Before I get started on how I feel about garters, I have a final plea. We officially have 4 days left to raise the remaining $145 to make our goal for our Charity Water Campaign. I would take time to tell you about how important water is to life (just think how much you use daily), or tell you that some people don’t even have enough to drink much less bathe in. I could tell you that children have to share water with wild animals, in which the children get last dibs. But I think it would be more effective if you took just a few minutes of your time to go to the Charity Water website and read “Why Water” or better yet watch a few of the videos they have posted. Those were of course the two methods which convinced me that this was necessary and that I wanted to help. Our goal was to raise $1000 and we are SO close. $20, $10, even $5 can help. Watch those videos because if you do you will know the impact of your $5. You will know the value of your money and I have a feeling you might consider it well spent. PLEASE, help us meet our goal which more importantly helps families have clean water to drink, bathe in and an ample supply to support crops and livestock. Water reduces diseases and saves lives. I thank you in advance!
On to garters… If I *did* have a garter, it would likely be that one above. How cute is that? It is part of the “Old New Borrowed Blue” collection of items at this Etsy shop. In addition she uses her proceeds to help oppressed women and you know I appreciate that. However this post is not about that garter, it is about garters in general. I was shopping with one of my bridesmaids over the weekend when we came by a wedding aisle. She asked if I had a garter, to which I responded, “I’m not wearing one.” She was shocked and seemingly horrified. “You HAVE TO have one,” she said passionately. My problem is I can’t get past this:
You know, the infamous groom getting swallowed by your wedding dress while his head reaches nameless regions all while every single person in your family is watching. My grand parents are invited. They don’t need to see this and to be quite frank, I don’t want them to. Call me prude, but I can’t help but think this is tacky and outdated. In addition, I don’t have tiny thighs and the thought of a lacy rubber band cutting off my circulation all night does not appeal to me. Finally, the whole purpose is for this to be thrown out to all the single men. Now explain why I want something that has been residing on my upper thigh all day and removed by my new groom’s teeth to become the new possession of one of our single friends or perhaps my little brother? Awkward. For those reasons, I do not plan to have a garter. However her plea made me think, Am I over analyzing this innocent little gesture which generally garnishes a few laughs albeit awkward laughs? Is there a classier way to incorporate the garter tradition or do you have to stick with the whole groom coming out of the dress scenario for it to really be worth it?
What do you think about garters? Are they tacky or a must have tradition?