The garter removal
song is played once your MC has made the announcement that you are
now going to do the garter removal and toss. It is up to you when
you would like to perform this ritual.
Most people do it around
30 - 40 minutes after the first dance (if it is an evening wedding),
or straight before you leave the reception (if it is ending early
or you are having a day wedding).
your DJ and MC when and how you would like everything to take place.
They will have to work together to coordinate the music and make
everything run smoothly.
Your MC or DJ
would normally fade out the dancing music and announce that it is
time for the garter removal and toss, and that all the single guys
should make their way to the dance floor. Have one or two chairs
ready on the dance floor (or other similar open area).
Your DJ will
then start playing your garter removal song while you step onto
the chair (alternatively take a seat on one of the chairs and lift
your leg onto the other). Your MC can start calling any shy guys
over the music. Once everyone who should be there is gathered, the
groom can start to remove the garter. He then turns his back and
tosses it into the crowd of gathered single guys.
If you are looking for some alternatives to the traditional garter removal and toss, read further down the page.
The garter removal
song is normally something a little naughty or sexy, but it totally depends on your tastes.
10 Fun Garter Removal Song Ideas and Alternatives:
There may be
many reasons why you do not want to go for the normal ritual with
a garter removal song. You may have been to many weddings before
and would like something a little different, you may have very few
single friends left or you just want to break away from conformity.
Whatever the reason, have a look at some fun alternatives below:
Have your MC warn the DJ that you are about to do the garter removal
so that he/she can have the appropriate garter removal song ready.
Instead of calling all the single guys to the dance floor your MC
or DJ can call all the married guys. The groom then removes the
garter as you stand or sit on a chair. The garter can then be tossed into
the crowd of married guys. The guy who catches it is then instructed
to place it on his wife's thigh when they get back to their house
or hotel room. To start the dancing again the guy who caught the
garter and his wife can open the floor on a nice love song (perhaps their own first dance song if the DJ has it).
2. To make the
garter removal a bit more fun and entertaining the groom can play
a few tricks. He can come equipped with a headlight to light his
way as he tries to find the garter under the dress. Or he can come
out with a number of things - everything but the garter! Some grooms
come out with pots and pans, panties, cigarettes etc. Bouquet &
Garter catchers bow to each other
3. If the groom
will be wearing a kilt on the wedding day, then why not have him
wear the garter instead? The bride can then remove it while the garter removal song is playing and toss it
to the single guys.
4. You can even
do the garter removal and toss and the bouquet toss
at the same time. Choose an instrumental song to remove the garter
to (perhaps Pink Panther or another theme song). Then have the single
guys on one side of the room and the single girls on the other.
The bride and groom can then toss the two on the count of three.
5. Get all the bachelors on the floor and start asking them some questions about their dating habits. You can ask things like: "all the guys with girlfriends or who have been on a date in the past month can step forward". Continue like this till you have a winner!
6. Instead of
calling only the single people, call all the guys and girls. Traditionally
the guy who catches the garter will be the next to marry, but you
can make it clear that it will only be good luck!
7. If you don't
want to wear a garter then have your groom toss his "little black
book" to all his single friends!
8. If the bride is a little skittish about having you crawl up her dress, then why not have the garter fall from the ceiling instead? Place a garter in a dark colored balloon and fill it along with several other identical balloons with helium. They can float on the ceiling above the dance floor. Give each bachelor a turn to pop a balloon with a stick (with a pin at the end). If the bachelor is lucky, a frilly garter will fall from the balloon!
9. Host an auction for the garter. Either choose a charity you two are interested in or say that the auction money goes towards your honeymoon!
10. If you think the bachelors at your wedding will need some convincing to catch the garter, attach a note to it or tell them the garter comes with a free drink at the bar!
Funny Garter Removal Video!
If the groom is not shy and the families not too prudish, then take a cue from this couple and make your garter removal and toss something your guests will talk about for a long time after the wedding: