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What is the Purpose of a Wedding Garter?

What is the purpose of a wedding garter? I get this question all the time being the stylish wedding garter designer that I am!

In this next post in my wedding garter 101 blog series post, I’ll do my best to answer this common questions of the purpose of a wedding garter! In my garter 101 blog series, I go through any and all questions related to a wedding garter, so if you are looking for more answers, be sure to look through that series.

Back to the question at hand. Besides just saying that garters are gorgeous and that’s the purpose, I will do my best to answer the purpose of a garter!

Photo Credit: Red October Photography

The garter purpose question mostly comes from guys or grooms who are confused and stunned when I tell them a stylish wedding garter designer. Really, I get these really blank stares and you can see them trying to process what I’ve just said! But, those are stories for another time…

I think the purpose of a wedding garter is whatever the engaged and soon-to-be-married couple wants it to be. We are in an time of wedding planning and celebration where couples are going to great lengths to make their weddings more and more personal. They are focusing on the little yet ultra meaningful wedding details. And, they are opting out of tradition for the sake of tradition, and participating only in the events that are meaningful to them. More and more couples today are really interested in heirlooms and creating their own family memories. They are loving their heritage and want to celebrate that, but want to modernize traditions and make them their own.

I think this trend is great and I’m so happy to see engaged couples focus on the things – and traditions – that are important to them and their life together!

So, this still leaves the question: what is the purpose of the wedding garter? What does it mean to me as a garter designer? Over the past few years of designing wedding garters, here are the top reasons that couples have given me for wanting to participate in the wedding garter tradition.


Photo Credit: Renee Hollingshead

The History
The wedding garter is the oldest wedding tradition. The idea of participating is this historic moment is really appealing to couples. (Read more about the history of the wedding garter here.)

The Tradition
Many engaged couples just love wedding traditions. They are really excited to take part in all that goes into a wedding! So, wether they decide to toss the garter or not, many couples decide to do the wedding garter just because they love the tradition behind it.

The Appeal
Many brides have want to wear a garter because because it will make them feel beautiful. There is something special about it! With the perfect fitting wedding dress and the pretty shoes, it is only fitting that a stylish wedding garter would help brides to complete their wedding day look and feel like their most beautiful self.

The Surprise
The wedding garter is hidden under the bridal attire, so this is a perfect opportunity for the bride to surprise her partner with a little something special, maybe something unexpected! Many brides are excited to pick out a little something for their fiance that will be meaningful and make them smile!

The Keepsake
A wedding garter is small. It is simple and it is easy to save. Brides like to have and wear a special garter on their wedding day because they know that it is memento that they will will be able to keep forever. Brides seem to be really interested in heirlooms and creating their own family memories. A garter is something small that they can save and pass onto future generations on their family.

The Sentiment
Sometimes brides wear a wedding garter for sentimental reasons. Maybe there is a wedding garter that was passed throughout their family and they are honored to be the next bride to wear it. Or, the bride has the wedding garter made from some fabric that has personal meaning, like the lace from her mother’s wedding dress or the tulle from her grandmother’s veil. Whatever the reason, many couples use the wedding garter as a chance to be sentimental on their wedding day. The garter is a chance to carry someone or something with you on your big day. The wedding garter can also be passed along, which is appealing to couple’s for sentimental reasons.

The Fun
Above all, the wedding garter is about having fun! It is about not taking the wedding day so seriously and instead just having a good time. Many couples pick a garter style or a color that matches their personality and wear it to help them enjoy the day.


So that is my list of reasons for the wedding garter. Did I answer your questions about the purpose of the wedding garter? You’ll note that I didn’t just say that it was because they were pretty! Because that would have been too easy!

What am I missing? Any wedding garter purposes that aren’t listed?

More garter questions? Check out my wedding garter 101 blog series or custom design your own wedding garter right here.


  1. Cassie Fleming November 20, 2015

    Thank you for the article! It was very helpful, my boyfriend and I talk about our future wedding all of the time. He is in the navy, so I will wear a garter with navy print with his last name, just like his uniform, and then add the white lace, and sass for me. ♡

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