Throwing of Garter Belt Can be Great Fun, yet Awkward.
“Throwing the garter” is a wedding tradition during which the groom searches for and removes the bride’s garter; and thereafter tosses it to the groomsmen. It is assumed that “the lucky bachelor who gets the garter will be next to get hitched”.
Historical account holds that throwing the garter is derived from an old English custom called “flinging the stocking.” Guests would invade the bridal chamber and steal the bride’s stockings, then take turns flinging them. Whoever threw the one that landed on the groom’s nose would be the next to marry. By the 14th century, possession of the garter had become highly esteemed and the bride would often be rushed at the altar by hordes of guests competing for the prize. These days, the groom removes the garter- generally worn at the sexier mid-thigh level- from her leg region and tosses it to his bachelor groomsmen.
It is believed that the tradition of tossing the garter dates back to fourteenth-century France. Medieval French revelers considered pieces of the bride’s attire lucky, and guests would literally rip off pieces of her gown. To defend herself, she began to throw them her garter! In modern times, her bashful groom does it for her to fend off those hordes of luck-hungry reception guests. According to history, “ a man who gave his sweetheart another bride’s garter could guarantee her faithfulness. Now it’s thrown to single men for good luck, and legend holds that the lucky bachelor who gets the garter will be next to get hitched”.
Garter removal and toss can be done in a variety of ways and has been known to add excitement to weddings. The bride can wear her garter anywhere between her ankle and her waist depending on her choice and the excitement sought. Purpose of the garter removal is an act that symbolizes that now that the couple is married the husband has full access to sexual activity with his new wife. The whole tradition may appear awkward to persons not used to the tradition but it surely is “a lot of fun”.
NB: Put together with help of many sources Online.