November 19, 2009
A Wedding Garter as Something Borrowed
This week I’m discussing probably one of the most popular wedding traditions…something old, new, borrowed and blue. Brides gather these items to help bring themselves good luck on their wedding day. Your wedding garter, being small and hidden, is a perfect spot to complete all parts of this wedding tradition (well, except for the sixpence in your shoe, but that’s another post for another day!)
So, something borrowed. this is such a great part of the tradition because it represents family and friends, as those are who the bride usually borrows things from. it symbolizes love, support and happiness.
One idea for making your wedding garter borrowed that i love is to use fabric from the hem of your bridesmaid dress. This is a great choice because, you know you love the fabric and the color already, since you picked it out. (And, if the dress is new, you get another tradition checked off the list!) Check out this wedding garter where the deep purple satin is from the bridesmaid dress…
Another way to make your wedding garter “something borrowed” is to add something to the garter yourself. Ideally, this would be something that you could easily attach and remove, like a pin, broach or earring.
Julie Jones (I just like saying her whole name…Julie Jones!) from Encore Bridal was chatting with me recently about the idea of creating a special wedding garter for a group of girlfriends. As each friend gets married, the wedding garter could be passed between them so that each person could wear something meaningful *and* something borrowed. It is a cute way to incorporate your good friends into your wedding day…and save money!
Instead of passing the entire wedding garter around, you could have a small fabric flower, crystal or pin that is sewn into each friend’s individual wedding garter and then passed on to the next friend/bride.
A borrowed wedding garter also works well for creating family traditions. Ask your mom or sister (or new mother or sister in law) if she still has her wedding garter. She might really love to pass it on to you. Who knows, you might start a new family wedding tradition!
As a little tip for wearing old/borrowed wedding garters…sometimes the elastic is worn on old wedding garters. It is usually the first thing to go. If you go this route, just make sure to try it on before your big day. If it isn’t in good shape, ask a friend who sews or take it to a professional tailor who can put in new elastic. iIf it is beyond repair, perhaps you can use parts of it to remake a new wedding garter…this would be something old, new and borrowed!
One last tip…if you borrow something, make sure be polite and give it back!
What are your ideas for something borrowed?
Check back tomorrow as i discuss ideas for making your wedding garter something blue…
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Loved the garter and loved your ideas miss creative
Posted by: Linda Lignelli · November 20, 2009 at 11:36 am
I love the idea of using something borrowed on a new garter and passing it between family and/or friends. I think you are on your way to creating new and fabulous wedding garter traditions!
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