Decorative Garters: Wedding Must Have or Thing of the Past?

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Decorative Garters: Wedding Must Have or Thing of the Past?

I've never quite understood the modern purpose of these, but oh my goodness,
I think I'm in love with this Minnie Mouse one at the top... so cute!

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The garter is a great way for the bride to do something old, new, borrowed, blue. It is easy to attach old/borrowed/blue charms/jewellery/accessories to a new garter.

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A friend of my mom's made my garter. It was made from pieces of my mom's dress, both my Grandmother's dresses and an old blue shirt that belonged to my Grandpa. It meant a lot since all of my Grandparents have passed away and weren't at our wedding in person. Needless to say, we did not do a garter toss!

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Spook that's so lovely! What a nice way to incorporate them into your wedding.

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Kristen K. wrote:
Spook that's so lovely! What a nice way to incorporate them into your wedding.

I didn't even know she was making it. It was a great surprise! Smile

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Spook you had 3 of the four in one item. How special. mickey

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These are super cute. I'm not doing garters I think they'd annoy the holey bejesus out of me. I'm also not throwing my flowers either considering they'll be broaches I'm sure my guests will be happy to not get knocked out.

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dewingedpixie wrote:
These are super cute. I'm not doing garters I think they'd annoy the holey bejesus out of me. I'm also not throwing my flowers either considering they'll be broaches I'm sure my guests will be happy to not get knocked out.

I'm not wearing garters either (even though all the ones posted here are totally adorable!) because that's one more thing I don't normally wear that would make me uncomfortable/annoyed...plus I am not a fan of the garter toss (or really any of those arranged tosses...we're not doing a bouquet toss either).

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Spook wrote:
A friend of my mom's made my garter. It was made from pieces of my mom's dress, both my Grandmother's dresses and an old blue shirt that belonged to my Grandpa. It meant a lot since all of my Grandparents have passed away and weren't at our wedding in person. Needless to say, we did not do a garter toss!

Love this, Spook! How special and meaningful!

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I personally don't care for garter tossing. But then some in-laws of in-laws gave me a very nice garter as an engagement gift, and in the end I felt I had to use it. So I wore the nice one, and when hubby removed it from my leg he pocketed it and tossed a cheap one I'd purchased somewhere. The in-laws' in-laws beamed, so I guess we did the right thing.

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I love these!!!

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Wearing a garter, fine. The garter toss, the chicken dance, the macarena, the electric slide, the song Last Dance, and the DJ saying "at this time", -all these things should be banned in the name of good taste.

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Colonel: Kashif's post was deleted because of certain links that lit up my spam alert.

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Never understood the flower toss confused
My DW still has her bouquet from our special day.

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The Colonel wrote:
Wearing a garter, fine. The garter toss, the chicken dance, the macarena, the electric slide, the song Last Dance, and the DJ saying "at this time", -all these things should be banned in the name of good taste.

awesome

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Never worn a garter with my kilt..It's against Scottish law.. sarcastic

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King Fergus wrote:
Never worn a garter with my kilt..It's against Scottish law.. sarcastic

Thank You Lord for Scottish Law!! eek

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Never worn a garter with my kilt..It's against Scottish law.. sarcastic

Didn't think they had any laws up there in the Highlands confused

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Never worn a garter with my kilt..It's against Scottish law.. sarcastic

Didn't think they had any laws up there in the Highlands confused

Lots Mr Ferret...Not allowed to drink alcohol on a Sunday for example.. eek ...Except in my castle... wink

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I wore the same garter my Mother had worn, so it was special to me to do it as well. I could have done without the garter toss though, although I did what crazycatperson did, tossed a cheap one. Same with the bouquets, could have cared less and tossed a small one we made just for that.

But now Colonel......don't be doing away with my Electric Slide! Between that and the wobble, it's the only two things that makes me feel like I can dance!

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Ok keep the Electric Slide. I'm so lame, I cant even do it.

Excuse the OT but, King- I met some guys out drinking in the casino one night. And one of them was a big masculine guy, but he was dressed up in tights and a pink tutu and a wig. And he said it was his bachelor party and it was a Scottish thing. Did ya ever hear anything like that? I have some Scottish mates, but they grew up in the US and they never heard of it.

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Ok keep the Electric Slide. I'm so lame, I cant even do it.

Excuse the OT but, King- I met some guys out drinking in the casino one night. And one of them was a big masculine guy, but he was dressed up in tights and a pink tutu and a wig. And he said it was his bachelor party and it was a Scottish thing. Did ya ever hear anything like that? I have some Scottish mates, but they grew up in the US and they never heard of it.

Yes..He is a member of the Scottish transvestism of Rugby association and that's their national dress.. sarcastic

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King Fergus wrote:
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Ok keep the Electric Slide. I'm so lame, I cant even do it.

Excuse the OT but, King- I met some guys out drinking in the casino one night. And one of them was a big masculine guy, but he was dressed up in tights and a pink tutu and a wig. And he said it was his bachelor party and it was a Scottish thing. Did ya ever hear anything like that? I have some Scottish mates, but they grew up in the US and they never heard of it.

Yes..He is a member of the Scottish transvestism of Rugby association and that's their national dress.. sarcastic

Oh too bad. I liked the thought that it was a Scottish tradition to humiliate their mate the night before he gets married. You know, just to get him used to married life. Anyway, they were having great fun with it.

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I can't make this stuff up

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I can't make this stuff up

OMG...It's Hamish Crawford McHoochter from the highland rugby club The Tutus..Yep...Many idiots, oops, Scots dress up in silly outfits on their stag nights..Mine was a quiet drink in a small bar of a plush hotel on the island of Crete..After downing several bottles of Ouzo then some large Metaxa brandies, I just fell off the bar stool,and was put to bed like a baby...( by my future bride )

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Nah, he wasn't an idiot. His crew were very well behaved. Apart from the cross-dressing. Good fun.

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Nah, he wasn't an idiot. His crew were very well behaved. Apart from the cross-dressing. Good fun.

sorry for the hijack

No problem..Glad they weren't causing trouble..I've been to a few where I've taken off before the dream police arrive..Went to one in Belfast. Ireland years ago..The groom to be got plastered with tar and feathers, then jumped up onto of the pub bar and pulled out a hand grenade and grabbed the barmaid by the throat..It was a hoax that backfired big time..Needless to say he was charged and fined around $2000 ...Expensive night out...

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I need to scrub the inside of eyes...... Sick

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I know for a fact my husband went golfing for his bachelor party with his best man (fellow teacher) and all 6 brothers. Really tough since the course was across the street from his folks house....no plaid was sacrificed in the use of the golf balls....

I wore my mother's garter as did my two sister-in-law's (same decoy trick for all three). We also all carried the Bible my mother had her flowers on as she walked down the isle. No groom teeth pulling it off, etc. They just pulled it out of a pocket and threw it. If it's suppose to mean something, then my family is doomed because my two cousins (brother-sister) caught the flowers (also a double) and the decoy garter. It's easy to remember since we had so much the same.

I think some traditions are for the older people there and some for the younger. We know our song was "Can I have this Dance for the Rest of my Life." (must have worked as we are working on 32yrs) and the items of my mom's would be consistent since my folks are pushing 60 yrs together. Our cake was Amaretto (guess that should have been a hint as to my DH likes). But we again, are from large families and many MANY musicians, so the band were friends, our family all played and sang, my husband's church choir even came to sing. It looked like more of a concert recital than a wedding.

Half of the attendees were students from our schools and college friends. If my dear mother thought for one minute something was going to be in poor taste, that little bit of a person would have chewed booty! No one messes with mom! (although I do have a picture of my dear mother and my best friend doing the chicken dance.... but only Tom could have gotten her out there).

LOL My father is now 80 and from time to time has has some serious health issues. My mom is ALWAYS cool and calm. When people ask if she is concerned, her reply is always the same, "Nope. I told him he couldn't die. It's too hard to break a new one in." No one messes with mom! (I guess that includes Dad).

That's my mom!

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I am not a fan of the garter or the whole groom going up yer dress thing. It just makes me uncomfortable..even watching it.

Then again I wore Nike sneakers under my dress for the reception, didn't do father/daughter or mother/son dances because I think they're creepy, forbid "Don't Stop Believing" and "Livin on a Prayer" from being played and had pie instead of cake for our dessert. So I'm not super traditional when it comes to those kinds of things. awesome

However, if I had to choose I would pick the one pictured first. It is pretty cute.

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I love the first one too! We didn't do either... Between the guys and girls, we had maybe 5 single people at our wedding.... laugh

I did give my bouquet to the couple married the longest. We did a dance of all the married couples and had people sit down as their "years married" was called. Ended up being the hubby's parents (which we knew ahead of time) but it was great seeing them out there dancing alone!

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