The Best Songs to Play During the Garter Toss


Ah, the garter toss. Once a wedding staple — long ago, it was part of a ritual in which the groom would remove the item to prove the bride's chastity; more recently, it simply signifies the groom tossing away his unmarried life to his single friends — it has fallen out of favor among many because it's a bit...awkward. Regardless, others find it a fun and playful tradition that mirrors the bouquet toss. For those of you who love the idea of sticking to this custom, we curated a Spotify playlist of some fun songs to play as it all goes down (so to speak).

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Anything with a slightly scandalous undertone works just fine — we happen to love Shirley Bassey's rendition of "Big Spender," Hot Chocolate's "You Sexy Thing," Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On," and Nelly's "Hot in Herre." Other songs that challenge the groom to get the job done are also a great idea! Some options: Pat Benatar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," Blondie's "One Way or Another," or Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation."

Whatever song you pick, remember to have fun with the garter toss! With the slightly barbaric undertones no longer associated with it, it's a cute diversion in a reception that'll get all the single men on the dance floor, and what can be better than that? Take a listen to our playlist, and enjoy!

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