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Of the Garter and Other Wedding Traditions

Though garters are rarely worn these days, they’re still a part of many wedding traditions. You might be forgiven if you had forgotten all about them, except for two things:

1) The tradition of “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…and a lucky sixpence for your shoe.”
2) The Garter Toss that accompanies the wedding bouquet toss at many wedding receptions

As for the first, it’s become quite popular to have the garter provide the “something blue,” either by being a blue garter or by having blue details. And if managed well, it may also serve as one of the other “somethings.”  Often, brides will purchase their garters at the time of the wedding dress purchase from boutiques or wedding retailers.  The options are becoming more fashion-forward than the previous “standard” options of years past.  For something hand-crafted and truly unique – search the shops on Etsy.com, such as Peterene Design featuring a variety of creative styles to choose from or custom-design a one-of-a-kind garter to your taste or wedding theme.

Traditionally the sixpence goes in the right shoe.  At silversixpence.com you can not only get a beautiful genuine sixpence for your shoe, but they also offer sixpence cuff links for the groomsmen and pendants for your bridesmaids, as well as other gold and silver unique bridal gifts.  Any combination of these items can make a nice wedding shower gift.
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For the garter toss, consider your many options and remember there are no rules.  It’s your day and you can do whatever your heart desires.
  • Do you want your new partner to remove the garter, or would you rather remove it yourself and hand it to your groom for tossing across the reception venue?
If you’re tossing the bouquet, why not have your groom toss the boutonniere?

Traditions are not mandatory ... when planning your wedding, remember to make decisions based on your own opinion and comfort level.  Too many traditions worked in to your plans can spoil the simplicity and romance of the wedding celebration.