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Hi, lovelies! This wedding question comes to us from bride-to-be, Lindsey, who wants to know if she needs a bridal garter for her wedding. This is a good question, as some brides are ditching more traditional customs. She writes,
“Hi Emmaline! My mom was asking me if I bought a garter yet for my wedding, which is coming up in January. I haven’t even thought getting one, although I have heard of them and seen them before. We’re not doing a garter toss, so do I really need a bridal garter?”
Do You Need a Bridal Garter?
Great question, Lindsey! And thanks for writing. Ah, yes, a common question: do you need a bridal garter? I asked myself the same thing when planning my wedding. We did a bridal garter toss, but we didn’t do a bridal garter removal. Instead, I had the groom toss my garter to the crowd of bachelors and one of them caught it; the guy who caught the garter then danced with the woman who caught the bouquet.
As with all things in your wedding, whether you really need one or want one is really up to you. Personally, I think every bride should have a bridal garter. It’s one of those last classic / traditional customs that I think is fun to continue. No one other than your spouse really has to see it, but it is an accessory that is nice to have from your wedding and makes you feel like a bride, similar to the bridal veil or veil alternative, gown, and additional accessories you choose — like shoes.
A bridal garter — or even bridal garter sets, where you get a single garter to wear along with a tossing garter to throw, so you keep yours — is not expensive, so if you want to add one it’s not a hit to your budget. There are wonderful sellers on Etsy that offer handmade garters in any color, style, theme, etc. you can imagine.
This is an example of a set: one to keep, one to toss.
Today we’ll show you some traditional bridal garter sets and individual examples to give you inspiration. I think any of these would look beautiful and make a lasting keepsake for your wedding day. To top it off, you can choose one of these something blue bridal garter sets to serve as your “something blue” on your wedding day. Win-win.
These garters are handmade by Love + Peony from Etsy. We’ve picked a mix of styles to choose from, including single garter and double bridal garter sets for tossing. If buying as a gift, you’ll love how it arrives in this beautiful gift box, also great for safe-keeping after the wedding.
Which one is your favorite?
1. Something blue wedding garter, $35.00
This garter incorporates something blue. I like this sparkly option, great for modern brides.
2. Black bridal garter sets, $49.00
Black lace! Yes, you can choose something other than a classic white garter. It’s completely up to you.
3. Satin garter sets, $36.00
Two garters, one for tossing and one to keep. These are made of satin, so they’re very comfortable to wear and feel soft against your skin.
4. Rhinestone style, $49.00
This is another sparkly style we love!
5. Pink and white satin garter set, $36.00
Looking for a pink bridal garter? This is a beautiful combination in pink and white, handcrafted with ultra-soft satin material.
6. Sparkly rhinestone style, $55.00
This rhinestone garter is especially sparkly with a wider band and deep blue color.
7. Tulle garter, $25
This style reminds me of the most classic bridal choice: it features tulle and lace in trditional white. It’s so pretty!
8. White satin garter with blue bow, $24
This garter is mostly white, but with a pop of “something blue” — and it totally counts for this.
9. White lace boho style garter, $35
Love a boho style? This garter is ideal!
10. Blue lace garter set, $47
And here’s another bohemian inspired bridal garter, but this time in blue and sold with a tossing garter.
So, what do you think of these styles? Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comment box below!
Thanks for your question, Lindsey, and I hope it helps. You can also browse other garters here. And have fun with your wedding in January!
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