Throwing the bridal garter derives from an old English custom called "flinging the stocking." Guests would invade the bridal chamber and steal the bride's stockings, then take turns flinging them. Whoever threw the one that landed on the groom's nose, would be the next to marry. This then evolved in the 14th century in France to tossing the garter. Whether you follow this tradition or not it’s a nice tale steeped in history. Don’t forget to buy two, one to keep and one to toss.