When thinking of wedding traditions, people generally think of classic, elegant customs passed down from generation to generation. This is not the case for the garter toss. Often the most sexualized moment of the reception, there is a lot of potential for embarrassment during this ritual, which is why many couples choose to forgo it altogether. However, if you or your spouse has your heart set on partaking in all traditions, we do have some tips on how to get through it without blushing.
The groom's behavior will be a big part of how awkward or fun this can be, so be sure to have a discussion with him before the wedding. Sliding the garter lower down your leg beforehand will make things look less inappropriate, as well as making everything move along faster. If you want to keep things classy and not embarrass anyone, do not make the catcher of the garter place it on the leg of the woman who caught the bouquet. It makes for a very awkward moment if the two do not know each other, and can cause tensions if either of them have a significant other themselves.
Though some couples use a song for the removal and a second song for the toss, we recommend sticking to one song in order to not prolong the process. To keep things from getting too campy, consider choosing a classic love song, as long as it’s also upbeat enough for the groom to dance around. After all, the single men can hardly leap up to make the catch during a slow ballad! There are plenty of options for you to choose, but here are a few that stand out to us.