One or Two: How Many Wedding Garters Should I Wear?

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Do I wear one wedding garter? Should I wear two wedding garters? Which wedding garter goes where? So many questions for such a small wedding keepsake! Fear not, I'm here to answer your wedding garter wearing questions.

This question of how many wedding garters to wear on your big day is the next in my garter 101 blog series of advice posts. In this series I answer all of your bridal garter questions – from placement to fit to how many garters to wear!


The Simple Answer

It is really up to the bride on how many wedding garters to wear. You can wear one or two and be fine either way. The main question comes down to this: Are you going to do the wedding garter toss ceremony at your reception or not?

Two Garters?

If you are going to do the wedding garter toss at the reception, some brides choose to wear two wedding garters. First, there is the main wedding garter, which is usually a bit larger and more detailed. This is generally the garter that brides will wear on their wedding day and then save as a keepsake or an heirloom to pass on.

Many brides who wear two garters don't want to lose their main garter and would rather not think about having to get it back after the toss, so they opt to wear a second garter. (As someone once told me at a wedding show: "One to show, one to go!")

The second wedding garter is the tossing garter or throwing garter, which is a smaller and less detailed garter. It is intended to be tossed during the garter toss and never to be seen again by the bride.

A Set?

A wedding garter set generally refers to a main wedding garter and a tossing garter together. Some garter design companies will pair the two garters together and sell them as one package, just to make it easier and perhaps match the two garter designs. So, if you see a garter advertised as a "set" it should include two garters – one to to keep and one to toss.

What I like to do for the wedding garter set is make the main garter more elaborate and then make the tossing garter a "mini" version of the main garter that coordinates with the main garter. So, the two designs look like they belong together.

Here are a few pictures of a custom wedding garter sets that I recently designed and hand made. You can see that the tossing garter is a simple version of the main garter that is intended to coordinate.

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Do I Have To Get Two Garters?

You don't technically have to wear a tossing garter even if you are doing the toss! You only wear the toss garter if you don't want to loose your main garter. But, if you don't care about it, you don't have to wear two garters!

Brides can easily wear one garter and then toss it as a part of the ritual. However, if you wear one, but you know that you want it back to save, just make sure to ask for it from whoever caught it. Or better yet, give this task in advance to one of your bridesmaids or a family member!

Many couples decide in advance that they don't want to do the garter toss. They want to take part in the wedding garter tradition without the garter toss part of it. This is completely fine and something that lots of couples are opting out of these days. In this case, the bride generally wears just one wedding garter.

Can I Just Get One Garter?

If you are NOT going to do the garter toss, you don't have to wear a tossing garter though. In this case, you can totally get one garter! In fact, the wedding garters that I make are not intended to toss. These are heirlooms made just for you that you should love and save - not throw! 

Most of the brides that come to me aren't doing the garter toss and get their garter as something special to save. Many will have their garter made from material special in their family, like their mother's wedding dress. In this case, they definitely aren't tossing this family heirloom garter


If you are wearing two wedding garters, I recommend that you wear the tossing garter below your main garter, aka farther down your leg. If the tossing garter is on the bottom or below the main garter, it will be easier to find and take off during the garter toss. Your partner will thank you for the extra help!


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If you have any more garter questions, check out my garter 101 blog series or find all of my wedding planning advice here on my blog.