Years ago, all brides wore garters ! Having the groom toss the garter to his buddies and the bride toss a throw away bouquet to her single girlfriends was part of the entertainment of the reception. Nowadays, I don't know if the average age of brides are older, or if the tradition has fallen by the wayside, but maybe only half the brides request a garter as a part of their wedding accessories.
The practice of the tossing the bridal bouquet is believed to be an outgrowth of an idea that was popular in the 14th century, particularly in early French tradition. It was considered lucky to get a fragment of the bride's clothing. In those days, the bride was treated poorly. Guests would grab at her wedding dress in order to tear off pieces. Although brides continued to believe that they would not be wearing their wedding gowns again, they objected to its wanton destruction. They looked for an alternative and, instead began the custom of throwing personal articles, such as the garter, to the guests.
The groom removes and tosses the garter, right before the bride tosses her bouquet.(usually, a throw away bouquet is created so that the bride can cherish hers.) Custom has it that the unmarried man who catches the garter, place it on the leg of the unmarried woman who catches the bouquet. It is said that they two will be the next to marry (not necessarily each other).
Back in the day, the garter was made very simply without much adornment. Today, this accessory can be custom designed to match the wedding theme and colours perfectly. Most brides would like to keep their garter to add to the other keepsakes they gather from their special day, so you can purchase a garter set. One, more elaborate and elegant for your to wear (measured to fit your thigh like a glove) and one to toss to the lucky recipient.
To too or not to toss is your choice and regardless of what you decide, we are sure your wedding will be memorable !