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Choosing Your Garter
Even though it’s been almost two years since I married my husband, I still love looking at all things wedding related. One of the things I spend a lot of time on are garters. When I walked down the aisle, I was wearing pieces of my mom’s and grandma’s jewelry and my best friend’s garter. Did you know it was once considered lucky to wear a married woman’s garter? Some of the good luck and happiness was supposed to pass on to the new bride.
Her garter was a simple white lacy band with her wedding date embroidered on the inside. After giving it back, I got kind of obsessed with them. While I find some of the sexier and quirky ones a lot of fun, I love the classic lace and ladylike decorations!
Of course, a bride’s garter selection is a personal choice, but how does she make that final decision? Although it may seem like a small part of your bridal ensemble, you should pay attention to your garter. I was lucky that my friend and I both chose classic, A-line gowns. One simple rule of thumb is that the garter should never show. If you choose the wrong garter everyone will know what’s under there in an unappealing way. That means no big, frilly garters with sleek, sheath dresses. If you have a voluminous wedding dress, you’re in the clear since layers and layers of tulle will hide everything.
Some people think that the garter should match your lingerie, but if you’ll be taking it off during the garter toss, I don’t think it’s as big of a deal. However, if this is something between you and your new husband, you should follow your fashion instincts. Choosing a traditional garter for traditional lingerie, choosing a romantic garter for romantic lingerie works wonders for some couples, but that doesn’t mean you do too.
So ladies, what will you be wearing for your grand entrance? Whether you decide to toss your garter or keep it private for just the two of you, you will look fabulous and discover that something that can seem so small can play such a large part.
Anna Knight is lead contributor to SimplyBridal. She was born and raised in New York. She loves fashion, especially jewelry and shoes. She adores simple, classic pieces and even designed her own wedding dress. She tied the knot in 2010 in a small, intimate ceremony, but can’t wait to renew her vows in Bali.
Photos provided by Simply Bridal.