The garter toss is a funny tradition. It’s sometimes hilarious, sometimes awkward, sometimes a bit inappropriate. But, it’s tradition, and it’s your day – you’re allowed to be a bit inappropriate.I have admitted before that I am a bit of a lyric nazi, and check all of the songs that go on my page for their appropriateness for a wedding (after all, your grandma is usually there) but not for these songs. So use them at your own discretion. Also, the whole process usually doesn’t take too long, so you can always have the person who is in control of the music just play a particular part in the song. This is a list of my personal favorite garter toss songs. No matter your style as a couple, there should be something for you in this list. Have fun!
Main Title Theme (from Mission Impossible) – Danny Elfman
Oh Yeah – Yello
Keep Your Hands To Yourself – Georgia Satellites
Maneater – Hall & Oates
I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred
Macho Man – Village People
Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? – Rod Stewart
Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe – Barry White
Bad To The Bone – George Thorogood
The Stripper – David Rose Orchestra
I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow
American Woman – Lenny Kravitz
Bad Boy – Miami Sound Machine
Whatta Man – Salt’N'Peppa & En Vogue
Brick House – The Commodores
Cherry Pie – Warrant
Fever – Peggy Lee
Give It To Me Baby – Rick James
Buttons – The Pussycat Dolls
Hot Stuff – Donna Summer
I Know What Boys Like – The Waitresses
Lady Marmalade – Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya & Pink
Naughty Girl – Beyonce
Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown
Rock And Roll (Part 2) – Gary Glitter
Gonna Fly Now (Theme From “Rocky”) – Bill Conti
She’s A Bad Mama Jama (She’s Built, She’s Stacked) – Carl Carlton
You Shook Me All Night Long – ACDC
Milkshake – Kelis
Strangers In The Night – Frank Sinatra
Tell Me Something Good – Chaka Khan & Rufus
White Wedding – Billy Idol
You Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate
Groove Is In The Heart – Deee-Lite
The Humpty Dance – Digital Underground
Love To Love You Baby – Donna Summer
Wild Thing – The Troggs
Sex Machine – James Brown
Mr. Big Stuff – Jean Knight
Lady – Lenny Kravitz
U Can’t Touch This – M.C. Hammer
Kiss – Prince
Super Freak – Rick James
Addicted To Love – Robert Palmer
Big Spender – Shirley Bassey or Peggy Lee
Rapper’s Delight – The Sugarhill Gang
Disco Inferno – The Trammps
SexyBack – Justin Timberlake
Get Up Offa That Thing – James Brown
You Can Leave Your Hat On – Joe Cocker
Peter Gunn Theme – West End Orchestra
The James Bond Theme – City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Hey Ya! – Outkast
Want to listen to these babies? Check out the “Garter Toss” Playlist on our Listen To The Music page, or go straight to our Garter Toss playlist on Spotify here.
I’m seriously so excited to share this wedding with you guys today. I love everything about it. Jesse and Moriah got married on the Camp San Luis Military Base in San Luis Obispo, CA. The ceremony was held at the chapel, and the reception at the Officer’s Club. Check out all the amazing DIY details, and well… the shoes! Plus they just seem like a couple that you want to be friends with. Well I do anyway.
Bridal Entrance: “Streamside” by Album Leaf
Jesse and Moriah washed each others’ feet while a bridesmaid and groomsman sang “Two Is Better Than One” by Boys Like Girls featuring Taylor Swift
Congratulations to Jesse and Moriah on your fabulous wedding! Wish you the best in marriage. And a huge thank you to Sarah of Sarah Kathleen Photography for submitting the photos, which are amazing.
Caterer: McGee’s Catering
Flowers: Fleur Flowers
I’m so happy to get to share these fun and lovely photos from Ashley and Daniel’s wedding. Not only that, but Ashley shared her sweet story of meeting her hubby with us! Enjoy, and share the love.
Soon he began to make it very obvious that he was interested to all of our friends. Everyone but me. One day we were all hanging out and I decided to play a joke on him while also hopefully helping the situation along, at least a little. I found his phone on the ground when he was outside and reprogrammed my name in his phone as “God” (not to be too sacrilegious, just as a joke). The next day I thought and thought about what fun or funny thing I could text him from “God” and finally I decided on “If you are looking for a sign, you can take this as one.” Thinking I was so clever and waiting for the flirting to begin, I instead never received a reply. He thought somehow it was spam???
Finally his roommates figured out it was my number and he texted me, and flirting began which led to our first date. Our first conversation was him explaining to me why he had fallen for me and all the things he had watched about me that he had admired. I knew that if this was going to be right, it was going to go fast. We were both ready and not about playing games anymore. Boy, was I right. We got together a week later, engaged four months after, and married 4 more months after that! What a whirlwind, but it was all so wonderful and completely worth the wait.
(Above: Ashley and Daniel danced down the aisle after the ceremony with their bridal party to “Now That We Found Love” by Heavy D and the Boys. So fun!!)
The wedding was held at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Apple Valley, California.
We always say “You are everything I never knew I always wanted” and it is so true. He is so good for me in so many ways, but my favorite thing is how much we laugh. Love and laughter, what can be better?
Photos by Edmund Prieto
Thank you so much to Ashley for sharing her day with us!! You should all go check out her super cute blog.
Ok, so this is more of an idea than it is a tip, but I think it’s a good one, so here goes…
I’m going to be completely honest with you. I hate the bouquet toss. I’m normally a big fan of traditions, but this one I could do without! Maybe this is due to attending too many weddings as a single lady, and feeling like I’m on parade in front of everyone. Maybe I’m transferring my own personal issues onto the innocent event, but I feel like I may as well have a sign on me that says, “can’t keep a man.” And this is not just as I get older. I was forced to go up for the bouquet toss from a very young age, and even then I hated it. I usually have people dragging me out from under a table and onto the dance floor to be a part of it. At one wedding, the bouquet literally fell at my feet. The bride’s sixteen year old cousin picked it up. It was a Mormon wedding, so she was likely to get married first anyway.
Ok… enough of my own pathology, and onto the purpose of this entry. An alternative to the bouquet toss.
If you have anything close to my sentiments, you might like to replace the traditional bouquet toss with: a bouquet presentation. What in the world is a bouquet presentation? I’ll tell you! The DJ or band leader will call married couples, one by one onto the floor according to how long they’ve been married, starting with the newest couples. The couple that has been married the longest is the last to be called, and as a celebration of their successful marriage, the bride presents them with the bouquet. Cute, don’t you think?
If you are all about the bouquet toss, please don’t be offended by this post. There’s a good chance I will have one at my own wedding, mostly because I’ll be so excited to be on the other side of it! I do think, however, that this is a great alternative, so I thought I’d share.
I’m honored to have another amazing guest with us today. Tracy from Events to a T is here to share her story of how she and her husband chose the most important song at their wedding. Please welcome her warmly.
I cannot tell you what songs I chose for my processional, to what my bridesmaids walked down the aisle, I can’t even tell you to which song I walked down the aisle! I know I didn’t want it to be too “churchy” or traditional and that I played maybe three options for my now husband on the laptop before going to bed one night. The entire process took less than 15 minutes.
However, when choosing the recessional song, now THAT was important! That took us time. Yes, the recessional song, not the first dance song (though that was also important and took us some time, but did not excite us in the same way), not the father/daughter dance, not even our grand entrance song.
We felt as if the recessional song had to make a huge impact. This was going to be the first song people were going to hear after we had just said “I DO”. We would walk back down the aisle to this song as husband and wife! It had to be a celebration, it had to make an impact, and it had get the party started!
One Sunday morning after breakfast my now husband just started playing You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall and Oats on the computer and we were singing and dancing around the kitchen and we knew we had our recessional song! For the next several months we played this song over and over and over again. It made us so happy and excited.
We kept this little detail of the wedding from everyone and when it came on and we loudly sang the words “you make my dreams come true” while walking back down the aisle as my husband high-fived our guests, we could just see the pleasure on everyones faces. It was such a fun decision and one we will never forget. Today when that song comes on our friends smile and call it “our song”, not our first dance song.
Have fun with your music and your details, when you do, people notice and they have fun too!
Thank you so much for sharing with us Tracy! What a great story. (And song!)