What do you do with your garter once you've worn it? Put it on display of course! It's probably a bit harder to frame your wedding dress but what a lovely way to have a constant reminder of the most special day of your life?
We make our garters with such love and care and they are true heirloom pieces which deserve to be treasured. Why not use any fabric samples you have from your dress or perhaps a copy of your wedding invitation to create a little collage of all your favourite bits? I've simply framed one of our something blue beaded garters 'Evony' along with a vintage Dior bowtie which I think look so sweet together!
Another lovely way to bring back memories is to use a scent. Our sister company Britten has a wonderful collection of candles, room sprays and diffusers which are all made locally in Bradford on Avon. My favourite is the Briar Rose which has hints of geranium and smells like a gorgeous summer garden.
We would love to know what you've done with your garter, have you framed it, kept it in a memory box or passed it on? We would love to hear from you!
Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. A big tradition that many brides love to keep incorporated into their big day.
The perfect way to add the something blue to your special day is to wear a beautiful delicate garter which has an element of blue to help you keep the tradition alive.
We absolutely love seeing the new creations that our creative director has been bringing into the boutique recently and I am excited to be sharing them with you!
Our beautiful tulle wedding garter Nessie has been designed with something blue butterflies delicately placed on ruffles of pale ivory tulle. Lined with a velvet ribbon, your garter is designed to be super soft against your leg.
I love hand embroidery, it's probably why I did a degree in it! I think it makes things so special and personal. Our Iris garter can be personalised with two initials of your choice, they could be your initials before or after you're married or one for each of your names! If you want something more than two letters then please do get in touch as we're always happy to take on bespoke or custom orders :)
When the lovely Lauren got in touch to share her wedding pictures I thought it would be a shame just to use the ones featuring our nude lace garter Zara as they were all so fabulous! I had such a fun morning choosing a small selection from all of her gorgeous photos :)
For her wonderful seaside wedding at the All Saints church in Margate she wore a stunning strapless lace dress by Maggie Sottero with a pair of lace peep-toe shoes by Harriet Wilde. I love how she opted for real flowers in her hair which were supplied by Lotus Flower Art who make gorgeous floral accessories from real flowers all with an environmental conscience! You can never have too many flowers on your wedding day and her stunning bouquet of vibrant blooms by SP Broadstairs finished off her look beautifully.
Thank you so much Lauren for sharing these with us and thank you to the very talented Lee Garland for capturing such joy with your camera.
I hope you and Nick have the happiest of lives together - you're off to a great start!
If you're looking to buy a luxury product such as one of our gorgeous garters then chances are you know a little bit about what makes something 'special', maybe you've never considered it or maybe you just want to know a little bit more! I thought I would share some of my knowledge with you about the different types of lace and fabric we use here at The Wedding Garter Co because I find it so interesting myself!
Eyelash lace is a type of French lace that is most commonly found on lingerie and delicate bridal wear - or garters! French laces are often regarded as the most luxurious and we get all of our French lace from France. It's so feminine and pretty and is a really classic look. It's called eyelash lace because of the little threads or 'lashes' along the edge. We use this type of lace with our silk style tulle because it is so soft. Our Sara garter is one of our most popular garters and our sister company Britten weddings has a beautiful matching veil and belt tipped with the lace.
Our English lacemakers created the lace for the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding to Prince William. It is simply extraordinary and has been produced by 8 generations of the same family since 1845 - true heirloom quality. This style of lace is slightly thicker than our french lace but is no less pretty. We produce several styles of garter with this type as it holds up to different stitching techniques really well. Pure British quality! One of our most popular lace garters is the Catherine, it's delicate ruffles are finished with a signature blue bow which adds such a classic look to your big day.
Guipure lace is one of my favourite types of lace. Historically is was made using loads of bobbins which were skillfully twisted and plaited to create a pattern, people still make it this way however it is incredibly rare. Our guipure lace is made by machine however it is still incredible quality! Many guipure laces have strong floral or geometric patterns, our Elme garter is a wonderful example of this style. The leaves wind their way around your leg and are held in place by super soft velvet elastic. Perfect for fitted dresses where your garter might show!
We do offer an embroidery service but did you know we also use embroidered lace? Our Alyssa garter has a gorgeous blush and ivory embroidery applique floating on ruffles of lovely soft blush tulle. So so pretty!
The beauty of our silk garters is that they are such a luxurious base for lots of lovely embellishment! The silk we use is a crepe de chine which is a gorgeous flowy fabric which is perfect for our ruffled garters - they feel so smooth against your skin. We offer several colours in our silk garters and we can always find bespoke colours for you if you would like! Our favourite silk garter at the moment has to be the Iva which comes with both silver and gold beading.
Our tulle garters are made from the same fabric as all of our gorgeous veils from Britten which means that you can create a lovely set to wear on the day. We have two types of tulle, our traditional tulle and our silk style tulle. Bluebell is made from our traditional tulle and is such a gorgeous way of incorporating your something blue.
I hope you've found this interesting and if you have any questions then please get in touch, we would love to hear from you! x
Garters are often passed down through generations and whilst they're not always worn by someone else they're a lovely keepsake so you'll want to look after it once it's done it's duty!
We don't recommend hand washing your garter due to their delicate nature however most of them can be dry cleaned! You will need to be really careful with any of our beaded garters and check with your dry cleaner first to see what they think. Spot cleaning should be all your garter will need - if it does need cleaning at all. To do this use a clean piece of cotton dipped in warm (not hot) water with a small amount of delicate washing liquid. There are many washing liquids designed for silk and lace however don't fully submerge your garter in water as this could affect any of the decoration and the elastic. Dry your garter flat on a towel - do not put it on the radiator!
Storing your garter in the packaging it arrived in is the best way to insure it will be pristine for years to come! The tissue we use is acid free which will protect it from discolouration. Keeping it in a cool dry place will also help to keep the elasticity, excessive heat may cause it to stretch.
You might not want to store your garter hidden away and might decide to frame it which we think is a lovely idea!
It's not very often we receive images from our real brides and their garter but it just makes it a little extra special when we do.
We loved getting an email from our real bride Veronika who shared some beautiful photographs with us from her wedding day wearing our 'something blue' Bluebell garter which features some gorgeous delicate blue satin flowers on some ivory tulle.
Thank you so much Veronika for sharing your images with us and to Arts Illustrated Studio for your amazing photographs.
Tools are a vital part of what we do here, scissors especially! We take really good care of them and always make sure they're sharp. We have so many pairs here all with different jobs, it's amazing how many we will use on just one garter!
Our hand embroidered wedding garters have proven so popular that our sister company Britten has added this option to their wedding veils!
A personalised wedding veil is a truly unique way to finish off your bridal outfit and will make it a wonderful heirloom piece that you will treasure forever. Our embroidery is done using a traditional hand technique - never by machine!