How to Wear a Wedding Garter

by Morgan O'Connor

As you plan for your big day, you’re probably spending a lot of time thinking about what you’re going to wear. You’ve already picked out the perfect dress and corresponding veil, you have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, and your shoes are just to die for. All that’s missing is your garter, something you may have heard about but probably don’t have much experience with and may not know how to wear.

Step 1

Decide whether you prefer to wear one garter or two. Traditionally a bride would wear only one garter, but many brides today choose to wear two: one for the groom to toss (the equivalent of the bride’s bouquet toss) and one to keep as a memento of the wedding.

Step 2

Visit a wedding store. Almost any wedding dress store or wedding supply store will have a wide selection of garters for you to choose from. It will help if you wear a skirt for this visit.

Step 3

Decide on the size, style and color of garter you want, then make your purchase. Many brides use their garter as the “something blue” in their ensemble, while others match the garter to one of the wedding colors. The garter should fit snugly but comfortably around your upper thigh.

Step 4

On your wedding day, put on your gown, veil and any other accessories you may be wearing except your shoes.

Step 5

Slip your foot through your garter and slide the garter up to your upper thigh where it fits comfortably. If you chose to wear two garters, repeat this step on the other leg with the second garter.

Step 6

Put your shoes on, take one last look in the mirror, and enjoy your walk down the aisle!

Tips

  • If your garter is slightly looser than it should be, use a couple of drops of costume glue to attach it to your thigh so you won’t have to worry about it as you walk down the aisle.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Morgan O'Connor has been writing professionally since 2005. Her experience includes articles on various aspects of the health-insurance industry for health-care newsletters distributed to hospitals as well as articles on both international and domestic travel.