Wedding Fact or Fiction? | The Garter

Bride Garter

The bride’s garter dates back to the ancient custom of having witnesses at the marriage bed to confirm that the couple consummated the marriage. The witnesses would bring it forth as a sign that the consummation was complete. As legend has it, the custom became such a violation of privacy that eventually the bride would have the groom throw it to prove consummation. The throwing of the garter is thought to be one of the oldest customs surviving wedding rituals.

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