From Theodor Fontane's Effi Briest, which I'm reading online, during the wedding of Effi and Innstetten in Chapter V:
The dancing had continued till three o'clock, with the effect that Briest, who had been gradually talking himself into the highest pitch of champagne excitement, had made various remarks about the torch dance, still in vogue at many courts, and the remarkable custom of the garter dance. Since these remarks showed no signs of coming to an end, and kept getting worse and worse, they finally reached the point where they simply had to be choked off. "Pull yourself together, Briest," his wife had whispered to him in a rather earnest tone; "you are not here for the purpose of making indecent remarks, but of doing the honors of the house. We are having at present a wedding and not a hunting party." Whereupon von Briest answered; "I see no difference between the two; besides, I am happy."
What are "the torch dance" and "the garter dance", in the context of 19th-century Germany? Do these phrases refer to some kind of "indecent" dances, as suggested by his wife's comment? Also, what is the significance of "hunting party"? Does it suggest a men-only gathering where "indecent remarks" might be more rife?