it just occured to me that I dont know what leg the garter is supposed to go on...or does it even matter? is there a tradition?
I put mine on my left leg :)
I've always seen them on the right leg. Not sure it really matters.
I dont know if there is a tradiiton, but I've always seen them on the right leg...at least, that's where I imagine it going for some reason!
Well, I am righ-handed, so that's where I will put mine.
LOL!! hmmmmm, maybe I had it wrong?! oh welll ;) I'm left-handed, so it made more sense...
I don't think it matters, but mostly see it on the right.
I don't think it matters anymore but traditionally it's on the right leg.
Today, the tradition of the wedding garter is tame in comparison to France of the 14th century. In North America, the bride wears two garters; one as a keepsake garter and the other for the throw away.
Both garters are worn on the right leg just above the knee.
Before the removal of the garter, the bride first throws her bouquet to the single women.
The groom removes the throw away garter from the brides leg, sometimes he removes it with his teeth , but more appropriately nowadays he uses his hands. He does this while the bride is sat in a chair.
After the garter is removed, he then throws it to the single male guests. The male guest then takes the garter and places it on the leg of the single female guest who has caught the bouquet.
Those that catch either item are said to be the next to marry. In some instances, it is said that they will marry each other.
The keepsake garter is removed later in private during the honeymoon night.
Numerous wedding garter traditions have been obtained over the years that still seem to become rules of etiquette today. Take a look at a few that are still popular and some that have long since been forgotten.
The garter tradition originated back to the 14th century. In 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. They would actually destroy the brides dress by ripping off pieces of fabric. Obviously, this tradition did not sit well with the bride, so she began 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. But this also caused a great problem for the bride….sometimes the men would get drunk, become impatient and try to remove the garter ahead of time. Therefore, the custom derived at having the groom remove and toss the garter to the men. With this change, the bride began to toss the bridal boutique to the unwed girls who were eligible for marriage.
I think i'm going to put mines on my right leg.
I love the mystery and intrigue surrounding this sentence - The keepsake garter is removed later in private during the honeymoon night.
Thanks Lucky...good to know!!
Intersting, thanks for posting LuckysBride!!!
GoingtobeGoff- I LOVE that picture!! So adorable!
I was so going to put it on the left! never mind....
I would not have thought about this until the last minute...Thanks!
I'm left-handed so mine is going on the LEFT! :)
I will wear my on my left mostly likey. I am right handed but I dont wear any jewelry on my right.