Introducing: Wedding Garters in Melbourne
Garters have been a traditional bridal accessory for centuries. While many brides today choose to forgo this age-old tradition, for those who wish to embrace it, a wedding garter can be a beautiful and meaningful addition to their wedding day ensemble. Brides looking to honour this tradition have access to a variety of options when it comes to finding the perfect garter in Melbourne or shipped Australia wide.
In this blog, we will explore the history of garters, the difference between a garter and a garter belt, and answer some frequently asked questions about this timeless wedding accessory. Brides in Melbourne looking to purchase a bridal garter will be happy to know we have recently started to stock wedding garters in 3 gorgeous colours.
The History and Tradition of Bridal Garters
Bridal garters have a long history and are an essential part of a bride's wedding day attire. The tradition of wearing a garter dates back to the Middle Ages when it was believed that owning a piece of the bride's clothing would bring good luck. As a result, wedding guests would try to obtain a piece of the bride's dress or garter, leading brides to wear a garter that could be easily removed and given away as a token of good luck.
Today, the tradition of wearing a wedding garter in addition to their wedding lingerie is still popular, and many brides choose to incorporate it into their wedding day attire. The garter is typically worn on the upper leg, just above the knee, and is often hidden beneath the bride's wedding dress.
Bridal Garter vs. Garter Belt
First up, lets clarify the difference between a Bridal Garter and Garter Belt. When it comes to bridal lingerie, the terms "wedding garter" and "garter belt" are often used interchangeably. However, there are some notable differences between the two.
A wedding garter (left) is a decorative band worn around the bride's leg, typically just above the knee. It is often made with lace, ribbon, or other delicate fabrics and is designed to be a beautiful addition to the bride's wedding outfit. The tradition of wearing a wedding garter dates back centuries and is said to symbolise good luck and fertility. Much like catching a bouquet of flowers thrown from the bride.
On the other hand, a garter belt (pictured right) more commonly known as a suspender belt is a piece of lingerie worn around the waist and hips. It is designed to hold up stockings and is typically made with stretchy material and adjustable straps. Unlike a wedding garter, a garter belt is not typically seen as part of the bridal outfit, but rather as a functional and sexy undergarment.
Garter Toss Alternatives
While the garter toss has been a popular wedding tradition for many years, some couples may choose to skip it for personal or cultural reasons. Others may simply want to switch things up and try something different. If you're looking for a garter toss alternative for your wedding, here are some ideas to consider:
Bouquet Toss: A classic alternative to the garter toss, the bouquet toss involves the bride throwing her bouquet to a group of single female guests. It's believed that the woman who catches the bouquet will be the next to get married.
Shoe Game: The shoe game is a fun and entertaining way to get the bride and groom involved. The bride and groom sit back to back and exchange shoes, each holding one of their own and one of their partner's. The DJ will then ask a series of questions about the couple, and they'll raise the shoe of the person they think best fits the answer.
Love Story Quiz: The love story quiz is a great way to include guests in the celebration. Before the wedding, the couple prepares a list of questions about their relationship, and guests can submit their answers during the reception. The couple can then read the answers aloud and see who knows them best.
Charity Donation: If you want to forego the traditional wedding games altogether, consider making a donation to a charity or cause that's important to you. You can invite guests to contribute as well, and it's a beautiful way to spread love and generosity on your wedding day.
Remember, your wedding day is about celebrating your love and commitment to each other, and there's no right or wrong way to do that. Whether you choose to stick with tradition or forge your own path, the most important thing is that you do what feels right for you as a couple.
Our Bridal Garters in Melbourne
Wearing a bridal garter is a beautiful way to honour tradition and add a touch of charm to your wedding day attire. Whether you opt for a plain or lace garter, in wedding white, something blue, or pretty pink, our bridal garter is designed to fit comfortably and securely, ensuring you feel confident and beautiful on your special day. If you're a bride (or bridesmaid) in Melbourne and looking for a beautiful bridal garter, be sure to check out our selection at Illusions Lingerie.
Where to Buy Wedding Garters in Melbourne
If you're in Melbourne and looking to purchase a bridal garter, Illusions Lingerie has you covered. Our bridal garter is the perfect accessory to add a touch of tradition and charm to your special day. It features a bow with a solitary imitation pearl, adding a touch of elegance to your wedding ensemble. Available in two styles, plain and lace, and in three delightful colours: Wedding White, Something Blue, and Pretty Pink.
Our garter is designed to fit comfortably, with one size that can stretch from 33cm to 66cm, ensuring a secure fit for any leg size. In stock in Melbourne, our product is ready to be shipped the same or next business day.
While you're here, make sure you check out our range of white wedding lingerie, perfect for every bride and wedding night.
FAQs About Bridal Garters
Lets answer a few questions around garters!
Where does a bride wear a wedding garter?
A wedding garter is typically worn on the upper leg, just above the knee. It is often hidden beneath the bride's wedding dress.
Why do brides wear a garter under their wedding dress on their wedding day?
The tradition of wearing a wedding garter dates back to the Middle Ages when it was believed that owning a piece of the bride's clothing would bring good luck. Today, many brides choose to wear a wedding garter to honour tradition and add a touch of charm to their special day.
How do I choose the right size garter?
Our bridal garter is one size fits most, designed to fit comfortably that can stretch from 33cm to 66cm, ensuring a secure fit for any leg size.
Can I wear a wedding garter with any type of wedding dress?
Yes, a wedding garter can be worn with any type of wedding dress. It is typically hidden beneath the dress and is not visible to guests.
Do I have to wear a garter on my wedding day?
No, it is not necessary to wear a garter on your wedding day. It is entirely up to you whether or not you want to incorporate this tradition into your wedding outfit.
Can I wear a garter belt instead of a wedding garter?
While garter belts and wedding garters are not the same thing, you can certainly wear a garter belt if you prefer. Just keep in mind that a garter belt is not typically seen as part of the bridal outfit, but rather as a functional undergarment.
Is the garter uncomfortable to wear?
No, our bridal garter is designed to be comfortable and stretchy, ensuring a secure fit for any leg size.
Can I wear a garter if I am not the bride?
Yes, garters can be worn by anyone who wants to incorporate this tradition into their outfit, not just brides. Garters can be worn as a fun and flirty accessory for any special occasion.
Does the groom remove the wedding garter with his teeth?
The tradition of the groom removing the bride's garter with his teeth is a popular one however it is important to note that this tradition may not be suitable for all couples or may not align with their personal beliefs or preferences. It is also important to ensure that the tradition is performed in a respectful and appropriate manner, and that it does not make anyone uncomfortable or go against any cultural or religious beliefs. Ultimately, the decision to remove the garter with teeth should be based on the couple's wishes and what makes them feel most comfortable on their special day.
TIP: Our Something Blue Garter Belt is the perfect piece to tick the something blue item off the list!
About The Author
Famously known throughout Moonee Ponds and Greater Melbourne as the "Bra Fairy", Tracey has been helping women feel comfortable and confident through stress-free bra fittings for over 38 years.