worn during the reception on the right leg, but during the event, the groom removes just the tossing garter. The other is kept on for after the wedding.
Step 3: Put Garter On (optional)
Some brides choose to leave this step out as the thought of placing their garter on another woman is offensive! The single lady that caught the bouquet and the single male that caught the garter are then brought up to the dance floor. The single man will then place the garter on the single lady.
Step 4: Dance
The single couple will share a dance.