4 Tips to Make the Garter Toss Less Awkward

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The removal of the garter is one of those wedding traditions that you either love or hate. Many brides are opting out of the garter toss these days, while others think it's funny. If you're on the fence about the garter tradition, here are four ways to make it a little less awkward.

1. Tone it way down.
Opt for a simple garter that isn't overtly sexy, place it much lower on your leg, and pick a fun (innocent!) love song. You don't have to flash a ton of skin if you don't want to.

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2. Do it later in the evening.
If you're feeling weird about your family witnessing someone going up your skirt, do it later in the evening when many of the older folks will have gone home. Yes, that means some of the younger guests could be feeling pretty rowdy by then, but at least your grandma is less likely to witness the R-rated comments.

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3. Make it funny.
There's no rule that says your partner has to pull a garter out from under your dress. We've heard of grooms pulling out granny panties, rubber chickens, Cabbage Patch Kids, mousetraps, and other ridiculous items. And the bride who iced her groom gave us a good laugh.

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4. Create a diversion.
We've seen some great choreographed groom/groomsmen dances leading up to the garter moment. Take the focus off your upper thighs by asking the guys to dance or sing a little song, fraternity-sweetheart-style. Your partner can remove the garter when all eyes are on them.

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