A garter is often worn by newlywed brides. It is the grooms’s privilege to remove the garter and toss it to the male guests. The symbolism to deflowering is unambiguous.
Historically, this tradition also relates to the belief that taking an article of the bride’s clothing would bring good luck. As this often resulted in the destruction of the bride’s dress, the tradition arose for the bride to toss articles of clothing to the guests, including the garter. Another superstition that has circulated is the male equivalent of the bride throwing her bouquet to the unmarried ladies, i.e., the unmarried male wedding guest who successfully caught the garter was believed to be the next man to be headed to the altar from the group of single men at that wedding. Traditionally, the man who caught the garter and the lady who caught the bouquet will share the next dance
Many brides wear two garters, one to toss and one as a keepsake to put away for safe keeping, some Brides also choose to frame their garter along with other keepsake treasures from their wedding.
The Keepsake is the more decorated garter or the french style garter (longer lace, satin or fabric at the bottom)