November 17, 2009
A Wedding Garter As Something Old
This week I’m talking about how a wedding garter can help brides complete their wedding day ritual of something old, new, borrowed and blue. The wedding garter does it all in one little, hidden package!
Starting with something old…this part of the wedding day tradition symbolizes an acknowledgment of the past and its important contribution to the couple’s future. With this respect for the past in mind, things that are “something old” tend to have deep meaning or be extra special to the bride and groom. They are often nostalgic and involve family or close friends.
Here are some ideas for adding something old to your wedding garter….
Using the lace from someone else’s wedding gown or dress is a great option. You could ask your mom, sister or best friend if they would be willing to part with a piece. they could always take the piece from one of the inside layers, if they don’t want to cut the dress itself. Here is a wedding garter made from the bride’s mother’s wedding dress that I designed recently…
Maybe it isn’t someone’s wedding dress, perhaps you have an old pillow case or hankie that has meaning to you. You can pretty much make a wedding garter out of anything. you just need fabric and someone who knows what they are doing in the sewing department.
As I’m sitting here typing this I’m thinking about these beautiful crochet lace table runners and place mats that my grandmother gave to me. She made them over the years and then passed them on to me when she moved out of her house. Like the good, traditional wife that she was, she had tons of them socked away. They would make such a beautiful wedding garter!
Another idea to add something old to your wedding garter is to use a pin or even an earring. Maybe your grandmother or mother has a small pin or broach that is meaningful or just really, really pretty. You could get a simple wedding garter and then attach the item. just make sure that you wear wedding with the attached item in the front of your leg. also, be sure to try it on before your wedding day to ensure that your wedding garter fits securely, so that it doesn’t twist around and the attachment rubs your leg…that wouldn’t feel good at all walking down the aisle!
What are your ideas for something old? Leave a comment, let me know what you think!
Check back tomorrow for ideas on how to make your wedding garter something new…
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What a great idea! I never thought about adding an earring or a pin. I hate sew to save my life though. I’d have to beg someone to do this for me. Thanks for the wonderful ideas!
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Posted by: uberVU - social comments · November 17, 2009 at 11:05 pm
I really love this garter! It’s one of my favorites so far I think. Also a new garter with something old on it is a really nice idea. Some people still have a christening gown – that would make a neat garter too!
Posted by: foxywedding · November 17, 2009 at 9:09 am
Really Cute, wish I could have found you when I got married.
Posted by: Anne Agoren · November 17, 2009 at 9:08 am