April 21, 2011
Help! My Garter Doesn’t Fit
Not all wedding garters are created equal. There is not a standard wedding size and they all fit differently. It is really important that you try on your wedding garter before your wedding day. You don’t want to find out too late that that your garter doesn’t fit properly.
So, what should you do if your garter doesn’t fit? You have a few of options:
1. If you purchased it from someone who hand creates garters, they should be able to make you a new one or adjust it to fit accordingly. Hopefully, there is enough time before your wedding to accomplish this adjustment.
2. Move the garter up or down on your leg. Most garters are made of elastic, so moving it up or down will help to adjust the size. I generally recommend that you wear your garter just above your knee. This is just a suggestion. But, you need to move it to the right spot for you, so that you feel comfortable wearing it.
3. If you are really daring, you can try to adjust your garter yourself. This is great time to enlist the help of a crafty friend or family member. To do this, snip the back of the garter at the seam. Sew (either by hand or on a machine) a bit of elastic to either side. You will only need a little bit of elastic, about an inch or an inch and a half, because it stretches. You don’t want to make it too big! (I recommend using a 5/8 inch wide piece of elastic.) This might not look super pretty, but it will get the job done. If you don’t have elastic, attach a piece of ribbon to either side by sewing it or hot gluing it to either side and then tie the ends together into a bow. This will allow you to tie it on to any size.
4. Toss your garter! You can either skip the garter all together or try to find a replacement. This isn’t ideal and hopefully it wasn’t a custom designed garter. If it is too late (i.e. the night before your wedding), consider not wearing a garter or not wearing that particular garter. You could borrow one from a friend or family member, (A bonus something borrowed!) or have a friend or family member run out to a bridal shop or craft store and get you a new one.
Hope this helps! More questions about the wedding garter? Check out my garter 101 blog series!
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