What is a good garter toss song? Well, we talked with hundreds of couples and DJs and here is a complete list of every song that was mentioned. Some are more popular than others, but we included each song suggestion to give you a big variety to choose from.
In this post we will cover the following:
- The best songs to use for the garter removal
- Best garter toss songs
- Funny songs for the bouquet toss
- The wedding garter FAQ section
- A bouquet toss FAQ section
- More fun songs to use on your wedding day
The Best Songs To Use For the Garter Removal
Even though the songs listed in the section below say they are for the garter removal, feel free to use them for the garter toss as well. We tried to organize it based on what we have seen over the years. But it’s your wedding day so please don’t feel like you have to follow a set of strict rules. Definitely choose the song that best fits your personality, no matter which list it comes from. They are all funny choices!
- “Just a Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody” by David Lee Roth
- “The Theme Song From (Jaws)” by John Williams (A favorite garter removal song of many generations)
- “Let’s Get it On” by Marvin Gaye
- “Super Freak” by Rick James (For a fun creative way to make guests laugh, have your DJ cut to “Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer as the groom goes to touch the garter. The bride can even stand up and shake her finger at the groom to make it even more theatrical. Your wedding guests will think it’s hilarious!)
- “Bad to the Bone” by George Thorogood
- “Hot in Here” by Nelly
- “Oh Yeah (The Ferris Bueller Song)” by Yello
- “Pony” by Ginuwine
- “Mission Impossible Theme Song“
- “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred
- “Legs” by ZZ Top
- “Party Up (Up In Here)” by DMX
- “Secret Agent Man” by Johnny Rivers
- “The Stripper” by David Rose
- “Business Time” by Flight Of The Conchords (If you have never heard this band. do yourself a favor and listen. Even if you do not pick this song for the garter removal, you just might find a new band that you love. They are super quirky and funny)
- “Pink Panther Theme Song” by Henry Mancini
- “Foxy Lady” by Jimi Hendrix
- “Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen
- “Tequila” by The Champs
- “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
- “Stray Cat Strut” by Stray Cats
- “Stayin’ Alive” by Bee Gees
- “Big Pimpin’ ft. UGK” by JAY-Z
- “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” by Rod Stewart
- “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins
- “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake featuring JAY-Z
- “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk Feat. Pharrell Williams
- “Sexyback” by Justin Timberlake
- “Whatta Man” by Salt-N-Pepa With En Vogue
- “Rico Suave” by Gerardo
- “Hot For Teacher” by Van Halen
- “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard
- “I Like To Move It” by Reel 2 Real feat. The Mad Stuntman (Or this funny version by Will I Am – “I Like To Move It“)
- “Wild Thing” by Tone Loc
- “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice
- “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC
- “Bump N’ Grind” by R. Kelly
- “You Can Leave Your Hat On” by Joe Cocker
- “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” by Rod Stewart
- “America Woman” by Lenny Kravitz
- “Turn Down For What” by DJ Snake & Lil Jon
- “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson
- “Lay Your Hands On Me” by Bon Jovi
- “Señorita” by Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
- “Please Me” by Cardi B & Bruno Mars
- “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C+C Music Factory
- “Cherry Pie” by Warrant
- “I’ll Make Love To You” by Boyz II Men
- “It’s Gonna Be Me” by *NSYNC
- “Smooth Operator” by Sade
- “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rogers
- “James Bond Theme Song” by Monty Norman and David Arnold
- “Hot For Teacher” by Van Halen
- “Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)” by Bill Conti
- “Dirrty” by Christina Aguilera ft. Redman
- “Keep your Hands To Yourself” by Georgia Satellites
- “Sexy and I Know It” by LFMAO
- “Whip It” by Devo
- “You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate
- “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” by Fall Out Boy
- “A Little Less Conversation” by Elvis Presley
- “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I.
- “The Final Countdown” by Europe
- “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” by Cake
- “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe” by Barry White
- “My Baby Daddy” by B-Rock, The Bizz
- “Theme From Shaft” by Isaac Hayes
- “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC (Also works well for the garter toss)
- “Juice” by Lizzo
- “Thong Song” by Sisqo (A great choice if you’re looking for over-the-top sexy songs)
- “Enter Sandman” by Metallica
- “I Touch Myself” by Divinyls (This is a pretty sensual and risqué song so know your audience before you ask your DJ to play this one, ha!)
- “Wild Thing” by X (This is a cover of the Troggs song. This version is from the movie Major League. It’s much better for the garter removal/toss because it’s more upbeat)
- “Oh, Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison (We also love this version by Van Halen)
- “Love On Top” by Beyoncé
- “Here Comes The Hotstepper” by Ini Kamoze
Best Garter Toss Songs For The Wedding Reception
As mentioned in the section above, you can use these songs below for the garter removal or when the groom tosses the garter to the guys. We have just seen these songs below as the more popular songs for the toss. If you see a song from above that you want to use for the toss, go ahead and use. your wedding day, your rules 🙂
- “Bad Boys (Cops Theme Song)” by Inner Circle (One of the most popular garter toss songs)
- “Who Let The Dogs Out” by Baha Men
- “It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls (hilarious choice for a garter toss song)
- “Macho Man” by The Village People
- “The Boys Are Back In Town” by Thin Lizzy
- “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top
- “Milkshake (brings all the boys to the yard)” by Kelis
- “Bodies” by Drowning Pool (The perfect song for the garter or bouquet toss for fans of metal music)
- “Lose Yourself” by Eminem
- “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top
- “Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme)” by John Williams (A great garter toss song to play when all the single guys come out to the dance floor)
- “Too Many D*cks (On the Dance Floor)” by Flight of the Conchords (By far the funniest song on this list for those who don’t mind the minor swearing) (Here is the video from the actual episode)
A Few Country Songs For All You Cowboys and Cowgirls Out There
- “I’m Still A Guy” by Brad Paisley
- “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” by Luke Bryan
- “Real Good Man” by Tim McGraw
- “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” by Trace Adkins
Fun Songs For The Bouquet Toss
You may be asking, what is a good bouquet toss song? Well, lucky for you, we have a few suggestions.
These are some of the most popular songs to use when tossing the bouquet:
- “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” by Beyoncé
- “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
- “Lady Marmalade” by Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, and Pink
- “Girls, Girls, Girls” by Mötley Crüe
- “Wannabe” by Spice Girls
- “Dear Future Husband” by Meghan Trainor
- “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani
- “Ladies Night” by Kool & The Gang
- “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande
- “Jump” by Van Halen
- “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo
- “Glamorous” by Fergie ft. Ludacris
- “Gangnam Style” by PSY (Have your DJ cue it up to the “Hey, Sexy Ladies” part)
- “Bodies” by Drowning Pool (An awesome choice for couples who love hard rock or metal)
- “Girls” by Beastie Boys
- “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel
- “California Gurls ft. Snoop Dogg” by Katy Perry
- ” I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston
- “Mama Said Knock you Out” by LL Cool J
- “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
- “Only Girl (In The World)” by Rihanna
- “So What” by P!nk
- “Oops!…I Did It Again” by Britney Spears
- “Hit Me With your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar
- “Run the World (Girls)” by Beyoncé
- “Hey Ladies” by Beastie Boys
- “Maneater” by Nelly Furtado
- “This One’s For The Girls” by Martina McBride
- “Gold Digger” by Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx
- “Respect” by Aretha Franklin
- “Man! I Feel Like A Woman” by Shania Twain
- “Redneck Woman” by Gretchen Wilson
- “Me & My Girls” by Selena Gomez
- “Where Them Girls At (ft. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida)” by David Guetta
- “Girlfight” by Brooke Valentine
- “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
- “Material Girl” by Madonna
- “One Way Or Another” by Blondie
- “Independent Women, Pt 1” by Destiny’s Child
The Wedding Garter FAQ Section
We have planned and/or photographed over 450 weddings in the last 10 years and we have seen a lot of garter tosses. We are here to answer any questions that you might have. Below you will find the most common questions. If you have a question that you do not see below, leave a comment (or send us a DM on Instagram), and we will respond right away.
What leg does the garter go on?
The garter can go on either leg. Traditionally the bride wore garters on both legs to keep her stockings up.
Wear it on the leg that feels most comfortable. Which leg do you typically put your first sock on? This will probably be the same leg that you put your garter on.
Where on the bride’s leg does the garter get placed?
If only wearing one garter that will get tossed, it should go just above your knee (raise it up until it feels snug).
If you are wearing two garters (one to take home as a keepsake and another for the groom to throw), the garter that you are keeping should go on first, higher up on the leg. Then the toss garter will go on next (so it sits just below the keepsake garter). That way the groom can easily take off the toss garter without having to mess with the one you are taking home.
*Tip – Tell your partner which leg the garter is on just before they remove it.
How does the garter removal/toss work? Can we make up our own rules?
Let’s answer the second part of that question first.
Yes, you can make up your own rules. Many wedding day traditions are really outdated. you should only do things at your wedding that will make you and your partner happy. If the thought of your groom sticking his head under your dress in front of your parents and grandparents gives you an instant anxiety attack, you should probably leave that out of your reception timeline.
On the other hand, if the garter toss sounds like a great time, then definitely include it in your reception schedule.
- For the removal of the garter, the bride typically sits in a chair in the middle of the dance floor.
- As soon as your wedding DJ starts the song you picked out, the groom will make his way to the front of the bride.
- The groom will take the garter off with his hand (or teeth) and show it to the crowd.
- *A little tip – If you are uncomfortable with your groom going under your dress in front of your guests, have a talk beforehand. He can either reach up to get it with his hands, or you can simply hand him a garter to throw. Your wedding, your rules.
Once the garter has been removed, the DJ will ask all of single guys to make their way to the dance floor.
The DJ will then play your requested song and give the groom a countdown for the toss.
When the groom tosses the garter, all of the single guests will do their best to get the garter.
The winner gets to keep the garter.
What does it mean if you catch the garter?
Just like the bouquet toss, the person who caught the garter was believed to be the next in line to be married.
Here in these modern times, it just means that you were winner (and probably the most aggressive, haha!)
Who buys the wedding garter?
Anyone can buy the garter for the bride.
Here are a few ideas that people use for garters:
- A garter that is passed down from a parent, grandparent, or another family member.
- Design a garter with the logo of the college that the couple went to
- The bridesmaids and/or mother-of-the-bride could go in on a gift to the bride
- Maybe the bride wants to design something very specific. This is a great idea too!
Where did the garter toss/removal tradition come from? What does removing the garter represent?
Way back when it was believed that the bride’s wedding dress and accessories were good luck. Guests would actually fight and get really aggressive trying to rip pieces of clothing off of the bride. So the groom would “toss” a garter to them as they made a clean getaway. Yes, this wedding tradition is that ridiculous!
Are there any good garter toss alternatives?
You can simply not do a garter toss. It’s an old tradition that is quickly going away. In the past few years, less than 50% of the couples that we have worked with have decided to do a garter toss.
If you are worried about losing your garter (maybe you want to keep it as a keepsake, or maybe it was passed down from another family member), you can simply keep yours on and hand your partner a toss garter to throw to the guys.
Does the guy who caught the garter put it on the girl who caught the bouquet? Is that considered tacky?
You can do it either way. Some couples love embarrassing their guests. And some guests think that is a great time.
In the last few years, we have seen this less and less. We went back through the weddings that we planned and photographed over the past 3 years and only 40% of the weddings did a garter removal. Only 20% of the weddings had the guy who caught the garter put it on the leg of the girl who caught the bouquet.
You do whatever you think is the most fun.
The Bouquet Toss FAQ Section
What does tossing the bouquet mean? Why does a bride throw her bouquet?
Tossing the bouquet is a tradition that dates back to the 1800’s (and possible before). Other women thought that touching the bride (or even taking something that the bride was wearing) would bring them good luck. It’s pretty scary if you think about it.
The bride would toss her bouquet to the other women as a way to distract them as she made her getaway (better to lose your flowers than your dress, right?)
In these modern times, it’s simply a fun way to get all the single girls on the dance floor. Some people still think that catching the bouquet will bring them good luck.
How much does a toss bouquet cost?
This will depend on your total floral package. Ask your florist to make you a smaller (less expensive) bouquet to use for tossing. Or to keep costs down even further, go to your local grocery store and buy some flowers a few days before your wedding. You can make a simply toss bouquet for about $10.
Check out this video on how to make your own bouquet using store bought flowers (you can also use fake flowers from a place like The Dollar Store):
Does the girl who catches the bouquet keep it?
Yes, the girl who catches the bouquet gets to keep it. If you want to keep your original bridal bouquet, make sure you get a toss bouquet to throw to the girls.
Is the bouquet toss necessary?
No, not at all. Just like any other wedding tradition, if you don’t want to do it, leave it out.
Guests will not care at all.
What are some alternatives to the bouquet toss?
If you want to replace the bouquet toss with a different tradition consider the anniversary dance.
If you love the idea of doing something with just the girls but don’t want to toss the bouquet, consider a dance where you invite only the girls to the dance floor and play something like “Love On Top” by Beyoncé or “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston.
Is it bad luck to catch the bouquet?
The tradition was that whoever caught the bouquet or garter would be the next to get married. So unless you are really against marriage, no, catching the bouquet is not considered bad luck.