10 Fantastic Wedding Traditions and Their Origins


5. The throwing of the garter

Back in less civilized times in Europe, in the morning after every wedding, important members of the community would enter the couple’s bedroom to check the bride’s garters and stockings for proof that the marriage had been consummated. Over time, though, these practices were seen as unacceptable.

Now, it has simply evolved into the current practice where the new husband removes the garter himself and tosses it to the crowd. Even in this form, garter tosses are quickly vanishing. Many weddings don’t include it.