How to Fit Your Wedding Garter

How to Fit Your Wedding Garter

Are thinking about getting a garter for your wedding, but unsure if it will fit? Do you wonder how to ensure the proper fit of your wedding garter? You are in the right place!

This wedding advice post I recently wrote 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.

bride in gold wedding dress putting on gold lace wedding garter

I'm back with another wedding garter 101 advice post about anything and everything wedding garters! Yes, there are lots of questions about the garter and in this blog series, I'm answering all the garter questions you'll ever have!

Remember you can shop my wedding garter collection anytime or email me at info@thegartergirl.comto discuss a custom wedding garter. I'd love to work with you to design the perfect wedding heirloom you'll love forever!


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.

bride wearing lace wedding garter with sparkle and blush pink

Photo Credit: Renee Hollingshead



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. (For more on this garter placement, check out this advice post on where to wear your garter on your leg.)

Not Too Tight

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. Your garter 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, you need to be careful with adjustable garters. Most adjustable garters don't have enough elastic or a firm enough tie to hold up for any length of time, especially under a heavy, hot dress. Just make sure that the adjustable part fits you snug enough so that the garter won't fall down. Be sure to move around in the adjustable garter to see how it holds up when you are walking and moving, instead of just standing.

Under The Dress

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 under that gown. Your wedding garter should be made of high quality material so that it doesn't rub or chafe if you sweat.

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!


What do you think? Do you know a little more about how your wedding garter should fit?

Good luck and happy wedding garter fitting!

More questions about the wedding garter? Check out my garter 101 blog series and you can custom design your own garter right here.

I'd love to work with you to design the perfect wedding garter! Check out my shop to select something from my couture garter collection or email me to talk about a custom design.