In the vast wedding industry, it can be hard to tell real tradition such as the wedding garter, from a made-up sales pitch. Without question, the wedding industry has piled on the notion of paying to preserve tradition, when in fact, many of those high-priced traditions, such as the diamond engagement ring, don't go back much further than the 1920s.
Nonetheless, some wedding traditions are real. And like anything in human history, many traditions have evolved from old ideas that we may see as a little strange today.
Tossing the bridal leg garter, as it turned out, was devised as a way to actually physically protect the bride from the wedding guests. In medieval France, the bride would shudder with terror at the end of the wedding ceremony because guests would actually rush her at the altar to snag a piece of her dress, which was considered a piece of good luck. The wedding would typically end with the bride in tears and her dress in rags.
Apparently, these practices were so intrusive that brides decided to calm the crowd by tossing out the wedding garter. Guests would fight over catching the wedding garter and this would allow the bride and grow to make a get away.
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