Stylish designs to adorn your leg on your wedding day

Regardless of whether you’re planning a garter toss for your reception, and you probably won’t need it to keep your hose up, a garter is one of those classic wedding-day attire items—like a veil—that brides continue to wear.

But they no longer have to be white satin and lace, unless you want it to be. New designs have been hitting bridal salon shelves making the garter another customizable and personalized item a bride can have for her wedding day.

Your garter can be monogrammed, embroidered with your wedding date, made in your wedding’s colors or even your school colors. Here are two designers and four of their designs you may want to check out as you shop for your wedding garter.

The Garter Girl by Julianne Smith offers a wide range of garter styles, including a custom line. In addition to a gallery of her designs, her blog features posts of “Real Wedding Garters.” Each post highlights images of a bride slipping into her wedding garter and stylized shots of the garter—a great inspiration for brides looking for new ideas for their wedding album. Each design comes with a keepsake bag and a tossing garter is available for a nominal fee. Style information below the photo.


Style 263: This ivory grosgrain and ivory satin stripe design features three ivory grosgrain rosettes, $75.

Style 261: A dark gray satin band and a pink grosgrain stripe is embellished with three crystals, $65.

Style 453: From the Eco-friendly Collection, this blue grosgrain ribbon has a white, knotted grosgrain stripe, $58.

French Maid: Ivory satin with a black lace overlay and a black satin stripe is accented by a black crystal and black feathers, $175.

Sarah Dobson’s La Gartier is a collection of custom garters, handmade with everything from vintage jewelry to Swarovski crystals. Her designs are extremely feminine and very detailed. Tossing garters are available for a nominal fee. Her site also has a blog with news of giveaways and garter highlights, as well as images of real brides slipping on their garter. Here is a sample of her designs:


Jill: Pink velvet elastic adorned with a layered pink tulle flower with rhinestone detail, $60.

Janelle: Embroidered French silk ribbon with blue double-faced satin ribbon and ivory satin-trimmed organza, $60.

Personalize Your Initials: Ivory antique lace and ivory double-faced satin ribbon accented with a blue velvet ribbon, a thin ivory satin ribbon and pearl. Your initial hangs beneath the pearl, $65.

Leanne: White pleated organza ribbon with Chantilly lace detail and an over-sized crystal starburst pendant, $77, exclusively at Bella Bleu Bridal.

Anne Chertoff is the author of The Wedding Organizer available at