Strumpfband, yes! Aber woher kommt der Brauch?

Garter, yes! But where does the custom come from?

Even though the days of the garter in everyday use are long gone, it is still worn by the bride as an accessory and traditionally delights the groom on his wedding day. That's why you can't go without such a garter at your wedding, which is usually made of lace or organza and clings naughtily to your thigh. We've already made convenient arrangements for you !

A wedding custom with tradition - the garter

History of the Garter

Are you wondering why you should wear this band on your big day? Garters have a long tradition in the history of clothing . It must be said that the band, which was primarily functional at the time, was not only intended for women. Men, just like women, wanted to use a garter to keep their socks from slipping down . With the invention of tights and hold-up stockings, the garter disappeared from the ranks of everyday clothing and remained only as a wedding custom.

Wedding customs surrounding the garter

There are various customs surrounding the garter. The garter is supposed to bring the bride and groom luck . In the past, the groom would show the garter he had stolen from the bride to friends and relatives even after the wedding night. Nowadays, guests usually get to see it during the party as part of a wedding game !

What all customs have in common is that the groom has to pull the ruffled ribbon off his newlywed's leg in front of the assembled guests. To make this not too easy, he is not allowed to use his hands, but only his mouth - i.e. lips or teeth. This exciting task is usually a great spectacle and contributes to the amusement of the wedding guests and to lightening the mood.

In England, the garter is thrown like the bridal bouquet!

In France , wedding celebrations are even used as an opportunity to top up the honeymoon pocket money: the bride's garter is auctioned off to the highest bidder ! Whenever a man makes a bid, the dress is lifted a little more towards the garter. If a woman bids, the dress moves back a little.

The wedding countdown calendar is also a lovely gift for the bride-to-be!

The tradition of throwing the garter comes from England . Just like throwing the bouquet for single female guests, the garter is thrown into the crowd of waiting bachelors. The lucky catcher then knows that he will be the next groom.

Does the garter have to be blue?

The garter can but does not have to be blue.

Now only one question remains to be answered: Why is the garter usually blue , like our garter in the wedding calendar? The fact that the garters are often blue comes from the English wedding saying , which most people now know in German translation: " Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe." The saying, which comes from Victorian England , means that you need something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a lucky penny in your shoe for the wedding .

All items have a symbolic meaning that is meant to ensure a happy marriage. The blue stands for constancy, purity and loyalty . To keep with tradition, you can happily enter the harbor of marriage with our garter.

What is actually behind the tradition of the garter and how can you integrate it into your wedding?

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