As the Garter is removed by the groom, a garter removal song can be played. Sexy songs are great for the garter removal and and there are plenty to choose from.

Bride Garter

Once the garter is removed it is tossed to the single and unmarried men and whoever catches it is traditionally the next in-line to get married!

A game of some sort can accompany this “garter giveaway”. This is where you can choose a garter toss or garter game song.

We’re not too sure why but the 70’s & 80’s produced a wave of songs that ended up being popular garter toss & garter removal songs.

Below is a list of garter toss songs and garter removal songs.

Popular Garter Removal Songs


Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke ft Pharrell
2013 | Youtube

Bubble Butt – Major Lazor
2013 | Youtube


Good Time – Owl City
2012 | Youtube


Lady Marmalade – Christina Aguilera
2001 | Youtube

Poker Face – Lady Gaga
2008 | Youtube

Satisfaction – Benny Benassi
2002 | Youtube


Cherry Pie – Warrant
1990 | Youtube

Come Out and Play – The Offspring
1994 | Youtube

Freak Me – Silk
1993 | Youtube

Pony – Ginuwine
1996 | Youtube

Sex Bomb – Tom Jones
1999 | Youtube

You Can Leave Your Hat On – Joe Cocker
1996 | Youtube


Bad to the Bone – George Thorogood
1982 | Youtube

Bad Boys – Inner Circle
1987 | Youtube

Kiss – Tom Jones
1988 | Youtube

Legs – ZZ Top
1984 | Youtube

Oh Yeah – Yello
1986 | Youtube

Peter Gunn Theme – Blues Brothers
1980 | Youtube

Run to the Hills – Iron Maiden
1982 | Youtube


Do Ya Think I’m Sexy – Rod Stewart
1978 | Youtube

Let’s Get it on – Marvin Gaye
1973 | Youtube


Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf
1968 | Youtube

Foxy Lady – Jimi Hendrix
1967 | Youtube

Mission Impossible Theme – Lalo Schifrin
1966 | Youtube

Pink Panther Theme – Henry Mancini
1963 | Youtube

Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
1964 | Youtube

Popular Garter Toss Songs


The Man – Aloe Blacc
2014 | Youtube


Harlem Shake – Baauer
2012 | Youtube


Just a Gigalo – David Lee Roth
1985 | Youtube

Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top
1983 | Youtube


Walk Like a Man – Franki Valli & The Four Seasons
1963 | Youtube

More about the Garter Removal & Toss

Most people are surprised to learn that the removal of the garter is one of the oldest wedding traditions around, going back hundreds of years.

In the 1600’s, the bride and groom were escorted to the “wedding bed,” and the groomsmen would actually compete to snatch the garters off the poor bride!

The winner would then pin the garters to his hat as a prize for good luck.  Fortunately, but the nineteenth century the groom had taken to removing the garters himself, but he usually sponsored a horse race or some other competition the next morning as part of a weekend celebration with the winner earning the lucky garters.

What was the point of all this attention to the bride’s garters?  It was considered symbolic proof of her lost virginity and the groom’s “possession” of her after the marriage was consummated.  Fortunately, today none of that archaic symbolism holds any weight and the garter removal and tossing is all about fun.

Most Brides Wear Two Garters

One for the groom to remove at the reception, which is lower on the leg, and one as her own wedding keepsake.  If the bride is shy about everyone looking at her, she should make sure she keeps the garter the groom will remove fairly low.  If she’s game for him to climb a bit higher, she can be as adventurous as she wants to, always keeping in mind that her grandparents may be watching as well as her friends.

The garter is usually removed toward the end of the reception, about an hour before the end of dancing.

The bride is seated in a chair and the groom removes the garter while a special song is played – usually something playful.

Often the guests will clap and cheer the groom on while his hands creep up her leg toward the garter.  Some grooms even remove the garter with their teeth!  How far you want to go is entirely up to you, but keep in mind the ages of your guests and how much you’re willing to show.  After the garter is removed, the groom should triumphantly display it over his head and take a bow.

Next, line up all of the eligible bachelors and make sure the photographer is ready – this is a great photo op.  The groom should toss the garter over his shoulder, back to the men.

The single man who catches the garter is said to be the next to marry.

A picture of him with the woman who caught the bouquet is nice, particularly if you have him put the garter on the woman who caught the bouquet.

If you do this, choose another fun piece of music like The Mission Impossible Theme or Jaws. 

Your guests will be delighted, and you may even spark a new romance at your reception.