I wrote a post last week about wedding garter sizes and it got me thinking. (As the designer of stylish wedding garters and modern heirlooms, this is what I'm thinking about all the time! There is so much more to garter sizing than just one-size-fits-all. For the record, I used to say that my stylish wedding garter designs were one-size-fits-all. But, I don't anymore. Because, really, what woman is the same size? We are all different sizes!
Up next in my wedding garter 101 blog series is the issue of plus size garters and petite size garters. In this wedding advice series, I questions about bridal garters and more, so be sure to look through if you have more questions about the garter.
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Back to the issue at hand: what about plus and petite size garters? As the designer of garters, naturally, I often get asked if I hand make garters in plus or petite sizes. And, after that question, I get the same follow up question: Do I charge extra for for either plus or petite sized garters. I answered the question about my wedding garter sizes in this post. (Spoiler alert, I will make your garter any size at no additional cost! And, if someone charges you extra for a different size garter, be sure to ask some questions as to why.)
Do The Exist?
I do realize that there are brides out there who aren't ordering from me and want to know about plus and petite size wedding garters. Yes, plus and petite size garters exist. They are either sold as such, labeled plus or petite. Or, if you can't find one of these specialty sized garters, you can have one custom measured to fit your leg properly on your wedding day.
One Size Fits All
Most wedding garters are one-size-fits-all. This means that they will stretch to fit a certain area. That area is often listed on the package or somewhere in the garter designer's shop policies.
If the garter doesn't list the stretch area or it doesn't say anything about the sizing, assume that the garter is one-size-fits-all or some sort of standard size. The only trouble with the standard size is that "one size" means different things to different companies. There isn't a standard size that is uniform. What is a standard size for one company is a petite for another company!
Read The Fine Print
Some garters are labeled plus and/or petite sizes. This is nice because you know in advance what the size of the garter will be. But, again there isn't a standard size, so just make sure to check on a stretch area. Sadly, however, some companies charge extra for the non-standard sizes, so be sure you read the fine print.
Regardless of the size of your garter, the best thing you can do is find a garter that you love and then try it one before your wedding day. (See: Try on Your Wedding Garter)