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Where Should I Wear My Garter?

Brides often ask, “Where should I wear my wedding garter?” Placement is tricky, I understand! Too high and it might be too tight and rub against your other leg. Too low and it might fall off.

I’m here to answer the garter location question and hopefully offer some comfort and advice for brides who want to take part in the wedding garter tradition, but don’t quite know how to pull it all together. In my wedding garter 101 blog series I answer these questions and more, so be sure to look through if you have more questions about the garter.


Photo Credit: Renee Hollingshead

I always suggest that the wedding garter be worn just above the knee on either leg. (Tip: It doesn’t matter which leg wears the garter.) Wearing the garter just above the knee is key for a few reasons….

  1. First, this is the thinnest part of the leg, making it low enough to not cut off circulation or chafe against your other leg when you walk.
  2. Second, if you are planning on tossing your wedding garter, this will put it in a good spot for your partner to find it without having to use a flashlight or reveal anything indecent. (Tip: Wear your tossing garter blow your main garter.)
  3. Last, if you want to take a picture or two of you wearing your pretty wedding garter, by wearing it just above your knee you won’t have to pull your dress up too far to get a few tasteful photos!

Keep in mind, wearing your garter just above the knee is just a starting point. If pulling it up higher or lower will give you a better fit, then go for it. If your garter is too tight, pull it lower. If it is too loose, pull it higher. And, if it is painful, take it off and/or get a new one!

This is my number one piece of wedding garter wearing advice: Above all else, try your wedding garter on before your wedding day. Don’t wait until the day of to find that you have a wedding garter fit issue.

The wedding garter should be fun, enjoy the moment not the discomfort of something under your dress that doesn’t fit properly!

More garter questions? Check out my garter 101 blog series!


  1. Christian October 25, 2017


  2. Amanda Sopchak June 28, 2015

    We’re not doing the garter toss but i will wear the plain one for matches the lingerie. Can the groom wear the main garter on his upper arm instead? It seems like I’ve seen that?

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