The garter toss is an old tradition that dates back to the Dark Ages. According to tradition, after the wedding, guests would follow the bride and groom to their hotel room to ensure they arrived safely and wish them well. It was also good luck for the guests to take home a piece of the bride’s clothing. Over time this became a little more literal and evolved into a wild wedding romp. Guests would rip of the bride’s clothes in an attempt to take a piece home, as well as help her prepare for the night! In the midst of this romp, the garter would be tossed and whoever caught it would supposedly be the next to be married.
While wedding guests no longer follow the bride and groom to their room, part of this fun tradition still exists. Garters are a fun way to add even more excitement to an already exciting time! While some brides choose to keep their garters as a keepsake, others have their groom toss them into the crowd as a means of good luck. Garters are so feminine and fun, and even more fun for the groom to find!
Plum is making a comeback in all forms this wedding season, from shoes to handbags to the smallest wedding accessories. Even bring your groom into this purple fad by decorating him with a plum necktie. What’s so lovely about this color is it’s ability to provide a pop with just a small splash against an ivory or white background. If your looking for florals, vanda orchids and the beautiful lisianthus will grace your table or ceremony with a soothing purple color.
The bridal garter has come a long way since becoming a tradition in the early 14th century. Once used to hold up a bride’s stockings, it’s now seen as a lucky charm and usually tossed into a crowd or for some simply another way to accessorize their wedding wardrobe. If you choose to take part in the tradition, the garter is a fun way to get creative. Many brides now customize garters with wedding colors, family heirlooms, trinkets, memorabilia, or a petal from the grooms boutonniere. Etsy is a great resource for finding unique designs such as the one’s shown below. Hilary Duff donned one by England-based Florrie Mitton (that can be found on the site) on her wedding day, Lo Boheme out of San Diego offers an array of adjustable silk chiffon and antique beaded garters, while Garter Lady creates heirloom-worthy sets…one for keeping and one for tossing. ~SQ