The wedding garter is a key component to a bride’s wedding day attire. It hides underneath the wedding dress, waiting for the groom to retrieve it during the reception. The tradition of the garter toss stems from a couple historical beliefs. The most popular of these is that some people believed that owning a piece of the wedding dress would bring good luck, leading to wedding guests essentially trying to rip off a piece of the bride’s gown at the reception. As a result, brides began wearing a garter to be given as the lucky piece.
In modern days, this tradition typically goes along with the bouquet toss. At most receptions, once dinner has concluded and the party is underway, the bride will throw her bouquet to the single women in attendance. Shortly thereafter, the groom does the same with the garter, tossing it to the single guys. Even if you’re not planning on participating in the traditional garter toss, it’s still a fun accessory to have with plenty of varieties, styles, and colors to choose from.
Garters are a great gift for both bachelorette parties and showers and can be made even more special by incorporating a touch of blue for the bride’s lucky token of blue. You can find our favorite picks below, with something for every style and budget.
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1. Rhinestones Ivory Lace Wedding Bridal Garter Belt Set
This stunning set is a gorgeous choice for your wedding. It’s obvious that each piece is beautifully hand-crafted and well-designed, with exquisite attention to detail. The rhinestone applique has a vintage inspired look that offers that special bridal sparkle while the ivory lace keeps the look classic. Each garter measures seven inches (with a stretch of up to 19 inches), and comes in one size. We recommend taking appropriate measurements before you commit. If you like the classic white/ivory look, you can browse additional options here.
2. Lace Bowknot Thigh High Garter
If you’re looking for something a little thinner in width, this inexpensive garter set is very traditional looking, especially in the white color. It does come in a variety of colors including several blue designs if you’re looking to make this purchase your “something blue” or if you’d like to match this to a wedding accent color. It’s made of 60 percent satin and 40 percent lace with an elastic stretch for a comfortable fit.
3. Ivory & Sapphire Vintage Lace Garter Set
Contessa Garters is home to some of the most stunning garters we’ve seen online and there is not a shortage of options. While they’re on the more expensive size when it comes to wedding garters, these would be lovely to gift to a future bride. We’re especially drawn to the many designs that incorporate a touch of blue, like this blue sapphire stone. Unlike many other garters, this one can be ordered to size (S-XXL), so you can make sure it fits securely. With over 100 five star reviews, you should feel confident in this purchase.
Price: $39.95 (7 percent off MSRP)
4. Simple One Piece Lace Bridal Garter
We love the delicate and feminine lace design on this garter, and while there’s only one garter per order, the price point makes it affordable to purchase two if you’d one to toss and one to keep. If you’re looking for that lucky pop of blue, you can shop for the same bridal garter in blue here. If you’re a fan of this type of cut out lace design, find several other beautiful garters with the same appearance here.
Price: $9.99 (38 percent off MSRP)
5. Rhinestone & Pearl Vintage Ivory Lace Garter Set
Great for a traditional bride who appreciates a bit of sparkle, this white garter set features rhinestones and pearls, set on top of a delicate white lace band. If you’re drawn to garters with rhinestones or alternative appliques, don’t forget to purchase some double-sided fashion tape to keep things in place as the weight of these details can tend to weigh the garter down. Double-sided tape isn’t only necessary for garters, but also great for your wedding dress, bridesmaid’s dresses, and an all-around great tool to have on hand on your wedding day.
6. Bridal Ivory Garter With Rhinestone Satin Bow
Keep things sleek, simple, and classy with this no frills garter that will easily stay in place beneath your wedding dress. You can see from the many five star reviews and overall high ratings that this is an amazing quality garter that will fit perfectly. The elastic band stretches to 24 inches around, fitting all shapes and sizes. You can find a similar highly-rated version in blue here. Shopping for a gift? This garter set comes in adorable quality packaging that will make gift giving easier and make your gift more impressive to unwrap. You also don’t want to miss this gorgeous bride robe or the rest of the LR Bridal online store front.
7. Beaded Pearl & Rhinestone Bridal Garter Set
This is another amazing option from Contessa Garters and just about as elegant as bridal garters get. The beadwork is intricate and done with care. The set includes a white garter with gorgeous rhinestone and pearl embellishments along with a more ivory toned toss garter, a stunning contrast. The set is available in sizes S-XXL and is great for a gift or to purchase for yourself. Packaged perfectly in a little blue box, this bridal garter set is a must have accessory.
8. Thick Lace Garter Set With Rhinestones
If you’re looking for a garter set that coordinates with a more vintage style wedding or dress, this design is certainly appropriate. The smaller garter stretches from 16 inches to 23.5 inches while the larger garter stretches from 18.5 inches to 25 inches. Hold on to one garter as a keepsake from your wedding day and use the second to toss during your wedding reception.
Price: $13.99 (39 percent off MSRP)
9. Burlap Wedding Garter With Nude & Ivory Flowers
Not sure if you’re style is more rustic or traditional? This garter set combines the best of both worlds, featuring a traditional white lace band, several romantic chiffon flowers in muted tones, and a tiny twine bow for that perfect rustic touch. The stretchy lace keeps this comfortable and snug in place. Check out this alternative option, designed with classic and traditional white lace and a single twine bow to tie in the rustic element.
10. Rustic Country Bridal Garter Set
For a bride who loves a very rustic style, this burlap inspired garter set is just perfect. The low cost and sale price tag makes this an even more attractive choice, as does the many high reviews. Many reviewers mention that although they thought the burlap might itch, it wasn’t an issue at all. They also note the high quality of the set, the gorgeous packaging, and the quick shipping and turnaround time – all important qualities in our book. Not a fan of the burlap? Check out these alternative options from the same retailer.
Price: $9.69 (29 percent off MSRP)