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Wedding: The Garter

by Meghann on July 30, 2012

Look what came in the mail yesterday!


My garter!

err.. garterS.

Something I didn’t know before I started planning my own wedding? Most brides wear two garters – one to toss and one to keep. Not all brides, but it’s apparently a fairly common practice. Even my grandmother (who was married in 1963) told me she wore two garters on her big day. And most garters I found on etsy were sold in pairs. Must be every bride’s little secret.

Check out both my sister and sister-in-law warning their new hubbies they were wearing two garters right before they went for the grab.

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And, because I was looking through the photos, I found it funny they both went for the garter-retrieval-by-mouth method.

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I knew I wanted an FSU themed garter from the beginning. Derek and I met at FSU and reconnected several years later at an FSU football game. It’s part of our history as a couple and as individuals.


Wow, we looked young then.

I had a faint memory of once seeing FSU garters at Bill’s (the popular off-campus bookstore) and remember seeing a few girls wearing them to various football games back in the day. I was hoping to find a cheap garter through Bill’s online store, but had no such luck. I did a google search to see if any other online sports-themed stores sold them, but again, nada.

However, when I did google “Florida State Garter” several etsy shops popped-up in the search. I should have known – etsy rules all. Obviously. :)

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I wanted something fairly simple, and found myself a little overwhelmed with all the options. Some cute. Some ridiculously over the top.

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Most were made of tulle, which I wasn’t a big fan of, but I did stumble upon a lace version the caught my attention. I loved the lace and I loved how it wasn’t anything crazy.

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And $19.99 for two garters? Sold!

I asked the seller if he could trade out the baseball with a flower and he said that wouldn’t be a problem.


When it arrived I was torn on whether to show Derek the garters or not. Part of me thought it would be a fun surprise during the reception, the other part of me hates surprises (I get so excited that I usually can’t hold it in).

Sure enough, I couldn’t hold it in. I showed him the garters the day they arrived and he was genuinely impressed. The idea of a themed garter never even occurred to him and he was touched I went the FSU route. :)


Now, the questions remains, which one to toss and which one to keep?!

Did you have a themed garter? Did you show your hubby-to-be before the big day or did you keep it a surprise?

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