So what’s actually the deal with the garter tossing tradition? It turns out it comes from the medieval times where grooms tore off a piece of the bride’s dress as a good luck token. Luckily times have progressed and since then the garter tossing started trending, which made it a much more civilised event, well kind of right?

You’re a bride to be and I’m sure you’re nervous about the whole garter tossing part of your wedding day, but good news for you is that it’s your day and you can totally leave it out if you feel too uncomfortable.

plain garter tossing

Prepping For Garter Tossing

Try to stay calm when the time comes, everyone will see that you’re nervous if you tense up. Remember you’re already married now so this should be a fun part for you.

Pick a good garter tossing song, but we’ll get to that shortly… *wink-wink*

It’s probably a good idea to chat it over with your fiancé, so that you’re both prepped and calm for the garter toss. Remember to pull up your dress slightly so that your fiancé doesn’t struggle to reach your leg. Help your fiancé out by extending your leg slightly and don’t forget to keep your eyes on your fiancé and not to look at the camera, we want to avoid a falling bride or any awkward photos…

Enjoy the fun in the garter toss, and if it goes slightly wrong or becomes a little awkward, laugh it off and make it a good wedding story to tell. Need some inspiration for what the garter should look like? Find a garter design you like.

Groomsmen garter toss

Alternatives To The Garter Toss

You’re reading this now thinking “Uh no thanks not for me”, then the next part is just for you!

Keep the idea of tossing the garter, but skip the “removal” part of it, after all that’s the awkward part right? Have a garter close by that you didn’t wear around your thigh to toss into the crowd of groomsmen. This gives you the opportunity to enjoy the garter toss without feeling like you’ve lost your dignity or made the whole night awkward.

Use the garter as a prize to a wedding game you plan to play with the groomsmen, so no tossing involved here either.

OR….skip the garter toss completely. Your wedding….your rules. If you chose to use the garter removing as a private event just for you and your new hubby, that’s fine too.

Let’s talk Garter tossing Music!

Oh this is the fun part of the read and I hope while you read through the list of music items below you envision the night and hear the song playing…

What’s your wedding genre? Or should I say your couple genre? What genre complements your love story?

Rock songs

  • Wild Thing – The Troggs [Yes, this should be listed first…]
  • Another One Bites the Dust– Queen
  • Bad to the Bone– George Thorogood and the Destroyers
  • Keep Your Hands To Yourself– Georgia Satellites
  • Pour Some Sugar On Me– Def Leppard
  • Hot for Teacher– Van Halen
  • Cherry Pie– Warrant
  • Eye of the Tiger– Survivor
  • You Shook Me All Night Long– AC/DC
  • Danger Zone– Kenny Loggins
  • Foxy Lady– Jimi Hendrix
  • Sharp Dressed Man– ZZ Top
  • Legs– ZZ Top
  • American Woman– Lenny Kravitz
  • Get Lucky– Daft Punk
  • The Man– The Killers


  • The Way You Make Me Feel– Michael Jackson
  • Superfreak– Rick James
  • Kiss– Prince
  • Short Skirt, LongJacket – Cake
  • Genie in a Bottle– Christina Aguilera
  • I’m a Slave 4 U– Britney Spears
  • Suit & Tie– Justin Timberlake
  • Sexyback– Justin Timberlake
  • Rock Your Body– Justin Timberlake
  • Sexy and I Know It– LMFAO


Hip-hop and R&B for more flirty kind of songs for garter tossing

  • Whatta Man– Salt N Pepa
  • U Can’t Touch This– M.C. Hammer
  • Gettin’ Jiggy With It– Will Smith
  • Bootylicious– Destiny’s Child
  • Naughty Girl– Beyonce
  • Drunk in Love– Beyonce
  • Crazy in Love– Beyonce
  • Ignition– R. Kelly
  • Bump n Grind– R. Kelly
  • I Like the Way You Move– Outkast
  • Hot In Herre– Nelly
  • Pony– Ginuwine
  • Candyshop– 50 Cent
  • I Like It– Pitbull
  • Nice and Slow– Usher
  • Let’s Get Married Remix– Jagged Edge ft. Reverend Run
  • Started From the Bottom – Drake
  • Nobody– Keith Sweat
  • Earned It– The Weeknd
  • That’s What I Like– Bruno Mars
  • Right Round– Flo Rida
  • Meeting in my Bedroom– Silk


  • Real Good Man– Tim McGraw
  • I Like It, I Love It– Tim McGraw
  • I’m Still a Guy– Brad Paisley
  • Country Girl (Shake it For Me)– Luke Bryan
  • Chicks Dig It– Chris Cagle
  • Boys Round Here– Blake Shelton
  • Honky Tonk Badonkadonk– Trace Adkins
  • Body Like a Back Road– Sam Hunt


Old School

  • Pretty Woman– Roy Orbison
  • Sexual Healing– Marvin Gaye
  • You Can Leave Your Hat On– Tom Jones
  • Can’t Get Enough of Your Love– Barry White
  • Between the Sheets– The Isley Brothers
  • All Shook Up– Elvis Presley
  • A Little Less Conversation– Elvis Presley
  • She’s a Lady– Tom Jones
  • It’s Raining Men– The Weather Girls
  • You Sexy Thing– Hot Chocolate
  • Brick House – The Commodores
  • Let’s Get It On– Marvin Gaye


  • Macho Man– Village People
  • I’m Too Sexy– Right Said Fred
  • Whip It– Devo
  • Mission Impossible Theme
  • James Bond Theme
  • Pink Panther Theme
  • Bad Boys (COPS Theme) – Inner Circle
  • Business Time– Flight of the Conchords
  • Girls– Beastie Boys

View musicians for your wedding day.

This should be enough to help you through the garter tossing part of the wedding. Have fun and take in all the laughs!

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