1. an article of clothing for holding up a stocking or sock, usually an elastic band around the leg or an elastic strap hanging from a girdle or other undergarment.
While the bridal garter no longer has a purposeful role to keep any undergarments in place, it still holds a unique and traiditional position in today’s wedding. Typically, the bride wears two garters on the right leg above her knee; one as a keepsake garter and the other for her groom to remove, and then toss at the reception.
This tradition dates back to nearly the 14th century. In some parts of Europe the guests of the bride and groom believed having a piece of the bride’s clothing was thought to bring good luck. This meant they would sometimes take pieces of the brides dress (think about how YOU would feel about that!). This led to the bride throwing various items to the guests – the garter being one of them. It became customary for the bride to toss the garter to the men. Tradition has it that sometimes the men tried to remove the garter ahead of time- so thus the groom began removing it, and then tossing it to the single men in attendance. With the bride no longer throwing the garter, she began tossing the bouquet. With this change, the bride began to toss the bridal bouquet to the single women in attendance.
- I love this set from The Garter Girl – check out the personalization of the wedding date, and “I Do!” Perfect keepsake!