54. hedsor.com A guide to choosing your wedding lingerie - by Georgia Feeley Pompadour Couture Lingerie garters & lace Q. What is the history of tradition of the garter? This dates back to England in the 14th Century it was believed to bring good luck to anyone who could obtain a piece of the bridal attire worn by the bride on her wedding day. The bride’s dress was literally torn away to the displeasure of both the bride and groom. To keep themselves and their garments intact garters, which were used to hold up women’s stockings were made using the same piece of lace as her bridal gown. The bride would then throw the bridal garter at the guests. When this tradition became popular the male guests would become quite aggres- sive and rowdy, they would attempt to remove the garter themselves. This is when it became customary for the groom to remove the garter from the bride’s leg himself and then toss it to the bachelors.