What leg does the garter to go?

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?

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 5:56 am
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GoingtobeGoff
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I put mine on my left leg :)


I put mine on photo 1693445-1

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 5:58 am
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I've always seen them on the right leg.  Not sure it really matters.

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 5:58 am
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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!

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 5:58 am
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Well, I am righ-handed, so that's where I will put mine.

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 5:58 am
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LOL!!  hmmmmm, maybe I had it wrong?!  oh welll ;)  I'm left-handed, so it made more sense...

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 5:58 am
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I don't think it matters, but mostly see it on the right. 

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 6:00 am
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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.


http://www.wedalert.com/content/articles/tale_tossing_of_the_garter.asp

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 6:02 am
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I think i'm going to put mines on my right leg.

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 6:16 am
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I love the mystery and intrigue surrounding this sentence - The keepsake garter is removed later in private during the honeymoon night.


LOLOL

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 6:19 am
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Right Leg

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 9:11 am
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Thanks Lucky...good to know!!

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 9:17 am
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Intersting, thanks for posting LuckysBride!!!

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 11:16 am
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GoingtobeGoff- I LOVE that picture!! So adorable!

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 11:17 am
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I was so going to put it on the left! never mind....

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 11:18 am
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I would not have thought about this until the last minute...Thanks!

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 11:20 am
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I never really thought about it but I put it on my left leg....maybe because I'm left handed.
Posted on April 22, 2010 at 11:22 am
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I'm left-handed so mine is going on the LEFT! :)

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 11:23 am
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Bridezilla- woop woop! Big ups for lefties!! Lol
Posted on April 22, 2010 at 11:48 am
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I will wear my on my left mostly likey. I am right handed but I dont wear any jewelry on my right.

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 12:47 pm
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Good question!

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 1:00 pm

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