How to Fit Your Wedding Garter

This post from last week on the importance of trying on your wedding garter before your wedding day, got me thinking that I should probably share with you how to actually fit your wedding garter.

Thank you 1820, for introducing elastic to our culture. I mean, seriously could you imagine life with out it? Underwear or socks or pantyhose? OK, maybe pantyhose is a bad example, because they are just horrible in any century. But, what about ponytail holders? Society would be so different without elastic.

Elastic is the key ingredient to a wedding garter, allowing most to be one-size-fits-all. I have, however, seen plus and petite sized wedding garters. As a general rule, if it doesn’t clearly say what size it is, then it is a one-size-fits-all wedding garter.

Wedding garters are supposed to be worn just above your knee on either leg. If yours is a little loose above your knee, you can pull it up higher or vice versa.

Your wedding garter should fit snugly so that it won’t fall down, but not so tight that it leaves a mark or cuts off circulation. You are going to be wearing your wedding garter for several hours and depending on when/if you do a wedding garter toss, you might be doing some dancing with it on. It should fit you properly and be comfortable. Once you put your garter on and place it where you want it, you shouldn’t even know that it is there. (Yes, i’ve tried on and worn several of my stylish wedding garters for hours on end!!)

Some wedding garters are adjustable. From what I’ve seen, I don’t recommend these types. Most adjustable garters don’t have enough elastic to hold up for any length of time, especially under a heavy, hot dress. It is a good concept though and I’d love to be proven otherwise.

Which brings up another point: heat. Under all that material, it can get seriously hot under your wedding dress. Even in the winter or the air conditioning, there isn’t enough air flow to keep you cool. Your wedding garter should be made of high quality material so that it doesn’t chafe if you sweat. (Wearing comfortable underwear for the heat factor is another post for another day!)

Wearing your wedding garter just above your knee will also curb the “chub rub” friction that sometimes happens farther up your leg. Sorry to be so graphic, but unless you are one of the women who I admire/hate because your thighs don’t touch, well then you will know exactly what I’m talking about!

Good luck and happy wedding garter fitting!

More questions about the wedding garter? Check out my garter 101 blog series!


  1. kristin December 2, 2010

    Great article… definitely agree that the garter should be made of strong, high quality material…no one wants to chafe because of their garter.

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