It is the groom’s privilege to remove the garter and toss it to the male guests. Historically, this tradition also relates to the belief that taking an article of the bride’s clothing would bring good luck. As this often resulted in the destruction of the bride’s dress, the tradition arose for the bride to toss articles of clothing to the guests, including the garter. , the unmarried male wedding guest who successfully caught the garter was believed to be the next man to be headed to the altar.