The purpose of the wedding garter has changed throughout time. For the modern bride, the purpose of the wedding garter is just another traditional wedding practice.
The wedding garter is one of the oldest wedding traditions still in practice. In the past, the garter was used to hold up the bride's stockings. It was considered good luck to own a piece of clothing from the bride, so the garter was often thrown over the shoulder to marriage-minded females. Now, the wedding garter's purpose is just a traditional wedding practice that comes in many forms. One of the traditional games of the garter includes the groom taking the garter off with his teeth.